Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

Note de l'editeur

Each year, I look forward to pulling together this issue. The past four years, we’ve focused it on recreation for our big feature and one of my personal hobbies is finding new, creative, fun and exciting things to do. Some…

Backroads and Byways: Bringing Back the Sunday Drive

  Four weeks ago, my husband Mark was losing it. Which is understandable, given he’s an extrovert and we are 20 weeks and 139 days into this COVID-19 dumpster fire. (I’m an introvert — content to spend every single day,…

Melanie’s Mighty Tasty Mexican Martini

  We lived in Texas for 12 years and to this day, I frequently crave a good Mexican Martini. For the uninitiated, it’s a margarita, but with the addition of olive juice and a lot more tequila. The extra tequila…

Novel Ideas

  Most, if not all of us, are struggling in one way or another, as we work out how to live life during a pandemic. There are a lot of rules and guidelines, but no rulebook.  Countless people are out…

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.…