Fashionable Frolic- A fun day at Longue Vue Gardens

The weather in southern Louisiana has been so lovely that we practically had to hold an outdoor event for our last Southern Fashion Bloggers meetup.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather and my only regret was not packing a picnic lunch!

All of the lovely attendees photo via Rach LaRoche

Having grown up in Louisiana I’m no stranger to historic homes. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been touring grand old mansions, stately antebellum plantations and other buildings with historical interest. The best part of living in the South are all of the beautiful remnants of such amazing architecture.

The Longue Vue Home

Our petite tour guide in the background photo via Rach LaRoche

One of the lovely fountains

Beautiful flowers everywhere

Longue Vue is located in Old Metairie, a quick 10 minute drive from New Orleans depending on where y’at.  It is definitely worth the short drive and a lovely, relaxing way to spend a few hours or an entire day. To see all photos from the day check out our Facebook page. Thanks to Rachael of Ordinarily Urbane for contributing some of the pictures used here.

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Fashionable Frolic- April Meetup

The April Southern Fashion Bloggers event is almost here and everyone is invited! With the inaugural event back in February being such a success we wanted to extend the invitation to all fashion and beauty bloggers who reside in Louisiana.

 

Our Fashionable Frolic will take us through the gardens of Longue Vue, an 8 acre estate boasting lush gardens and a beautiful historic home. We will wander around the grounds on a guided tour and there will be plenty of picturesque spots for group photos. For those interested in dinner afterwards we will take a group vote based on restaurants in the surrounding area.

Entrance Court

 

 

What:Fashionable Frolic: Southern Fashion Bloggers April Meet up

Where: Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road New Orleans, LA

When: Saturday, April 16th 1:00pm

Why: A day to relax, have fun and catch up with old friends and make new ones as well. Community building at its best!

Cost: $8 per person for tour of the home and garden. Dinner will be a group vote after the tour at a nearby restaurant

 

Please RSVP here.

 

Spanish Court

 

Photos courtesy of Longuevue.com

 

 

 

 

New Orleans Fashion Week Blogger Panel: Creating A Compelling Voice

Whew! For two weeks we were busy covering not one but two fashion weeks here in New Orleans, both of which had a slew to events to offer the city. The second week #NOLAFW hosted a number of parties, workshops, and runway shows but the most advantageous for bloggers to attend was a panel of well known bloggers from New York City including My Style Pill, Saucy Glossie, Keiko Lynn, and This Fellow . Sponsored by NOLA Tidbits and hosted at the Martine Chaissone Gallery these lovely ladies (and one guy) were here to share with us their perspectives. The following were the notes taken by Christy.

 

The lovely panelists

What’s in a blog name?

The most important and perhaps hardest decision when first creating a blog is thinking of a name. It’s going to be your calling card. Everyone gave examples of fun, catchy and very personal references. Regardless of whether or not they like the names they’ve chosen they have kept them.

My Style Pill- Idea that we all take pills every day

Saucy Glossie- Lived in Australia where magazines are called glossies

Keiko Lynn-  Her name

This Fellow- A reference from one of his favorite books

 

Misconceptions of fashion bloggers

 

Get pegged into being shallow, only care about outfits and taking pictures of yourself but everyone is multifaceted and has different interests aside from fashion.

 

You can use your platform to raise awareness of issues that are dear to you. Ex. Keiko mentioned Japan

 

If you choose to talk about other interests you could turn off potential readers, but if it matters to you then go for it. If you are very passionate about something that will show through. Ex. Keiko sometimes mentions politics on her site.

 

Evolving Your Brand

Remain true to yourself. If you read other blogs you will certainly be influenced by them but don’t let that distract from you. Work on developing yourself as a brand.

 

What Determines Brands You Feature

 

Point of view- Narrow down your point of view be aspirational

Saucy Glossie cited an example of being approached by Burberry. As nice as it would be to get a free Burberry handbag it wouldn’t coincide with her POV, which highlights affordable items.

Don’t get too excited when companies start to offer you free stuff! Be discriminating with your choices, and don’t just take every offer that comes your way. Remember that you are doing the brand a favor by tapping a direct line into their customer base. Saucie Glossie posed the question what will a free pair of shoes do for your readers?

Everyone said they like to feature smaller brands. Remember that your readers trust your suggestions

 

Charge everyone! My Style Pill mentioned she charges everyone (even friends) for ads and sponsorships, treat it like a business relationship

 

If you are a brand how do you get a bloggers attention? Write an eloquent e-mail. Poor syntax or poor punctuation and grammar is a turn off!

