Tell us a little bit about yourself.
When I'm not working at the store, I travel the world teaching people how to swing dance. Balboa, Lindy Hop, Charleston — also a lot of lost and forgotten partner dances from the turn of the century. I'm married to an incredible man, who happens to be an incredible trombone player. His name is Charlie Halloran, and you can catch him at the French Quarter Fest. We have three crazy dogs that are equally sweet and insane. I love living in New Orleans; it breathes life into me every day.
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I gravitate toward anything reminiscent of the the 1940s and '50s. I enjoy keeping that retro feel but am happy to give it all a modern twist. I love big curls in my hair, retro tattoos and clothing with silhouettes that flatter a woman's figure.
Describe what you're wearing to French Quarter Fest and why you chose it.
I've chosen seersucker because it's light and airy, it breathes well and it's absolutely darling. This [Trashy Diva] dress has a fun, swishy skirt that's great to dance around in while listening to some of the best music this city has to offer. And did I mention it has pockets?
What about footwear? How are you balancing comfort and style for the fest?
I wouldn't go anywhere without my Re-Mix Vintage Shoes. They recreate shoes from the 1910s to the 1950s and the construction is incredible, with soft Spanish leather and a slippery sole to dance in. They are astonishingly comfortable, and I'm happy to dance and walk in them for hours.
What advice would you give people regarding dressing for festivals?
Dress up! Have fun! Wear lightweight clothes that make you want to move and dance. A fabulous sun hat or lace parasol can be both stylish and cooling. I always put a lightweight cardigan in my purse in case the sun gets too strong and I need to cover my arms.