Author: Ashley McLellan

From The Editor

With the end of summer comes that lagging summer feeling – the heat and humidity seems never-ending; vacations have been planned and taken; students face another school year; diets and healthy eating practices for “swimsuit” season have come and gone.…

From the Editor

Summer is here, and for many, that means slathering on the sunscreen and seeking out shady spots to protect ourselves from the sun’s relentless rays. For me, growing up in the 1970s and 80s meant doing, or not doing, things…

High and Dry

Summer fashion and design go beyond the latest in swimwear when hitting the water. What you choose to wrap yourself up in after a dip also counts. We’ve selected the best beach, cabana and poolside towels that will keep you…

From the Editor

  This month, we celebrate Pride – a month dedicated to remembering the work and sacrifices made by extraordinary individuals to advance the rights of LGBTQ+ people. In this issue, we highlight the work of several local heroes and allies…

In Memoriam

  Pamela Marquis, a longtime contributor to various titles at Renaissance Publishing, died unexpectedly on May 4. A devoted gardener, Marquis’ gardening column and other contributions to New Orleans Homes kept readers in the know not only with trends and…

Literary Louisiana: Fresh Crop

History Lesson A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award finalist Rita Williams-Garcia’s latest book, “A Sitting in St. James,” challenges teen and adult readers alike to consider the multiple lives…

From the Editor

I recently ventured out for a small luncheon with some of my girlfriends. Out. Of my house. We had all been thoroughly vaccinated and had waited the proper post-shot wait period, so we decided to celebrate a birthday, as well as…

From the Editor

April is usually an entertainment-filled month in New Orleans, from the music lover’s dream of back-to-back French Quarter Fest and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to weekends filled with food festivals along the bayou and beyond, lazy Sunday…

From the Editor

This month marks the dubious anniversary of our COVID-19 quarantine. It’s been a long year, and many of us are itching to do, well, anything at all. Luckily, spring is also here, and getting outside is the perfect socially distanced…

Literary Louisiana: Spring into Reading

Southern Science Backyard Science & Discovery Workbook: South by Erika Zambello After the long months of quarantine, plus the cold winter weather, spring is finally here and kids of all ages will be excited to return to some outdoor fun.…

Price Mix | Knives Out

As spring begins to bloom across the city, many gardeners may be looking to up their garden game and tool belt. The humble garden knife is the ultimate multi-purpose (and dare we say elegant) tool to add to any potting…

From the Editor

February is normally a busy month for New Orleans. It’s filled with Carnival events, parades, and sometimes, Mardi Gras day itself. It’s also a time to mark Black History Month, to celebrate leaders who have strived for change and social…

From the Editor

Each year when the clock strikes midnight on December 31, the world seemingly resets. It’s a time to briefly look back at the year that was, and to look ahead to a new year full of new possibilities. This year,…

Celebrate the Culture

Snapshots in Time New Orleans Portrayed  Photographs by David G. Spielman What makes a good photograph? Is it the right lighting? A perfect composition, person or place? Or is it capturing both in an instant? New Orleans photographer DAvid G.…

Price Mix | Impressed

Chic, sleek and classic, French press coffee makers are coffee connoisseurs’ favorite way to brew their morning, afternoon or post-dinner cup. French press makers do not employ paper filters, thus letting the natural oils and flavors of the coffee bloom…

From the Editor

In New Orleans, we have a special relationship with food and dining (and, of course, imbibing). This year, due to COVID-19, our love affair with food took on especially new meaning, as many of us turned to comfort food, take-out…

From the Editor

November is a time of giving thanks, and this month we give thanks for the sweeter side of life, both inside the kitchen and dining room and out about town. Celebrity chef Gail Simmons once said, “There is no better…

The Gift of Reading

For the historian and art Aficionado: New Orleans in Golden Age Postcards by Matthew Griffis Travel to New Orleans’ storied past through photos and artwork of vintage turn-of-the-20th-century postcards. In “New Orleans in Golden Age Postcards,” author Matthew Griffis has…

From the Editor

Fall in New Orleans is a time when we really start to move away from all things summer. The air gets a little lighter. The oppressive humidity of those dog days finally wanes. We break out the gumbo pot and…

Local Legends

Mysterious Fantasy The Big Door Prize by M.O. Walsh A mysterious machine that promises to predict your life’s ambitions may seem too good to be true. And perhaps it is. But in the small Louisiana town of Deerfield, residents are…

Persona: Community Crusader

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, more than 50 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the state have been African Americans. Dr. Thomas LaVeist, dean of Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the first African American to…

Literary Louisiana: Summer Reading List

JACKPOT DREAMS Louisiana Lucky: A Novel by Julie Pennell In “Louisiana Lucky: A Novel,” author Julie Pennell brings us the story of three sisters growing up with modest means in a small town. They fantasize about what it would be…

Social Aid, New Orleans Style

When Krewe of Red Beans founder Devin De Wulf saw a simple need, providing front line workers with wholesome meals, he jumped into action. He and his krewe members have launched a new initiative, the Krewe of Second Line. New…

Poolside Service

Relaxing by the pool is a favorite summertime activity. But what to do when happy hour rolls around? Who wants to bring the party inside? We’ve searched and found the most stylish acrylic cocktail glasses in classic shapes and cool…

Laine Hardy

Louisiana native Laine Hardy has always been a performer. The southern rocker started playing guitar at the age of 8, and by 14 he was performing in a band. When a friend asked him to come with her to audition…

NOLA Mother's Day 2020

  It’s time to celebrate mom, and while that celebration may look a little different this year, there are still plenty of great places to get gifts, delicious treats, festive spirits and more. Here are some of our top choices…

Literary Louisiana: Off the Shelf

MAGICAL TALE The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata This book is a hard-to-describe tale of twists, turns and mysterious manuscripts. It starts in 1929 New Orleans, where a young woman writes a popular science fiction tale, falls…

Eric Paulsen

During his long career at WWL-TV, journalist and anchor Eric Paulsen has seen politicians come and go, scandals and celebrations, tragedies and triumphs. While New Orleanians can still start their day waking up to Paulsen hosting the channel’s morning show,…

Starting a New Running Routine

For me, getting outside for an early morning run has been crucial to staying sane during our self-isolation time. If you are new to running or would like to start a new routine, here are some tips and tools to…

Corona Diaries: Friday, April 17, 2020

  During these times, our attention spans have varied wildly from binge reading an entire novel in one day to only being able to focus on videos the length of a TikTok jam. For me, I have found my most…