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Our longtime friends The Elizabeth Chronicles recently opened their “Lifestyle brand with fashionable flair” outpost along Magazine Street (5430 Magazine). Their well curated collection of in-house and locally designed t’shirts, home & party goods, clothing & jewelery, TEC brings it’s sophisticated and modern aesthetic to a portion of Magazine that has been lacking for quite some time.

The interior of TEC is pastel and inviting with pops of minimalistic color and design. Their offerings are just right and everything is situated and available. TEC has come a long way, and I couldn’t be more proud. It’s not too late to spend all your Christmas money at TEC. Check out the images from our recent visit and Happy New Year y’all!


As we inch closer and closer the apex of this year’s holiday season, I wanted to highlight a brand and shop I recently visited, Porter Lyons. Founded by designer Ashley Porter, Porter Lyons has drawn so much inspiration from New Orleans. Here’s a quote directly from their website…

“New Orleans embodies spiritual, mystical, ancient things. The tolls of the old church bells, the rumbling of the street car clapping it’s way down St. Charles. There’s weird stuff that goes on here, voo doo and jazz, the haunting French Quarter, and the eternal threat of hurricane and floods. …

It’s been years, and I mean years since I had a really nice pair of sunglasses. Whether it’s giving them away to friends and family in need or losing them after a long days at musical festivals, somehow or another, I’ve never respected them.

Shame on me for not willing to adult. I recently gave my last pair away to a friend, and led me to ponder my ways and resolve to being a better friend to my vision and my sunglasses. This totally makes sense because as a photographer, besides losing my hands, my vision is most paramount to created content and in my opinion, just living. A few years back, I had an unbelievable experience at St. Charles Vision when I stepped into a new pair of glasses and I wanted to replicate that with my “big boy” sunglasses.

I had to make a few stops in Metry and I stopped in at their Metairie location over by Lakeside Shopping Center. Little did I know, they’ve recently completed an entire store makeover just a few months before my visit. I was super impressed. The showroom was spacious and inviting and they have such a great selection. Right on par if not better than the namesake location on St. Charles Ave. Uptown. They carry many standout brands like Maui Jim, Ray-Ban, Chanel, Peter Lindberg, local legends Krewe Du Optic, and my personal favorite and the brand I went with Oliver Peoples. Even though I usually wear the Persol eyeglasses I got from St. Charles Vision, I’ve always been drawn to the chucky and streamlined look of the OPs. The model I settled on rocks with Anti-reflective coatings and the winning feature, polarization. You can see the pair below.

With that said, the remodel culminates in the celebration of St. Charles Vision’s 40th year in business. That’s a tough feat in this business climate and it always comes down to service and support. St. Charles Visions has all the right pieces to be successful. They’ve always done right by me.

Tomorrow night, during Art for Art’s Sake, St. Charles Vision would like to invite all of you in a celebration of their 40th Anniversary with their really brilliant campaign “Raise Your Glasses”. Below that you’ll see the photos from my recent visit.

Please join St. Charles Vision at Art For Art’s Sake. We are Raising Our Glasses to 40 years with a special art exhibit at the Lighthouse Gallery on Camp Street. We will be presenting l.a. Eyeworks “FACE IT!” Collection of one-of-a-kind eyewear creations embellished by world-renowned artists.

This showing will include the WORLD PREMIERE of new works from local artist Thomas Mann.
Open to the public during Art For Art’s Sake, with music and complimentary wine.

I have to say, I’m super behind on this, and I feel guilty for taking this long to feature and update my Hattie Sparks feature. Several years ago, Hattie Sparks opened up off of Maple Street in the heart of the University area, Uptown. The original store was way ahead of it’s time and was well stocked and curated with products and designers from around the country as well as around town. It was quaint and sophisticated, as well as perfectly priced.

A year ago (yep, it’s taken me a year), the Hattie Sparks team had the fore-thought to setup…

Francohiles and candy-holics can now rejoice in the recent opening of the adorable La Riviere Confiserie (sweet shop en français) on Magazine Street. Located smack dab in the middle of Magazine Street (3719 Magazine St.), this essential sweet tooth outpost imports some of the best delights from all around France.

One of my favorite movies of all time is “A Good Year”, and is filmed is Provence, France. La Riviere could have easily been located just doors down from Marion Cotilliard’s restaurant in the movie. Besides the obvious French influenced and quaint interior, it was the beautifully designed tins and colorful packaging that really piqued my interest. Each brand and it’s products had a story of excellence, passion, and a provenance that went back several 100 years and generations. I was fortunate enough to sample a few pieces as I toured the great shop with owner Kyly Larriviere, and was…

Early last week I was out and about shooting around Prytania and St. Charles Ave. My normal intake of coffee runs along the same schedule as a newborn child…every few hours or so. I got a late start and found myself fiending for some iced coffee, and then I recalled seeing a few images of the brand new Prytania Hall Coffee (3445 Prytania St, Ste B) on Instagram. Located between St. Charles + Delachaise and Prytania Ave., this european inspired cafe was just what I needed. It’s an opulent and perfectly petite coffee outpost that offers iced coffee, espresso drinks, and super fresh baked goods. The one of my favorite features of the shop is the outside cafe style seating begging you to slow down, have a seat and enjoy the day.

New Orleans has been “up and coming” for quite some time. Neighborhoods all over the city are being revitalized and renewed. One of those neighborhoods is Central City and specifically, one of it’s main thoroughfares, Oretha Castle Haley.

Vintage as of late has become my jam. Whether it’s vintage film cameras and vinyl, vintage is where it’s at these days. I have to admit I’d prefer coping a great vintage pair of boots and jeans from a spot like our latest feature, Blue Dream Vintage Boutique, as opposed to any other big box or huge retailer around town. There are a ton of boutiques around town that do a great job curating vintage goods, but Blue Dream Vintage has one of the best range and selection I’ve seen in a long time. …

It’s been a long time home-coming for the Nola bred coffee outpost Revelator Coffee. A few months ago, Revelator Nola opened in a super cosy spot on Tchoupitoulas in the heart of the Warehouse District, to a ton of well deserved fanfare. Each neighborhood around the city has it’s own distinct coffee shop and it was time for the Warehouse District to get its own.

Even though New Orleans is its 3rd location, it seems to be the one that truly cements their future and is super close to the hearts of the company. Though the space is narrow, it…

Nestled in the heart of Uptown on Lowerline St., Neon Heart (1022 Lowerline Street, New Orleans LA 70118) is a curated cornucopia founded by one of the coolest couples I know. Ali + Chris have painstakingly put together a diverse collection of goods for women and men, proudly housing brands like Malin + Goetz, Valley Eyewear, MFPepe, Janessa Leone, just to name a few. The space is inviting and approachable with everything just right and in it’s place. Check out their website for more details…


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