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TABLE OF CONTENTS Cover image by Lizzie Ford-Madrid LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: AUBREY EDWARDS THE INVADER GUIDE TO ASIAN CUISINE
HEARD IT ON FRENCHMAN
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letter from the editor The holiday season is pretty epic. We wait all year for two wonderful weeks of revelry: opening presents with family, dinners with friends from high school and it all culminates in champagne toasts to a new year.
Portion of photo from Aubrey Edwards series “Big River.”
When we created the December/January issue, we knew we had to do it big. Our second issue features The Invader Guide to Shopping Local, our top picks for Asian cuisine, and a series of tips on how to get laid this New Year’s Eve. The largest endeavor, however, was our Christmas Carol inspired fashion spread featuring looks from ah-ha. With a team of stylists, hair, makeup, photographers, and 5 amazing models, we proved that with intense planning and lots of alcohol, InvadeNOLA has genuinely transitioned from blog to magazine. And I’m proud to say, this is only the beginning.
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: AUBREY EDWARDS By: Nikki Randolph
Aubrey Edwards looks like an artist. I had never met her before our interview, but I knew who she was from the minute she bounced into the bohemian courtyard of Fair Grinds, an organic coffee house near the New Orleans Fair Grounds. It seemed more appropriate to take up space outside despite the chill in the air that day. Aubrey has a presence from the moment she enters a room. She is tall, confident and wearing fashionable boots. She is native of California, but now claims Austin, Brooklyn and NOLA as home (the hipster trifecta). We discussed art, her outlook on life, and her reasons for moving to New Orleans. Her California childhood was cold and impersonal. Led by an innate desire for a connection she moved from Suburbia to Austin. Here she earned her BA in Journalism at the University of Texas and began taking photos for musicians and bands. This evolved into her working with SXSW, the Grammys and Vibe
Magazine. Other notable clients include The New Yorker, Nylon, Neiman Marcus, Playboy and The Oxford American. Aubreyâ€™s focus is portraits, and they are both vibrant and polished, but occasionally hint at a staged loneliness. I felt a connection with her subjects and wanted to know more about them. Like most music photographers, she gets a chance to see our musical heroes up close and personal. Musicians have a love/ hate relationship with the media, especially photographers. They realize this person can pull back the curtain on their real persona. That can be terrifying for someone paid to play a role in the public eye. This says something special about Aubrey; both ordinary people and musical superstars trust her. She has photographed musical legend Allen Toussaint as well as recent superstars such as Talib Kweli, Amy Winehouse (RIP), and Lil Wayne. After establishing herself as a
There is a fine line between documenting someone and exploiting them.
photographer, Aubrey moved to Brooklyn, but realized that something was still missing. She found herself traveling to New Orleans for work, and discovered the connections and roots here that she had been searching for her whole life. She took her time in establishing a New Orleans residence, but appears to be here for the long haul. She quotes, “New Orleans has something about it, something that runs deep inside of both the ground and your soul, that is hard to let go of once NOLA has you in her grasp.” She is locally known for her ongoing
attempt to canonize New Orleans hip hop and bounce artists. The project named “Where They at NOLA?”captures local favorites like Mia X and Choppa, but also tells their stories. She worked on the project with Alison Fensterstock, a local writer familiar with the NOLA musical scene and exhibited a series of photos with biographies at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. When Aubrey finishes a large project, she takes time to unwind and works on unpaid projects near and dear to her heart. After Katrina, she came to the city to take photos of families who needed to replace
their family albums. She spoke about how important it was to her to give her time and talents to those people who had lost everything they had, and how those photos meant so much to them. She also worked with the New Orleans Kid Camera Project, where children were encouraged to express their feelings about their losses during Katrina through art. “There is a fine line between documenting someone and exploiting them.” Aubrey believes in the power of one person to make a difference in the lives of others. That is why she devotes so much of her time to the causes she believes in.
As our time together ended, I asked her why she ultimately chose NOLA to be her home. She told me that she is inspired by the city, “The city itself is so abundant with creatives that I can’t help but be inspired to do amazing work here.” She has finally found her connection, those roots she’s been looking for.
For more info visit: Aubrey Edwards http://www.aubreyedwards.com/ New Orleans Kid Camera Project http://www.kidcameraproject.org/ Veterans Photo Project http://www.veteransphotoproject.org/ ‘Where they at Nola?’ http://www.wheretheyatnola.com/
Photos from Aubrey Edwards series â€œBig Riverâ€? featuring portraits of the New Orleans creative class.
