Weekly Blogs

Say, “I Do”

  To write a wedding-related blog five times a week, as well as produce a semi-annual bridal magazine, you can imagine we are a little obsessed with weddings. So, when Netflix announced the release of a new series all about…

Holiday Independence

Thank you for stopping by New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles’ “Bon Vivant” blog. Writer Melanie Warner Spencer is enjoying the Independence Day holiday and will return on Monday, July 6 with a new, freshly pressed post. Meanwhile, if you are staying inside…

There is a Mass Feeding Program

  The city issued a press release on June 30 announcing the COVID-19 Mass Feeding program and I am happy to report that Chef’s Brigade is involved. You may ask yourself, “Chef’s Brigade? Isn’t that the thing that Robert was…

Lorrain Bridge and Park

  It’s a lovely, although circuitous drive to Lorrain Parish Park, heading south from Welch and Interstate 10 and then west on rural West Niblett Road. You’ll pass bayous, cows and rows of ancient live oak trees until you reach…

Fireworks for the Fourth in Acadiana

  Sweltering heat, you know what that means: we’ve reached midsummer in Acadiana. The highlight of midsummer celebrations, Independence Day, will reach us on Saturday, but the celebrations will begin on Friday in various places in and around Lafayette. Many…

Be Our Wedding Guest

The coronavirus pandemic is still a cloud over the wedding industry, as we all try to navigate rising numbers and ever-changing rules in regards to events and social distancing. One thing that can occupy your time while playing the waiting…

Room for Argument

  There are a lot of things that I think are fun to argue about. Some of them are incredibly low-stakes and yet still get me fired up. For instance, a couple of years ago, I was in a Facebook…

Blaine Kern In Viareggio

  Float builder Blaine Kern’s death last week, at 93, brought to mind the story of a former Rex Captain, Darwin Fanner, who in 1956 hired the 29-year-old Kern to build the Rex parade. Kern had been building the ALLA…

Wedded to Change

  The past half-decade has proven eventful for the wedding industry, which for centuries was steeped in seemingly unmovable traditions. Today, June 26, 2015, marks the landmark decision five years ago, by the Supreme Court which ruled 5-4 that the…

A Cool Drink

  A lot of events in New Orleans revolve around drinking and revelry. But when the summer months hit, besides a cold beer, sometimes certain alcohols just aren’t what you want to reach for while celebrating. It’s also nice, when…

A Monroe Getaway

  I’m still skittish about moving into society — and with good reason, of course. But, a recent getaway to Monroe-West Monroe for rest and relaxation, plus a little antique shopping and good eating, allowed me a road trip fix without…

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