Author and journalist Stephanie Hepburn has founded Good Cloth, an ethical online clothing shop, as her way to make change in the garment industry and spread awareness on the topic of labor exploitation in a positive way. The shop includes designers who equally care about aesthetics, ethical sourcing and supply chain transparency.
I moved from New York City to New Orleans in February 2006. It was a shock to the system to go from existing in a highly functioning city to subsisting in one that was tattered and broken with residents haunted by PTSD. On my first day as a New Orleanian I walked out of my Elysian Fields apartment in the Marigny to Frenchmen. I was hungry and lamenting that I couldn’t just walk to the corner store in Astoria where the guy behind the counter knew my order and in moments I would be biting into an egg sandwich oozing with cheese and sipping on hot sugary coffee. My belly growled, letting me know that it was time to find satisfaction in the now, not my memories, so I popped into Cafe Rose Nicaud. Written at the top of the chalkboard menu was egg and cheese sandwich in swirling pink letters. Elated I ordered one and the person behind the counter said, “Oh, sorry baby, we don’t have eggs.” Aside from wondering why a person younger than me called me baby, my stomach and I were so devastated by the turn of events that we had to sit down. It would have been so easy to just take the sandwich off the menu, I thought. It was, after all, on chalkboard. This could have saved me heartache. Perhaps the woman behind the counter could see that this was an existential affair, my entire existence and my sentiments about my future in this broken city depended on me getting an egg sandwich. She moved around the counter and asked me not to go anywhere. I had nowhere to go but an empty apartment that was not in New York, so I said, “okay.” She came back with eggs and made me a sandwich with just the right amount of oozing cheese and toasted bread. I learned then the difference between the two cities I love most in the world. New York wouldn’t run out of eggs, but if she did, she sure as hell wouldn’t go get me some. New Orleans, a bit more frazzled and forgetful, would run out of eggs — I could depend on it — but she would run across the street to buy more so that I could feel at home.
Note: This piece was written for the New Orleans People Project
Even the most beautifully designed home bar is just eye candy without the proper tools. With summer parties on the horizon, it’s a good time to beef up your bar accessories. Click through the photo gallery above for a few ideas. And, just a reminder, Father’s Day is around the corner. These make great gifts.
It’s hot out there, and it’s just going to get hotter. With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s a good time to get the men in your life some take-care-of-yourself products that double as cooling agents.
The New Orleans Jazz Fest marathon hits its home stretch this weekend. Not that you need a break (goodness, no), but if you want one, make sure to take those dancing legs to the craft tents to check out local wares and those from across the globe. Click through the photo gallery above for our picks from the best of the second weekend’s Jazz Fest crafts lineup.
As we age, our skin needs a little extra nurturing. Hats and sunglasses become our best friends, and we tend to scour cosmetic shops for the next anti-aging secret. One trick for keeping skin looking its best is adding a weekly home facial that includes key anti-aging ingredients such as vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. Here are some of our favorite products.
New Orleans Jazz Fest’s funky spirit is alive and well in the craft tents. This weekend’s lineup of art work, decorative accessories, jewelry and home decor is worth a detour from the music stages and food booths. So add shopping to the list of don’t-miss events at the Fair Grounds.
Not sure what to do with all those empty Easter baskets? They can hold more than just candy: Whether you use them to stash hand towels, magazines or other assorted sundries, they’re a great way to organize your home.
I have always been able to use any kind of makeup, without worry about eye irritation. I had no idea how lucky I was until my three-year-old daughter passed her pink eye onto me.
Since then, my eyes have become so sensitive that makeup, if not properly removed at night, can leave my eyes looking infected the next day.
So I dialed up Dr. Ginny Kullman, an ophthalmologist at Ochsner Medical Center, for help. Here are her tips for keeping your eyes pretty, not puffy, irritated and red.
One way to tie your design style together in a room is with a rug. These floor coverings let you add a little personality to a space while ensuring that your tootsies don’t catch a chill as fall arrives.