Author: Kristin W. Durand

Weathering the Storm

The forecast was ominous. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico provided the perfect conditions for a weather disturbance to explode from a tropical storm into a category 4 hurricane in just 48 hours. Predictions included a 20-foot storm…

Letter from the Outgoing Editor

So much has changed. Saying this right now seems superfluous. We have all been going through a surreal experience over the past few months. A sudden shift from the way things had been for so long. A jolt into a…

Wellbeing

Finding Equilibrium in the Work/Life Balance

Melanie Usdin: Sustainer of the Year

Brisbee, a 14-week-old Australian Shepherd puppy, serves as the unofficial greeter at the Usdin residence these days. Melanee Usdin and her family welcomed this newcomer into their hearts just before the holidays. It’s evident from their interaction that Brisbee is…

Beyond "Thank You"

  “Wow! I love that new asymmetrical haircut. You look five years younger!” “Yeah, but I can never get it to look as good as they do at the salon.” “Whoa, have you lost weight? That dress looks fabulous!” “What…

Bon Appétit! Fête Fantastique

Well, hello. It’s so nice to see you. Here, let me take your coat and purse. I’ll put those in the back with the others. Gene is in the kitchen fixing everyone a cocktail. Feel free to head back there,…

Be Our Guest

You’re off on a long awaited trip to visit your favorite aunt and uncle in Atlanta. Or maybe your college roommate is finally coming to visit you in New Orleans. Whether you’re playing the role of host or guest, you…

Bonjour, mes amis!

In Louisiana, when we see our fellow man in distress, we can’t help fast enough. When you saw the devastation the August floods brought to our friends in Baton Rouge, it’s likely your first instinct was to help those in…

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

Welcome to Savoir Faire, the Junior League of New Orleans’ Etiquette Column. With this column, our aim is to help navigate through the oftentimes puzzling world of manners and propriety with an eye towards modern issues. In our inaugural edition,…