mardi gras style, part 3

The last installment of Mardi Gras style from Tomato Boutique is here! What say you to a brightly-printed blouse, your favorite skinnies and gold sandals this carnival season?

Mardi Gras style

Collective Concept sleeveless, bandana-print blouse, $64; Qupid Athena gold thong sandal, $35; La Mer gold wrap watch, $90; all available at Tomato

Mardi Gras style

Collective Concept sleeveless, bandana-print blouse, $64; La Mer gold wrap watch, $90; available at Tomato

Mardi Gras style

Gold feather earrings, $28 at Tomato

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La Mer gold wrap watch, $90 at Tomato. Gold bamboo bracelets, my own (belonged to my grandmother Bitsy).

Mardi Gras style

Qupid Athena gold thong sandals, $35 at Tomato

Hope you have a fantastic Mardi Gras weekend!

 Quote of the day:

“There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.” –Amy Poehler

 

mardi gras style, part 2

Carnival season reaches its festive pinnacle in a week from tomorrow–Fat Tuesday–and Tomato Boutique in Baton Rouge can help ensure that you celebrate in stylish comfort. I donned cowboy boots with both ensembles because I think boots are a good choice for parade-goers in general. Not only do they protect your feet from puddles and mud, but from clumsy (or drunk) revelers as well. Hope you enjoy!

Coral-shaped necklace, my own (similar here); Collective Concept herringbone print shirt dress, $70 at Tomato

Coral-shaped necklace, my own (similar here); Collective Concept herringbone print shirt dress, $70 at Tomato

Coral-shaped necklace, my own (similar here); Collective Concept herringbone print shirt dress, $70 at Tomato; Maui Jim pilot sunglasses, my own (available here); Frye cowboy boots, my own (similar here)

Collective Concept herringbone print shirt dress, $70 at Tomato; Maui Jim pilot sunglasses, my own (available here); Coral-shaped neckalce, my own (similar here); Frye cowboy boots, my own (similar here)

 

Coral-shaped necklace, my own (similar here); Collective Concept herringbone print shirt dress, $70 at Tomato; Maui Jim pilot sunglasses, my own (available here); Frye cowboy boots, my own (similar here)

Laughing at myself as I try to strike a pose.

 

C. Luce floral cutout hi-low blouse, $54 at Tomato; Indigo boho earrings, my own (similar here); Maui Jim pilot sunglasses, my own (available here); J. Crew denim shorts, my own (similar here); Frye cowboy boots, my own (similar here)

C. Luce floral cutout hi-low blouse, $54 at Tomato; Indigo boho earrings, my own (similar here); Maui Jim pilot sunglasses, my own (available here); J. Crew denim shorts, my own (similar here); Frye cowboy boots, my own (similar here)

Mardi Gras style

Mardi Gras style

Mardi Gras style

Mardi Gras style

mardi gras style, part 1

Last week, I visited two Baton Rouge boutiques in search of stylish yet comfortable wears for the parade-going gal. The jacket and sweater presented in today’s post come from Posh Boutique. Pair either with your favorite pair of skinnies and booties, and you’re set for comfy cuteness during the carnival season.

Mardi Gras style

Free People black combo jacket, $158

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Free People citron sweater, $104

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So what do you think? If the weather gets a bit colder, could you see yourself wearing a lightweight jacket or cozy sweater? A big thank you to Posh Boutique for letting me play dress up!

Quote of the day: 

“Find your passion and do it totally. The more life experience you get, the better you’ll be at whatever you want to do.” –Jessica Alba

mardi gras style

Mardi Gras style

Mardi Gras is soon upon us, so I decided to visit two Baton Rouge boutiques in search of stylish yet comfortable wears for the parade-going gal. The above photo is merely a sneak peek. Check back next week to see what I found at Tomato and Posh Boutique. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Quote of the day:

“Youth ages. Immaturity can be outgrown. Ignorance can be educated. Drunkenness sobered. But stupid lasts forever.” –Aristophanes, famous Greek comic playwright

iphone 5 cases

iPhone 5 Cases

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The iPhone 5, with its sleeker shape, creates a necessity for new iPhone cases. Unless, of course, you are one of those super diligent people who handles your phone/gadgets with caution and delicacy at all times (whoever you are, wherever you are…I salute you). With my track record, however, I can’t afford to keep my new iPhone unprotected for much longer. I’m going on almost two months sans case and I feel like I’m playing fate.