THE INVADER GUIDE TO ASIAN CUISINE B y : ELIZA B ETH TRAN P HOTO G RA P H Y B Y : LIZZIE FORD - MADRID
When it comes to Asian cuisine in New Orleans, I consider myself an insider. I grew up with a Vietnamese mother who cooked every night and was the definition of a snob, and a Vietnamese father who refused to eat nothing but Asian food every single meal save for the few times he dragged us to Texas Road House for peanuts and steaks. Needless to say, those experiences have turned me into someone who loves and prefers Asian fare while being enormously and annoyingly particular about the details. When you think of New Orleans cuisine, you immediately think of Creole and Cajun, some Italian sprinkled in there. But Asian? The 504 actually has a sizeable Asian community and the restaurants to show for it. This is something I took for granted until I moved to Baton Rouge and quickly realized how abysmal sushi, pho, and curry are in other places even a mere hour and a half away. Here are my three picks for the basic Asian food groups in the Crescent City: Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai. They are three very different taste palates, and there are choices all over the city to choose from, so let me break it down for you nice nâ€™ easy.
Phò Tàu Bay 113 Westbank Expy, Gretna, LA 70053 9 am – 9 pm Closed Thursday and Sunday Pho Tau Bay is a Westbank institution and maybe one of the very few reasons anyone ever goes across the river and pays the toll without complaining (it’s only a dollar, people, geez!) The location under the expressway is unassuming, but if you drop by on any weekday at lunch hour, it is a bustling hotbed of beef broth and rice noodles. There are many, many options for pho in the city, but I can truthfully say I enjoy their pho over a lot of other places. The pho tai is my go-to, which is the noodle soup with thinly sliced medium rare beef. There’s nothing I hate more than a lukewarm bowl of pho, so one of the pros is that my pho has yet to
be anything but steaming hot. Sometimes my noodle to meat to broth ratio is off, but I have no qualms about requesting an extra bowl of broth to add. The veggie basket provided full of beansprouts, mint, basil and other greens is fresh and never wilted, which can sometimes be a problem at other pho eateries. Their eggrolls are also a great option. Pho Tau Bay does a great job at making their egg rolls crispy and flaky on the outside, and a flavorful meaty mix on the inside. They also offer Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi), rice platters and vermicelli noodle dishes.
La Thai Uptown 4938 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70115 http://lathaiuptown.com/ La Thai is upscale fusion Thai food that mixes the best of local seafood with authentic Thai traditions. The price point is a bit higher than your quickie lunch fix, but their menu is extensive, ranging from modern dishes with a Louisiana flair to the established noodle and curry plates. The fried calamari has sweet chili sauce that is a nice twist on the usually very salty appetizer. I am always amazed to find that the fried batter remains remarkably crispy even drenched in the sugary glaze. The same could be said for a fried eggplant medallion and grilled shrimp appetizer I tried, which was covered in a similar sweet soy sauce but never got soggy. The star of the show is their crab cake entree. The amount of fresh lump crabmeat in this dish is
incredible. It is seriously a great, classic crabcake, but definitely one of the less Thai options on the menu. Their noodle dishes are authentic though, and come in generous portions you can take home and warm up for another meal. Everything I’ve had was very subtly hot, but you can pump up the spice if you want— all you have to do is ask. When speaking to one of the co-owners, Diana Chauvin, about their more traditional noodle plates, I discovered her family had also run my absolute favorite Thai restaurant of all time that closed down after Katrina, Bangkok Cuisine in Mid-City. They make the same glass noodle dish that I have been searching for everywhere since 2005 (I’m not exaggerating, y’all) right at present-day La Thai. I don’t need another reason.
