Sophisticated Woman Magazine_November | December 2023

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November | December 2023

Enterprising Woman

Kelly Burkenstock, M.D. SKIN • BODY • HEALTH Institute

Holiday Cocktails Mix and Mingle with a Jingling Drink

MENtionable JOSHUA D. ALLISON Attorney at Law

W The Northshore’s Best


Cover Features: Enterprising Woman | Kelly Burkenstock, M.D. Dr.B: Living and Sharing her best life..............20

MENTIONABLE Josh Allison Stands up for his clients and the community...................................................32

HOLIDAY COCKTAILS Mix & Mingle with a Jingling Drink.................. 16





Behind the Scenes Enterprising Woman Photo Shoot.......................... 7

Home Feature Southern Elegance The Home Of Jamison And Andrea Bagwell.. 26

Kelly Burkenstock, M.D. Dr. Burkenstock's Skin • Body • Health............. 20

MENTIONABLE FASHION Holiday! Celebrate! Bright, Bold And Earthy........................................ 10

BUSINESS PROFILE Allure Dental And Dr. Daniela Eversgerd Redefining The Dental Experience........................8



Brittany V. Carter Legal Checklist Options For Your Peace of Mind.................................................. 15


Josh Allison Stands Up For His Clients And The Community.................................................32

GIFT GUIDE Market Munchkins Christmas Gift Guide........... 8

COMMUNITY Publisher’s Note....................................................... 6 Contributors................................................................7 Rollin’ On The Bayou Rising Star Ayvah Johnson......................................18

Our Favorite Holiday Cocktails........................... 16

Chef Soirée 40 Years with A Purpose.........................................35

Hearty Holidays Roasted Brussels Sprouts And Butternut Squash With Cranberries................... 17

Sophisticated Happenings Ribbon Cuttings And More!...................................36 Calendar Of Events...................................................39



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THE NORTHSHORE'S BEST ALUMNI Abita Roasting Co..................................................... 17 Sirincci Coffee Company......................................... 17

Weekly Markets.........................................................41

publisher's note I am happy to announce Barbara Doyle as the new owner of Sophisticated Woman Magazine. I will always be incredibly grateful to Joanne Gallinghouse, founder of Sophisticated Woman, and her family for believing in me. It has been an honor to have played a part in continuing Joanne’s legacy, and I can't wait to see Barbara take Sophisticated Woman Magazine to the next generation. I would like to personally thank all the amazing women that I've met. Your stories have truly inspired me and have given me the courage to pursue a longtime dream to start a new career in real estate. I




grateful for the lesson

Making Spirits Bright

that many times, giving (or




giving) actually results in receiving an unexpected and invaluable gift in

The Holiday Season is upon us and it truly is the

return. My wish is that we all give expecting nothing in return, but find blessings along the way.


Lorie Hollis

most wonderful time of the year! The parties, the family gatherings, the decorating and, of course, the gift giving are all part of the celebration.

Lorie, I wish you well in your new career and thank you for the opportunity to pick up the baton and continue to make this the magazine that our community has enjoyed for 30 years. As the new publisher of Sophisticated Woman Magazine, I want to lift up women that need lifting up and celebrate women with inspiring stories that can motivate each and every one of us. I am dedicated to curating content that highlights the strength and resilience of the incredible women of our region.

On the Northshore, we are fortunate to have a wide range of options for holiday shopping and dining. From upscale boutiques and unique gift shops to gourmet food, art and beauty, feel free to browse at your leisure the delightful ideas and creative inspirations to help you celebrate in style!

I am honored to be able to continue with Joanne’s goals and vision for this magazine, offering stories of enterprising women whose accomplishments led them to become the successful and inspiring women of today. I invite you to join us on this exciting journey as we celebrate the vibrate and dynamic women of the Northshore.

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At Sophisticated Woman, we wish you and yours the very best for the holiday season and hope that as you join in the spirit of giving, you will remember the real reason for the season, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave the best gift of all.

Behind the Scenes

Sophisticated Woman Magazine

Our Enterprising Woman Photo Shoot With Kelly Burkenstock, M.D.

By Women. For Women. Inspiring Women.

The Sophisticated Woman team coordinated the photo shoot for this issue's Enterprising Woman, Kelly Burkenstock, M.D. We met at her beautiful condominium on the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans. Her hair and makeup were by Nicolle Turner of Maison de Cheveux Salon in New Orleans. Read more about Kelly on page 20 and learn how she teaches the tools for healthy lifestyle, exercise, and nutrition.

