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Taking A Break

Thank you for stopping by. The Bon Vivant blog is currently on hiatus. You can contact Melanie at Melanie@MyNewOrleans.Com. 

Heat Emergency

Keep your grooming cool at work as the temperatures rise, and rise, and rise.

Less is More

‘Essence of Things,’ exhibit at New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates minimalism

Révolution!

Channel your inner French guy or gal at the July 15 Bastille Day Fête at NOMA

Go Local

West Elm invites New Orleans and Louisiana artists, makers and designers to submit work for showcase

Designing Life

Birthdays, Baccarat, redecorating and a philosophy for good living

Veer South

Southern Style Now showcases Southern stars of art, writing and design

Julia Reed’s South Part 2

An interview with the author about her book, the New Orleans food scene and learning to make cocktails as a child in Mississippi

Mudbugs and Brews

Crawfish do’s and don’ts and a few New Orleans bars and breweries now boiling

Seersucker Style

Books, signings, Sippin’ In Seersucker and celebrating the Southern summer staple

Living in Ab-stentia: Week Six – The Final Countdown

If you count today, there are four days remaining until I get to enjoy the delicious taste of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne. The NOLA.Com #AlcoholFreeFor40 Challenge ends Easter Sunday. My blissfully long weekend however, begins Thursday afternoon and runs through Monday. Then…

Living in Ab-stentia: Week Forty Seven, er I mean Four

Confession: I originally labeled this entry “Week Five.” Nope, it’s but week four. With about two and a half weeks, or 19 days (or 456 hours — not that I’m counting) left in the NOLA.Com #AlcoholFreeFor40 Challenge, I’m going to…

Living in Ab-stentia: Week Three

Leisure travel without a pre-flight adult beverage wasn’t something I considered when I accepted the NOLA.Com #AlcoholFreeFo40 Challenge. This weekend, we attended the Houston friend’s going away party I mentioned in last week’s post. Our flight to Houston was early on…

Living in Ab-stentia: Week Two

What a difference a week makes. After going off the sauce for the NOLA.Com #AlcoholFreeFo40 Challenge two weeks ago, I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever see or feel a difference. Week one and most of this past week (week…

Living in Ab-stentia: Week One

When you abstain from alcohol for longer than a few days, it causes anxiety — for other people. I’m of course mostly joking, but there’s a kernel of truth to it. Since announcing that I’m doing the Nola.Com #AlcoholFreeFor40 challenge,…

Party Primer

Tips for hosts and guests for being prepped and peppy throughout Carnival season

Resolving for More: A Listmakers List

As a listmaking enthusiast, the beginning of a new year is always an exciting time. There are so many possibilities for lists. Here’s a list:   Home improvement projects for 2016 Travel destinations for the winter months (No. 1: Key…

Staying In is the New Chic for New Year’s Eve

With long waits for taxis (and Uber serge pricing), unpredictable weather and the inevitable disappointment when that allegedly fabulous event you commit to winds up being a dud, a night in for New Year’s Eve sounds more and more appealing.…

Progressive dinner party makes entertaining a cinch

Last month, one of our neighbors suggested a progressive dinner party for our building-wide Christmas gathering. Her thinking was this way, no one person had too much responsibility. It was a brilliant idea. I volunteered to do cocktails at my…