Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

Beau Ties

  He’s a NOLA ‘til ya die kinda guy. Something sweet to give him — other than your hand in marriage — could come in the form of a little slice of his beloved city. Ellen Macomber organic cotton silk…

Wediquette Wednesday: Do I have to have a bridal shower?

  Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.) QUESTION…

Wediquette Wednesday: Do we have to gift wedding favors?

  Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)  …

Note de l'editeur

Our wedding was a small, intimate affair. To be honest, we really wanted to elope, but knew that our family and friends would be upset at missing our Big Day. As a compromise, my now husband and I planned a…

Note de L'Editeur

Each year when we begin planning our Best Chefs issue, it’s like getting a jolt of creative energy. The process begins with a flurry of emails as the art director and I work with the writer and photographer to compile…

Along the Way: Bovine Blues

My people aren’t hunters. We shoot and we eat, but we don’t shoot what we eat. It’s just not in our DNA, I suppose. At least it doesn’t appear to be part of the genetic makeup of the five generations…

Last Indulgence | On the Geaux

Fall is finally here, which means a lot more porch and patio sitting and long walks in the neighborhood. The latter also means blowing through that stash of Mardi Gras throw cups in the kitchen cabinet until Carnival season kicks…

Get Organized

Fine Foyer It’s the Grand Central Station for your family’s departures and arrivals and serves as the unofficial welcome center to your friends and visitors. Your entryway may be the smallest room in your house, but with attention to style…

Design Diary

Dashing Decor Aerin Lauder, founder and creative director of the luxury lifestyle brand AERIN, and style and image director for Estée Lauder, has launched a fall line for Aerin Home with modern and classically-refined home accessories. Available locally at Rivers…

Editor's Note: Winning Season

It’s hard to pick favorites when you are the editor of multiple magazines, but if forced to do it, the annual autumn issue of this publication would certainly take the lead, if not first place. The combination of autumn being…

Bon Vivant | Film al Fresco

In some parts of the country September marks the first real taste of fall weather. Unfortunately, New Orleans isn’t in one of those parts of the country. That said, there is a dash…

Note de l'editeur

Finding great happy hours is a bit of a hobby for me. Perhaps owing to a combination of the thrill of the hunt and the thrill of a deal or maybe I inherited the love of the game from my…

Along the Way: This Is Not a Bucket List

The term “bucket list” just doesn’t sit well with me. Not because of its allusions to death — there’s no stopping that canoe from its rapid whoosh down river. Rather, the idea of rushing to get entertaining and adventuresome things…

Bubble Tap Will Have You Belly Up to the Bubbly

  Your Big Day presents countless opportunities to plan big and little surprises for your guests. It’s those moments that make an unforgettable day even more memorable. Delight your guests during the cocktail or wedding reception or perhaps the after…