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CONTENTS

FASHION

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CUE KIDS

Budget- and eco-friendly party clothes

THE WEATHER INSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL Warm up in hot holiday frocks.

HOME

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BUILT IN STYLE

Sweat it out in a home sauna.

HOME FEATURE

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The Bowens’ Uptown estate in its holiday splendor

SHOPPING

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NEW&COOL

Mardi Gras ball favors fit for royalty

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JANUARY 2012

CUE TIPS

Two new shoe shops and a repurposed art gallery

PERSPECTIVES

FROM THE EDITOR Sneaux days

INDIE FRIENDLY

The bright, bold art of Julie Silvers

SHOP DOGS

Duchess Chiquita Linda Bergen

BEAUTY

WHAT GUYS WANT You glow, boy.

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he night before this month’s CUE fashion shoot, I stood in the Chalmette Walmart’s checkout line behind a grocery cart heaped with fake snow: both the particulate variety meant to mimic a swirling blizzard, and white, cottony blankets to achieve that snowdrift look. My relationship with artificial snow is extensive — the first time I saw it was at City Park, when a snow machine was hauled in and the kids had snowball fights in the middle of an expanse of luxuriously green grass. I might have worn shorts. The adults agreed that kids needed to see snow, like it was some kind of rite of passage our Southern upbringing denied us. There’s a tacit consensus that warm, humid Christmases are unnatural or just plain wrong; my grandmother moans about the weather if she has to switch on the air conditioner while decorating her tree with silver icicles. On the rare occasions that it snows in southern Louisiana, there’s a burst of joy as the presence of a certain precipitation validates holiday celebrations. Though the sight of a snow-dusted, bewreathed streetcar rivals a pug dog in a Santa suit for sheer charm, I’m trying to overcome my bias for white Christmases, which was instilled by the annual barrage of holiday imagery produced

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ome saunas offer more than an opportunity to relax and sweat in the privacy of one’s own abode. When used properly, they become a restorative health and beauty haven. “Steam saunas and dry saunas are used to open the pores and detoxify the body,” says Andrea Knaps, spa coordinator at Paris Parker Salon and Spa (citywide; www.parisparker.com). “In a sauna, the heat and steam are indirect, allowing pores to be opened without hot water landing directly on the skin.” Estheticians say regular sauna users experience numerous cosmetic and health improvements. “Steam rooms are most helpful in skin purification and are wonderful for softening skin and removing dead skin cells,” says Beth Weiser, an esthetician at The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton (921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com). “Saunas also relax muscles, relieve tension and improve blood flow.” There are two types of saunas available and recommended for homes, says Nick Jensen, a sales consul-

tant at Saunas.com (800-906-2242; www.saunas. com). “Traditional saunas, which have been around for over 2,000 years, can run dry or you can add water for blasts of steam,” he says. “Infrareds have been around for about 40 years, and they heat the body directly with infrared rays, which increases your body’s core temperature, causing you to sweat.” While some people enjoy the feeling of soaking up warmth, there are options for people who want the benefits of the sauna experience without the intense heat. “Infrared provides the heat-bathing experience at a very comfortable air temperature for a wide range of users,” says Mark Raisanen, national sales manager at Finnleo Sauna and Saunatec Inc. “The traditional sauna is the most flexible since it can be used wet or dry, hot or cool and anything in between,” he says, adding that traditional saunas are the most popular choice. With prices ranging from $2,000 to $12,000, prospective buyers should make their own decisions

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BUILT IN STYLE according to the type of heat they favor. “Benefits are pretty much the same, it’s the experience that differs,” Jensen says. “Traditional is high temperatures (140° F-194° F) combined with humidity, and infrared is lower temperatures (100° F to 150° F) with no humidity. First-time buyers need to identify what type of climate they prefer.” Prior to purchasing a sauna, homeowners can prepare by determining the unit’s size, location, user capacity, insulation, power requirements and mobility. “For the larger traditional saunas, you may wish to have a tile, linoleum or cement area to place it, but saunas with built-in vinyl floors are also available,” Raisanen says. Prices for installation typically range from $200 to $1,500, with more complex projects costing more. “Portable traditional saunas take about one hour to install; portable infrared (saunas) take 15 to 20 minutes, regular modular saunas take about four hours, and custom saunas take about eight hours,” Raisanen says. Once installation is complete, home saunas require minimal upkeep: Owners should clean the floor and benches once per month and occasionally replace the rocks, which crumble over time. “They generally do not wear out other than occasional parts needing replacement, but the sauna itself lasts a long time,” Raisanen says. To get the most out of a sauna experience, Knaps recommends users remove makeup prior to entering in order to facilitate skin detoxification. Postsauna, a cool shower will help remove sweat and harmful bacteria, as well as keep pores clear. Follow with moisturizer. “Oily or dry, dehydrated skin types are best suited for sauna use, and those who have rosacea or more sensitive skin types should avoid saunas,” Knaps says. “You should only spend 10-12 minutes in the steam. In a dry sauna, the process takes a little longer so you can spend up to 20 minutes in the treatment area.” If dizziness occurs at any point, exit the sauna immediately. Rehydrating with water after all treatments is essential. “Anyone with any health concern should visit with their doctor prior to using a sauna or sauna regimen,” Raisanen says. “The good news is many people with health concerns can actually find a lot of benefits from using it.”

