Size Matters

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Size is Everything

ALG Style relies on small business in and around the great state of Louisiana. Without them we would not be able to service our clients, host The Warehouse Sale, throw fantastic style events, or pull together an ALG Style photo shoot.

When WE GO BIG… WE CHOOSE SMALL!

We are urging the public not only on Small Business Saturday, but every day, this holiday season to make the choice to choose SMALL. Choose to visit your local hardware store for holiday lights and get your peppermint mocha from a local roaster.

It’s the little things…
These are just a few of our favorite places we CHOOSE to visit every week…

One Cleaners
Buff Beauty Bar
Kismet Cosmetics
Gracious Bakery
Nola Pilates
Clover Boutique
Haute Boutique
Lucy Rose
Angelique Boutiques
Sopo
Peony Nola
Vita
Ems
Hemline
Bittersweet Confections
Pearl Wine
Swap Boutique
Emma’s Shoes
I’land Pedi Spa
Plush Appeal
Jefferson Variety
Scriptura
Grow with Us Florist

Let’s not kid ourselves here…size really does matter.

 

 

Style Cornucopia

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Last week we had, again, the pleasure of working with WWL TV, Paris Parker Aveda, and Nola Shoes & Accessories for our monthly ALG Style Makeover.

Although Thanksgiving is a time to be gracious and thankful for all our blessings, it can also be a stressful time for those that have to host a large family dinner or travel with little ones. Our winner, Emily Reese Schneller, had a double whammy. Not only is Emily hosting a staff party for her trainers at Cross Fit Roux, the gym she owns with her husband, Bradley Schneller, she is also cooking Thanksgiving for one side of her family and traveling to visit another with her beautiful little boy Brennan.

We were thrilled to assist with some travel and hostess tips for this busy and sassy momma!


ALG choose a shift dress by Constant Threads in a stunning royal blue; this hue is flattering on most and suiting on brunettes. The Constant Threads’ dress is machine washable, perfect for gravy spills and little one’s hands, wrinkle resistant, and fits her petite frame. Her clutch, from NOLA Shoes & Accessories, is ideal to place in a large travel or diaper bag to keep her essentials organized. We also adore the statement necklace for a pop of color. The ensemble is Throw & Go! Constant Threads makes the most functional and fun pieces; these dresses are a must-have for every busy girl’s closet.

Tatum Neill and his team, at Paris Parker Aveda, is consistently spot on with cut, color, and make-up. We appreciate the style tips Tatum shared for an effortlessly coiffed mane, the subtle “baby-lights” highlights, and the fresh-faced make-up.
We hope that Emily has a very blessed and stress-free holiday and we, at ALG Style, are very blessed to have worked with such a talented team of individuals!

 

Dressing or Stuffing?

In the spirit of all things pumpkin spice, ALG Style has completely embraced fall fashion. It is finally time to pull on those tall boots, wrap up in the must-have long vest of the season and slip on some buttery suede.

styleNOV2015It’s fall y’all! Thank goodness for oversized outerwear, because we have not met a sweet potato or salted caramel anything we did not like. When it comes to autumn style, appreciate the actuality that you can binge on turducken yet look fashionable in your fringed poncho and flared denim with Lycra.

Oui! Oiu!

New and noteworthy to our boutique shopping scene is Peony Nola. Located near the corner of Jackson and Magazine streets, this beautiful, sweet and elegant store brings us all the splendor of Paris. Owners Jennifer Atkins and Crickett Lapeyre marry their retail and design backgrounds to create the most enchanted shopping experience. Modern twists on the Victorian slip dress, contemporary attire for women, delectable home goods, fine children’s clothing and delicate faux fur coats are just a few peerless pieces located inside the store. From the moment you cross the threshold, you are transported from the bustling sidewalk into a lovely retail voyage that will capture the attention of all your senses.

The space and all its contents are picturesque and truly Southern. However, you get the sensation that you are traveling the enchanted countrysides of France, Spain and Morocco — but in your daydream, the next stopover happened to be New Orleans.

Atkins sought to mesh her affection for fashion with her love of travel. Peony Nola was conceived partly because of the children’s clothing line that she and Lapeyre started under the same name. The two women established Peony Clothing to provide fine crafted heirloom garments for babies and young children. After touting their wares for a couple of fashion seasons, opening a brick and mortar location was a natural progression of the Peony brand. Atkins and Lapeyre scoured the streets of Europe with their children on holiday this summer; it was then that these two very clever, artistic and businesses-minded individuals put the idea of Peony Nola into motion.

Local artist Kaki Foley, who is known for transforming spaces and ordinary items into the extraordinary, was involved with the store design. “Kaki Foley is able to extract your thoughts and make them real.” Atkins says. Foley’s handcrafted creations make one want to escape to see what is inside charmed heads and mystical worlds. Kaki, complemented by artwork by Elaine Gleason, was able to take the images inside Atkins’ mind and bring Peony to life. The ethereal and ghost-like 18th-century piano covered in moss is enticing and longs to be touched. Chandeliers, tablescapes, hardware and dressing rooms look like little fantasies-turned-reality.

Atkins and Lapeyre wanted Peony to be accessible to all shoppers. “Peony is multigenerational,” Atkins says. “We can address the needs of a mother-of-the-bride, someone looking for a beautiful baby gift, and a carpool momma who just wants to look and feel cute!” Peony carries stunning items in a variety of price points; sweet day dresses; reasonably priced, on-trend vests; and pieces that might be necessary for a swanky cocktail gathering. The duo’s welcoming personalities and muse-cum-manager, Tessa Rowe, can most undoubtedly find you a posh and comfortable ensemble for your Thanksgiving Day dinner.

An added glorious bonus, Peony is also nestled among some of our other favorite hot spots: Clover Boutique, District Donuts (do you know they have iced coffee on tap?) and Stein’s Market & Deli. This has to be our most favorite corner ever on Magazine Street! Peony Nola, 2240 Magazine St., Ste. 102, (504) 300-7908, peonynola.com

Gobble, gobble and happy shopping!

–Aimée Gowland and Corrie Pellerin, ALG Style
*Photos by Tessa Rowe and Kate Gardner