Sushi Brothers 1612 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 http://sushibrothers.net/ Nestled on St. Charles in the garden district is Sushi Brothers, a small sushi restaurant with lots of tables for two. Out of the three cuisines, I am probably the least acquainted with Japanese food, having only in recent years accepted the idea of ingesting completely raw fish. Also, the struggle of eating an entire piece of sushi in one bite often deters me from seeking out a Japanese meal. However, their spicy seafood salad, which is a medley of fresh salmon, tuna and escolar, is now one my favorite things to eat. Clearly I have come a long way from my incredulity at eating anything raw. The seafood salad is drenched in a sour and salty brown fish sauce and is typically mixed with avocado,
asparagus and cucumbers. My only problem with the salad is that the avocado, asparagus, and cucumber component of the dish is inconsistently distributed. Their presentation can be a bit unpredictable, but the salad is always still tasty. It’s just a lot tastier with all of its ingredients. As for sushi, the rock n’ roll is a great choice. It’s filled with avocado, snow crab, asparagus and tempura battered shrimp, then drizzled in eel sauce. It’s a pretty standard take on the rock n’ roll, but I always know what to expect and it tastes delicious. On the flip side, the spicy tuna is a simple staple. The tuna is mixed into a chili paste and actually makes your nose run it’s so hot.
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HEARD IT ON FRENCHMAN STREET By: Laura klein P HOTO G RA P H Y B Y : Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee
In a city like New Orleans, most locals agree that the best places to visit on the weekend are the spots that you won’t find tourists.
One of the best places for this is Frenchmen Street, located at the back of the French Quarter in the Marigny. A loaded two-block stretch from Esplanade to Royal, Frenchmen used to be more underground, but it became (somewhat regrettably) more popular in the last couple of years, mainly due to its presence on the HBO series Tremé. Frenchmen is a bar-heavy hub of various music, art and street performers, and one of the most popular places to spend your Halloween or New Year’s. Frenchmen has a great array of hangouts, ranging from the classy Snug Harbor on one end, to the much more hyperactive Maison at the other. The best part about Frenchmen Street? The opportunity to see great performers any night of the week, some of whom I personally love. So for all you music lovers, here’s a few must-see Frenchmen Street bands:
Yojimbo www.yojimbofunk.com This funky young band has been playing all over the city for the past two years, and their first album is about to drop in January 2012. They play constantly on Frenchmen Street, mostly at Maison and The Blue Nile a little further down. This band evades a simple definition, as they are a sensational blend of funky rock with a jazzy core. They draw in big crowds when they play Saturday nights at Maison, with people crowding around the stage and dancers spilling out into the street. The band consists of trombone player and dance leader Carly Meyers, drummer Adam Gertner and keyboard/key-bass player Doc Sharp. Mark your calendars for the release party of their album “We Are Dogs” Saturday January 7 upstairs at Blue Nile. It’s going to be good.
www.myspace.com/spritzmuzic The latest project from versatile local drummer, Simon Lott, is a solo act. The music is all improvised, and usually comes with a special guest or two at each gig. The name is pretty accurate: the music is best described as a nicely distorted series of layers, infusing some electronic sounds with his quick and stylish drumming. Lott creates the beats live, loops them live, then plays off those creations on his drum set, live. He is surrounded by keyboards and pedals, and he can make any sound come out of them. The music created from this appeals to a wide variety of music junkies. Itâ€™s trippy, experimental, exciting and new every single time. Does that sound a little vague? Go see what I mean at his next gig, Tuesday, December 27 upstairs at The Blue Nile.
Mario Abney Quartet www.myspace.com/marioabney Though the name might make you think classic jazz, the sound is far from it. The always busy Mario and his group play a weekly gig upstairs at Maison on Wednesdays, from 10 p.m. till. The quartet consists of front man trumpeter Mario Abney, keyboardist Doc Sharp, drummer Jamison Ross and bassist Barry Stephenson. They usually start with some originals from each or any of the members, constantly changing the vibe and keeping it fresh each time. After the first set, they invite up musicians present in the crowd,
turning the gig into a diverse open jam session. The group does play standards, but always in a completely new style. They revise, recreate and rearrange the classics, appealing to a new generation of listeners. This quartet has been playing at the Windsor Court on Gravier Street for the last year, and this session was formed as a way to branch out from the original standards with a more experimental, vamped up energy. Keyboardist Doc says it creates â€œbarrier-free music.â€?
