It has gotten very busy for this local shopping writer! Events are heating up, both literally (it was 83 degrees last Friday) and figuratively. And while there’s no guarantee that cooler weather is on its way, there’s enough holiday shopping action to at least keep you looking cool if not feeling it. Just this past weekend, I happened upon two such weather diverting events. The first was the grand opening of Lee Michaels’ first stand-alone store in Metairie. The new location exceeded my expectations in several ways. First, the store itself. The new building boasts 10,000 square feet of airy and open space that feels comfortable yet luxurious. Second, there are pieces on display for even the most discerning customer. Beyond curated signature collections, they also carry brands such as David Yurman, Mikimoto, Rolex and Roberto Coin. Suffice it to say, I was there for almost 2 hours! I developed a crush on this diamond link bracelet, fell in love with these stacked cuffs and made plans to meet up later with this semi-precious gemstone necklace. It was time well spent (assuming Santa Claus gets the hint).  

Another event I attended last weekend (albeit petit in scale) was grand in holiday spirit. The annual pre-holiday pop up for Aux Belles Choses (a perennial favorite shop on Magazine St.) was a treat. The shop’s sparkly, whimsical ornaments, pinecone shaped candles and antique cutlery did not disappoint. Just when it was time to check out, I stumbled upon a silver monogrammed ice cream fork.  It’s European holiday décor done to perfection. Head to the store this week – most of it is not available online.  

And remember, keep shopping locally to support our great New Orleans business owners, their employees and makers/artists that we hold so dear! 

Events Coming Up: 

November 9-10: Home Malone25% off with purchase of 2 or more branded products- the ornaments make great teacher gifts!  

November 11: Regular Store HoursAudubon Dermatology Annual Gift Card Sales- receive an additional 20% added to any gift card over $100.  

November 9-12: Regular Store Hours– Ballin’s Dante Street location hosts an Igor Trunk Show – timeless clothing but with a modern twist 

November 12: (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Mid City Art Show– Open studio and art sale showcasing the work of 20+ local artists 

November 14: (2-7 p.m.)Rebecca Bourke Trunk Show hosted in a private residence – on trend as well as classic fine jewelry for every day 

November 15-16: (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)Cyril Verdavainne Trunk Show at Saks Fifth Avenue Canal Placegorgeous, special occasion pieces no one else will have! 

Did you know?  

There is a cute New Orleans based local casualwear/lifestyle brand called Molly Moran? Check it out for teen and twenty something gifts!  

The Splurge! 

Local Holiday Shopping and Happenings

Semi-Precious Gemstone Necklace, Lee Michaels 


The Gifts! 

Local Holiday Shopping and Happenings

Tahitian Pearl Earrings, Lee Michaels
Diamond Rectangle Drop Earrings, Lee Michaels 


The Décor! 

Local Holiday Shopping and Happenings

Silverware, Mini Boxwood Wreaths, Papa Noel Figures Aux Belle Choses