Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

Finding Friluftsliv

A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent me a 2020 article, “Embrace Winter Like a Norwegian this Year by Practicing 'Friluftsliv’.” According to the write up, friluftsliv translates…

Wediquette Wednesday: A Year of Etiquette

  Yesterday, we looked back at some of the more popular articles from the “Let Them Eat Cake” 2021 archives. Today, we wanted to take this Wediquette Wednesday to look at your favorite etiquette-related posts and questions. Etiquette comes into…

Pretty Pop-Up

  In September of 2021, floral artist Tippi Clark started her floral design studio and began working out of a garage space at 1526 Magazine St. “I would be loading in buckets of flowers to prep for weddings and events…

À Votre Santé

The French 75 is my favorite cocktail. I love the lore. I love its namesake bar at Arnaud’s in the French Quarter. I love sipping a Cognac version during colder months. I love the lighter take made with gin in the…

Happy Holidaze

  THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS upon us — ready or not.  If things continue to go well with more and more people getting vaccinated and COVID-19 case numbers staying low, it seems we’ll be able to celebrate our respective traditions…

What Fresh Hell is This?

  The weed whacking began shortly after the start of my morning yoga and meditation. It wasn’t obnoxiously loud, but I did peep my watch, because at 8:26 a.m., it seemed early for loud, outdoor chores, even for a Thursday…

Om for the Holidays: Creating a Yoga and Meditation Retreat

  For years, my “things to try” list has included attending a yoga and meditation retreat. Countless times I’ve found myself perusing the retreat schedule at Flowering Lotus Meditation Center in Magnolia, Mississippi, ultimately unable to make it work with my vacation…

Getting Served: Dining Indoors Post-Delta

    There was an all-too-short collection of weeks post-vaccination and pre-Delta surge in which indoor dining, dinner parties with vaccinated friends, bars and even travel seemed blissfully, pre-pandemic normal. Our collective hot girl summer was lit — for about…

Celebrate Everything: Bon Vivant Nabs an Award

  Normally I reserve this blog space to share design and lifestyle-related events, tips, recipes and the occasional life musings, with the goal of offering what I hope is generally useful and maybe even sometimes entertaining information. If you disagree…

Seasonal Delusion Disorder: Conjuring Autumnal Vibes

  My seasonal delusion disorder has only gotten worse over the years. You see, in my home state of Kentucky, the full four seasons show up without fail, year-after-year in all of their glory and misery. I haven’t lived there…

Personal Space

Last October, we moved from a Victorian-era apartment in Uptown to a nearby, charming circa-1900s shotgun. We gave up a few turn of the 20th-century architectural details, but gained a lot more space. The increase in space enabled me to…

Sweater Weather

AUTUMN IN THE SOUTH, especially New Orleans, starts out looking and feeling a lot like summer. But that doesn’t make me look forward to it any less. Perhaps it’s the joy of knowing the temperature will drop any time now…