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL FASHION SPREAD P HOTO G RA P H Y B Y : LIZZIE FORD - MADRID Assistant photographer: amanda thomas S t y l i s t: E r i n B r e n t A s s i s t a n t S t y l i s t: A n n e T u f t o n M a k e u p : D a n n a M ay S t e i n Hair: Jennifer Lundy f e a t u r i n g m o d e l s : A s h l e y C u r t i s , H a n n a h J o f f r ay, D a v i d Bear, Lennie Hsiao, Jason Foster, and Sonali Fernando
Scrooge: Vintage cape. Green dress from ah-ha $34. vintage earrings
ESMERELDA Scrooge Your curmudgeon friend-always needs to be dragged out of her bed. She stays for one drink and awkwardly exits. Sheâ€™s too cool for your parties and nothing will warm her. But, this year will be different! Old Scrooge gets a visit from 3 friendly spirits who will show her how to party in style.
THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS Flirtations She wears rose tinted glasses. So warm and gentle, ever there to remind our Scrooge of the missed connections, lost loves, and all sweet romances past.
Vintage piano shawl poncho. Vintage necklace. Turquoise/gold earrings from ah-ha $34. Black tights from ah-ha $36. Dolce vita booties pulled from ah-ha $216.
Amour vert blouse pulled from ah-ha $146.Â wood/gold bangles pulled from ah-ha $22.Â vintage gold bag Male Model is wearing his own thrift store/vintage ensemble
Vintage Christian Dior cami. Leopard shorts from ah-ha $88.
THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS BADASS With a sparkling eye and an unconstrained demeanor, frankly she doesnâ€™t give a fuck. Her only concern is where her next drink is coming from.
Pink Free People dress from ah-ha $128. Free people slip from ah-ha $38. Over the knee socks from ah-ha $22. Vintage necklace.
Vintage blouse. Vintage necklace. Vintage lion head belt. Free people pleated shorts from ah-ha $98.
THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS HANGOVER She’s hopeful, contemplative, and dehydrated. You call her up and she’s usually doubled over, half awake in an unfamiliar place.
vintage sequin/velvet maxi skirt.Â sequin/lace free people top pulled from ah-ha $78.Â vintage turquoise rings
Torgo B y : MARK J OHNSON
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Torgo is a New Orleans band doing things a little differently from most of their local counterparts. The October release of their debut full-length album “Divinity Transmissions, Phase One: Salvation for the Dead,” is an eclectic and narrative work of art that has the potential to satisfy everyone from metal heads to casual listeners. The album sets in motion an ambitious story arc that brings the “experiencer” into a not-sotraditional Western. Combined with supplementary writings and immersive live performances, the album as a whole truly allows for the promised “experience.” I sat down with the members of Torgo (Farris Antoon, Martin Antoon, Ryan Talbot, Casey Wilkes, and Ian Paine-Jesam), a Loyola University New Orleans super group, to learn more about what went into creating Torgo.
InvadeNOLA: Let’s start with a little history and background behind the story and concept of the album series. Farris: The original idea came after I read the first book in Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series. I wouldn’t say that my ideas are based off this story, but the story certainly provided the conceptual framework for them. It started out with this
character idea, the “gunslinger,” and my writings weren’t so much based around specific events but rather around this character. It was only really supposed to be one song about that, but when I finished it, it just didn’t seem like it was done. So I kept adding to it, and the whole thing grew into a group of paralleling stories that were all connected in some way.
InvadeNOLA: Which came first? The writings, the lyrics or the music? Farris: Usually the way it goes for me, I’ll come up with a framework for the concept as a whole within the context of one album. Then I’ll focus on what parts would be able to stand on its own as an individual song. When I have a good idea for an individual song, I ask myself how I could convey the idea musically. The specific lyrics come together last. InvadeNOLA: So who exactly is Nem? Farris: Nem is the protagonist of Phase One. He is the gunslinger. Phase One follows him during his quest for revenge trying to find his killer. And the more difficult his journey gets, the more he begins to question his own motives and the extent to which he is willing to go to satisfy his need for revenge. The story is about his internal struggle to find where his contentment could come from.
InvadeNOLA: Why the eclecticism in your music? Why would you not want to focus on being one genre that could be easily identified? Martin: We all listen to different things and enjoy different things. And we would honestly be bored if we said we were going to play just four-minute rock songs or just metal songs. We have all of these different influences and we try to put them together to make a sound that is recognizable but still surprising. Casey: Also, we encourage listeners to listen to the entire album. So if every song were the same, it would be like watching a movie where your emotional status remains the same throughout the entire thing. No one wants that. You have to have sections of high intensity, and sections as low intensity. You have to have contrast, that’s how you get the extreme parts of the album to sound the best. InvadeNOLA: As far as the musical side of this album, who were some inspirations for your composing?
