Today is my 4th time missing Mardi Gras in 29 years. The second time missing it as an adult. Needless to say, that makes me a little homesick today. I baked a king cake last night and can’t wait to share it with friends tonight but really wishing I was down in New Orleans with these crazies!
My family threw a birthday party for my sister and I last weekend and decided to grill since the weather was so nice! My dad grilled some amazing chicken, peppers and pineapple and my mom made this unbelievable Saints themed cake! One of my 30 before 30 goals is to try some outfit posts this year… so here is my first one along with some Instagrams from the day!
Gray Shirt – Old Navy // Black Shirt – Express // Skirt – H&M // Boots – Thrifted // Locket Necklace – from my grandmother // Whistle Necklace – Forever 21
My sister and I recently ate at Stanley Restaurant, a cute little place in Jackson Square, New Orleans. We decided to share the Bananas Foster French Toast and the Breaux Bridge Benedict. They split the dishes for us and they were both SO amazing! I’d like to visit Chef Scott Boswell’s fine-dining counterpart, Stella! next.
I made a few updates to my design portfolio that were long overdue. Click through to see more about the work I did for each project.
Salvations is a furniture design competition utilizing reclaimed, repurposed and recycled materials all to benefit New Orleans’ oldest local environmental non-profit, The Green Project. The Green Project keeps over 1.8 million pounds of usable materials from the waste stream and over 40,000 gallons of paint out of the ground water supply and wetlands. See full project.
The Young Leadership Council has maintained its tradition of highlighting 25 members of the community each year since its inception in 1986. Role Models are selected each year by a committee comprised of past Role Model honorees and members of the YLC’s Board of Directors.
Honorees have distinguished themselves by: promoting a positive attitude and an unyielding desire to enhance the quality of life in our community; striving to unite our community in collaborative efforts for its future prosperity; serving as an exemplary role model to young talent in the community; taking an effective and vigorous leadership role in the community; and/or making significant contributions in their specific fields of endeavor. See full project.
I am very proud and honored to have the opportunity to work with these organizations that do so much for the city I love!
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The YLC has maintained its tradition of highlighting 25 members of the community each year since its inception in 1986. I designed the invitation set for the Young Leadership Council 2010 Role Model Awards Gala and was thrilled when they asked me to design the items for the gala again this year! I also designed a 25th anniversary variation of the YLC logo which is used on the gala items. It will also be incorporated into their branding for the upcoming year as they celebrate!
25th anniversary logo pin and event program shown above. Invitation photographs (1-3) by Ciera Holzenthal. Event photographs (4-6) by Laura Rockett Photography. Visit the YLC website for more information.
Foburg is a 3-day alternative music festival on March 11-13, 2011 in venues on Frenchmen Street and the surrounding neighborhood. It’s all about bringing together great local bands and touring bands to create one of the most memorable weekends in the local rock scene.
Foburg features rock, indie rock, and alternative artists from the greater Gulf South and national touring artists on their way to SXSW in Austin TX. Foburg also helps the historic Frenchmen Street by drawing fans of a less “traditional” genres of music to its venues.
Foburg 2010 featured 10 venues, 100 bands, and crowds approaching 10,000 people. Foburg 2011 aims to be twice as big, with 20 venues and 200 bands.
I designed two posters for 2010 shows and I was honored when Simple Play asked me to design a poster for one of the 2011 shows! The poster that I designed is below along with their new music video… which is awesome!
Image sources: regularjane and lostandtaken
In 2008 I posted a few photos here saying “New Orleans got snow on the widget! Thought it would never happen.”
Guess it is happening again! Here is the weather widget from today. Is it really snowing in New Orleans? Wish I was home to see it. Snow in New Orleans is much more fun than snow in Boston.
And no Flickr Friday today, but I will have a great one next week! Happy Friday!
I found a roll of undeveloped film and had NO idea what was on it. It made me miss the days before digital cameras and the excitement of waiting for your film to get developed after you finished a roll. Turns out it is some photos from years ago at Jazz Fest.
I found this nice photo of my house on Flickr the other day. It was taken by Alysha Jordan (New Orleans Lady) who has some other great photos of Oak Street and New Orleans in her Flickr Photostream.
Girls First is a 501-C3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing sport and movement opportunities to underserved girls in the metropolitan New Orleans area. Girls participating in the program attend a weeklong residential sports camp held annually on the Tulane University campus and are encouraged to attend monthly activities throughout the year. The weeklong camp features supervised instruction in swimming, team and individual sports, outdoor recreational activities, nutrition, and health education. Campers are housed in traditional residence halls. Through year-round programming, girls are able to reinforce and build upon their newly acquired sports skills, develop positive body image, and learn to work in teams. Activities promote and encourage relationships between the girls as well as with counselors and volunteers. Visit the Girls First website for more information.
A promotional direct mail piece was created to reflect the fun, learning aspects of the organization while conveying a level of credibility to support fund-raising efforts and appeal to potential donors.
I was approached a few weeks ago about designing some posters for a Lusher Charter School fundraiser. Since I am a Lusher Lion (class of ’97) – I could not refuse! Here are the posters that I designed inspired by John W. Golden. The posters are a fun way to encourage the students to have pride in themselves and to do their best! They will be for sale at the Lusher Crawfish Boil, Saturday March 13 at the Willow Street Campus. Proceeds will go to the Lusher PTSA.
Our Mardi Gras day journey began at Oak Street. Me, Megan and Jasmine. We walk down Oak Street to Carrollton, down to St. Charles and grab a Daquiri for our journey. We continue down St. Charles toward the parades. All the way down, hopping on a street car for about 6 blocks until we are forced off at Napoleon…. continuing the walk to Lee Circle, Canal Street, many random streets and finally to Frenchmen, Royal, and Decatur!
Theses are some of my favorite photos from the day and a pretty accurate map of our route, around 8 miles… and now I am ready for Mardi Gras 2011!
Photos by Jasmine and Chris.
Posters that I designed for two Simple Play Productions shows during Foburg Music Fest. Foburg is a brand new 3-day alternative music festival held in 8 or more venues on and around Frenchmen Street on March 12-14, 2010. Foburg will feature rock, indie rock, and alternative artists from the greater Gulf South and national touring artists on their way to SXSW in Austin, TX, which is the following week.