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…

Coffee with Scott Simon of iHeartnola

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I officially met Scott Simon a year or two ago when he interviewed me for his site, iHeartnola (IHN). He liked a piece I wrote about tattoo artists and when he reached out to me, I was excited to meet him since I’d been following IHN for quite some time. Started in 2009 and run completely by Scott, IHN covers local fashion, art, culture,…

When You’re Tired of Skinny Jeans

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[wearing: Elizabeth and James crop top, Madewell Perfect Summer Jean, Jeffrey Campbell heels, thrifted purse] I’m really into the current “Perfect Summer Jean” style from Madewell – it reminds me of the old 90s Friends jeans, which I realize is usually not said as a good thing, but I just love them. They’re so comfortable and a welcome break from all…

Denim Jumper Dress

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[wearing: Madewell bandana and denim dress, Manos Zapotecas clutch, Free People Easy Day clogs]  I’m feeling more inspired lately – I just finished Love Style Life by Garance Dore and her philosophy of chic, easy living and style is so appealing to me. I’m now fighting the urge to chop my hair into a bob and overhaul my wardrobe for muted tones. At…

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…

The Right Stuff

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[wearing: Bonlook RX sunglasses, NKOTB vintage tee, Madewell midi skirt, Vans sneakers] I grew up being completely obsessed with New Kids on the Block. I remember I had this technicolor sleeping bag with all of their faces on it and it was my absolute favorite thing in the world at that time. Donnie was, and is, my favorite (hi haters)! It’s been…

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…

Cheetah Print Pants

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[wearing: Cloth & Stone tunic, Bella Luxx sweater, Lululemon pants, Adidas Gazelles] If I could live in yoga pants for the rest of my life, I absolutely would. I’ve been keeping an eye out for a pair that I can wear to Pilates class that don’t look like the traditional leggings, with bonus points given if it was animal print. I’m wearing this cheetah…