So I combed through sassy cases online because I’m more of a cute-over-utility kind of gal when it comes to tech accessories (watch me eat those words someday); and I ordered one of the cases pictured above. Can you guess which one? Not to worry, I’ll be sure to model a pic of it once it comes in. Hope your week is shaping up nicely. Can’t wait to share Wednesday’s hump day treat with you!

marigold trend spotting

A warm blend of yellow and orange, marigold is popping up all over the stylesphere. Brighten up any look with a pop of this playful color through choice accessories, or make it the centerpiece of your ensemble by donning marigold trousers or a warm (and vibrant) winter coat. What are your thoughts on the marigold trend? What’s your favorite trending color this season? Leave a comment below!

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Left to right: Asos Button Swing Coat / Anthropologie-Tracy Reese Ruched Coat / Yes Style Faux Fur Collar Coat

Quote of the day:

“Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.” –Dr. Joyce Brothers

spotlight: nisolo shoes

Second stop on Nísolo’s Holiday Tour? Baton Rouge! A festive party will be held at the home of Andrea and Wally McMakin this Wednesday, where guests will have a wonderful opportunity to get to know the shoe line and its remarkable story. Here are the party details:

When: Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: 2052 Estates Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Link: Nísolo Holiday Tour in Baton Rouge’s Facebook page.

If you can’t wait til Wednesday to learn more about this FAMAZING brand, check out the photos below as well as my Q&A with one of Nísolo’s founders, Patrick Woodyard.

Nísolo founder Patrick Woodyard and shoemaker Eliseo

The Mendez family and the Mendez flat

Bolivar sandal

Oliver oxford

Willan with suede oxford

Delicias sandal

Chavito Chukka with shoemaker’s Son and Chavito Chukka on slackline

*All photos courtesy of Nísolo Shoes. To check out the company’s website, click here.

BACKGROUND ON NÍSOLO SHOES: 

Nick Meyer and Patrick Woodyard spent two years working with impoverished women in Trujillo, Peru, empowering them to enhance their small businesses through microfinance organization Sinergia, an affiliate of Peru Mission. One morning, Patrick and Nick sat in the kitchen of Sinergia client Doris. As they helped Doris balance the books for her small convenience store, they noticed a steady hammering noise coming from the adjacent room. Detecting Patrick and Nick’s interest, Doris guided them into the room, where her husband Willan sat handcrafting a handsome pair of high-quality, leather men’s dress shoes.

Impressed with Willan’s fine craftsmanship, Patrick and Nick were surprised to learn about his struggle to find consistent work and make financial ends meet, but they were even more surprised to learn that more than 3,000 other small-scale shoemakers in the area shared in Willan’s struggle. It was at this time that the inspiration for Nísolo struck.

“Upon seeing their remarkable talent yet lack of access and inability to provide for their families,” says Patrick, “I was led to start Nísolo as a means of providing the access they lacked to grow their businesses (including capital, design, knowledge of established markets, training, etc.).”

And here’s more from Patrick and I’s Q&A…

REBECCA: Have you always been shoe guy? Or, did this simply strike you as a viable business opportunity?

PATRICK: I’ve always been somewhat particular about the shoes I wear, but I’ve certainly never had an affinity for shoes. I think that a sustainable way of going about work is to use the skill sets that are already evident. In our case, that happened to be shoes—thousands of extremely talented individuals who had been making shoes for generations. Our passion to start a shoe company was originally sparked by a vision of being able to help a lot of people help themselves, through the work of their own hands.

REBECCA: Has socially responsible consumerism always been a cause close to your heart?

PATRICK: A cause that has always been close to my heart has been poverty alleviation and economic development in general. That is what originally led me to Peru to work in microfinance and eventually start Nísolo. As far a responsible consumerism goes, it wasn’t until seeing the effects of Nísolo on the ground level in Peru that I was completely convinced that our little choices do make a big difference. Since then, we have become much more conscious consumers than ever before.