We have all of these different influences and we try to put them together to make a sound that is recognizable but still surprising.
Ian- Mastodon’s “Crack the Skye” as a conceptual album was very inspiring for me. And, of course, you can’t go wrong with Gavin Harrison from Porcupine Tree (laughs). I also listened to various drummers from funk and metal bands.
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, and the Mars Volta. Also, I was really listening to a lot of guitar players because I was trying to blend my instrument in with the actual guitars of Torgo.
Farris- I listened to a lot of film Martin- Well, not only was I listening scores for this album. One of the for my composing and playing, but biggest ideas I got from doing also in terms of what we wanted this was working in variations of to sound like on the album. We melodic motifs for different parts all agreed that we wanted a big, of the album. I listened to Thomas symphonic sound; something Newman, John Powell, Tchaikovsky similar to various post-rock bands for his melodicism, and the band like Sigur Ros and Godspeed You The Dear Hunter. And there has Black Emporer. And for the guitar always been some inspiration from sounds, that was inspired by modern various 70s prog rock bands and alternative rock bands like Coheed Scandinavian metal bands. and Cambria, Saosin, and Circa Survive. There was also a lot of Ryan- As a bass player, I’ve bluegrass and classically inspired particularly loved the work of Chris ideas. Squire, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle and Paul McCartney. For my vocals, Casey- When I joined Torgo I had I’ve grown up listening to The to ask myself, “What am I going to Beatles, so there is definitely that sound like?” As a wind player you influence… as well as some other are normally not found in eclectic vocalists like Justin Hayward of progressive rock bands. I took Moody Blues, Steven Wilson and inspiration from instrumentalists Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth. like Ian McDonald of King Crimson,
InvadeNOLA: What kind of processes/steps did you use for arranging such long compositions for a large number of instruments? Farris: That is one of the biggest challenges. When you have such long songs that are very linear in structure you have so many options for who is going to take the melody, and how the rhythm and foundation will sound. It can be overwhelming at times. Most of the time, we all come together and arrange as a group.
own input. InvadeNOLA: Your live performances seem to be an integral part in experiencing Torgo. Anything new planned as far as live performances? Farris: What we try to do live is to create a multimedia experience. Everything from the visuals, the spoken interludes and even how we dress on stage…all of these details create a sum that is an experience.
Ryan: One of my favorite quotes from Robert Fripp of King Crimson Ian: A lot of the ideas for the compared albums to love letters arranging came from everyone and concerts to hot dates. There’s during practices. something you can get out of each of them. And we really are trying Casey: We usually start out with to make our live performances something, and then by the end of a practice session it has turned into different. We all are impressed something completely different after when we go to a concert and see we all put in our own ideas. It’s like a more than just music. We all love video and the complete immersive quilt work. experience you get when you Ryan: When Farris brings in a demo, combine great video with great it sounds like Farris making a demo. audio. But as soon as he gives it to us…it Farris: We’ve talked about sounds like Torgo. We all put in our
incorporating technology where there will be a tighter relationship between video and film, and incorporating more lighting. We will always try to maintain a theatrical multimedia experience. InvadeNOLA: Can you preview the direction Torgo will be taking both musically and lyrically (storytelling) for the next album? Farris: Musically, there is going to be an even greater number of influences at work, so the music is going to be even more varied. It will be much more dynamic and have even more contrast. As far as the narrative, it will focus on a different character than Nem. Thematically, it’s basically about the transition from childhood into adulthood, what that consists of internally, and the differences in the way we react to struggles as a child and as an adult. Ryan: We are all very excited about what’s coming next. We are slowly gaining some momentum and we are ready to branch out into some new territories, play new cities, make new fans and come together to write another album with even more group inputs.
