Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

From the Editor

Often, we hear that it’s all about the dress when it comes to planning the wedding. I would venture that in reality however, it’s all about the ceremony and reception venues. Until a couple has booked those two elements, it’s…

Along the Way: Party Animals

During our first three Carnival seasons after moving to New Orleans, by the time Fat Tuesday arrived, we were too pooped to party beyond a brief amble out to the corner for a couple of the morning parades while sipping…

Last Indulgence: Gentle Cycles

There are certain household and clothing items that require a little extra TLC. Vintage linens and delicate silk camisoles come to mind. For handwashing enthusiasts and those who are loathe to cart “dry clean only” items to the cleaners, The…

Bon Vivant: Cozy Countdown

With long waits for taxis (and Uber and Lyft surge pricing), unpredictable weather and the disappointment when that allegedly fabulous event you commit to winds up being a dud, a night in for New Year’s Eve sounds more and more…

Editor's Note: Holidays at Home

In 2014, I was invited to my first Réveillon dinner at the home of a friend. Having grown up in Kentucky, the tradition was new to me, but it was love at first bite (after bite, after bite). Friends and…

Note de l'editeur

A few years ago, I was at a boucherie and not long before the butchering began, a man rolled up in a truck yelling greetings in French, to — from what I can tell — no one in particular. Several…

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…