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PERSPECTIVES

I N D I E F R I E N D LY

SILVERS’ STREAK JULIE SILVERS’ ART CELEBRATES FEMININITY — AND BRINGS SERENDIPITY. B Y C A R R I E M A R K S

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ulie Silvers (www.juliesilvers.com) is a painter, sculptor, mother and wife — and a self-proclaimed hermit when inspiration strikes. Cluttered with stacks of half-finished paintings and a hodgepodge of brightly colored fashion spreads, advertisements and photographs, Silvers’ studio is a monument to her artistic process. “I never leave home when I’m working,” she says. “It helps to be surrounded by things that inspire me.” Silvers is the daughter of artist Susan Wittenberg, and many elements of Silvers’ paintings reflect her mother’s earlier work. Despite a childhood spent in close proximity to the art world, Silvers didn’t consider pursuing the same career until later in life. “I became a mom,” she says. “And that’s what I did for many years.” After Silvers was asked to help

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I n d I E f R I E n d ly coordinate a mother-daughter art show fundraiser at her daughter’s school, she began to consider devoting more time to her own work. When Hurricane Katrina displaced her family to Houston, art supplies were the first thing she laid hands on. Without access to her kiln, Silvers explored painting as a creative outlet. Another stroke of luck came her way when she struck up a serendipitous conversation with a stranger outside Houston’s Kuhl-Linscomb gallery. “I had some paintings in my car, and (the stranger) turned out to be the owner’s husband,” she says. And just like that, “they started carrying my stuff.” After being featured in well-known galleries and garnering the support of Jamie Meeks and other women in the art community, Silvers had the confidence to “pound the pavement” and explore showing her work to a larger audience. Her diligence paid off: She currently is helping curate a show of her work at Ezair Gallery in New York City. Slated to open May 9, 2012 and run for a month, the show will feature Silvers’ totems, paintings and clay sculptures. She’s also investing energy in the New Orleans art community and operates an artist’s co-op called Atelier Magasin (3954 Magazine St.; www.amcollective.homestead.com) with five other local artists

including George Marks and Fifi Laughlin. “People can just come in, look around and buy if they want to, and one of us is always working in the back,” Silvers says. An undercurrent of powerful femininity pervades Silvers’ work, which she credits in part to her relationships with her mother and daughter Taylor. The clay sculptures she makes and keeps in her private collection feature abstract, full-figured women in proud and celebratory poses. “I love a voluptuous body — curves, chunkiness,” Silvers says. “Everything in life, I like large.” Her paintings are expanses of canvas teeming with color, texture, patterns and not-so-carefully placed geometric shapes. “As soon as it starts to feel too structured or stiff, I scoop my hand in some paint and start throwing it around,” she says, smiling. Silvers shies away from providing explanation for the finished product, leaving it open to interpretation. “It doesn’t always have to be about anything,” she says. “It’s just happy and bright.” When her New York show concludes, Silvers plans to return to her clay figures, a “labor of love,” and to pursue wider audiences for her work. “So much of what’s out there looks the same to me,” she says. “My work is about joy and happiness, and I know in my heart that what I’m doing is not safe.”

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A PlAce To GATher MiMi And John Bowen tAke A StreAMlined (But Still SpeciAl) ApproAch to entertAining For the holidAy SeASon.

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hree days before Thanksgiving, Mimi Bowen is pulling out Christmas decorations, putting in a full work day at the Magazine Street boutique that bears her name, making a trip to the airport to collect family members in town for the holiday and overseeing plans for several gatherings she’ll host during the week. Yet she seems remarkably unfazed. Bowen has simplified her holiday preparations so the real joy of the season — spending time with family and friends — isn’t lost in a haze of details. “This house lends itself to the holidays,” Bowen says of the circa-1914 home she and her husband John Bowen share. “There was a time I’d take a week to decorate. But now that the children are grown and I work six days a week, it’s got to be manageable.” Bowen has pruned her approach to decorating: Aromatic evergreen spray, a well-designed artificial tree and garlands pre-strung with lights have replaced the short-lived natural greenery she once favored, and she enjoys dining out rather than holding formal, seated family dinners. (Since John has two children and two grandchildren and Mimi has four children, eight grandchildren and another on the way, the Bowens frequently have houseguests during the holidays.) In years past, Bowen handmade every bow that adorned her tree. Now she stores them in tissue paper so they can be reused in years to come. The approach may be simpler, but the effect is no less elegant. The same things that appealed to the Bowens when they bought their stately Audubon Place home 20 years ago — the blend of classical and Mediterranean architectural elements, the accommodating yet warmly intimate scale of its rooms — remain suited to the season’s festive, traditional nature. A porcelAin compote in the dining room contAins hydrAngeAs And holly.