Check out Torgo’s websites for more information. Music: http://torgo.bandcamp.com Writings: http://experiencetorgo.wordpress.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/experiencetorgo
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Custom New Orleans Street Tile OrnamentS BY NOLA TILES It’s going to be hard to top Tchoupitoulas and Terpsichore, but using replicas of historic New Orleans street tiles to create your own personalized ornament is too tempting to pass up. Spell out your family’s name, a holiday greeting, or a declaration of love - whatever the message, it’s a wonderful way to bring a little piece of beautiful New Orleans streets into your home. $20. NOLA Tiles. http://www.nolatiles.com
Shift Register art print BY SCOTT CAMPBELL Multidisciplinary artist Scott Campbell’s expertise in music comes through in his graphic artwork. The colors, shapes and arrangement he uses in “Shift Register” reflect a sonic intelligence - in fact, the same image appears on his concert poster for postrock gods Explosions In The Sky. Wrap this one up for your musically inclined lover, to hang in his studio for inspiration. $40. Scott Campbell. http://www.scttcmpbll.com
504 Charm Necklace by LOLA Boutique There are a lot of excellent ways to show off that you’re from the Crescent City and this necklace is certainly one of the best. It comes complete with a dog tag inscribed with “504” (every NOLA resident’s favorite number), a doubloon, St. Mary medal and fleur-de-lis key. Anyone who sees you wearing it will immediately know where you’re from and that you’re proud of it, and most likely make them jealous, too. $36. LOLA Boutique, 622 S. Carrollton Avenue.
Batman Wallet by BongaChop Designs If heâ€™s constantly reminiscing about his childhood - the days of Saturday morning cartoons, Fruity Pebbles, and his favorite comic book characters printed on his bed sheets - give him the gift of practical nostalgia. This rad Batman wallet, made from upcycled vintage fabric, can hold debit cards, cash, and his lingering dreams of being a superhero. $34. Bonga-Chop Designs,Â http://www.etsy.com/shop/bongachopshop
Louisiana necklaces by Branch Out Keep your Louisiana pride close to your heart with this clever charm necklace from Branch Out. These tiny tributes to our great state are crafted from recycled scrap metal and plated with either 14 kt gold or sterling silver. New Orleans-based Branch Out features wares that are all sustainably produced, locally made, or vintage. $34. Branch Out, 2022 Magazine St. http://www.branchoutshop.com
Better Now Than Never t-shirt by Dirty Coast
They (society, Santa’s elves, retail giants, who knows?) say this is the season of giving and what better way to show off your generous spirit than by gifting this shirt while simultaneously donating to a good cause? Team Gleason is an organization that strives to find a cure to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a fatal condition that former Saints player Steve Gleason was diagnosed with in January. This was tragic news for the city, especially because Gleason was such an integral part of the Saints’ celebrated return to the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. Dirty Coast is a company known for its commitment to New Orleans and they are donating all of the shirt design’s proceeds to Team Gleason.
$25. Dirty Coast. 5631 Magazine Street. http://www.dirtycoast.com/store/ detail/920/Better-Now-Than-Never
Cordonnier Light by We Took To The Woods Wouldnâ€™t having this lamp on display in your abode make you feel like a seasoned explorer? Thatâ€™s the feeling all the items put together by the allfemale trio who make up We Took To The Woods evokes. Each Cordonnier Light, handmade from salvaged shoes, is one of a kind and a staple for that special someone who adores adventure. $96. We Took To The Woods, http://www.wetooktothewoods.com
Black and Gold Tassel Earrings by Elle Dee NOLA The Saints seem to be the primary inspiration for many items featured in this guide, and why shouldn't they be? After all, the men in black and gold are a huge source of pride and inspiration for the city. These earrings are a great way for a special lady in your life to showcase her fandom and look great while doing it. $6.50. Elle Dee NOLA. http://www.etsy.com/shop/elledeenola?page=1
TurbandS at Funky Monkey
We all have a little funky and a little monkey inside ourselves (we are primates after all). Why not show off these qualities as well as your trendiness by sporting one of these? Turbands are available aplenty at the unique Magazine St store and are great for adding a little something to that ensemble you feel may be lacking. $16. Funky Monkey, 3127 Magazine Street.
