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SCOUTED: Hammered Brass Arm Chair

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This week, The Scout Guide national blog has a feature on the Beauty of Brass. Looking for brass elements locally, I scouted this phenomenal hammered brass arm chair at Eclectic Home. Talk about a statement piece! Penny Francis and her team do not shy away from stepping it up! Love their spunk, so be sure to visit their store on Oak Street.

Eclectic Home

8211 Oak Street

T: 504-866-6654

E: keith@eclectichome.net

I: @eclectichomenola

F: Eclectic Home

TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU!

– TAYLOR

Jan
23
2015

Wedding Series: Up Close & Personal with Denise St. Pierre

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One of the most gorgeous edible creations I have ever seen is a wedding cake by Denise St. Pierre. If the eye-candy isn’t enough to entice, then let me tell you about how she is a purist in every sense of the word. Denise studied confectionary art in France under internationally renowned pastry chefs and as a result has excellent connections throughout the world to offer the finest and freshest ingredients. She will not settle for anything less than the absolute best quality.

In the spirit of tradition, Denise only bakes a signature white butter cake for weddings, but she offers a variety of flavors to fill the cake, including lemon curd and red berries with framboise. She is a one man shop and hand makes every single sugar flower and measures every ingredient herself.

Denise shares a few of her secrets with TSG that are guaranteed to make your mouth water.

TM: SHARE WITH US SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE LENGTHS YOU GO TO PROVIDE THE FRESHEST FLAVORS…

DSP: With my red berries with framboise, I make a compost of raspberries and Fraises de Bois, which are strawberries grown in France that are real, real fragrant and have an incredible taste that’s only available one or two months out of the year. I use that to enhance the flavor of my wild berry filling compost. It’s special…it gives another level of complexity to the flavor of the compost.

I grow my own lemons used for the lemon curd. I only have one tree, so when its producing, and I have a bride who’s interested in lemon curd, I’m always so happy if the lemons are available and I can make it with my fresh Meyer lemons.

The French Butter Cream is rich and delicious and it is used for the filling of the cake. Made of egg yolks and butter, it is only suitable for the inside because on the outside, it would tint the beauty of a white cake. My Italian Butter Cream is used for the exterior because the difference is the Italian uses only egg whites.

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TM: THERE ARE BUTTER CREAM FANS AND THERE ARE FONDANT FANS. TELL US WHY YOU PREFER TO WORK WITH FONDANT…

DSP: Fondant gives such a smooth finish to a cake, but what it does for a cake designer is it gives a surface on which to work. My butter cream is very soft and the sugar flowers, depending on the type, can be heavy. The fondant provides a strong surface, so the finishing touches can be more elaborate. I absolutely adore my butter cream cakes too, but our tropical climate can create a risk to the integrity of the design.

TM: THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS IMPECCABLE AND I STILL CANNOT BELIEVE YOU MAKE ALL OF THE SUGAR FLOWERS BY HAND. GIVE US SOME EXAMPLES OF OTHER UNIQUE TOUCHES YOU HAVE PROVIDED FOR YOUR CLIENTS…

DSP: Cakes can be designed according to the floral arrangements used at the wedding. Alternatively, many brides like to incorporate flowers of special significance to the bride and groom, perhaps the first bouquet she received from her loved one. I have created from sugar the lace of a wedding dress to adorn the cake. And because I truly believe in quality and freshness of my product, there is no need to save the top of your wedding cake – my one year anniversary gift is an exact replica of the top tier of the cake from my client’s special day.

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TM: DENISE, YOU ARE THE BEST. BRIDES BEWARE, HER SCHEDULE IS NORMALLY BOOKED WAY IN ADVANCE, SO BE SURE TO GIVE HER AS MUCH LEAD TIME AS POSSIBLE. 

To view more of Denise’s beautiful creations, click here.

Denise St. Pierre

Custom Cakes and French Pastries

T: 504-450-2262

E: denise@denisestpierre.net

W: denisestpierre.net

TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU!

- TAYLOR

Jan
22
2015

Calm and Cool January

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HERE’S A ROUND UP OF HAPPENINGS, TIPS, AND INSPIRATION FROM THE TSG NEW ORLEANS NETWORK.

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1. Cindy St. Romain and Anne Hammett are on a buying trip in France scouting for their store, St. Romain Interiors in Madisonville, Louisiana. Just a short drive across the Causeway, this store is a worthy destination, especially since they just doubled their footprint by expanding their store.

