St. Charles Avenue - January 2007

A Carnival Compendium

Arthur Hardy’s first “Mardi Gras Guide,” published in 1977. courtesy of Arthur Hardy. Towards the end of winter, our eyes are drawn to the shiny purple, gold and green colors symbolizing the upcoming Carnival season. One item that has been…

To Your Health

This month we will answer a question that a St. Charles Avenue reader sent in.Q: Now that the holidays are over, I am ready to fight something that I have been battling for quite some time. I am ready to…

St. Charles Avenue’s: Bridal Resource Directory

Clockwise from far left: Suzanne Perron beaded tulle sample; Cathy Waterman platinum and diamond swirl band at Pied Nu; Suzanne Perron white men’s evening tie with woven fleur-de-lis motif; platinum and diamond earrings (Russia, circa 1890), Victorian necklace (c. 1925)…

St. Charles Avenue’s: Couture Wedding Guide

By Lisa TudorPhotographs by Skip BolenHair and makeup by Katy SeghersModel: Rachel MayeurFloral design by Leslie Stidd for Mitch’s FlowersPhotographed on location at the bridal design studio of Suzanne PerronCustom couture gown of pin-tucked satin faced organza featuring silk satin…

Journeys Near and Far

Take a cruise to Alaska or MexicoIf you need a few days of relaxation more than you need more Mardi Gras beads, February is a great time to take a trip. Even a short getaway refreshes both body and mind,…

You Got to Have Faith

On Nov. 17, the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel was the site of the black-tie “Southern Dominican Gala,” at which more than 250 guests enjoyed cocktails, a silent auction, dancing, a seated gourmet dinner and the presentation of the St. Martin…

Legendary Learning

As a warm glow illuminated Ursuline Academy’s French-style courtyard, nearly 800 people gathered for the school’s benefit gala, “La Fete 279”—the number represents how many years the Ursulines have been educating young women. Held Nov. 10, the evening kicked off…

The Latin Quarter

The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation hosted its 16th annual “Azúcar Ball” at the Hotel InterContinental  on Nov. 11. The theme of the evening was “Nueva Orleans Renace” which is translated to “New Orleans Rises.” It was nostalgic and fun,…

On the Ball

On Nov. 28, 1966, writer Truman Capote hosted the legendary “Black and White Ball” in the Plaza Hotel in New York City. For the soirée, ladies wore white or black dresses, and accessorized with white masks, diamonds and fans. Gentlemen…

Molding a Future

KID smART is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging the children of our city to the learning process, and seeing that they are empowered by life skills that they learn through the performing and visual arts. The organization is also…

Top Chefs

Food and fund-raising were on the minds of the more than 450 people who attended the March of Dime’s “Gourmet Gala” Nov. 19 at the Marriott Hotel/Convention Center. In addition to raising money for the March of Dimes, partygoers also…

An Anglo Affair

This past November, the English-Speaking Union hosted a three-day symposium celebrating British homes, gardens and families. The event featured Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, designer and author of “Classic English Interiors” and “Classic Entertaining”; and Scottish home and garden experts Lady Lucinda…

Legal Eagles

“Ride the Wave to Rebirth” was the theme for the Pro Bono Project’s 18th annual “Justice for All Ball,” held Nov. 10 at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park. More than 650 people attended the event, representing…

The Best and Brightest

As a magazine that showcases nonprofit organizations, St. Charles Avenue was proud to host its annual “Activists of the Year” and “Unsung Hero” awards ceremony on Nov. 14. Held at Martin Lawrence Gallery, the party honored the “Activists of the…

Festive Fêting

Even though the temperatures dipped low enough on Nov. 11 for women to don their fur coats, the “Odyssey Ball” was hot, hot, hot—especially with Casa Samba’s dancers, stilt walkers and musicians welcoming partygoers to the New Orleans Museum of…

Living in History

Maintaining and preserving our history is vital, especially in this day and age. It is also important to celebrate it! That’s why the Historic Houses Society held its seventh annual Fall Gala for its members at the Garden District home…

One Night Only

New Orleans got the red carpet treatment on Nov. 15 when Saks Fifth Avenue hosted its grand re-opening party, “An Evening of Celebration.” Saks had completed a post-storm expansion and renovation—making this store one of the most glamorous retail spaces…

Along The Avenue

The deadline for this column falls on Jan. 8, also the anniversary of the “Battle of New Orleans.” As I write, another battle rages … this one against crime. Emails are flying. People of all races and creeds have marched…