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A BIKINI COVERS ABOUT 30 SQUARE INCHES OF YOUR BODY — it’s pretty amazing that a small expanse of fabric can play host to so many different trends. When I pulled the bathing suits for our fashion spread (p. 27), I spoke with local buyers and boutique owners about the latest in swimwear. They gave me the scoop, and I feel like it’s my duty to inform you. So here we go. We’re still seeing high-waisted suits, but they’re on their way out. (One major caveat: If these pieces don’t hit you at exactly the right spot on the waistline, they can be unflattering.) Boy shorts have given way to skimpy bottoms. Things are getting cheeky — and strappy. The cage lingerie trend has made its way to swimwear. One-piece suits are in vogue, with plunging, lace-up necklines and strategically placed mesh inserts amping up their sex appeal. Also, here’s a neat trick that can show you how well a suit fits without even trying

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High-efficiency washers are gentle on the environment — and your wardrobe. BY PADMINI PAR THA S AR ATHY

WASHING MACHINES BECAME A HOUSEHOLD FIXTURE IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY, and ever since, consumers have searched for the newest and best models. “The frontload unit was invented in the 1930s and they hit the nail on the head,” says Wayne Murrell, appliance specialist at Comeaux Furniture and Appliance. “The unit has only

The Miele washing machine costs $1,999 at Nordic Kitchens & Baths and uses 80 percent less water than traditional models.

gone through little changes since then.” While the machine’s standard design is relatively unchanged, the new generation of high-efficiency washers and dryers conserve energy, are gentle on clothes and offer a deeper clean. Brands like Bosch, Miele, Electrolux and Asko manufacture high-efficiency units. These machines are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and many received the EPA’s Energy Star designation. “With a high-efficiency machine, you’re going to be using less electricity,” Murrell says. “And high-efficiency machines will use 20 to 60 percent less water.” These washers and dryers also use less detergent, which is good for both the environment and people with sensitive skin, who can develop rashes from the chemicals in laundry detergent. “With a high-efficiency machine, you’re using a tablespoon of detergent versus a cup,” Shaw says. “With the Asko, a tablespoon can do an entire wash cycle.” “The first three washes that you do, do not put any detergent in the washing machine,” says Randall Shaw, president of Nordic Kitchens & Baths. “When I first got my high-efficiency machine, I put the clothes in with no detergent and watched all the suds come out. It’s crazy how much detergent is held up in your clothes.” High-efficiency machines also are gentler on clothes than standard washers, which use higher heat and don’t spin water out of the clothes as thoroughly, requiring longer drying times, which breaks down fabric more quickly. The cycles take longer, but cause less damage to clothes in the long run. “The high-efficiency washing machine, depending on the brand, can spin up to 1,200 rotations per minute,” Shaw says. “The washing machine is extracting most of the water out of the clothes. Now we put it into the dryer. The dryer uses a warm cycle, so it’s not breaking down the fabric as much.” “They use more of a gentle rotating and tumbling action,” Murrell says. “These machines lengthen the lifespan of your clothes.” High-efficiency washers don’t take up a lot of room. Because they are mostly loaded from the front, the machines can be stacked, which means a smaller space can accommodate them, Shaw says. The newest dryers also have condensation-style venting,

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so they don’t require a vent to the outside, which makes it possible to put the washer and dryer in a modified closet or on a home’s second floor. There are some drawbacks, including price. An average front- or top-loading high-efficiency washer starts at around $750 and a dryer costs roughly as much. A standard washer and dryer cost about half that amount. Another negative is that front-loading washing machines can develop mold and mildew. “Some people come in having heard horror stories about the front loaders, like they started smelling really musty and had to be cleaned,” Murrell says. Shaw says mildew is less of a problem in the newest generation of high-efficiency machines, which are top loading but without an agitator (plastic rotating piece in the standard washer). Other technological improvements include side doors that open during the cycle, so people can add a garment to the wash without pausing the machine, and ball bearings to help loads float better, Murrell says. “We’re seeing the big companies hire a lot of engineers to target consumers,” Murrell says. “Overall, all the machines that are out now are very good units.” J ULY. 2 0 1 6 <<<

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1 » A jaunty walnut bowtie doesn’t require an elaborate knot and comes with a matching fedora, $200 for the set at Italy Direct (631 Royal St., 504-522-2231; 709 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-566-4933; www. italydirectclothing.com). 2 » A handcrafted maple and walnut cutting board brings style to the kitchen, $80 at NOLA BOARDS (4304 Magazine St., 504-516-2601; www. nolaboards.com).

