Bon Vivant

Taking A Break

Thank you for stopping by. The Bon Vivant blog is currently on hiatus. You can contact Melanie at Melanie@MyNewOrleans.Com. 

Heat Emergency

Keep your grooming cool at work as the temperatures rise, and rise, and rise.

Less is More

‘Essence of Things,’ exhibit at New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates minimalism


Channel your inner French guy or gal at the July 15 Bastille Day Fête at NOMA

Go Local

West Elm invites New Orleans and Louisiana artists, makers and designers to submit work for showcase

Designing Life

Birthdays, Baccarat, redecorating and a philosophy for good living

Veer South

Southern Style Now showcases Southern stars of art, writing and design

Julia Reed’s South Part 2

An interview with the author about her book, the New Orleans food scene and learning to make cocktails as a child in Mississippi

Mudbugs and Brews

Crawfish do’s and don’ts and a few New Orleans bars and breweries now boiling

Seersucker Style

Books, signings, Sippin’ In Seersucker and celebrating the Southern summer staple

Living in Ab-stentia: Week Six – The Final Countdown

If you count today, there are four days remaining until I get to enjoy the delicious taste of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne. The NOLA.Com #AlcoholFreeFor40 Challenge ends Easter Sunday. My blissfully long weekend however, begins Thursday afternoon and runs through Monday. Then…

Living in Ab-stentia: Week Forty Seven, er I mean Four

Confession: I originally labeled this entry “Week Five.” Nope, it’s but week four. With about two and a half weeks, or 19 days (or 456 hours — not that I’m counting) left in the NOLA.Com #AlcoholFreeFor40 Challenge, I’m going to…

Living in Ab-stentia: Week Three

Leisure travel without a pre-flight adult beverage wasn’t something I considered when I accepted the NOLA.Com #AlcoholFreeFo40 Challenge. This weekend, we attended the Houston friend’s going away party I mentioned in last week’s post. Our flight to Houston was early on…

Living in Ab-stentia: Week Two

What a difference a week makes. After going off the sauce for the NOLA.Com #AlcoholFreeFo40 Challenge two weeks ago, I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever see or feel a difference. Week one and most of this past week (week…

Living in Ab-stentia: Week One

When you abstain from alcohol for longer than a few days, it causes anxiety — for other people. I’m of course mostly joking, but there’s a kernel of truth to it. Since announcing that I’m doing the Nola.Com #AlcoholFreeFor40 challenge,…

Bon Vivant

Design, entertaining and good living with New Orleans Bride and Homes & Lifestyles editor Melanie Warner Spencer


Melanie Warner Spencer is a native Kentuckian, but says she got to New Orleans as fast as she could. For more than 16 years, Melanie has covered lifestyle, design and entertainment at various publications, serving as the design columnist at The Austin American-Statesman, a senior staff reporter at the Houston Chronicle and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Houston Brides magazine. Her work also has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post and Reuters in the United States and across the globe. In her spare time, Melanie is an award-winning fine art photographer and has been honored by the Texas Press Association for her editorial photography. She also has been honored by the Press Club of New Orleans for its Excellence in Journalism Awards and is currently serving as a media member of the board of directors. Cooking and eating fabulous food and taking road trips with her spouse of 16 years, fellow writer and filmmaker Mark Patrick Spencer however, is at the top of her list of favorite pastimes. Click here to like Spencer's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter @MelanieSpencer.