Morgan’s Note

If you’re looking for me this summer, I’ll be in the water. I spend my spring determining how often I can visit the beach and collecting the casual offerings of pool time from friends and acquaintances. Thankfully, my son is just as enamored of the siren call of cool water as I am.

But all that sun and chlorine and salt take its toll on my skin and hair, so I’m excited that our beautiful feature on skincare products available locally has everything from daily supplements to sunscreen, and even nail polish!

Thankfully the headlong pace that we’ve been running at in terms of nonprofit social events is slowing down – my dry-cleaning bill is so thankful! But there are still some amazing events coming down the pike these next few months, so don’t sleep on checking our calendars!

To that end, Renaissance Publishing has been retooling its website, (So go look; it looks great! Congrats Kelly!). At the moment the usual shortened link to submit a charitable event to Avenue isn’t working, so please use the following until I can let you know differently:

And remember, the deadline to submit your event for St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events for September-December 2019 is Monday, July 1, so fill that form out today!

I have a soft spot for corsets. In fact, back in the early aughts, you could find me many nights dancing at the Shim Sham in black pants and a corset. My tastes and my body have changed a bit since then (Hello, pregnancy!), but what hasn’t changed is that the best corsets on the planet are made by Dark Garden, specifically by artist Autumn Adamme. Dark Garden has been handcrafting bespoke corsets in San Francisco since 1989. A decade ago Adamme fell in love with our city while costuming our own, beautiful Sirens dance and marching krewe. And, at the end of April, the second location of Dark Garden has opened at 3528 Magazine St.! In addition to selling corsets, stockings (by thigh circumference and in so many “nude” colors), hats and more, Adamme’s vintage and antique lingerie collection is on site: The Musée Dessous. Dark Garden’s three designers will make New Orleans their second home, rotating residence, and and its Facebook calendar will announce when each designer will be in residence for fittings, as well as lacing workshops and other special events.

Enjoy the summer sun – with a big hat and sunscreen!

Morgan's Note


“Party Like It’s 1969,” benefiting National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, 861-4500

“Magnolia Ball,” benefiting Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 539-9616

13  “The Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 758-3210

13  “Back to School Giveaway,” benefiting Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 467-2550

13  Third annual “Soirée de Lumière,” benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana, 899-4501, extension 257

14  “Opening Night Party for Much Ado About Nothing,” benefiting New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University, 865-5105

15  “Heart & Soul Gala,” benefiting American Heart Association, 872-3491

20-23  “FestiGals Women’s Weekend Experience,” benefiting FestiGals,

21  “St. Thomas Aquinas Fund Annual Gala,” benefiting Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 467-2550

22  “Mission Possible Gala,” benefiting Orleans Medical Mission Services, Inc., 392-1934

22  “FestiGals Step Up Second-Line Parade,” benefiting FestiGals, 524-1227,


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