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new speakeasy in town: Dad’s man-cave. This six-piece homemade gin kit lets him make the spirit at home, $50 at Plum (1914 Magazine St., Unit A, 504-877-3388; www. plumneworleans.com).

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lent Charcoal Roulez Pack is handmade locally and ready for adventure, whether that means camping in the great outdoors or bike commuting to work, $250 at Tchoup Industries (1113 B St. Mary St., 504-872-0726; www.tchoupindustries.com).

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7 » Speed is the name of the game with a Racetrack Driving Experience, $269, which lets Dad drive a Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo, Nissan GT-R or Porsche 911 GT3 with instruction at NOLA Motorsports Park (11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale, 504-302-4875; www.nolamotor.com). 8 » Flamingo print Maui shorts bring tropical vibes wherever they go, $48 at Funky Monkey (3127 Magazine St., 504-899-5587; www.funkymonkeynola.com). 9 » There’s something classy about a guy who checks a wristwatch instead of a smartphone. Simon Carter wristwatch, $275 at Aidan Gill for Men (550 Fulton St., 504-566-4903;

2026 Magazine St., 504-587-9090; www.aidengillformen.com).

10 » He’ll be glad to cast off in a breezy pair of performance fishing shorts, $54 at Pelican Coast Clothing Company (600 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-218-7368; 5509 Magazine St., 504-309-2314; www.pelicancoastclothing.com). 11 » A Clarisonic Alpha Fit scrubber with face wash is specially designed for men’s skin, $189 at Earthsavers (Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite

140, Metairie, 504-835-0225; 3414 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; www.earthsaversonline.com).

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LONG VIEW WHEN PARADISE POOLS OWNER EARL HARDOUIN AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT BRIAN SUBLETTE of Daly Sublette Landscape Architects collaborated to design Ravi Kanagala’s Northshore pool, their main goal was to create a beautiful linear view from house to pool. The hot tub is raised to the grade of the house, so it appears to extend seamlessly from the window. Floating steps allow passage from one side of the patio to the other and delineate the hot tub from the pool, but both pool and hot tub are one expanse of water. At nearly 1,000 square feet, it’s double the length of an average pool. Raised flower beds planted with Savannah hollies and seasonal flowers create a corridor effect that frames the pool and makes it the yard’s focal point. An infinity edge finished with iridescent, copper-colored glass mosaic tiles and a water wall serve as the backdrop of the elegant pool and patio.


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JULIE BREITMEYER ALWAYS WANTED A STREAM RUNNING THROUGH HER UPTOWN YARD. When a grandchild wanted a pool, Breitmeyer saw her chance. “I didn’t want to look at an expansive blue rectangle,” Breitmeyer says. “I always wanted a babbling brook and this was my opportunity to get it.” Landscape architect Rene Fransen designed the pool to look like a natural part of the environment with a U-shape, organic curves, irregularly shaped flagstone borders, a black bottom, a “sandy beach” leading into a shallow, kid-friendly area, a waterfall, graduated depth and a ledge for seating. “It’s a wonderful progression for children to get up to the swimming stage,” Breitmeyer says of the pool, which has been used by her grandchildren as toddlers and teens. The pool is shaded by oak, magnolia, gardenia, Japanese maple and Chinese fringe trees and complemented by a pool house (which includes a catering kitchen and a large shower) and a three-sided breezeway with louvered doors on one side. Greenery along the water’s edge includes agapanthus and giant ligularia, which are similar in appearance to water lilies. “I ended up with what I pictured in my mind,” Breitmeyer says.

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CL A SSIC A L R EFER ENCES TWO GRAND HOUSES FIGURED INTO THE DESIGN OF ANN SONIAT’S SMALL UPTOWN POOL. The first was Longue Vue House and Gardens, where Soniat fell in love with a statue of mythical Pan. “We tried to identify the original sculptor but couldn’t, so we had it copied,” Soniat says. The second was an antebellum house in Natchez, Mississippi called Montaigne, which has been in Soniat’s family for many years. Both the pink tones of the flagstone around the pool and the fish spouts are inspired by Montaigne. Landscape architect Rene Fransen designed a pool with classical elements that are in sync with Pan’s ancient origins, the neoclassical characteristics of antebellum homes and a nearby garconniere the Soniats renovated in the 1980s. The oval pool is set against a stucco wall, a raised fountain and a ledge. It’s accented with a fragrant mix of blueberry plants, camellias, gardenias, boxwood, magnolia and irises. “It satisfies me on so many different levels,” Soniat says.

