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High and Low

  At this stage of the COVID-19 crisis, my husband Mark and I are devising as many plans as possible to safely increase our time outdoors. Our daily walks or bike rides and frequent porch sits are getting longer and…

Go-To Go-Cups

  With lockdown going into week 2,345 and the spring weather beckoning, most of us have been doing a lot more porch and patio sitting and taking and long walks in the neighborhood. The latter also means blowing through that…

Bread Wars

  The entire internet has seemingly been baking homemade bread for weeks, with the exception of those of us who weren’t prescient enough to buy yeast before the COVID-19 hoarding began in earnest. My husband Mark and I bake bread…

Keep it Clean

  Whether you live in a small downtown apartment, a little cottage in the Marigny or a sprawling and expansive St. Charles Avenue manse, keeping it clean can seem like a full-time job. Add to that the fact that some…

Work It

For those fortunate to have remote-capable jobs during the COVID-19 crisis, working from home is, perhaps, long-held #LifeGoals brought to fruition. Unfortunately, it happened in the most surreal and frightening way. It’s of course a blessing to be employed right…

DIY: Champagne Cork Wall Hanger

  For years, my husband Mark has worked from home full time, with me bringing work home a day or two throughout the week. Our shared worktable in the living room has always been sufficient and, for the most part,…

Bowl of Comfort

  Comfort food is high on my list these days. But, I’m also keen to eat economically, nutritiously and — to paraphrase food journalist Michael Pollan’s advice in the 2009 PBS documentary "In Defense of Food," which was based on…

NOLA Mock-Tales: We are the Champions

  On Sunday, the Eat Fit Alcohol Free for 40 Challenge (which is really 46 days) ends and I’m jogging across the finish line with a mixed bag of emotions. A lot has changed since those carefree days back in…

Home Retreat

  We’re all stuck at home right now, so there’s no time like the present to primp your place. We talked with New Orleans designers Regina Correa of Studio Riche Designs, Penny Francis of Eclectic Home and Herb Oldknow at…

NOLA Mock-Tales: The Home Stretch

  In 10 days, the Eat Fit Alcohol Free for 40 Challenge will end and I will toast with a crisp, fizzy French 75. Or perhaps a flavor-packed Bloody Mary with celery, pickled things, hot sauce and a little paprika…

Manicure 101

If you are used to regular visits with your favorite New Orleans manicurist, at this stage of the COVID-19 closures, stay at home mandates and pro-level handwashing, your poor hands are beyond wrecked. While it is certainly a quick pick-me-up…

Hot Water

  The abrupt transition to remote work since the COVID-19 outbreak has sent many of us into new territory, while others are wading back into the familiar waters of work-from-home jobs from the past. I fall into the latter category,…

Homeward Bound

The past couple of weeks – with social distancing and shelter in place becoming part of our daily lexicon – have been surreal at best and, for hyper-social New Orleanians, eerily quiet. We are used to visiting our favorite shops,…

NOLA Mock-Tales: Oooooh, We’re Halfway There

We are quickly approaching our halfway point, and I really can’t believe how fast the time has flown. I have found that having a plan in place, with plenty of refreshing sodas, tea and mocktail garnishes (think lime, fruit, herbs…