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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Androids and anime: a day at MechaCon (slideshow)

Posted By on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Costumed con-goers strike a pose.
  • Costumed con-goers strike a pose.

The scene at MechaCon check-in is bedlam. A man in a glittery green bowler hat, possibly left over from St. Patrick’s Day, jostles a woman with blue and purple hair, who consoles her crying sister. A girl in a metallic red and blue jacket, matching bikini bottoms and black high-heeled boots shivers nearby. Other people in varying degrees of costume stand around the registration desk in vague gestures toward lines; the confusion seems to stem from the fact that there are multiple registration levels. Red-shirted volunteers keep trying to line people up based on the first letter of their last names (“N through Z!”) 

Behind me, a young man in an electric blue wig, a red fedora with playing cards tucked into the band and goggles seems indifferent to the chaos. He’s carrying two boxes at about chest-level. 

“What’s in the box?” I ask. 

The first box has a deck of Magic: The Gathering cards, he says. 

“And the other one?”

“It’s a box of string.”

"And what is the string for?

“No one is supposed to know what the string does.”

Shyly, he opens the box’s lid to reveal a tangled nest of extension and power cords.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Jazz Fest 2016: Sunday styles

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 2:09 PM

KAT STROMQUIST
  • KAT STROMQUIST

Yes, there were the usual shirtless, sunburned dudes at the Fair Grounds on Sunday for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but plenty of other festivalgoers kept their (stylish) clothes on.

Using prints, retro-90s looks, and a fanny pack shaped like a watermelon, attendees did their part to create a Jazz Fest style that went beyond the "festival" section of fringed tops and cut-offs at H&M.

Much like New Orleans, the looks in this slideshow are colorful, eccentric and a little off-balance — but in a good way.

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Jazz Fest: Sunday Styles
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Jazz Fest: Sunday Styles

Yes, there were the usual shirtless, sunburned dudes at the Fair Grounds on Sunday for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but plenty of other festival-goers kept their (stylish) clothes on.


Using prints, retro-90s looks, and a fanny pack shaped like a watermelon, attendees did their part to create a Jazz Fest style that went beyond the "festival" section of fringed tops and cut-offs at H&M.

Much like New Orleans, the looks in this slideshow are colorful, eccentric and a little off-balance — but in a good way.


By Kat Stromquist

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PHOTOS BY KAT STROMQUIST

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

West Elm holds an Etsy pop-up shop Saturday, June 20

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 4:21 PM

West Elm features goods crafted by more than 200 designers nationwide, including 11 locals.
  • West Elm features goods crafted by more than 200 designers nationwide, including 11 locals.

From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20, West Elm (2929 Magazine St., 888-922-4119) hosts a pop-up shop curated by Juley Le, founder of New Orleans lifestyle blog Upperlyne & Co and food editor at The Everygirl. Le rounded up eight of her favorite local Etsy sellers to promote at the event, which will feature food by District Donuts and music by DJ BabyGirl.

"We have artists and jewelry makers and someone who specializes in furniture," Le says. "Online shopping is great, but there is nothing like experiencing that product so you can make a good decision as to whether you want to invest in it."

Below, Le shares her thoughts on the pop-up shop and the makers who will sell their goods there. (All vendors are new to West Elm and Magazine Street.)

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Monday, June 15, 2015

CUE on WWL-TV: Hot swimsuits for summer

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 10:37 AM

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CUE magazine editor Missy Wilkinson was on the WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News today to show off this month's cover story on swimsuit trends for 2015. Check it out — and pick up a copy of CUE, tucked in this week's Gambit.


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Friday, March 20, 2015

ULTA Beauty celebrates its grand opening today

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM

ULTA Beauty celebrates its grand opening in Magnolia Marketplace today.
  • ULTA Beauty celebrates its grand opening in Magnolia Marketplace today.

ULTA Beauty
celebrates its grand opening in Magnolia Marketplace (2900 S. Claiborne Ave., Suite 400) this weekend with giveaways and free makeovers. On Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, the first 100 attendees receive a "beauty treat" worth $5 or $10, as well as a free skin or hair service.

"It's the first 100 people in the store regardless of timing, each day," says general manager Leslie Teal. "It varies how early people get to our stores to line up. Some customers come two hours before and some one hour before. Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday."

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Friday, March 13, 2015

ETCH Studio presents laser-cut jewelry at Southern Design Week

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Mallory Estopinal (left) and Zoe Ganch turned an Instagram shop into a thriving business in less than a year. - KATIE HOPE
  • KATIE HOPE
  • Mallory Estopinal (left) and Zoe Ganch turned an Instagram shop into a thriving business in less than a year.

Mallory Estopinal and Zoe Ganch are full-time LSU students in their final year of architecture school. They're completing projects, looking for jobs in industrial product design and, in their spare time, running a jewelry business, ETCH Studio.

The best friends started ETCH on whim in January 2014. Since then, the business has racked up more than 900 orders, 10,000+ Instagram followers and a $4,500 prize from the the Louisiana Business & Technology Center’s Venture Challenge, as well as its Audience Choice award.

"This semester has been hectic and crazy, but we've managed to work it out," says Estopinal, a New Orleans native. "I'll go check on the website or work on production while I'm taking a break from my studies. ETCH doesn't seem like work."

