La Marquise Week

M Missoni yellow blouse; M Missoni knit green skirt; Bettye Muller Roxy bootie with tassles (all available at La Marquise); Kate Spade jade purse (my own, similar here).

Upon entering La Marquise’s impressive building, I realized there’s nothing square about it. The store itself is elliptical in shape, allowing shoppers to make a graceful turn about the room while sparing them the anxiety of potentially missing key items nestled in sharp corners. Likewise, the garments are assembled not on square racks, but in linear progressions.

And there’s nothing square about the styles offered there either. The team at La Marquise understands that, just like fashion itself, your wardrobe is cyclical. Women shopping there may enhance a collection of classic staples and playfully embellish it with more adventurous and trendy pieces.

Brought in from Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston, general manager Dawn Faulkner created nothing less than a Lafayette shopping marvel. A masterpiece that she was undoubtedly prepared to create after forty-plus years of experience in the retail business. Her team there–stylist Mollye Ashmore especially–was so helpful in putting together the looks featured in this week’s posts.

As you can see, I’m the one modeling the clothing this time around, which is a first for Bitsy & Boo. Please keep in mind that I have never done anything like this. Hanging up my inhibitions and embracing my vulnerabilities (like my stocky legs) in order to rock these beautiful garments was not easy. There was a lot of self-loathing going on prior to the shoot. I kept repeatedly asking myself (in a very harsh tone, might I add), “Rebecca, why didn’t you get a spray tan?!” Or, “Why didn’t you try to lose more weight beforehand?!” Or, “Why didn’t you call someone to help you with your hair and makeup?!”

Being forced to repeat, “Rebecca, get over yourself!” several times and strike a pose, even when I wasn’t feeling all that beautiful, is a pretty healthy exercise. Ultimately, I believe that less inhibitions and less focus on what’s “wrong” with me will ultimately open me up to more opportunities for happiness and unique life experiences.

*Photos by Ruthie Voinche’ Robideaux

Quote of the day:

“I’m so tired of saying, ‘No,’ and then waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before. Counting every calorie consumed so I can calculate exactly how much self-loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese. I’m just through with the guilt.” –Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray Love


  1. Sarah Wells says:

    Hi Becca-I love reading your comments! The wedding pictures were wonderful-I cried!!!! But John and Caroline looked so happy so I couldn’t be sad! Keep up the good work-tell Michael hello for me! Sarah

  2. Great post, Rebecca. I’m glad you talked back to your stupid voices and did the shoot.

  3. You look absolutely beautiful!