Author: Photos by Theresa Cassagne

Fanciful Florals

  Heavyweight cotton stock invitation, letter-pressed with charcoal ink and accented with a Chinoiserie bird and bamboo envelope liner, scriptura.com. A heavy bright white vellum stock with a shimmer belly band, featuring a colorful floral accent, gemprinting.com. Flat-printed invitation suite featuring calligraphy…

Top Female Achievers

Ashley Longshore—Artist A self-taught artist from Montgomery, Alabama, Ashley Longshore is just as colorful and larger-than-life as her creations, which include a painting of Jesus hovering over an Oompah Loompah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg backed by an array of hands giving…

Garden Variety

Timeless cakes with added fresh florals for a touch of natural elegance

Ask the Experts: Seasons Change

Punxsutawney Phil predicted a quick spring arrival this year, and as early as Groundhog Day, Oriental magnolia trees were already splashing the landscape with striking pinks and whites, hinting at the coming change of the seasons in early February. Just…

Finishing Touches

FAUCETS 1. Moen Align 2. Brizo Litze 3. Brizo Talo 4. Kohler Purist LCR 2601 L and A Road, Metairie 504-378-8300 lcrnola.com COUNTERTOPS 1. Silestone Eternal Marquina Quartz 2. Cambria Levven Quartz 3. Bianco Superiore Quartzite 4. Cambria White Cliff…

Throw Me Something Green!

  When the city’s big vacuum trucks took a turn around town after last year’s Mardi Gras, many were surprised by the haul of 46 tons, or 93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads and Carnival debris that were lodged in…

Gifts: Traditionally Yours

  Embroidered linen hand towels, gold leaf alligator tray and bride and groom painting, nolagiftsanddecor.com; Slant Collections ceramic Mr. and Mrs. mug set, nothingbundtcakes.com; Michael Aram Bittersweet cheese tray with knife and trinket tray, bedbathandbeyond.com; Ann Marie Cianciolo rings: cushion…

Invitations: Fanciful Florals

  Heavyweight cotton stock invitation, letter-pressed with charcoal ink and accented with a Chinoiserie bird and bamboo envelope liner, scriptura.com. A heavy bright white vellum stock with a shimmer belly band, featuring a colorful floral accent, gemprinting.com. Flat-printed invitation suite…

Big Easy Bridesmaid Bonding

It’s no secret that New Orleans is a hot spot for bridal parties. In addition to our bounty of amazing food and libations, the Crescent City always has something fun in the works. To put it simply, this city knows…

Vintage Vows

Models: Stephany Osorto, Russ Vegas, Meggan Ory, Jacquelyn Lindsey Makeup by Meggan Ory for Makeup by Meggan Cosmetics Hair by Monique Munoz Hope Goldman Meyer Fine Jewelry Location: The Seraphim House New Orleans (Top) Willowby by Watters "Thistle" gown with…

Cakes: Garden Variety

Floral styling by IRIS floral + event design studio, irisfloral.com Devil’s food cake, filled with raspberry and chocolate buttercream, covered in a poured chocolate fondant, swisscakes.net. Classic almond wedding cake, embellished with scored fondant and accented with brushed gold, haydelbakery.com.…

Elevated Elegance

Tradition trumps the sheer and sensual with an emphasis on pared-down dresses and frothy ball gowns that reflect romance, femininity and tenderness.

Ask the Experts: The Stone (and Tile) Age

Options in hard surfaces like tile and stone are continually expanding and evolving, giving homeowners more choices to make than ever. Whether you want hard surfaces with a subtle, soft appeal or a stony, rustic intensity, you can just about…

Head Turners

Platinum and diamond necklace featuring 35.65 total carats; 10.04 total carat platinum and princess cut diamond studs; platinum and diamond band ring in 10.28 total carats; platinum and fancy pear shape diamond ring (5.08 total carats). Adler’s, 523-5292, adlersjewelry.com.  …

Living with Antiques: Not Goodbye

In 2007, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles editor in chief Errol Laborde called to ask me if I would be interested in writing the antiques column for the magazine. Of course, it depended on my meeting with the editor, Eve…

Night Moves

  Fashion Stylist: Tracee Dundas Makeup Artist: Pilar Miranda Hair: Heidi Schirrmann Model: Helena Koclanes Scarlet Clematis Red high necked long sleeved hand embellished iridescent sequin swing dress from SoSuSu; gold dangle earrings from Perlis; gold plated bronze arrow pin…

Make It Work

  Photographed by Theresa Cassagne Makeup by Wendy Karcher Hair by Ainsleigh Callaghan for Salon Callidora Model Kelly Murtagh Gilchrist Photographed at NOPSI Hotel, Nopsihotel.com   Alice + Olivia Tabitha Slit-Shoulder Sapphire Dress with detachable Fox Fur Cuffs at Saks…

Editor's Note: Falling for Fall

  I love spending as much time as possible at the beach all summer long, but autumn will forever reign supreme as my favorite season. Long walks in Uptown and through the Garden District, porch sits and flinging open the…

Making It

  What do you get when you combine a love of horticulture, innovative engineering, warm sunlight and feminine creativity? The answer is Axil Rose, NOLA’s first mobile solarium and design studio. This 23-foot van, made in part with reclaimed cypress,…

Garden Party

Styled by Marie Elizabeth Oliver • Photographed by Theresa Cassagne • Hair and Makeup by Kelly Snesrud Models: Ella Clark and Aaron Broussard • Location: University of Louisiana Alumni House Viktor&Rolf Mariage embroidery patchwork dress with detachable skirt from Le…

Pink White & Blue

Styled by Marie Elizabeth Oliver · Photographed by Theresa Cassagne Hair and Makeup by Kelly Snesrud · Model Samantha Williams Lauren K yellow gold opal necklace and earrings from Kiki; Rose gold round opal ring from Dianna Rae Jewelry White…

Slay the Summer Slump

We’re officially smack dab in the middle of the hottest time of the year and the kids have been out of school for over a month. You’ve been to the Audubon trifecta (zoo, aquarium, insectarium) more times than you can…

Top Female Achievers

Each year we profile a selection of extraordinary women from across our community that continue to make a difference. What is most difficult is not so much finding worthy contenders, but narrowing the list. As always, we feel enriched by those who have been selected and encouraged by knowing there are so many others to consider.