Author: Penn Iarocci

Holistically Healthy

  Remember when GNC was the only place that came to mind when you thought of vitamins and supplements? That or a dusty old aisle in the drugstore your grandmother might take you to. Not anymore. The vitamin and supplement…

Working On Our Wellness

  People don’t often associate New Orleans with wellness. It’s our hedonistic culture that keeps the tourists wantonly coming back for more each year. But take a closer look and you’ll see a handful of local, passionate entrepreneurs are setting…

New Year, New Glam

  If you're planning to gather for New Year’s Eve, please be safe! Get tested (if you can find one), pick an outdoor venue and find the best way to revel responsibly. Then, once you’ve navigated through the acrobatic coordination…

Lush Loungewear

  Ever since Lululemon changed women’s fashion and culture back in the mid-2000s, “soft clothes," more specifically black exercise pants, have become suitable for almost any occasion. I’m certainly guilty of donning them in more situations than I care to…

Giving The Gift Of Food

  Last year we didn’t receive the homemade English muffins our neighbors usually bake and deliver to us for the holidays. They have generously been gifting us with these scratch-made muffins for almost 20 years now and, not to be…

The Talented Jewelry Designers of Louisiana

  After about my 5th year living in Manhattan, it dawned on me: there's nothing inherently better or brighter about the people who live in New York City. This was a myth I created in childhood. This seed was planted…

The Ultimate Holiday Outfit

  The ultimate holiday outfit. You know the one I’m talking about. That carefully selected ensemble that you wear to your favorite annual holiday event. I’ll always remember the cream-colored floor-length dress from Fred Segal that I splurged on in…

The Art of the Dinner Party

  The art of hosting a dinner party is one that I aspire to master. A successful soirée requires an astute combination of organizational skills, cooking chops, mixology and, of course, creativity. For some people it’s an innate gift, like…

French Quarter Fashion

  The next time you’re wandering the French Quarter post Arnaud’s or Galatoire’s lunch, do yourself a favor and squeeze in some shopping. As locals, we tend to avoid tourist areas and assume that every retail store past Canal Street…

Holiday Cheer With Holiday Shopping Around The City

  One of the most enjoyable ways to get into the holiday spirit is to attend a special shopping event. There’s nothing more heartwarming than the reappearance of holiday garland, twinkling ornaments and the smell of cinnamon and pine welcoming…

’Tis The Holiday Card Season

  Can we get a minute to recover from Halloween? Nope. The holiday cards are coming! In my humble experience, it’s best to get in front of these labors of love before you’re too deep into November. If you get…

Treats For All Ages

  Halloween treats and candy are not just for kids. It’s true you will probably need to buy candy combo packs for your child’s classroom or stock up for trick-or-treaters, but what are you doing for yourself? Where can you…

Estate Auctions Bring New Life

  One might think an estate's auction would be a stuffy, somber affair – all dust and chintz. Even the idea of selling off an individual’s furniture, artwork and heirlooms is a bit sad. But I’ve come to see things…

Halloween Costume Hunt

  When I was growing up, scoring a Halloween costume was not easy. It was either DIY with help from mom OR, in my house, tracking down the mysterious costume box. Befitting Halloween, the costume box was somewhere hidden in…

Pillow Talk – The Best Jeans for Your Age and Budget

  Back in the mid-90s, when the weather became cool enough to break out my jeans, my dear friend Ashley had a tried-and-true technique to finding the ultimate comfort and fit. Instructions below (*not at all patent pending*):  Slip on…

Looks Like Team Spirit

  Team spirit is everywhere during the fall season. Whether it’s for a high school, club, college or our beloved New Orleans Saints, we're all rooting for something or someone. You know what team I’m really rooting for right now?…

Treatments and Products for a Post-Summer Skin Glow

  Last week my five-year-old stared at me earnestly and said, “Mom, are you sad?” To which I replied, “No honey, I’m fine!" Then, with BIG eyes glued to my face, he responded, “No, mom I mean just the way…

A Little Shop Talk

  Let’s talk about fall shopping. On one hand, it’s 90 degrees outside, we’re still grappling with COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida and those old cotton/linen “soft clothes” seem like a cozy respite from it all. On the other hand, schools…