Stay cool, and look great, with these top boutique picks.
Oh, August … is there anything to get me through this month of sun, sweat and stickiness? Honestly, it is my least favorite fashion month of the year. It is so painfully hot and humid that I turn into the Wicked Witch of the West and literally walk around screaming “I’m, melting, I’m melting.” I also do not deem myself a completely sane individual. I admit I am a little wacky at times, and, for some reason, this heat just seems to bring the cuckoo to a whole other level. I am yearning for any drop in temperature and dying to put on any of the fall clothes that are arriving in all of our phenomenal boutiques — yet even the sight of a sweater in August gives me the vapors. Luckily, Corrie and I have found some notable and new fashion events and boutiques to help us survive and slightly push through this oh-so hot month in New Orleans.
Whitney White Linen Night
The Warehouse District
While this always seems to be the hottest night of the year, and, at some point in the evening, a monsoon will pass, the masses still pack the streets. Although the event takes place in the epicenter of the arts district, the evening has become one of the biggest see-and-be-seen events. It is people-watching at its finest. Julia Street turns into a hot catwalk of hits and misses of white linen ensembles. We strongly recommend reserving a table in the air-conditioning and playing a Project Runway drinking game.
Places to Purchase WWLN Attire:
Seasoned retailer Beth Harris from Garden Gate has opened a new boutique on Metairie Road called Relish. Nestled in a posh strip mall next to the chicly designed City Greens, Relish invites you to come explore the happiness inside. ALG is completely lusting over the ornate and oversized floral sculptures lining the wall. Relish’s windows can even improve your mood as you sit and wait for the Metairie Road train to pass. Harris has the store curated with easy-breezy clothing, pretty home goods and lush gifts. 600 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 309-3336, relishneworleans.com
Cella’s Boutique recently opened its third location in Metairie, which, like the other two locations (on Magazine Street and St. Peter Street), offers well-priced, fashion-forward women’s clothing along with unique jewelry and accessories. The beautiful new space is perfect to grab some transition pieces to get you through these last few weeks of summer. ALG can always find effortless dresses and accent pieces ideal for upcoming college football games as well as functional fashion for fall classes. 512 Metairie Road, Metairie, facebook.com/cellasboutique
The Warehouse Sale by ALG Style
This 10th Pop-up Shop on steroids, taking place Aug. 21, is the shopping event of the season! Loads of boutiques pile into the Landmark Hotel ballroom to sell their wares for massively reduced prices for only six hours. Think Black Friday meets The Hunger Games. This bi-annual event never disappoints and caters to every woman. You’ll find shoes, accessories, denim and dresses for all shapes and sizes. It is heaven for anyone looking for designer duds at discount prices. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (9 a.m. is the VIP hour with ticket in hand). 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie, bestofneworleans.com/tickets
Can’t stand the heat? Go shopping … in air-conditioning!
–Aimée Gowland and Corrie Pellerin, ALG Style