Publisher Barbara Edwards Doyle Graphic Design Kristi Probst, Emily Haik, Chris Gracia and Wes Lockwood Contributing Writers Jan Windhorst, Marlaine Peachey and Kim Bergeron Senior Account Executive Samantha Goodwin Account Executive Sheina Lasalle Contributing Photographers Kiki Randon and Linda Larkin Production Barbie's Dream, LLC Distribution Manager Anthony Figaro Distribution for Rouses Danny Sunseri Fashion Coordinator Michele Bruno Cover Photography Chuck Billiot Photography Hair and Makeup Nicolle Turner, Maison de Cheveux Salon 201 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 127 | New Orleans 504-908-4247 | Sophisticated Woman Magazine 200 Greenleaves Boulevard, Unit 4 Mandeville, LA 70448 Phone: 985-893-7350 e-mail: website: ©2023 Sophisticated Woman Magazine. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission of the publisher. Views expressed are not necessarily shared by the publisher or staff of this publication. Please mail comments or submit articles and photographs to the above address. Distribution— Delivers to upscale businesses and homes throughout St.Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes and the Southshore. Issues are also available at area Rouses Markets, Barnes & Noble, and local businesses. Contact us today. You’ll be surprised at how affordable it is to advertise with the Northshore's Best.


Jan Windhorst is a Contributing Writer for Sophisticated Woman Magazine. She has a Master of Journalism from Louisiana State University and is a marketing consultant and freelance business writer. She also enjoys performing and playing keyboards in the band Four Unplugged.

Marlaine Peachey is an author and journalist, currently serving as Chairman of the St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission and Board Secretary to Mandeville Fire District 4. She recently retired as Executive Assistant to the Mayor for 20 years, serving three Mandeville mayors.

Chuck Billiot, owner of Billiot Photography and Video, is a Certified Professional Photographer in Mandeville. Chuck is a veteran Navy photographer who specializes in weddings and events. He has photographed over 2000 weddings since starting his business 28 years ago.

If you wish to be mailed a one year subscription for $19.95, please email

Kiki Randon is an architectural and design photographer working with many corporate and private clients. Away from the camera lens, she enjoys gardening, biking and kayaking with her husband, Steve Randon. Together, they comprise Steve Randon Studio. November - December 2023 | Sophisticated Woman



Gift Ideas

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Custom silhouette art. Instagram: @emmadesigns2023

Find Max's framed photography at Merry Madisonville on Dec 3rd. Instagram: @maxglass2014

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dental care

Redefining the Dental Experience Allure Dental and Dr. Daniela Eversgerd

STEP INTO A REALM where dentistry marries artistry. Dr. Eversgerd doesn’t just transform smiles; she redefines the entire dental experience. She strives to be at the forefront of dental technology and the highest standards of dental care with cosmetic transformations such as veneers. Why Veneers? Dental veneers can instantly resolve imperfections. Veneers can cover a wide variety of cosmetic issues, preventing you from smiling with confidence. As life paints stories on our canvas, our teeth often become the unintended recipient of stains, chips, or misalignments. Veneers are more than just dental enhancements. Patients who are self-conscious of their smile or avoid showing teeth in photos are good candidates for a new smile. From one tooth to a full set top and bottom, it is an investment worth its weight in gold. But what if a patient is unsure of how the final result will look? The Trial Smile - Have you heard of it? As the name implies, the Trial Smile is a way for you to try out your new smile before committing. The Trial Smile gives you the ability to take your future teeth for a test drive. Dr. Eversgerd offers complimentary virtual consultations. Simply send over a selfie or snapshot of your smile and she will guide you towards its full potential. Every corner of Allure Dental is designed with your five senses in mind, ensuring reduced anxiety and heightened tranquility with spa-like

ambience. Upon entering, patients are welcomed with the signature scent of White Tea and Thyme, described by many as a warm hug when they walk through the door. Plush blankets and calming decor while watching Netflix or listening to music relax the mind and body during procedures. Post-procedure, her patients go home with a nourishing soup or smoothie packet as a little way to soothe after a long appointment. The overall experience is reminiscent of a day spent at a luxury spa. A Northshore’s Best Winner 7 years in a row, Dr. Eversgerd has been practicing for 21 years with a focus on cosmetic dentistry and full mouth rejuvenation. She teaches dentists from all over the country about veneers and smile transformations and is one of the lead instructors for the course Aesthetic Excellence in Ritchfield, Ohio. Allure Dental is a boutique dental practice that focuses on building relationships with patients and changing lives through changing smiles. 1901 US Hwy 190, Mandeville. (985) 951-2220. and find on Instagram: @alluredentalhealth or Facebook: @alluredentalhealth November - December 2023 | Sophisticated Woman



Holiday! Celebrate!

