We've dedicated the last week of 2018 to taking a look back at our favorite and most popular blogs of the year. The restaurant Gris-Gris' "Location Spotlight" topped the list as our most read of 2018, while the question of whether or not it is OK to wear black to a wedding made for the top "Wediquette Wednesday" of the year.
Yesterday, we shared our top three favorites, which included a royal wedding and a trip to France.
Today, we are highlighting the top 10 favored posts from you, the readers.
10 – "Cool It Down"
Posted: May 25
It’s that time of year again – when it’s so unbelievably hot in New Orleans that you don’t know what to do with yourself. It’s uncomfortable and usually comes with perspiration, which is pretty inconvenient any time, but especially when celebrating a wedding or wedding-related event.
“Let Them Eat Cake” decided to get the help of a few ladies in the Renaissance Publishing offices to share their tips and tricks for keeping it cool on those hot summer days.
9 – "For The Love Of Brunch"
Posted: Feb. 22
Toups South, located in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, started its Counter Club series in September 2017 and since has experienced sold out dinner after sold out dinner. The series — created by Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” contestant and James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist Isaac Toups — each has its own theme (i.e. cheese, foul, etc.), features a four-course meal for the evening and serves up to 20 guests seated around the counter of the open kitchen setting.
Read more on Toups South's brunch here.
8 – "Beauty Alert"
Posted: Sept. 14
When it comes to the beauty products and the makeup a person uses every day, there are few who can be trusted more than an experienced makeup artist.
Since 2005, New Orleans makeup artist Meggan Ory has been sharing her talents with brides across the city and beyond.
Now, Ory is taking her skill and knowledge a step further with a new cosmetic line.
Read more about Makeup by Meggan's beauty line here.
7 – "An Affair To Remember"
Posted: May 21
Over the past few weeks, we have been preparing for the royal Big Day – that of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. On May 19, 2018, our questions about what the bride would wear and how the day would unfold were answered.
After a star-studded parade of wedding guests – including Oprah, tennis star Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian, Victoria “Posh Spice” and David Beckham and George and Amal Clooney – the bride emerged from a Rolls Royce in a gorgeous Givenchy gown.
Read all of the details from the royal wedding here.
6 – "Real Wedding: A Philanthropic 'I Do'"
Posted: Nov. 2
There are few things in this world cuter than a puppy – or a ferret or a kitten. Carley Self and Chris Sercovich so much in this concept, that they decided to get married surrounded by all of the adoptable pets at the Louisiana SPCA. With their furry attendants in tow, Sercovich and Self said “I Do” on June 21 in the facility’s Ochsner Courtyard.
“Our goals were to get married and raise some money for the SPCA,” says Self, who with Sercovich is an LSPCA foster parent.
5 – "Color Inspiration Part One: Fall and Winter 2018"
Posted: June 29
Color is crucial. “What is your color scheme” and “what color are your bridesmaid dresses” are some of the first questions a bride is asked when planning her wedding. If you haven’t already, now is the crunch time when deciding which color direction to head in for your fall or winter wedding.
Each year, the Pantone Color Institute, international authority on all things color, puts together color trend reports that use Fashion Week and runway trends to craft together the top hues for the season. This year’s fall/winter 2018 report pulls together some expected hues with a few bright, unexpected colors.
See all the color inspiration here.
4 – "Caterer's Choice: Backyard Fry Party"
Posted: March 6
Last month, we introduced a new series called "Caterer's Choice" where we have teamed up with Chef Bryan Clark, executive chef for Joel Catering and Events. Each month, Chef Bryan will be offering up some delicious recipes and additional food trends to give couples a plethora of ideas when it comes to engagement parties, reception options or just a lovely date night in for two.
Today, Chef Bryan brings us a New Orleans staple: fried seafood.
3 – "The Perfect Ac-scent"
Posted: March 26
On March 28, fashion accessory brand Kendra Scott launches its new gemstone-inspired candle collection both in stores and online.
The four candles in the line continue the expansion of the brands home collection, which also includes desk accessories. With gemstones at the core of the Austin, Texas-based Kendra Scott empire, it’s not a surprise these four scents follow suite. The candles combine the aromas of peonies and rose petals, green ivy and blackberries and lilac blossoms.
Read more about the new KS candles here.
2 – "Real Wedding: Schexnayder – Laiche"
Posted: Aug. 6
Emily Schexnayder and Robert Laiche said, "I do." July 14, 2017 at St. Catherine of Siena church. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Magnolia Plantation.
1 – "Location Spotlight: Gris-Gris"
Posted: Nov. 8
When starting a new business, it’s a no-brainer to want to put all the positive vibes you can into your company. That’s exactly what Chef Eric Cook was thinking when planning his latest venture, at 1800 Magazine St.
The intimate, chef’s table-inspired eatery in the building formerly occupied by Square Root was named after Cook and wife Robyn Cook's recent fascination with the Voodoo religion. Though they don’t practice, they do have a few superstition like that of a gris-gris bag to protect their home from evil spirits. From the name to the vibe of the new restaurant, the couple wanted to make sure it was a “magical” experience for every diner.
Read the whole spotlight here.
We hope you have enjoyed reading "Let Them Eat Cake" as much as we have enjoyed delivering it to you.
We'll see you in the new year!
-Kelly and Melanie