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GREEN DESIGN FOUR YEARS AGO, THE LUSH, LIVING WALL EXTERIOR OF PARIS’ MUSEE DU QUAI BRANLY left a lasting impression on Sally Suthon. When Suthon added a pool to her yard last year, landscape designer Michael McClung of Four Seasons Landscape suggested a living wall as a focal point. There was an instant meeting of the minds. Suthon’s mandates included tropical greenery (which she describes as organized chaos), a small pool for cooling off rather than swimming, and the soothing sound of water. McClung responded with a square cocktail pool with a ledge for sitting, a leafy living wall of monkey grass, electric lime coleus, lamium, dichondra plectranthus, and a custom sculpture by artist Evelyn Jordan that functions as a fountain spout. Loropetlum vilburnum frame the yard. Grayish-green flagstone, chosen as an extension of the neutral-colored house and porch, surrounds the pool. An adjacent flowerbed contains Princess Caroline grass, perennials, annuals and a metal sculpture by artist David Borgerding. The end result marries Suthon’s love of gardening, art and hosting informal gatherings. “It’s easy to be spontaneous about entertaining when you have a great outdoor space,” Suthon says. PAGE 23

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THE OWNERS OF THIS GARDEN DISTRICT POOL had multiple requests when they hired landscape architect Peter Raarup: they wanted the largest pool the yard could accommodate, ample lawn space for kids, a spa, a water feature and a formal greenscape. The focal point of Raarup’s elegant design is the cross-shaped pool. Urns planted with citrus trees and four corner fountains frame the pool. The lawn, flagstone decking and garden are integral to the design. “The deck ties it together and provides easy access to all the different levels,” Raarup says. Camellia sasanquas and Savannah hollies border the yard and provide privacy, boxwood hedges and balls lend a formal element, parsley hawthorn trees shade the deck and sweet olive adds fragrance. The landscaping also incorporates variegated brake fern, gardenia, angelonia, needlepoint holly, confederate jasmine and a dwarf magnolia.

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GARDEN OASIS WHEN RITA AND THOMAS WARD REQUESTED RENE FRANSEN INCORPORATE A POOL INTO THEIR HOME’S LANDSCAPE DESIGN, they knew the limited space would pose a challenge. “We have a narrow Charleston-style side yard,” Rita says. Rene’s garden-pool design — small, neatly tucked away and surrounded by formal, manicured greenery and flowers — exceeded their expectations. Rene designed the pool with an irregular border by building flower beds that extend into the pool. The result is one of niches, some of which receive full sun. Others are shady, cool and favored by the Ward’s grandchildren. Arizona flagstone surrounds the pool, which is edged with raised brick flowerbeds. The pool also has a seating ledge. The mix of flowering shrubs and trees — gardenia, azalea, a lemon-lime tree, Eagleston holly, irises, agapanthus and seasonal flowers — ensures there is always something in bloom. “Every time something dies, something else pops up,” Rita says.

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SWIMSTYLE Dive into three major poolside trends. BY MISSY WILKINSON PHOTOS BY R O M N E Y P H O T O G R PA H Y

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SUMMERPROOF BEAUTY These hassle-free, long-lasting beauty procedures make for pretty poolside lounging. BY PADMINI PA R TH A S A R ATH Y

Instead of brow gel, try microblading. If you want the look of fuller brows without makeup, microblading is the way to go. During a microblading procedure, an aesthetician tattoos small ink strokes on your brow area, creating the look of fuller eyebrows. “It’s not a traditional shaded tattoo,” says Lauren Prats, owner and founder of Hi Brow Beauty Bar (126 Sierra Court, Metairie, 504-325-2222; www.hibrownola.com). “It’s going to have a softer appearance and it really does look like hair. When I show clients their eyebrows, they’re like, ‘What’s the hair? What’s the tattoo?’” The procedure takes about an hour and a half and costs $250 to $350 at Hi Brow. A touch-up appointment is scheduled four to six weeks after the first appointment. Results are semi-permanent, lasting 12 to 18 months. Microblading can be painful if the area is not properly numbed and it requires recovery. The total recovery time, including time after the touch-up, is about eight weeks. “I give all my clients a list of do’s and don’ts,” Prats says. “No soaking in a tub, no sun, no steam, no working out for five days.”

Instead of waterproof mascara, try eyelash extensions.

Instead of bronzer or foundation, try an airbrush tan.