2. Teresa Waters at MIMI recommends protecting your skin with Trish McEvoy’s Even Skin Vitamin C Cream. A powerful antioxidant, it is a rich night cream to firm skin and combat uneven pigmentation for an even, healthy looking complexion. The key ingredient is a powerful 10% vitamin C concentration that is highly effective in reducing current visible signs of age. Improves radiance, clarity, and tone, and increases collagen production. Visit MIMI’s Trish McEvoy counter to grab yours.

3. Pink Tulips are the perfect way to welcome you home after a long day in the streets or at the office. The flower of the season, tulips are in their prime from January to April. Dunn & Sonnier is offering a special on tulips: Dutch tulips are $14.95/bunch and Parrot tulips are $18.95/bunch.

4. Julie Silvers totem candle sticks create the perfect mood lighting for when you escape for a warm bath. To purchase, email Julie at julie@juliesilvers.com.

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5. When indulging in a manicure, I never stray very far from Essie’s Mademoiselle, but I ventured to the wild side this weekend and tried Essie’s Good As Gold. The gold hue is soft, so it doesn’t look as aggressive as it sounds. I am considering making this a g0-to color, so I thought you might want to try it too. To treat yourself to a manicure, take the streetcar with a friend to Buff Beauty Bar on Carondelet Street, and it will drop you at the front door.

6. Light pink and white are the colors that soothe me the most right now, and thus I lust over this beautiful pair of Dee Keller pink heels from Angelique.

7. January is about the only month of the year where you can find a small amount of peace and quiet. The days are numbered, so cozy up in your bed and read a great book in this beautiful nightgown from JADE.

I recently discovered you can rent eBooks from the New Orleans Public Library. If you’re trying to save a few pennies, turn to our local resources before Amazon for Kindle. I am currently reading Lean In and on the wait list for 10% Happier. (Perhaps I should lighten the load the next time I check out a book if I am looking for a calm and cool January!)

8. In December, I (unfortunately) discovered Chocolate con Pan by attending a Tiki Tolteca Tasting Dinner. The menu featured cuisine from Oaxaca, Mexico. Higinio Herrera, who helped to open Felipe’s, is a native of Oaxaca, so the food was as authentic as it gets. The FIRST COURSE was Chocolate con Pan, and apparently it is customary TO BEGIN almost every meal with Chocolate con Pan. Can you imagine? That would be equivalent to beginning every meal in New Orleans with King Cake. Anyways, it was absolutely delicious and certainly worth trying.

Take the easy route and buy your favorite chocolate bar and rustic bread. Bake at 200 degrees until the chocolate begins to melt, and then sprinkle it with a high quality EVOO and sea salt. Forget the cheese and crackers!

TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU!

– TAYLOR

Jan
20
2015

SCOUTED: Elton John at Jade

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This week’s word on the street is Elton John will be at Jazz Fest 2015, along with many other incredible musicians, making it almost impossible to skip a day of Festing. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that to see Elton John perform is on my Bucket List. So, with Elton John on the brain this week, you can imagine my excitement when I scouted this purple candle with a gold crown at Jade. My first thought was great ball favor. But, as I looked closer, I then discovered it was a candle designed by Elton John for Nest to benefit his AIDS foundation. Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest all rolled into one! C’est la vie in New Orleans!

To check something off the Bucket List is a big deal, so my countdown to see Elton John in the flesh begins! For now, the candle for any fanatic in your life (like me) will do!

JADE

324 Metairie Road

Metairie, LA 70005

504-875-4420

@shopjadenola

TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU!

– TAYLOR

Jan
14
2015

Summer Bodies are made in the Winter

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SUMMER BODIES ARE MADE IN THE WINTER. I read this statement on the Instagram profile page of my favorite workout class, Hour Blast. What a big kick in the behind motivator, right? Did the statement get you thinking…how am I going to get through post-holidays, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and end up at summer looking as hot as it feels? Well, we chose to live in this city, so as they say, moderation is key, and classes like Hour Blast are here to help. (Practice what you preach, Taylor.)

I was at Hour Blast on the day it opened four years ago, and I have been doing this workout ever since. I am the first to admit that I have a love hate relationship with the high-intensity, interval training class. I will go on long hiatuses, try another class in this city, and roll my eyes at their motto. But, I always come back to Hour Blast because I know it is the BEST workout for me. I am confident that almost every other veteran HBer would agree with me too.

