Spring 2018 fashion trends

Fringe, bold patterns, sheer looks and high-intensity hues
Fringe Benefits The go-to trim of bohemian types is reinvented this season with glamorous, it-girl appeal.

Gambit's CUE Magazine, April 2018

Your guide to spring fashion trends
Photo by Eduardo Benitez Spring 2018 fashion trends

What to know before breaking ground in your backyard

Tips for building a pool, patio and more
The idea of springtime in New Orleans can conjure up images of lounging on the patio in the backyard, sipping a perfectly chilled rose and listening to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band while a mild breeze rustles the oak trees. At least, that's what it does for this writer.

Marine Layer opens on Magazine Street

The San Francisco company opened Feb. 10
Marine Layer (www.marinelayer.com), the San Francisco-based clothing company, opened its first New Orleans location Feb. 10 at 3939 Magazine St. Founder Michael Natenshon began making super-soft T-shirts and selling them out of his van in 2009. Since then, Marine Layer has developed 25 custom fabrics from its signature beechwood-pulp base and has opened more than 30 stores in cities all over the country.

Lucy Rose blossoms on Metairie Road

The boutique opens its third location
Lucy Rose (534 Chartres St., 504-267-0305; 600 Metairie Road, Suite A, Metairie, 504-218-7368; 3318 Magazine St., 504-895-0444; www.shoplucyrose.com) owners Kaitlyn Tufts and Lindsay Laws opened the third location of their home and fashion boutique Feb. 16 in the space formerly occupied by Pelican Coast Clothing Company on Metairie Road. Pelican Coast still operates its Magazine Street store.

NOLA T-Shirt of the Month Club goes brick-and-mortar

The company ones on Magazine Street
NOLA T-Shirt of the Month Club (www.nolatshirtclub.com) opened its first brick-and-mortar store last month at 3646 Magazine St. Club members now can opt to pick up their orders in the store, and members and non-members alike can shop past designs. The shop now carries art prints by Texas-based graphic designer Missi Jay, aka Gigglebox Design.

West London Boutique relocates

The shop opens a few doors down on Magazine Street
West London Boutique (www.westlondonboutique.com) relocated in February, but owner Mariah Walton didn't have to travel far. The women's store moved just a few doors down from its previous location to 3952 Magazine St., a retail space about half the size of the old one.

Juliet Meeks launches fabric collection

"Gather" is in collaboration with Cloud9 Fabrics
Juliet Meeks and her eponymous design company (www.julietmeeks.com) launched the "Gather" fabric collection in collaboration with Cloud9 Fabrics last December. Each of the eight 100 percent organic cotton materials is based on one of Meeks' watercolor artwork designs.

#Following: Kemberley Washington

CPA, financial news contributor and author
Kemberley Washington (also known as KemCents) started doing accounting work at her father's architectural firm when she was just 15 years old.  "At that time, he had just let go of his accountant and he was looking for someone," Washington says.

Are these products really 'green'?

What to look for when buying common self-care items
SKINCARE PRODUCTS Despite their labels, some products designed to brighten, tone and moisturize skin actually can contain harmful chemicals.

Letter from the editor: March 2018

Spring sprung early in New Orleans this year. Despite what the calendar said, the weather turned warm and stayed that way for much of February, and it got us thinking pleasant thoughts.

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