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Five ways to use scents in your home

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 10:52 AM

Jonathan Steadman in his home studio.
  • Jonathan Steadman in his home studio.


Jonathan Steadman, creator of Obeah fragrances, has "always been intrigued by scent." The Slidell native and current NYC resident's first perfume was a love potion that combined six aphrodisiac scents: sandalwood, vanilla, jasmine, rose, orange and licorice. "I was going on a date, and I wanted some help," he says.

Steadman's new collection includes room sprays, linen sprays, bath crystals and custom perfumes. An art director for luxury brands, he designed the Obeah logo and chose black Italian glass bottles for his scents. At home, Steadman uses fragrance the way most people use lighting, accessories and other design elements — to create a mood. He'll whip up a custom scent to complement a dinner party or cocktail soiree.

"I am big about matching scent to activity in the home," Steadman says. "For a cocktail party, you do something like relaxing and warm like an amber. If I make Moroccan food, I might make a scent that has a spice and apricot note."

The right smell, Steadman says, is nothing short of magical, which is why he named his brand after folk magic that originated in the Caribbean islands and made its way to Louisiana as part of voodoo.

"[Scent] can change the environment or mood in the room or take you back to a place or time you’ve been," he says. "For me, that was magical, and that's why I decided to name [my product line] after something magical."

Below are five ways Steadman sets a mood with scents.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Home decorating tips from HGTV's John Gidding of Curb Appeal

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 3:15 PM

John Gidding has a master's degree in architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design.
  • John Gidding has a master's degree in architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design.
This weekend, the NOLA Home Show hosts more home improvement experts, professionals and celebrity guests than you can shake a spade at. Among them is John Gidding, architect turned host of HGTV's Curb Appeal. On the show, he helps homeowners make their house exteriors more eye-catching.

Gambit interviewed Gidding for tips on maximizing the appeal of porch-centric NOLA homes.


Gambit: As I’m sure you’ve noticed, New Orleans has some beautiful architecture. What do you like about the homes here?
John Gidding: I've always been drawn to porches, covered verandas and balconies — all of which are expressed beautifully and in a multitude of ways in New Orleans. They're a much appreciated extension of the interior and a way of bringing in the exterior, but what I love is the sense of community they engender. Neighborhoods with porches and balconies encourage the kind of casual, unplanned interactions among neighbors and passersby that create stronger communities with the additional benefit of better upkeep and maintenance. Just what the Curb Appeal guy likes.

G: What does "curb appeal" mean, and is it something only people selling their homes should be concerned with?
JG: It was initially a real estate term. When people pull up to a house for sale, it's the first thing to judge by -— but HGTV's long-running show with the same name has taken the term to a broader platform, and for good reason. All too often, home improvements are for the benefit of an upcoming sale — when they'd be much better appreciated by the inhabitants of the home as they lived in it. This is especially true for curb appeal: it affects your neighborhood, it improves safety, and also impacts how you feel when you get home. These are things that people should create for themselves and benefit from, and that's why I think Curb Appeal has developed broad appeal.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Shopgirl (and guy) style: Ali McNally and Chris Scheurich of Neon Heart

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Stylist and model Ali McNally can add another feather to her cap: boutique owner. Last month, she and husband Chris Scheurich opened Neon Heart (1022 Lowerline St., 504-202-7983, @neonheartshop), where McNally curates an international mix of brands she discovered in her previous life as a beauty editor at London's FIASCO magazine. These include Malin + Goetz products, Valley Eyewear, Minnow Bathers and Bully Boy lingerie, Maria Francesca Pepe and RP/Encore jewelry and Hayley Elsaesser bags.

"I'd already used or worn all of our products before we decided to carry them," McNally says. "This shop is a real labor of love, and I only wanted to sell things I really believe in."

Neon Heart owners Ali McNally and Chris Scheurich (and shop dog Kitty) outside the boutique. - MISSY WILKINSON
  • Missy Wilkinson
  • Neon Heart owners Ali McNally and Chris Scheurich (and shop dog Kitty) outside the boutique.

What led you to start a business in New Orleans?


Ali: First and foremost, it was love! I met my now-husband back in 2012 when I flew over from the UK to New Orleans to style a music video. I subsequently fell in love with both him and the city and started to feel like it might be the right time to leave London. And so I ended up here. I'd always thought I might like to have a shop one day, so when the space that used to be Homestead became available, we jumped at the opportunity.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

2014: a very fashionable year

Posted By on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

It's hard to believe that just five years ago, New Orleans didn't have a fashion week. Now it boasts two, along with a revitalized local chapter of Fashion Group International and the newly launched Southern Coalition of Fashion and Design. Thanks to these and other organizations, individuals and businesses, 2014 saw our fashion industry step further into the national spotlight. Let's look back...

STORE OPENINGS
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk reopened in grand style after undergoing a $70 million renovation. The gleaming, 250,000-square-foot mall is the nation's first downtown outlet center. National retailers continued to make their presence felt on Magazine Street, when West Elm opened in a space formerly occupied by Pippen Lane (which moved across the street). At The Shops at Canal Place, Armani Collezioni and C. Wonder opened.

Leaders from the Howard Hughes Corporation celebrate the opening of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. - ADRIENNE BATTISTELLA PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC
  • Adrienne Battistella Photography, LLC
  • Leaders from the Howard Hughes Corporation celebrate the opening of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.


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