Fall is my absolute favorite season. It (eventually) brings a most welcome temperature change, the excitement of a new school year, football mania, the lead up to the holidays – and all of the festive hustle and bustle that come with them. Along with packed schedules and all of that excitement comes the need to pay close attention to our stress levels and doing what we can to keep our lives calm.

Our October features focus on self-care, home organization, and achievable strategies you can use manage your anxiety level and take back control during a very busy time. Pharmacist and self-care strategist Dr. Alisha Reed provides a step-by-step action plan for self-care heading into to the holiday madness. We’ve also spoken with local organization experts to learn what services they provide and helpful tips for maintaining a well-kept home.

We’re  thrilled to bring you our new How to Host page from talented interior designer Jenny Vorhoff. Jenny and her family recently moved home to New Orleans from New York City and we could not be happier to have them back. You can find Jenny’s gorgeous projects on the pages of Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and many more national publications.

Halloween clothing, accessories and décor fill our What’s Hot and Fashion pages for some spooky fun and ghoulish inspiration. And just wait until you learn more about Cajun Caviar in our Eat + Drink column. You’ll love the clever pairings and history lesson.

Our Change Maker this month is CEO of Jai Bhakti Yoga Foundation, Christina Adrini. With a focus on inclusivity, and as the only certified aqua yoga school in the state, the Jai Bhakti community works to make the practice accessible to all – from children with special needs to veterans with PTSD. 

For more than 25 years, Avenue has honored local activists and their impact on the community with our annual activist awards. If you know someone who would be a good fit and would like to submit a nomination, please visit our website and fill out the form. 

We hope your month is filled with joy, peace and endless fall fun.





Andy Myer, Editor


Editor's Note: Peace of Mind

On the Cover

From Left: Dr. Zoe Larned – Ochsner Cancer Institute, Presenting Sponsor; Missie Lindsey – 2022 Cure by Design Gala Chair; Mrs. Gayle Benson – 2022 Heart and Soul Award Recipient; Dr. John H. Stewart, IV (Founding Director, LSU-LCMC Cancer Center) – Cure Champion Honoree; Mariana Williamson (Valero) – Cure Champion Honoree

Editor's Note: Peace of Mind
Photograph by Jeffery Johnston
Shot at the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge.

Cure by Design, New Orleans unites the community behind the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from cancer. Join in supporting the American Cancer Society at the premier event of the season, Cure by Design New Orleans Gala presented by the Ochsner Cancer Institute, on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Mardi Gras World. 

The event kicks off with a cocktail hour from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. complete with a champagne lounge and entertainment by the Truffle Honeys and the Oui Dats. The gala, hosted by local favorite, Garrett Hartley, and Fox 8 Anchor, Kelsey Davis, will kick off at 8:00 p.m. and go into the night, ending at 11:00 p.m. 

Proceeds from Cure by Design will directly benefit the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge on River Road in New Orleans. The Hope Lodge program provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. 

For more information about the event, please contact Andrea Lockwood at andrea.lockwood@cancer.org.