An eyelash expert places individual lashes along your lash line for a natural, full look. A minimum of 100 extensions are attached one by one. The appointment takes about two hours and costs $249 at Earthsavers. “We use high-quality synthetic individual lashes secured to your lashes with medical-grade adhesive,” says Karen Adjmi, co-owner of Earthsavers. Whether you’re going for a natural or glam look, be sure to tell your technician what you want. “We really like to do natural lashes,” Adjmi says. “That doesn’t mean not full, but [they] fit the person’s face.” Eyelash extensions are waterproof and last four to six weeks, but if you’re planning on swimming a lot, they will suffer more wear and tear. “You want to minimize [being in the pool],” Adjmi says. “It’s safe, but some of the chemicals in the pool will break down the adhesive a little bit. With just water, there’s no precaution.”

An expert airbrushes Fantasy Tan, an organic, sugar-based solution, onto skin. The tan lasts seven to 10 days and gives your face natural coverage. An airbrush tan costs $55 at Fini Beauty Boutique. “When sprayed on the face, you can go without makeup because [an airbrush tan] gives you that natural color and is forgiving and covers your blemishes,” says Monique Bonnaffons, owner of Fini Beauty Boutique. “It doesn’t give you an orange tint. It’s very natural looking.” If you’re planning on spending a lot of time poolside or at the beach, the tan might not last 10 days. “It might fade a bit faster if you go in the water, but it’s not going to fade immediately,” Bonnaffons says.

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Comeaux Furniture and Appliance 415 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-1365; www.comeauxfurn.com

Haase’s 8119 Oak St., (504) 866-9944; www.haases.com Pippen Lane 2930 Magazine St., (504) 2690106; www.pippenlane.com

Nordic Kitchens & Baths 1818 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-2300; www.nordickitchens.com

ZukaBaby 3248 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 407-2700; 5228 Magazine St., (504) 569-6540; www.zukababy.com

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Earthsavers Basics Swim & Gym 5420 Magazine St., (504) 891-1000; Lakeside Shopping Center, www.basicsswimandgym.com 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-0225; The The Bra Genie Premier Center, 3414 Highway 190, 2881 U.S. Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 614-1133; 5501 Mandeville, (985) 951-8638; Magazine St., (504) 899-8555; www.thebragenie.com www.earthsaversonline.com Paisley Boutique 2180 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 10, Mandeville, (985) 727-7880

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Angelique Kids 5519 Magazine St., (504) 8998992; www.angeliquekids.com

Fini – A Beauty Boutique 6520 Gen. Diaz St., (504) 304-0633; www.finiboutique.com Hi-Brow Beauty Bar 126 Sierra Court, Metairie, (504) 325-2222; www.hibrownola.com

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WHITNEY MITCHELL VISUAL MARKETING ARTIST BY MISSY WILKINSON You’ve got a popular Instagram account, @twomacks. Tell us more about yourself. I’m a collective impact strategist working for the City of New Orleans to create a culture of health by managing the Fit NOLA partnership. I’m also a visual marketing artist who creates brand connections through digital media for organizations craving a community perspective. Do you have a particular style? I’d like to think that I’m Afro-boheme. On any given day, I’m in a long, whimsical dress with saturated vibrant colors. I’ve been in a longstanding material love affair with chiffon, linen and my mother’s past favorite, polyester. I guess you could say I’m like Diana Ross mixed with Fiona Apple. Describe what you’re wearing to Essence Music Festival and why you chose it. I’ve been eyeing a glamorous Miranda Bennett

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dress over at Sopo on Carrollton Avenue (all my favorite brands in one place!). I’m sure I’ll have on my favorite KREWE du Optic sunnies with some Smoke Perfume. Here, my dress is from American Apparel and my shoes are Urban Outfitters. Any tips for dressing for Essence Fest? Comfort should be anyone’s best friend. All festivals are marathons, not sprints. It’ll be hot as Hades; pieces that allow air flow to catch any possible breeze would be your best option. Essence is a festival of color — it’s always a great option to spice up your outfit with pops of color. What’s inspiring you now? I’m always inspired by my friends — the beauties around me taking risks with patterns and silhouette pairings. Also, New Orleans manages to pull creativity out of me in ways I never expect. I’m thankful to this city of never-ending inspiration.

July 1-3, MercedezBenz Superdome

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PHOTO BY WHITNEY MITCHELL


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CUE July 2016  

Pools with a view

CUE July 2016  

Pools with a view