 

Bloggers Read

Cupcakes & Cashmere Atlantic-Pacific.blogspot

Lots of mention about food blogs

Focus on your aesthetic- shows passion and that you put work into it

 

Most favorite/least favorite posts

 

All mentioned how original content is really important- don’t just take someone else’s content and recycle it

 

Be self sufficient, know how to take your own outfit photos, learn to do everything yourself

 

“What was I thinking moment” – Putting outfits together that aren’t really your style

Keiko mentioned that travel shots are her fav taking pictures of new places, getting new scenery

Don’t look back at old entries- it’s like looking at love letters to an ex- might make you cringe that you ever felt that way!

Developing a voice is the hardest thing to do. Most importantly your blog should make you feel inspired and empowered. Always write for yourself, no matter what and focus on what you know.

Think about offering a service- ex. My style pill and the paper doll idea

This Fellow mentions that he was approached by Fossil to create a Valentine’s Day menu. He just picked something that he liked, made it up as he went and had fun with it.

 

Can you blog from anywhere?

You can take blogging on the road, don’t have to live in NYC to do it. Let your surroundings tell a story. At this point it is edgy to be from somewhere else besides NYC, California, or even Austin

Niche is also really important

 

Look for what is cool and next. Don’t try to sound too lofty. Edit yourself to sound like you are talking to your best friend. When readers happen upon your blog it should feel like a conversation, like you know them and they are talking to a friend.  By building a loyal readership your numbers will grow.

How do you support yourself as a blogger?

You have to establish a readership first.  Remember that most bloggers have jobs. Run yourself like a business. Use your blog as a platform for other things, it really is your best portfolio!

 

And of course no event wrap up would be complete without pictures of the fabulous patrons of the evening!

 

@chanelcraves @juleytl

@slowsouthstyle @sexymeetsclassy @andieaton

See all of the photos from the event at the Southern Fashion Bloggers Facebook page or at the New Orleans Fashion Week page.

 

 

Dallas Bloggers Meetup

It’s apparent that Texas is quickly becoming a hot bed for southern fashion bloggers with the big turn out for the Texas Style Council being held in Austin this past weekend.  But before the big social a group of Dallas area bloggers got together at the end of February to meet up, talk shop, and have some fun. Elissa from Dress With Courage was kind enough to let us share and republish her experience here.

 

On Saturday, February 26, fourteen Dallas-area bloggers and I gathered for the first DFW bloggers meetup. I was thrilled (and nervous!) to meet so many inspiring, stylish women, learn a bit more about blogging, and make some connections in the Dallas area.
The event was organized by Dallas-blogger Kileen of Cute and Little. According to Kileen, the idea for the meetup originated from one of her Dallas readers, PV of Fab Fashion Finds. PV was new to town and wanted to meet new people with similar interests. At the time, Kileen only knew of two other Dallas bloggers, but took a chance and introduced the idea of a meetup on her blog. The event quickly grew from a small 2-3 person group to a 15 person group, and we made arrangements to gather at a restaurant in Northpark Center Mall for a morning of brunch, shopping, and networking.
Attendees included Charis of Mizz Scoop, Chastity of  The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style, Stephanie ofBeauty and Gardens, Ivonne of Ivonne Stacy Style, Jen of Blank White Frames, Jessica ofSplendiferous Inclinations, Stephanie of Stephanie Bridget;  Tina of T Minus T Plus, Irene of Pink Hearted Princess, LaMirica of FashionabyL8, Katy of think {pretty} thoughts, Tasha of Imperfect Concepts, Angga of Reserverade Fashion, and Janell of Fashionably You.
At eleven-thirty we met in front of La Duni, a Latin restaurant located in the mall.
Tina, Angga, Janell, Ivonne, Kileen, Tasha, and Charis
Unfortunately, due to the large size of our group, La Duni was unable to seat us. Kileen quickly arranged for us to have a private room at Cibus, located just across from La Duni, and we settled in for a delicious brunch of vanilla french toast, eggs, gravlox and brioche with bottomless Bellinis and mimosas. We exchanged business cards and spent time getting to know one another. I especially enjoyed learning about the inspiration behind our blogs, local places to shop, and  new blogs to explore. Kileen mentioned that there are so many great networking opportunities everywhere you look, and the meetup proved that we need to be better prepared to promote our blogs in real life. At the event, many bloggers had business cards with their blog information on it. Kileen stated that she’s definitely getting business cards ready before the next meetup!

There was also a suggestion to create a DFW Blogger Network during lunch. This was a wonderful idea and Kileen has already constructed a network to encourage us to stay in touch.