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A SAntoS And A bowl of gold-pAinted pineconeS top An Antique itAliAn conSole from mAc mAiSon ltd. frAmed 18th-century itAliAn printS hAng Above.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more traditional and I seem to want to warm things up. - Mimi Bowen

originAlly A porte-cochere And lAter An encloSed gArden room, the AreA juSt beyond the foyer iS once AgAin An outdoor SpAce. the bowenS turned it into An elevAted porch. french doorS frAme the view of the chriStmAS tree, decorAted with gold-Accented ornAmentS And cord. A quArtet of meSh AngelS StAndS At the foot of the tree. page 31

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Sparkling StarS and SnowflakeS hang from the brancheS of a maSSive oak tree. with the addition of white lightS, the topiarieS that alwayS flank the entrance become inStant chriStmaS decor.

    However, there have been a few changes. The  quiet palette of monochromatic whites and beiges  has evolved into a richer color scheme full of golden  accents and swaths of orange and red. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more traditional and I seem to  want to warm things up,” Bowen says. Working with  restoration expert Michael Carbine, interior designer  Patricia Brinson and decorative painter Keith Guy, she  periodically tweaks everything from furnishings and  upholstery to paint finishes, always with an emphasis  on remaining true to the integrity of the house.     “I don’t know whether it’s something you’re born  with or whether it’s engendered in you, but I have to  be surrounded by beautiful things, and I’m lucky to be  able to do that,” says Bowen, whose love of the decorative arts has been put to good use during her more  than 30 years as a fashion retailer. “If you’re going to  have a house like this, you share it with people. I feel  like it’s my duty. I don’t enjoy it as much if other people  don’t enjoy it with me.”

golden wreathS with ruddy appleS complement the roSy colorS of the living room’S antique aubuSSon rug. page 32

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OPPOSITE PAGE: ThE dInInG rOOm mAnTEl IS dEcOrATEd wITh GArlAndS And rEIndEEr bElOw A 16Th-cEnTury clOck. ThE TAblE IS SET wITh AnTIquE ArmOrIAl rOyAl wOrcESTEr chInA bOwEn InhErITEd frOm hEr mOThEr. ThE AnTIquE cAndElAbrAS wErE PurchASEd AT kEIl’S AnTIquES In ThE 1970S.

    In addition to being available for numerous fundraisers and organizations, the Bowens’ home is a gathering place for planned and impromptu affairs. The  main house has more than 6,000 square feet of space  that includes formal living and dining rooms, a cozy  library, a sunroom, four bedrooms and four-and-a-half  baths. But the heart of the home has always been the  informal, combined kitchen and family room, one of  the only spaces the couple chose to enlarge when they  bought the property.     During the holidays, visitors to the Bowen residence  are greeted by snowflakes hung in the front yard’s  massive oaks and wreaths made from pomegranates  and crabapples. A vestibule filled with white poinsettias leads to a commanding view of the Christmas tree,  visible through French doors overlooking the porch,  garden and pool. Inside and outside, live topiaries echo  the tree’s shape and provide a recyclable alternative  to the shedding needles and fading hues of evergreen  swags.       On Christmas Day, guests sip eggnog homemade  from a closely guarded family recipe handed down  from Bowen’s paternal grandmother, Myriam Dinkins  Robinson. “This has been a great family house that has  served every purpose beautifully,” Bowen says. “And  even though it’s just the two of us now, we still feel  comfortable here. Every time we think about downsizing, we have 33 people for Thanksgiving. There are  always people in the house.”

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This has been a great  family house that has  served every purpose  beautifully.   - Mimi Bowen

A JAPAnESE ObI SErvES AS A runnEr On ThE dInInG TAblE. PlAcE SETTInGS cOmbInE AnTIquE rOyAl wOrcESTEr chInA, A mIx Of SIlvEr And crySTAl STEmwArE And mOnOGrAmmEd lInEnS fASTEnEd wITh GOld TASSElS And GlASS cAndy cAnES. A crySTAl cOmPOTE fIllEd wITh frESh crAnbErrIES IS PlAcEd AT EAch End Of ThE TAblE.

