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I’ll Take Fashion With a Side of Fashion

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This past month I have unearthed some major fashion and beauty finds that will help you get buffed and outfitted for the next 31 days of fashion madness. Hopefully you have recovered from Super Gras; goodness gracious February was fabulous! Beads, Beyoncé, Bud Light and Boom, we blew the lights out! If you deemed February a whirlwind, then gear up for fashion season. New Orleans has a blissful overdose of fashion events this March. “See you on the runway.” – Heidi Klum

Fashion Week NOLA:
March 2-9
Fashion Week NOLA, entering its fifth season, is organized by the NOLA Fashion Council (NOLAFC), one of the contributing forces behind the growth of the city’s fashion industry. Twice a year, NOLAFC provides Southern-based fashion professionals–designers, models, hairdressers and makeup artists–a platform to showcase their talents, gain exposure, increase sales and develop professional contacts. The organization connects fashion industry professionals with the resources they need to grow their businesses and provides continuing education, teaching new skills to the fashion-focused community. In the past year, NOLAFC has
hosted over 28 educational workshops. For more information about NOLAFC shows and seminars, visit www.nola-fashionweek.com

New Orleans Fashion Week:
March 20-24
This year marks thethird annual NewOrleans Fashion Week,a collaboration of eventsinvolving local boutiques
and designers. NewOrleans Fashion Week isa force that unites fashionprofessionals with the public through a
series of runway shows, pop-up boutiques and networking opportunities. The founders of New Orleans Fashion Week believe that fashion is becoming an important component of New Orleans culture and must be celebrated in conjunction with the city’s legendary cuisine, music, art and film. The week of fashion-related events bolsters the city’s economic growth by fusing fashion with the city’s creative essence. Through a Top Design Competition, Fashion Industry Career Day and support of local nonprofits, New Orleans Fashion Week fosters
awareness, creates opportunities and gives back to the Gulf Coast in style. To learn more about New Orleans Fashion Week, visit www.fashionweeknola.com

SÖPÖ: So Worth a Stop
One must dress runway-ready if attending any of the events from the two weeks of fashion madness descending on our city. When channeling your inner Anna Wintour, it’s important to look beyond current trends, and the newly minted Mid-City boutique, SÖPÖ, can supply everything needed to maintain a fashion-forward style. This hidden gem is 1,500 square feet of women’s clothing and home goods not found anywhere else in the South. “SÖPÖ” is a Finnish word that translates to “cute,” but owners Robin Borne and Britta Barlogie have put their own spin on the word with the tag line: “Southern Posh.” Downstairs you will find gifts for men, women, babies and the home. Journey upstairs into what Borne describes as a “fun women’s clubhouse;” there you’ll find printed silk dresses by H. Fredriksson, flattering frocks by Ivana Helsinki and boho looks by Nieves Lavi. SÖPÖ is open until 7 pm on weekdays in order to accommodate those who must wait until after work to get in their retail fix.

Blo Me Away
Movie star quality hair is a requirement for those attending the cornucopia of fantastic parties and shows in March. I have uncovered the most astounding beauty find to date and am so elated by this find that I am apprehensive to share the secret. It is only a matter of time before my spiffy-in-a-jiffy gig will be swarmed with those in need of their magic. Smack in the middle of Harrison Avenue in Lakeview is Blo Bar I’Land Spa. I walked in looking like a hot mess and 25 minutes later, my hair was “Cover Girl” worthy and my manicured nails would have made Elle Woods envious. It is the Domino’s Pizza “30 minutes or less” equivalent for beauty. Also available at this one-stop-beauty-shop are organic spray tans, pedicures, waxing and eyelash extensions. It’s a mini-makeover miracle! Blo Bar and I’Land Spa is perfect for after work and before happy hour or if you want to look