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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
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  • 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
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  • Leaders from the Howard Hughes Corporation celebrate the opening of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

This ugly New Orleans Pelicans Christmas sweater is an abomination and everyone wants one

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM

A screenshot from the official NBA shop.
  • A screenshot from the official NBA shop.
You know a trend has jumped the shark when a major North American sports league exploits it for money. The latest example: the National Basketball Association (NBA) is cashing in on the "ugly holiday sweater" trend — which an ABC News article traced back to 2001 — by releasing "ugly sweaters" for 14 lucky(?) teams.

Here you can see the New Orleans Pelicans version, which (and I'm being generous here) is an abomination to all sense of taste, style and class. Also, it's almost completely sold out at $64.95.

That's right: Head over to the NBA's online store and you'll see that the sweater is only available in XXL, with all other sizes unavailable for purchase. This is somewhat surprising considering the Saints have not one, not two, but three sweaters that are even uglier and in greater availability.

Regardless of your stance on the Pelicans and Saints sweaters (and ugly sweaters in general), just be thankful we only have to endure them one month out of the year.

In other news, the forecast this week calls for daytime temperatures in the low 70s because: New Orleans — so don't plan to wear your new ugly sweater just yet.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Stupid Time Machine's parody Urban Outfitters ad draws online outrage — but is it justified?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 5:49 PM

An image from a parody commercial produced by the New Orleans comedy group Stupid Time Machine. The fake ad for Urban Outfitters skewers the use of Native American imagery and iconography in pop fashion — but not everyone is laughing.
  • An image from a parody commercial produced by the New Orleans comedy group Stupid Time Machine. The fake ad for Urban Outfitters skewers the use of Native American imagery and iconography in pop fashion — but not everyone is laughing.

The New Orleans comedy group Stupid Time Machine released a clever video over the Thanksgiving holiday — it's a fake commercial for Urban Outfitters, which has drawn criticism in the past for some of its controversial clothing lines. Some Native Americans were particularly incensed by the clothing chain's "Navajo" line (which included hip flasks and panties), which seemed to inspire Stupid Time Machine. The website Bustle described it well:
The video opens with some Vampire Weekend-esque, trendy, indie-style, drum-led music, and some “cute” hipsters in eclectic outfits gaily bounding down some stairs in what appears to be a fairly barren industrial area of a city. The voiceover says, “Let us give thanks for a new type of tribe,” as a hipster pushes a Native American guy out of frame, and a purple-haired girl in a pink shaggy coat unfurls an American flag. The video then quickly devolves into a montage of Native American headdresses next to Urban Outfitter’s range of records and record players, American Spirit cigarettes, beaded vests and “honoring heritage by making it sexy”—and making me laugh out loud, because it’s so on point.
(The "fairly barren industrial area of a city" is Crescent Park in the Bywater.) 

Anyway, it's pretty pointed satire about co-opting native cultures ... unless, of course, you take it seriously.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

CUE magazine on WWL-TV: Holiday jewelry

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM

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CUE
editor Missy Wilkinson appeared on the WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News today with Laura Buchtel to talk about the latest issue of CUE (tucked inside this week's Gambit) and show off some jewelry perfect for the holidays (or for gifts). 


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Friday, October 31, 2014

How to find your perfect gala look

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Galas, art openings, cocktail parties ... the holiday social season has arrived, bringing its perennial demands to calendars and wardrobes. Dressing for special events can be tricky— how do you put together an outfit that's formal enough for the event, but doesn't look stuffy? One that's fashion-forward but festivity friendly (your shoes won't kill you and your dress will let you dance all night)? On the eve of the Easter Seals' Sealed in Style Gala at The Shops at Canal Place (333 Canal St.), the judges of its style contest offer their advice and reveal their own gala looks.
Dress from BCBGMaxAzaria;  clutch and gold Serpentine ring, Elizabeth bangle in amber, pylon tile sinker cypress chain necklace, all by Mignon Faget. - ASHLEY BEL
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  • Dress from BCBGMaxAzaria; clutch and gold Serpentine ring, Elizabeth bangle in amber, pylon tile sinker cypress chain necklace, all by Mignon Faget.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Famous people wearing New Orleans fashion labels

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

So, sometimes New Orleans thinks of itself as the provincial backwater of the fashion world. We're getting better about this, thanks to a burgeoning fashion industry ... but we might want to shake the habit lest we be accused of false modesty. We've got NOLA flair, and these celebs know it.

Exhibit A: Earlier this month, Beyonce was spotted in Paris wearing KREWE du optic shades:

Beyonce wears the St. Louis frame by KREWE du Optic
  • Beyonce wears the St. Louis frame by KREWE du Optic

St. Louis frame in clear matte, $195 at KREWE du optic
  • St. Louis frame in clear matte, $195 at KREWE du optic

Exhibit B: Katy Perry came out as a Trashy Diva last night:


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Friday, September 26, 2014

A bright idea

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

When people see designer Ashley Porter's light bulb earrings, they invariably ask whether the bulbs light up. The answer is no, but the conversation pieces do spark dialogue about an important issue.

"The concept for the design was about spreading awareness ... about the literacy crisis," Porter says. "It's believed that 20 percent of adults in Louisiana are illiterate — a fact that should be more well-known in order to take measures to eradicate it. "

The earrings are made from vintage automotive bulbs.
  • The earrings are made from vintage automotive bulbs.

The "Light Up for Literacy" light bulb earrings are part of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities' (LEH) campaign to improve literacy in Louisiana. Porter came up with the design concept during a "light bulb" moment while sketching in her studio. Soon after, she stumbled upon hundreds of old automotive bulbs in a Texas flea market, which she crafted into drop earrings. The earrings cost $95, and 50 percent of proceeds benefits the LEH.

A California native and Tulane University alumn, Porter returned to New Orleans after attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She launched her jewelry and accessories label, Porter Lyons, in 2012. Sales of the earthy, Louisiana-inspired pieces benefit the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Porter is happy to turn her attention to another pressing local issue. "I'd love to thank the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities for taking a chance on what was just an idea last year," Porter says.

She's at work on next year's literacy campaign design, which will include one crucial new element.

"I'm working with a sensor technology to make the [light bulbs] turn on," she says.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Storyville and Gambit partner for a T-shirt contest

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

You've got your black-and-gold T-shirt, your Hubig's Pies T-shirt and, just maybe, your "I Got Bourbon Faced On Sh*t Street" T-shirt (we won't judge). Now, Gambit has partnered with Storyville to create the official Gambit T-shirt. The creator of the winning design gets $1,000, and the shirt will be sold by Storyville.

"We are looking for designs that don't just look like a generic logo tee," says Storyville co-owner Natalie Naquin Harvey. "We want something unique that really captures how much Gambit is an iconic part of New Orleans life. We really want this to be a design that people all over New Orleans want to wear because they love New Orleans, they love Storyville and they love Gambit. The artwork must be original, and hand-drawn fonts are a huge plus."

A few entries in the Gambit/Storyville T-shirt contest
  • A few entries in the Gambit/Storyville T-shirt contest

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