Here’s what you need to know to get your mind ready for the best workout!

- First class is $10. Easy commitment.

- Hour Blast has 2 locations. The original is located on Maple Street, across from PJs (your post-workout treat). The second location is in Old Metairie on Focis Street off of Metairie Road next to JBs and Burger King (places you should stay far away from post-workout).

- Hour Blast is for all ages, fitness levels and MEN!

- Every class is different! Hour Blast alternates moving from the tread to the floor every few minutes but those minute increments change everyday as well as the equipment we use on the floor. This ensures that the workout will always be fun, offer you a good challenge and never you give you the chance to be bored!

- Part of the workout is all about cardio and getting your heart rate up to give you those quick results and increase that metabolism. Using the tread, you will walk, run, sprint and race to the top of hills! Instructors continually take your speeds and inclines up and down while you’re on the tread to work on endurance, speed and agility. They offer 3 different levels of speeds (simultaneously) to ensure each client gets their best workout in and leaves feeling stronger and more confident.

- The other part of the Hour Blast workout is on the floor where you work on building your strength and shaping all of the right places. They change up their equipment on the floor everyday so every class is different! Using dumbbells, TRX bands, stability balls, steps, medicine balls or a combination of it all we get in a full body workout targeting every muscle.

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Here are a few tips provided by owners, Karen Eastman, Courtney Montgomery, Jessica Kempainen and Niki Still.

- High-intensity interval training burns more calories and targets belly fat. Need we say more?

- Four Simple Rules: 1) Never miss a Monday 2) Never go 3 days without exercise 3) Workout at least 3 days a week 4) Never give up!

- Following difficult workouts, a day of rest helps your body adapt to the work and improve. A day off restocks glycogen storage, builds strength and reduces fatigue. Without rest your body cannot adapt to the work you have done and injuries will result from overuse.

- Stretch after your workout! People are more flexible after exercise because of the increased circulation to the joints and muscles. The static stretches will work even better as a result. This infographic shows you how to properly stretch.

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Are you convinced? You should be. You will feel awesome, meet lots of fun people, and get every penny worth of your money. As their motto says, “IT’S AN HOUR, AND IT’S A BLAST!”

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To sign up for classes, click here. Be sure to chose the location you wish to visit because they do keep different schedules. 

Uptown: 7611 Maple Street | Instagram: @hourblast

Metairie: 105 Focis Street | Instagram: @hourblastmetairie

TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU!

– TAYLOR

Jan
13
2015

You Must See Prospect.3

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One of the best ways to discover New Orleans is through Prospect New Orleans and its third project Prospect 3: Notes for Now, a three month long, international, biennial contemporary art exhibit ending on Sunday, January 25th. The art is placed in various destinations throughout the city, some remote, others not, and the theme is based on our city, culture and region as interpreted by globally acclaimed contemporary artists.

Prospect began in 2008 with the goal to create a well-respected contemporary art festival for New Orleans. The first one was a success, the second was affected by the economic crisis, and the third has hit a home run. P.3’s Curator, Franklin Sirmans, has recently been named one of the top curators in the world, and Prospect.3. has several of the most exciting Contemporary artists of 2014, as named by Artnet News.

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Per the recommendation of New Orleans photographer and P.3 exhibitor, Sophie Lvoff, Mr. Sirmans turned to Walker Percy’s only novel, Moviegoer, for inspiration in curating the exhibit. Themes include: The New Orleans Experience, Seeing Oneself in the Other, The South, Crime and Punishment, Movie going, The Carnivalesque, Abstraction, Visual Sound, and seamlessly ties together the largesse of the show through commissions by several artists under the moniker, All Together Now. For exhibit-goers, Mr. Sirmans poses the question, “By looking at the other, what do you find in yourself?” He describes it more poetically here:

“Prospect.3 is an exhibition in restless search, guided by a constellation of a singular artistic and literary works, sounds, and visions, a the apes of which is Walker Percy’s singular novel, The Moviegoer. Set in New Orleans in the early 1960s – the time of heightened social awareness in the first half of that decade’s movement for civil rights – The Moviegoer wades through the depths of existentialism in a world where people were legally segregated from each other and therefor prohibited from truly comprehending their selves.

