Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

Holiday Independence

Thank you for stopping by New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles’ “Bon Vivant” blog. Writer Melanie Warner Spencer is enjoying the Independence Day holiday and will return on Monday, July 6 with a new, freshly pressed post. Meanwhile, if you are staying inside…

Editor's Note: Cozy Comfort

Much like every aspect of navigating life through a global pandemic, creating magazines during one is a surreal experience. It of course can seem a bit unimportant or frivolous to cover lifestyle when…

Bon Vivant: Hot Water

The abrupt transition into social distancing and self-isolation since the COVID-19 outbreak has many of us seeking creature comforts, distractions, tips and simply a sense of normalcy. I’ve certainly begun clinging to…

Wediquette Wedesday: COVID-Era Wedding Etiquette Roundup

  With so many couples continuing to navigate Zoom gatherings, postponements, cancellations, micro- or tiny-weddings and everything else creating etiquette questions and quandaries, here’s a roundup of Wediquette Wednesdays on the subject.   Click through the list for tips and…

DIY: Best Lip Balm Ever

  For years, I’ve been in search of the smoothest, most hydrating, gentle, chemical-free and yummy smelling lip balm. The closest I’ve gotten to my ideal are Whole Foods Organic Peppermint Lip Balm and Grove Collaborative Mint & Argan Lip…

Wediquette Wednesday: What makes a great wedding toast?

  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. This week's question is a look back at a wediquette…

On Vacation

  Thank you for stopping by New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles’ “Bon Vivant” blog. Writer Melanie Warner Spencer is out on vacation this week and will return on June 22 with piping hot posts three times a week, as usual.…

Note de l'editeur

We hope this issue finds you healthy and safe. My, what strange lives we’ve been leading over the past couple of months. You may have noticed a few things are missing from your Acadiana Profile. Like every business and individual,…

Cozy Cooking

  By most accounts, we have a small kitchen. It measures just over 8-foot by just over 9-foot and, were it designed any other way, it might be too small. As it stands, we got lucky: it is already laid…

Happy Memorial Day

  Bon Vivant is taking a break for Memorial Day. Please visit again on Wednesday, when we’ll be back to our regular blogging schedule.

High and Low

  At this stage of the COVID-19 crisis, my husband Mark and I are devising as many plans as possible to safely increase our time outdoors. Our daily walks or bike rides and frequent porch sits are getting longer and…

Go-To Go-Cups

  With lockdown going into week 2,345 and the spring weather beckoning, most of us have been doing a lot more porch and patio sitting and taking and long walks in the neighborhood. The latter also means blowing through that…

Bread Wars

  The entire internet has seemingly been baking homemade bread for weeks, with the exception of those of us who weren’t prescient enough to buy yeast before the COVID-19 hoarding began in earnest. My husband Mark and I bake bread…