Who Dat Plaque at Defend New Orleans
â€œWho dat?â€? may be a phrase that to the non-indigenous population sounds like a grammatical mishap, but to those of us residing in NOLA it is a chant that ignites our competitive spirit and yet binds us together. Display it on your wall as a constant reminder of the team that played a large part in reviving this once broken city - and our spirits - during hard times. $75. Defend New Orleans. 1101 First Street. http://www.defendneworleans.com
Garden Party Necklace by Flambeaux Design Company Feminine, flirty and floral, Tressa ProcterKing is the designer of this colorful and eye-catching necklace. It is made entirely by hand and itâ€™s antique feel makes this necklace especially covetable in a time where contemporary trends deviate towards a vintage aesthetic. $55. Flambeaux Designs, www.flambeauxdesigncompany.com
NOLA Brew Iced Coffee Many people find it difficult to function without coffee. For those of you who connect to the previous statement and tend to shy away from anything that isnâ€™t locally made (NOLA natives donâ€™t like outsiders), this tasty coffee which comes in many flavors - is for you. Best of all, you can find it at the local grocery. $5.25. http://www.nobrew.com
20 Skeleton-Key Lariat Necklace line by Waregarden Studio In a city known for history as well as urban decay, a neck adorned with this necklace should fit right in. Brandi Couvillion, the creator, has worked in historic preservation and the field inspired her to make these beautiful pieces of jewelry from salvaged materials. The key and key hole that make up the necklace are found objects from demolished homes. $35. Wearegarden Studio, http://waregardenstudio.com
Fabulously Dazzling Sparkly holiday dresses by Em & Liv One very noticeable (and adorable) trend this holiday season is sparkles. Perhaps due to the lack of sunshine during winter, designers feel the need to make up for it by adorning their products with bright glitter and sequins. This chic dress fits right in with that trend as well as at that holiday party you donâ€™t have an outfit for yet. $89-$160. em&liv, 7611 Maple St, Suite 101A. http://facebook.com/emandliv
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STAFF Justin Shiels is a digital strategist and creative entrepreneur. Originally born in Memphis, TN, this self proclaimed New Orleanian loves reading short stories and watching British television. He is the founder of www.InvadeNOLA.com. DOMINIQUE ELLIS is a consultant offering marketing, social media and PR solutions with a personal touch. Following a 3 year stint in New York, she is happily back living and working in NOLA where she can combine her love of work, the Saints, excessive tweeting and good coffee. You can contact Dominique at www.copythatservices.com. Lizzie Ford-Madrid is a photographer living and working in New Orleans. Her work has been featured in City Limits Magazine, TimeOut New York, Resource Magazine, and of course InvadeNola. She would love to take your picture. Get in touch with her at www.lizziefordmadrid.com Angelique Dyer is a New Orleanian by birth, PR girl by day and fiction writer by night. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans where she worked as a copy editor for the Maroon newspaper and Wolf Magazine. A lover of glitter, Beyonce and food, Angelique plans to change the world through her work in healthcare public relations and her southern charm.
CONTRIBUTORS Emily Jensen is a folk-singin’, camera-totin’, wordlovin’ Portland girl who fell hard for New Orleans years ago and never really left.
Amanda THOMAS is a daydreamer with an affinity for portrait photography. She currently lives in New Orleans, La and works for photographer Zack Smith.
LAURA KLEIN is a freelance writer and music junkie currently living in New Orleans. Originally from Chicago, Laura is fueled by a desire to spread knowledge and inspire curiosity among fellow art aficionados.
Elizabeth Tran is a writer, born-and-raised native New Orleanian, LSU Tiger and devout Saints fan. She loves concocting short stories, collecting turtle figurines, and eating bacon.
NIKKI RANDOLPH is a LSU grad with a degree in political science. By day, she is a minion to the man; by night, she is a Faulkner wannabe. You can follow her on twitter @nolajeepgirl
Mark Johnson is a Metairie native and graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. A musician trying to keep well rounded, he is a guitar and drum instructor for the New Orleans Academy of Music and the bassist/guitarist for local folk-rock band The Acadias. Mark loves to ponder all things music, especially trends in popular music and songwriting. Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee is a wanderer. Accompanied by a camera, he explores the blurring point between nature and urban life and aims to cultivate new appreciation for and insight into this cultureâ€™s relationship with the everyday. View his portfolio at: http://rhrphoto.com
Rachael Kostelec is originally from Harrisburg, PA where she plans to be mayor one day. In the meantime she keeps busy cleaning the skeletons out of her closet, catering to the needs of a very spoiled Siberian Huskie, and hosting her own radio show, Plan DD: The morning after Rachael. Rachael can be reached for questions/ comments at email@example.com. Brooke Larsen is a writer and higher education professional from New Orleans, Louisiana. History, photography, fashion and getting you to visit hellobrookelarsen.com are a few of her favorite things
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