Introductions were made around the table
After a delicious brunch, we headed out into Northpark’s courtyard for some photos. It was a beautiful early spring day – only in Texas can temperatures reach into the seventies in February!. Of course, we all brought our cameras, and the courtyard quickly turned into a backdrop for an impromptu photoshoot.

Angga, PV, Kileen, Irene, Stephanie
Chastity, London, Tasha, Janell, Jen, Charis
Angga, Ivonne, me and Tina
Once photos were completed, the group headed over to Dillard’s for a special treat – a Dior makeup consultation! Kileen had won this Allure-sponsored event and was so kind to share it with us. In addition to receiving tips regarding priming for makeup, applying foundation, creating the perfect smoky eye, we were each given a $25 gift card for Dior products. While the event was a lot of fun, Kileen thought it might have taken valuable time away from us to get to know one another more in depth. Future events might focus more on networking as a result, but the Dior event was such treat for our first meetup.
Due to the large number of attendees, our consultation was broken up into two groups, making it easier for us to receive a bit more personal attention.
The Dior Beauty Director instructing us on creating a smoky eye.
Angga modeled bright lipstick
Angga and Stephanie post-makeover.

The last make-up session didn’t end until after five, and we went home with memories of a wonderful afternoon and plans to get together bi-monthly. Kileen did a fantastic job organizing the event. She sent out a thoughtful poll to attendees after the meetup, asking for input regarding future events, and created a button to make it easier for us to stay in touch. I am so grateful to have been included!

 

 

 

 

March Group Post- Mardi Gras

Now that Mardi Gras is officially over in New Orleans and Lent has begun we can all take it easy after a long carnival season.  A few ladies with southern fashion blogs got together again this past Monday for our monthly round of group posts. Naturally Mardi Gras made for the perfect March theme and it was interesting to see how different ladies interpreted Fat Tuesday. From costumes, everyday wear and formal carnival gowns everything is represented here.

Participating blogs included:

Slow Southern Style http://www.slowsouthernstyle.com

Stylish3- The Blonde http://www.stylish3.com/marylane/

Style Cakes- http://stylecakes.wordpress.com/

Seams That Way- http://seamsthatway.blogspot.com

NO(LA) More Chains- http://nolamorechains.blogspot.com

 


Miss Malaprop- http://www.missmalaprop.com/


UNMADE- http://beautyunmade.com

Odelma Vintage- http://odelmavintage.blogspot.com

Want to join in for the April posts? All you have to do is sign up for the mailing list for the instructions and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Let’s Do The Roux

Sarah of Think Twice Style went to a great event in Baton Rouge this past week and offered to share with everyone. Want to cover an event for the Southern Fashion Bloggers? E-mail us at southernfashbloggers@gmail.com.
The Roux House in downtown Baton Rouge was a hotspot of fashion Thursday February 24 and I was lucky enough to catch it all. A few of the beautiful people of Baton Rouge gathered at the Roux House to celebrate a style blast from the past. Time Warp Vintage Boutique of Baton Rouge supplied stunning attire from decade’s past for the enjoyment of those in attendance. Hair and makeup for the models was provided by local salons.  Mike Abadie, of Viral Image Productions, provided official photography coverage for the event. This was just a sampling of the fashions on display! It was a wonderful, high energy return to a low energy time.
Now on with the show…

Bright and sunny, flowers galore

Meet Mrs. Jones, she wins my award for best in show!

Spangle, Bangle, Strut your stuff!

The Showstopper... Black Widow

Gorgeous sequin bustier with a tribal skirt

Float away with chiffon and feathers

Sheer lace with black hot pants... not your Momma's formal

Purple clouds at sunset

Tea Time at the Windsor Court Hotel

Sometimes in the world of tiny user icons and 140 word thoughts we forget that social media is about making connections with real, live people. All too often we only focus on networking and lose sight that what we are doing is forging relationships, no matter if that person lives down the street or half way across the globe.  A few weeks ago Leslie and I co-hosted the very first Southern Fashion Bloggers’ event, which was an exciting start to our new venture.

The ultimate in luxury

 

The ground breaking ceremony so to speak took place at the Windsor Court on February 13th. We invited a select group of fashion bloggers from the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas to attend this intimate gathering. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than convening over delectable tea, sandwiches, pastries, and desserts all while chatting about our endeavors and of course fashion.

Leslie & Christy

With the advent of three New Orleans fashion weeks and the Texas Style Council in March it is more obvious than ever that the South is positively starving for more fashion forward gatherings. The Southern Fashion Bloggers are trying our best to bring together like minded ladies (and a few of you gentleman!) to spur a sense of community and a few friendships along the way.

