Editor’s Note: ‘Tis Almost the Season

We are gearing up for a festive holiday season filled with family, fun, events and more. This month’s Avenue is packed cover to cover with the latest trends, local happenings, décor and nonprofit news. Don’t forget to check out our Arts Calendar and new Around Town page for regional events as you plan your outings. 

Our holiday fashion feature was shot at the stunning Maison de la Luz and Bar Marilou and will provide endless inspiration for your upcoming festivities. For those of you planning celebrations, be sure to read our Private Dining feature highlighting a range of gorgeous private rooms and intimate spaces that can be rented out for smaller gatherings. 

How to Host covers tips for cocktail hour entertaining and offers a slew of great-looking products from local boutiques to consider for the occasion. What’s Hot will immediately conjure sugarplums dancing in your head. We also discuss the benefits of hot yoga in our new monthly Wellness column. And, oh do we have a treat (or many) for you! This month’s Eat + Drink covers the sinfully delectable and equally stunning confections crafted at Piety and Desire Chocolate. You’ll love learning more about their process and new space on Magazine Street.

Our November Change Maker is John R. Nickens, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital New Orleans, who has spent his entire career in pediatrics. We are thrilled to share details about all of the incredibly exciting new projects John and his team have been working tirelessly on for some time now, including the Campus Transformation Project and a new Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center. 

If you’re having trouble brainstorming the perfect gift picks for certain recipients on your list, fear not, we have you covered with a themed gift guide coming next month. We also can’t wait to announce our annual Activists of the Year in our December issue. 

November is a wonderful time here in our fair city and we hope your days and nights are filled with joy, surrounded by family and friends. We have much to be thankful for!

Editor's Note: 'Tis Almost the Season
On the Cover

Sanja Alickovic Haynie, stylish healthcare executive, mom, wife and New Orleans sophisticate celebrates this holiday season at the exquisite Maison de la Luz hotel. Son Alec and husband Dr. Brandon Haynie joined in for a bit of seasonal joy.

See the full feature on page 25.

Photograph by Theresa Cassagne
Styled by Melissa Coleman
Hair and Makeup by Kelly Snezrud


Jerry Parker’s Socks That Rock

Local breast cancer survivor Jerry Parker is organizing a sock drive to provide warmth and comfort to other cancer patients. She is asking for donations of new, clean socks in original packaging for children and adults – all sizes are welcome. The goal is to collect over 1,000 pairs that will be delivered locally to cancer infusion centers. No monetary donations will be accepted.

Please donate at one of the following locations: Attn: Jerry Parker

  1. Allied Express (Riverlands Shopping Center), 1420, Airline Highway #446, Laplace, LA 70068
  2. The Medicine Shoppe (Pharmacy) 70 Dominican Drive, Laplace LA 70068
  3. 7524 Avalon Way, New Orleans, LA 70127

*For more information please contact jpsocksforacancercause@gmail.com

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