Bon Vivant

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…

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


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…