New Orleans is situated at a specific and intense crossroads – a point of convergence for national conversations and a point of departure for the world’s horizon. The city, as Percy perceived, is truly “Somewhere and not Anywhere”; it is “the South,” holding its place at the edge of the United States; it is ‘the northernmost Caribbean city’; it is ‘Africa on the Mississippi; it is the ‘most European American city’; and less lovingly it is the home of Plessy v. Ferguson. It is a truly vital vantage point from which to consider our social condition – an illuminating source of philosophical inquiry for the here and present, which often seems not so distant from the there and past. 

It is hoped that this exhibition will provide entry into the ageless and possibly limitless quest to define the self and interpret the other. While this exhibition attempts to seize on conversations of supposed universality, it is a thesis built to wilt and even fail in some instances. Let us consider the circumstances of where and how we are encountering these works, and each other, reflecting on the privilege of our position. Prospect 3: Notes for Now presents visual arts as a lens through which to view both the everydayness and the strangeness of the world around us, to bridge fissures in the past-present, and to imagine the possibilities of an interconnected future, ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’”

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On Sunday, I visited Crevasse 22, Newcomb Art Gallery, Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans Museum of Art, the UNO Art Gallery, the Joan Mitchell Gallery, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Ogden. The Ogden is home to the star of the show, Basquiat and the Bayou. I could never do the exhibit justice, so I suggest you read about it. Let’s just say a man who had a very short life, shadowed Andy Warhol, only visited New Orleans once right before his death, depicted the culture so well through his art, and he now has paintings worth $60 million dollars.

It was a fun-filled, long day with great friends, and we only skimmed the surface of half of the exhibits. There is so much to learn about cultures around the world, and mostly our own. There is even an artist who depicts the sissy-bounce, so there is something for all! Take my word and absorb it for the next two weeks! Download the P.3 app and ask questions at the gallery! Often times, there are many artists lurking around who can help you understand the true meaning of this wonderful show.You can also read this great write up on NOLA.com for a further explanation.

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Monir Farmanfarmaian, an Iranian born in 1924, who is a sculpture using mirrors as her medium. Simply stunning.

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Ebony Patterson and her interpretation of Jamaican Carnival. You will clearly see resemblances to our very own Carnival. As she says, “In Jamaica, everything is overdone.” Clearly New Orleans shares the same mindset.

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The Propeller Group with Christopher Myers portrays the similarity of the second line celebration for the dead to the Vietnamese celebration for the dead. Brass instruments prevail, but beware of snakes too (in the video!).

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CREVASSE 22

Crevasse 22, located in Poydras, Louisiana, is actually a P.3 plus exhibit – meaning not an official designation, but part of the celebration – is worth seeing because the site is stunning and the exhibit showcases Louisiana-based sculptural artists.

Here you will also see, Land-Scapes, an inaugural exhibition at a new art space, the River House, in St. Bernard Parish, with works by regional artists that reflect the uniquely beautiful and threatened environment of metropolitan New Orleans where millions live despite repeated cataclysms.

The tear drop shaped lake viewed from the house was created by a natural crevasse or breach in the Mississippi River Levee in 1922 that flooded surrounding homes, farms, and businesses. It widened Bayou Terre aux Boeufs, now a site made available by the Torres | Burns Trust for a sculptural garden and art space.

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Pictured above is the Art House, inspirational inside, as well as Mitchell Gaudet’s Crevasse Clouche Collection made of glass and tells the story of the eco-system. In the glass bowl featured on the right, an ant house has developed within it. Finger Pointing by Christopher Saucedo is branded inkjet prints on wood of the area of the Crevasse.

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As you can see, there is a vast amount to cover (I never write blogs this long!) Plan to end your trip at the Joan Mitchell Gallery on Rampart, so you can relax with dinner and drinks at Meauxbar, conveniently located next door. Prospect.3 closes on January 25th, so your time is running out to see this one-of-a-kind show. (The next one will not occur until 2018, coinciding with the 300th birthday of New Orleans.) P.3 is open Wednesday-Sunday 11 am – 4 pm. Grab a P.3 Passport from the Contemporary Arts Center and set out on your journey. If you obtain a stamp from each venue, it entitles you to a P.3 T-shirt or Totebag. The ladies T-Shirt is definitely one that I would sport around town. Tres Chic!

TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU!

–TAYLOR

P.S. I am planning to visit a P.3 + exhibit this weekend, ExhibitBE, organized by local artist Brandon Odums. ExhibitBE explores the relationship of street artists to a specific site, the abandoned Charles DeGaulle Manor housing complex in Algiers. If you would like to go, respond here, I would love for you to join me!

Jan
8
2015