10 Questions with Anna Federline of Charm City Quills

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Though quilling has been around for many years, I had never heard of it until I met Anna Federline through a friend and started following her Instagram account. Under the moniker Charm City Quills, Anna uses tiny strips of paper to create intricate and beautiful designs. I was immediately struck by the uniqueness of each piece she crafted, as well…

10 Questions with Janna Hart Black of Kinfolk Collective

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Founded by Janna Hart Black, Kinfolk Collective is a New Orleans-based small business offering fun socks in unique designs with a generous twist: for each pair you purchase, Kinfolk donates a pair to a local shelter or person in need. I love the concept and how something so small can make such a huge difference in making a person healthier…

10 Questions with Kathleen Currie of Smoke Perfume

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Kathleen Currie is the creator of Smoke Perfume, a New Orleans-based company offering natural products like body oils, salt and sugar scrubs, candles, and perfume. I love the products and clever packaging, and the scrubs are the perfect gift for anyone. Kathleen is a massage therapist by trade, studied holistic health in college, and runs one of my favorite Instagram…

A Trip to Lincoln Beach

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[wearing: thrifted jacket via Little Flea, Topshop lace-up shirt, Chan Luu horn necklace, UNIF Valen skirt and sheer socks, Prada shoes] Happy New Year! Here are some pictures from a day trip out to Lincoln Beach in New Orleans East. This was the site of a popular amusement park, swimming pool, and entertainment center for African-Americans in the time of segregation…

Blogs I Follow

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Catching up on the blogs I follow is somewhat of a morning ritual of mine, and at this point, I’ve got a good handful of sites that inspire me in different ways. I use Blogger to organize the blogs I follow, so that when I go on the site, I just have one central feed to look at that shows…

Explore Your Dreams: Dream Caravan in New Orleans

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I’ve always been a believer in dreams as signs but I’m not extremely familiar with dreamwork, so I was excited when Kezia Kamenetz reached out to me with news about Dream Caravan, an event she organized for the November 7-8 weekend in New Orleans (FB page here). Dream Caravan offers lectures, panels, workshops, and one-on-one sessions for people to learn more…

The Future of Fashion is Here: 3D Printing

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I had heard of 3D printing before but was a little fuzzy on how it all actually worked, so when I got an invitation to trial a new fashion printing technology, of course I said yes. Frances Guevara, founder of Printing House, is a New Orleans native currently operating out of the IDIYA space on N. Broad St. She is…

Back to Black: iHeartnola.com

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When Scott Simon of iHeartnola expressed interest in shooting some photos of me, I was beyond excited – and nervous about what I should wear. Tons of potential outfit ideas started swirling in my head and I put together a few different possibilities. I should have known that I would end up hating the way everything looked and reverting to…