Life+Beauty

What Fresh Hell is This?

  The weed whacking began shortly after the start of my morning yoga and meditation. It wasn’t obnoxiously loud, but I did peep my watch, because at 8:26 a.m., it seemed early for loud, outdoor chores, even for a Thursday…

Om for the Holidays: Creating a Yoga and Meditation Retreat

  For years, my “things to try” list has included attending a yoga and meditation retreat. Countless times I’ve found myself perusing the retreat schedule at Flowering Lotus Meditation Center in Magnolia, Mississippi, ultimately unable to make it work with my vacation…

Getting Served: Dining Indoors Post-Delta

    There was an all-too-short collection of weeks post-vaccination and pre-Delta surge in which indoor dining, dinner parties with vaccinated friends, bars and even travel seemed blissfully, pre-pandemic normal. Our collective hot girl summer was lit — for about…

Celebrate Everything: Bon Vivant Nabs an Award

  Normally I reserve this blog space to share design and lifestyle-related events, tips, recipes and the occasional life musings, with the goal of offering what I hope is generally useful and maybe even sometimes entertaining information. If you disagree…

Seasonal Delusion Disorder: Conjuring Autumnal Vibes

  My seasonal delusion disorder has only gotten worse over the years. You see, in my home state of Kentucky, the full four seasons show up without fail, year-after-year in all of their glory and misery. I haven’t lived there…

Lakeview Regional Offers $150 3D Mammograms Throughout October

  COVINGTON, La (press release) - Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, will offer its state-of-the-art 3D digital screening mammograms for $150 and bone density Dexa scans for $50 throughout the month of October. Each patient will receive a free pair of “sock it…

Treatments and Products for a Post-Summer Skin Glow

  Last week my five-year-old stared at me earnestly and said, “Mom, are you sad?” To which I replied, “No honey, I’m fine!" Then, with BIG eyes glued to my face, he responded, “No, mom I mean just the way…

No Mud, No Lotus: A Cure for the Longest Case of the Blahs

  About 3,456 days ago, in April, I read a New York Times article about languishing. The piece described the emotion thusly: “Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking…

Good Wood: Mineral Oil is the Miracle Product You Need

  For years, I’ve been meaning to get mineral oil to use on my ever-growing collection of wood and bamboo cutting boards and wooden utensils. It’s one of those items that — it turns out — isn’t all that easy…

Summer Snacking: Melanie’s Boredom Busting Cheesecake Yogurt

  With Louisiana setting records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and the reinstated mask mandate to help curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, these days we’re opting for a semi-self-lockdown. That plus the oppressive heat means we aren’t even…

Arts and Crafts

  In the ‘70s and ‘80s, I took classes held at neighborhood park and pool during the summer. We’d take swim breaks to learn macrame, cross-stitching and other crafts. It was fun and kept us busy during long, hot summer…

Haute Tension

  Dry skin, peeling patches and pimples are visual hallmarks of stress. Thankfully the formerly niche category of anti-stress skincare is burgeoning with solutions and we’ve scooped up the best ones for you.  

Dust Busting

  Most New Orleans dwellings are old. This means drafty windows and myriad other open nooks and crannies that allow dust to come in and settle on every imaginable surface, rendering even the most meticulous housekeepers powerless against it. The…

Lemonade Days

  When New Orleans’ temperatures climb above the 90s, I start craving lemonade. Or perhaps I’m craving the idea of lemonade and the associations I have with it being a wholesome, refreshing drink to enjoy on the porch, during a…

Let There Be Delight!

  Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I met a prosecutor-turned-designer and hotelier named Liz Lambert. The time was 2004, the land was Austin, Texas and I was a baby reporter at the Austin American-Statesman newspaper…

À Votre Santé

  The French 75 is my favorite cocktail. I love the lore. I love its namesake bar at Arnaud’s in the French Quarter. I love sipping a Cognac version during colder months. I love the lighter take made with gin…

Uptown Living

From the streetcars that roll down St. Charles Avenue and the allure of Audubon Park to the influence of nearby universities and shop-lined Magazine Street, Uptown New Orleans has its own personality and charm. The businesses of Uptown help define…

High and Dry

Summer fashion and design go beyond the latest in swimwear when hitting the water. What you choose to wrap yourself up in after a dip also counts. We’ve selected the best beach, cabana and poolside towels that will keep you…

We’ve Come Full Circle

  In April, my husband and I — fully vaccinated and ready to (safely) mingle — attended our first gathering (of more than six, socially-distanced people) since “The Before.” (That’s our phrase for anything that happened prior to the pandemic.) To…

Informal Debut

  This week, I entertained inside my home for the first time since the pandemic. We’ve hosted a few casual, four-to-six person, socially-distanced, outdoor gatherings, but in keeping with the CDC guidelines, nothing indoors. Since I’m so out of practice,…

In Full Bloom

  At the beginning of this week, I was saddened and shocked to receive the news about the unexpected death of one of our talented and vibrant New Orleans Homes magazine contributing writers, Pamela Marquis. Her articles about organizing, profiles…

Picking Favorites

  Let’s face it, you ­— and your dog — adore the pet groomer you’ve been seeing for Fluffer’s weekly blowouts for years. The thought of even looking at new toss pillows without consulting your designer (who is practically a…

Homeward Unbound

  I often daydream about how cool it would be to live and work in a new city every year or maybe even every few months. In the past, I’ve cobbled together about two weeks of working remotely from about…

Spring Break

  Bon Vivant is on a break this week to celebrate Easter. Whether you are celebrating one of the various religious holidays this week or simply reveling in the coming of Spring, enjoy. If you’d like something to read, catch…

The Hottest Makeup for 2021

If your beauty routine took a battering along with the rest of your life in 2020, you are not alone. It was difficult to keep up good routines while quarantining, wearing a mask and worrying about what was going on…

Big Day Glow Up

  When it comes to skincare, there is a lot one can do. The secret however, is to look like you have done nothing at all except be born with beautiful skin and a perfect complexion. That is easier said…

Renovation of the Year

  An Uptown couple who met in Washington, D.C., and got married in 2012, recently completed the home renovation of their dreams with the help of architect William Sonner (of William Sonner Designs) and Chris Kornman, partner at Entablature…

Last Indulgence | Light Bright

In addition to thinking about furniture arrangement, mixed textures and multiple light sources, it’s always a great idea to make sure your space smells just as wonderful as it…

On Palettes and Pinterest

  Back in 2011, Pinterest was still in the beta stage and the visually driven social media platform was available to new users by invitation only. I was invited by a friend, instantaneously became addicted, lured other friends down the…

The Best Humidity Control Haircare

  Whether you like to wear your hair in big, bouncy curls or super sleek, as soon as the humidity hits around 60 percent you’ll start to see the dreaded halo of frizz.  Pick products to match hair type and desired…

Carnival at Home

  Each day our walks in Uptown get a little brighter and more whimsical and a lot more festive due to the “house floats,” popping up on people’s porches and in yards throughout the neighborhood. The Krewe of House Floats…

Make It Last

    With wedding season coinciding with summer, all brides need to know the secrets to smudge-free make up that won’t melt or streak no matter how high the mercury rises. These top 10 products are sweat-proof, tear proof and…

Home for the Holidays

  Bon Vivant is on a break for the holidays and will return on Jan. 8. If you are on the hunt for something to read, catch up on missed posts or revisit favorites in the archives. Meanwhile, from my…

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