Fashion Illustration by Nicole Album

 

Karlee reading up about Hemline

In addition to the gift bag items mentioned in our giveaway a few lucky ladies won a $30 gift card to Swap Boutique, a prize package from Armoire, a $30 gift card to Branch Out Shop, and a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses from St. Charles Vision. Our photographer was also the lucky receipient of a $40 gift card to Buffalo Exchange. We are already planning many more events, but don’t worry we’ll give everyone a break until after Mardi Gras. Want to participate in the next one? E-mail us at southernfashbloggers@gmail.com

A fashionable group of gals

Top Row, L-R: @chanelcraves, @xmeekiex, @sontcole, @andieaton, @beautyunmade, @slowsouthstyle, @missmalaprop

Bottom Row, L-R: @sexymeetsclassy, @karleehilman, @1aurenalexis, @dorothywins, @odelmavintage

Lovely tables awaited us

 

Big thanks goes out to Sam Gregory Photography, Nicole Album for the fashion illustratations, and of course the Windsor Court Hotel for hosting our event and providing each lady a glass of champagne to toast to new friendships. To see all of the pictures taken go to the Southern Fashion Bloggers’ Facebook page.

Meekie, winner of the Ray Ban sunglasses! Lucky lady.

 

Hot Tin Roof cosmetic bag

 

A stylish New Orleans giveaway

This past Sunday Leslie and myself had the honor of hosting the first official Southern Fashion Bloggers event! On February 13th we invited several ladies from New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas to come take tea with us at the Windsor Court Hotel’s Le Salon. We had a fabulous time and everyone promised each other there will be many more events.

 

While we eagerly await the professional photographs that Sam Gregory Photography took of our tea time I’d like to announce a giveaway in celebration of this community building event.  One lucky fashion blogger will receive the gift bag that all attendees of the first Southern Fashion Bloggers’ event received.

 

All this just for you!

 

Here is the prize pack:

Cosmetic bag from Hot Tin Roof

$10 gift card to Fairy

Discount vouchers to Buffalo Exchange, Heather Elizabeth Designs, Hemline (Magazine St. location), Lia Molly, and Pixie Cosmetics

Lip balm from Miss Malaprop

Bracelet from Jean Therapy

3 yoga sessions to Life Yoga

 

There are also 4 runner up bags, with the following:

3 yoga sessions to Life Yoga

Discount cards to Buffalo Exchange, Hemline, and Lia Molly

 

More details about the event are coming up, including ways to get in on the next one! In the mean time in order to win these fabulous prizes all you have to do is the following by 2/22:

1. Follow the Southern Fashion Bloggers on Facebook

2. Comment here stating that you did so and that is it! Winners must be located in the New Orleans or Baton Rouge areas since the prizes are NOLA specific.  Winners will be notified through e-mail so make sure you include that in your comment.

Good luck!

February Group Post

krispy-kreme-share-the-love

Since Mardi Gras is in March this year Valentine’s Day will actually get a little bit of attention here in New Orleans.  This month’s focus is on accessories. Got a favorite pair of red soled shoes? Want to show off a pink cocktail ring? Love stinks? Then post your favorite heart headband. There’s no limit to what you can post so long as it stays on theme.

The posts will go live on Thursday, February 10th and all participating bloggers need to e-mail Christy (southernfashbloggers@gmail.com) no later than February 7th in order to participate. Don’t forget to sign up for the Southern Fashion Bloggers mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/cm5zj in order to keep up the easy way.

So get to taking those pictures, we can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

In the news!

For those of you who have been following the Southern Fashion Bloggers Facebook page you know we’ve been working together and trying to do monthly group posts on certain topics. In December we did posts on LBDs and January’s focus was on our favorite coats.

 

It’s a bit of work coordinating with the participating bloggers, checking in to make sure everyone remembers dates, when to post, etc… so I was really pleased to see our little project get a feature on the Times Picayune’s website, http://www.nola.com! See it for yourself by clicking on the link: http://www.nola.com/fashion/index.ssf/2011/01/a_case_study_on_coats_fashion.html

 

Usually Mardi Gras falls in February but this year it is in March which means Valentine’s Day will actually get attention this year so next month’s group post will feature V-Day. If you’d like to participate all you need to do is leave a comment here or send an e-mail to southernfashionbloggers@gmail.com with your blog’s URL. The post will go live on Thursday, February 10th and I’ll send out an e-mail to everyone beforehand with a list of participating blogs.

I hope y’all are as excited about this as I am!

 

-Christy, www.slowsouthernstyle.com