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

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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At ALG Style we costume for sport. We are fortunate enough to live in city the where costuming is not just reserved for October 31st and Mardi Gras day. However, we must confess, Halloween is our absolute favorite.

A few suggestions for creating a unique and seemingly effortless costume is to start with the two B’s and we do not mean boobies and butt.. because those items seem to come out in all their glory on Halloween. We prefer “Classy not Trashy.” It is fine to look sexy yet ALG does not want you to be propositioned for illegal activity.
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Budget and Base
Always have a budget in mind when to comes to creating a costume. Expenses can get high fast, feathers, masks, and wigs are costly. Consider repurposing an old costume or visit local thrift stores and consignment shops.

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A valuable tool is to begin with a base. A dress, leotard, corset, leggings, or pants can serve as your foundation to build and layer your ideas and inspiration. Before you begin make sure it fits properly and you can get in and out of it rather swiftly if you need to use the restroom. Click the link below to see a #TBT of few of our favorite homemade costumes we discussed on The 504 last year.

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Check out our video clip on WWLTV.com: http://www.wwltv.com/videos/news/local/my-54/2014/10/31/15992428/

Epidemic

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Epidemic

The struggle is real.  Corrie and I only want the best for you; we are concerned and want you to know we have your best interest at heart.  For several years now we have fought the good fight, is our plight all in vain? We are exhausted and feel we might have been defeated.  Today this plague is so rampant it has its own classification on all your favorite e-tail sites and department stores. The term is so utterly ridiculous it pains me to utter this amalgamation of absurdity… ATHLESIURE Wear.  This look is the bane of our existence.  
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Lose your Illusion

There is common movement in our society to don clothes that might appear as if one is ready at all times to partake in a yoga retreat or CrossFit boot camp. Women are spending hundreds of dollars on stretchy, second skin fabrics and men are running around in high-tech garb with an Under Armor logo affixed to them.
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Here is where the problem arises; if you got out of bed, put on your best yoga pants, or sweat-wicking, short sleeve-V-neck, “I can see your nipples” shirt, then ran errands, attended a birthday party, met a friend for drinks, and NEVER even stepped foot in or had the intentions to attend Pilates or run a mile then you are part of the crisis.  

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The biggest contention we receive from the public on why the abundance of Athliesure wear exists in one’s wardrobe is comfort.  According to many, nothing is more comfortable to wear in public if you are outside of your place of work than Lululemon-esque attire.  We are not troubled if we spot you post soccer filed or after tennis grabbing groceries or coffee.  What disturbs us is that society has deemed it okay for you to head to dinner and social gatherings in what is not and should not ever be considered real pants or a shirt.  You might try to justify your outfit while sipping your Paleo-friendly -margarita because you spent over a hundred dollars on your track pants and close to $200 on your asymmetrical extra-long,  tripped -out hooded jacket contraption,  let’s get real,  you are still wearing a hoodie to dinner.  When is ever appropriate, nonetheless comfortable, to see every crack and crevasses and lump and bump of your frame?  11032222_10152863694301643_4937439518611727004_n

We do not think our effort is unreasonable.  It cannot be too much to ask, we just want Americans to start wearing real clothes.  Can we start with pants?  Can you just put on some pants?  

We promise a nice pair of denim that fits properly will feel like your favorite black spandex leggings.  A great pair of shorts or an easy breezy dress can quite possibly have you feeling like you are built for speed equally as those Nike tempo parachute fabric shorts. There are solutions, we have them.  It is time to boot and rally; it’s time for you to get dressed.  

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