REBECCA: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced throughout this process?

PATRICK: The greatest challenge we face is striving to build a world-class footwear brand while at the same time facing the challenges of manufacturing in the developing world. Our products are not mass-produced in far off, low-wage paying factories. Our belief in empowering the human face behind each product prohibits us from operating through a simple point-and-buy process like many brands out there.

Rather, each handmade product is a work of art to the shoemaker who crafts it. And, behind each product, are hours and hours of thoughtful design, planning and, at times, difficult resourcing on our part leading up to the “perfect pair” you see on the shelf.

Operating a formalized business in an underdeveloped micro-economy in the developing world presents a plethora of difficulties that are impossible to foresee or understand until you have experienced them yourself. Nonetheless, our advice to social entrepreneurs hoping to do something similar to Nísolo: “Just do it.” You’ll learn a WHOLE lot in the process.

la marquise week, final look

ESCADA Nanni Blouse // White + Warren Polka Dot Crewneck // CURRENT/ELLIOTT Coated Jean Legging // Bernardo Laramie Lush Boot (all available at La Marquise)

We wrap up La Marquise Week with this playful everyday look. The ornate ESCADA blouse balances well with White + Warren’s minimalist polka dot sweater. Speaking of, has anyone reading this ever felt White + Warren’s cashmere? Excuse my language, but it is F’ING SUBLIME! It’s the softest, most luxurious, most cuddly material I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing. Definitely adding a White + Warren sweater to my “Must Own Before I Die” list.

Other than that, CURRENT/ELLIOTT made this coated denim skeptic a believer. They add an unexpectedly fierce textural element to any ensemble. The color ascribed to the set pictured here is Huckleberry—a perfect mix between maroon and eggplant in my opinion.

I hope you’ve enjoyed La Marquise Week as much as I have! To be honest, I was extremely nervous about readers’ receptivity to the whole endeavor, especially with this being my first on-camera, on-blog appearance. Overall, though, it’s been a fantastic growing experience and your wonderful support and feedback made it all worthwhile. For that, I cannot thank you enough.

Best wishes and happy Monday,

Rebecca

*Photos by Ruthie Voinche’ Robideaux

Quote of the day: 

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” –Katharine Hepburn

la marquise week, day 4

Necklace by Sennod Jewelry Design in New Orleans. Learn more about the line by visiting Sennod’s website.

CrOp by David Peck Davis Top // CrOp by David Peck Eliza Skirt // Elizabeth and James Sibil Wedge (all available at La Marquise)

Known for its vibrant hues, CrOp by David Peck offers women’s wear that blends American functionalism with refined Parisian elegance. The line is as thoughtful as it is beautiful. CrOp by David Peck employs socially responsible manufacturing practices as each garment is made in the David Peck Factory in Houston, Texas.  This was my first encounter with the brand. And let’s just say, Mr. Peck, wherever you are, I’m positively smitten.

I feel this outfit would be perfect for date night on an exotic vacation. Where would you wear it? I’d love to know. Me and the team at La Marquise are still asking ourselves that question. Regardless of what we come up with, every moment spent in this ensemble was bliss.

Learn more about La Marquise by visiting its Facebook page.

*Photos by Ruthie Voinche’ Robideaux

Quote of the day:

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” –Cecil Beaton

la marquise week, day 3

With south Louisiana’s intemperate weather, it’s tough to put a seasonally appropriate outfit together without overheating the wearer. This suede mini skirt and short-sleeved cashmere sweater offer an on-trend solution to that issue. And when the weather turns colder, you can simply add a pair of textured tights underneath the skirt (I’d probably go with deep, Bordeaux-colored tights or maybe navy) to get even more mileage out of this look.

Happy hump day, by the way! Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!

White & Warren Shirt Tail Cashmere Sweater // Joie Suede Skirt // Missoni Autumn Stole // Bernardo Laramie Lush Boot  (all available at La Marquise)

Learn more about La Marquise by visiting its Facebook page.

* Photos by Ruthie Voinche’ Robideaux