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St. Charles Avenue January 2007

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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 helping spread the gospel of the season is “Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide,” which is […]

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 get rid of the fat around my waist. How can I feel comfortable putting […]

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) and Art Deco ring (c. 1935), at Hope Goldman Meyer Fine Jeweler; platinum and diamond […]

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 and alencon lace adornment. Made to order by Suzanne Perron. Antique cushion-cut diamond ring in […]

Journeys Near and Far

Take a cruise to Alaska or Mexico If 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, and the variety of vacation spots available means there is something for every schedule […]

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 de Porres award. The event raises money to support the Southern Dominican Province’s ministries, the […]

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 with a champagne patron party with music performed by Troi Bechet (an Ursuline alumna) and […]

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, with remembrance of times past as well as an optimistic look towards the future. The […]

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 arrived in black-tie attire and adorned masks. And it was this legendarily chic event that […]

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 focusing on enhancing the recovery and well being of children in the post-Katrina environment. On […]

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 like this event because of the gourmet food served by each restaurant’s top chefs. Who […]

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 ShawStewart and her sister Caroline Knight. The Anglo-mania kicked off with a luncheon on Nov. […]

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 legal, business and civic entities. Preceding the gala was a patron party in the New […]

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 Year” and “Unsung Heroes” from 2005 and 2006, as the reception for the 2005  had […]

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 Art. The party’s theme was “Carnaval,” which complemented the exhibit of the same name. The […]

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 of Andrew and Susu Stall. Lois Downing and Susan Brennan co-chaired the Nov. 16 party, […]

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 in the city. Steve Sadove, CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue, and Carolyn Elder, VP/GM of […]

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 on City Hall to protest the continuing, rampant violence. We need everybody, every organization—with and […]

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