Use pretty, wired ribbons to  make bows. They last several  seasons when stored properly. Replace live trees with pre-lit  artificial trees. Add a few bows  and ornaments, and they’re  good to go. Scatter bowls of mixed fruit,  pinecones and flowers around  the house for decorations that  look and smell great. Add white poinsettias to an  empty fireplace for a fresh, festive note. J a n u a ry. 2 0 1 2 < < <

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Sole also sells trendy heels and accessories by designers Dana Davis and CC Skye. A grand opening party at the shop from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 features complimentary Champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres from Morton’s The Steakhouse CeCe Shoe features an array of styles and designer labels including Alexandre Birman, Coye Nokes, Gianni Milanesi, Michael Kors and Valentino. The shoe boutique is inside Mimi (5500 Magazine St., 269-6464; www.miminola.com), a 5,000-square-foot boutique specializing in high-end women’s fashions and accessories. CeCe Colhoun, daughter of owner Mimi Bowen (see “A Place to Gather,” page 27) continues her mother’s legacy with the addition of the shoe boutique. — Lee Cutrone and Alex Pence

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YOU & Improved take longer than those with needles. “Right now I think there’s a big learning curve (with cannulas),” Bopp says. “Cannulas will be the way of the future though, without a doubt.” Because cannulas are not as easy to work with, it’s important to find a doctor who has experience using them. “Cannula injecting is very new and so those of us who are doing (it) are in our infancy in terms of our use of this particular new procedure,” Farris says. Fillers are not permanent fixes, but they can last years when injected in places that don’t move very much, like the cleavage or the area around the eyes. They may even stimulate the body to produce its own natural collagen, which means fewer touch-ups. “Studies have shown even with hyaluronic acid fill, when you stretch the skin, you stretch the fibroblasts,” Lupo says. “This actually stimulates the fibroblasts, which are your cells in your dermis that make collagen. You actually wake them up and stimulate them.” For certain areas, a combination approach is needed. In Maronge’s case, getting rid of the sun damage on the chest area required laser treatments and prescription retinoids in addition to fillers. Maronge says she’s happy with the results. “I definitely see a change,” Maronge says. “Yeah, it’s definitely tightened up.”

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her body lean by teaching yoga and taking ballet. While a lean body is youthful, fullness in the face takes off the years. “As we age, we lose fat pockets in specific areas,” dermatologist Dr. Mary Lupo says. “The temple is the big one.” Engeran is getting fillers in her cheeks, chin, jawline and the area under her eyes. According to Lupo, a cannula is safer than a needle for injecting fillers under the eyes because it is much less likely to puncture a blood vessel. “It just gives you an overall increase in the safety margin when you’re dealing with these very delicate areas,” Lupo says. “It reduces bruising; it reduces the potential of getting into a blood vessel, but it also reduces any possibility … of penetration or injury to the globe … if the doctor slips.” Cannulas are popular in Europe and are gaining fans in the United States because they’re less traumatic to the skin. “We believe that cannulas have much less chance of causing any kind of bruising because the tip of the cannula’s blunt,” dermatologist Dr. Patricia Farris says. “It’s not like a sharp needle where you’re entering the skin over and over again.” Lupo says her patients are more comfortable during the procedure, and she can treat areas of the face that she couldn’t with a needle. “The cannula is better because you don’t have as many sticks,” says Joann Roberts, a 70-year-old patient of Lupo’s who received fillers because she was tired of having a thin upper lip and creases on the side of her mouth. However, Dr. Barbara Bopp, a Metairie dermatologist and Tulane University School of Medicine faculty member, says cannula procedures can

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tation for being shrill and hyper. However, after one fateful look at little black-, white- and brown-speckled Chiquita, Bergen was enamored. “I named her (Chiquita) because it means ‘little pretty one,’” Bergen says. On the day of her photo shoot, Chiquita was decked out in a custom-made polka-dot dress, with painted nails to accentuate the ensemble. As the social editor for New Orleans Living magazine, Bergen makes numerous appearances at parties, accompanied by Chiquita (in a matching gown), and she and Chiquita even held a charity event — a wedding — to raise money for the fight against animal cruelty. “Yes, Chiquita is a married woman,” Bergen says. “She was married ... in a $2,000 wedding dress, by an ordained minister in front of over 200 guests.” What’s next on three-year-old Chiquita’s bustling social agenda? Having already checked “being a Duchess for the Krewe of Bacchus” off her bucket list, Chiquita now aspires to be appointed Bacchus Krewe Queen for Mardi Gras 2012. The petition to crown Chiquita is already in motion on the dog’s Facebook page. After visiting with Chiquita, who sat quietly and demurely on her throne and even deigned to be petted, it is apparent why Bergen is so staunchly against the misconceptions about Chihuahuas having highstrung temperaments: “Chiquita is perfect in social situations. She gives me so much unconditional love, and not only is she calm, but she keeps me calm,” Bergen says. “The Chihuahua is a breed I would recommend to everyone.”

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4437 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, LA 70006 504.888.2300 | FAX: 504.888.1911 NORDICKITCHENS.com


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