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Cruisin’ The Crescent

Smith Diano shows off her colorful collection in the Airstream

This issue marks my third year writing “Crusin’ the Crescent,” and sadly this will be my last column. I am expecting my first child this month and have come to terms with the fact that my social life is about to change – drastically! As I prepare for the great adventure that is called motherhood, I’ve also looked back on my time writing and how much I’ve learned from it.

I knew early on that I wanted to write about friends and family, but mostly my love for New Orleans. I had no idea when I started this journey how many incredible things I would discover about this great city, things I can’t wait to pass on to my child.

I am so grateful to St. Charles Avenue for allowing me to write about what I love and for giving me this wonderful opportunity. My enthusiasm for this city has always been my motivation, but it’s the people in my life who have influenced how I put it on paper.

My friends and family have been the biggest source of inspiration for me. From my husband, to my mom, to my best friends from Pre-Kindergarten, I’ve loved seeing the city through your eyes. Thank you for letting me pick your brains.

There is one other person that really has inspired me and kindled my passion for New Orleans at a young age, my dad. My dad has lived here his whole life, and unless you ask him about property taxes or potholes he might be New Orleans’ biggest fan. He was the first person who opened my eyes to what makes New Orleans special: its people. In the end it’s the people that truly make this city great.

Thank you for your support and Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

Smith Diano, designer for the clothing line bySMITH, had a big summer. She took her Spring/Fall 2014 collection on the road across the Southeast in a vintage Airstream trailer. She hosted events with other local artists in Dallas, Fairhope, Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham, and also stopped by New Orleans. The event, which was held at an Uptown home, also featured Ellen L Jewelry and Holly Mabry Poole art. While shoppers browsed, they noshed on nachos and sliders by The Boxcar and stayed cool with watermelon snow balls. For more information about bySMITH, visit BySmithCollection.com.

Holly Mabry Poole displays her art.

“One-by-one, two-by-two come, to Wyatt’s petting zoo!” Wyatt Milano celebrated his fist birthday with a backyard petting zoo jubilee. The party, which featured an assortment of animals including chickens, goats and turtles from Zoo 2 U, was held at his grandparents’ house and had plenty of entertainment. Guests enjoyed Plum Street snow balls and nibbled on finger sandwiches while learning about the different animals. Wyatt was very excited to dig into his giraffe cake after he was serenaded. At the end of the event, partygoers were given animal crackers as a favor so they could take a little zoo home with them.

Mary Wyatt helps birthday boy Wyatt blow out his candles

Wyatt and Mary Wyatt Milano with one of the many animals

Kerry Milano, Marin, Peter and Carrie Castaing with Adair Vulevich and John Marshall


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