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Bright, Bold and Earthy Bright, bold, colors alongside earthy

hues will be the trend this holiday season. Colors of the season include tranquil blue, sundial, luscious red, lavender and verdigris. TRANQUIL BLUE: Indicates that the affinity for shades of blue is going no where. A mid tone hue, this color circles back to the concept of sustainability and involving the elements of air and water. SUNDIAL: The ocher yellow orange can be used in foot wear, handbags, trench coats. It works both day and night wear. LUSCIOUS RED: By Sherman-Williams is a powerful shade which stands as a symbol of passion.

LAVENDER: Predicted to be the color of the year. It’s renewed optimism and comfort. The color signifies stability, serenity, and escapism. VERDIGRIS: The greenish pigment on oxidized copper inspires the hue and name of this color. This color lies between blue and greensand is the perfect switch-up from earth colors to digitized hues.

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AS WE APPROACH the end of another year, it is important to make sure you put certain necessary documents in place to protect yourself and your loved ones. Regarding your estate planning needs, no matter your age, you should have a written Last Will and Testament, preferably drafted by a professional attorney, to ensure that your assets pass on to those you have chosen. A Last Will and Testament can be as specific as you would like and conform to your exact wishes, which may not otherwise be accomplished without creating your estate documents. Also, choose your Executor or Executrix, who should be someone you trust, and who will work together with an attorney to ensure your last wishes are legally implemented. This process is known as a succession, and depending on your legal documents and situation, may be accomplished without the need for the traditional probate process. You may want to include a Testamentary Trust along with your Will, which can help preserve and protect certain assets for chosen beneficiaries, as well as establish specific boundaries and guidelines for the distribution of assets. There is also the possible option of a Living Trust, which goes into effect while you are still alive, and can be revocable. Both Living and Testamentary Trusts have Special Needs options, as well. Additionally, a Power of Attorney is a document to consider in case you ever become incompetent or incapable of making financial and/or medical decisions on your own. There is a General Power of Attorney that encompasses all decision-making aspects, and there is a Healthcare Power of Attorney that specifically addresses HIPPA laws and

Legal Checklist Options for Your Peace of Mind allows for your loved ones to make informed decisions regarding your healthcare in the event that you are unable to make these decisions on your own. A Living Will can also communicate your wishes in case you become noncommunicative or incapable of making your healthcare decisions for yourself. Finally, regarding your family law needs, if you are getting a divorce, please know it can be an efficient and effective process if there is cooperation and everyone’s best interests are made a priority, especially those of the children. Even when custody, support, and community property are involved, it is possible to complete the entire process outside of court in what is referred to as a default divorce with Consent Judgments and community property settlements. The parties, with their respective attorneys, should work together to enter into negotiations and draft their own terms with what works best

for their unique situation. They can then submit their written Judgments with their signed consent for the Judge’s signature, and the Judgments have the same effect as if the parties had attended court. As always, it is important to consult with an attorney who primarily handles these areas of law to discuss details of your unique situation, decide what is best for you, and help ensure your legal needs are being met, so that you can have peace of mind and know you are protected. Brittany V. Carter, Attorney at Law, L.L.C. provides legal services regarding Family Law, as well as Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning, and other services. She has been selected as a Top Lawyer in both Family Law and Trusts & Estates Law four years in a row. Her law firm is located at 90 Louis Prima Dr., Ste. A, Covington, LA 70433. For more information, call 985-7894508, email, or visit November - December 2023 | Sophisticated Woman 15


Our Favorite Holiday Cocktails

WE LOVE COCKTAILS here at Sophisticated Woman. Here are four recipes that will put you in the holiday spirit!

Moscow Reindeer

Fruity Frostbite

2 shots vodka 8 ounces ginger beer 1/2 cup cranberry juice 2 limes 1 bag cranberries Ice cubes

2½ parts vodka 1¼ parts fresh red grapefruit juice 3/4 part simple syrup 1 fresh basil leaf Ice cubes Garnish: fresh basil leaves, candied grapefruit peel

Put a handful of ice into a Moscow mule mug. Add vodka, ginger beer and top with cranberry juice. Cut the lime in half and squeeze both halves into the drink mixture. Stir. Top with a handful of cranberries, and garnish with a slice of lime.

Muddle a large basil leaf with simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add the remaining ingredients and the ice. Shake well until chilled. Strain into a glass and garnish with a fresh basil leaf and or grapefruit peel.

Santa’s Lil’ Helper

A Hug in a Mug

1 bunch fresh mint, trimmed 1/2 cup sugar 1 ¾ cups light rum 1 ¼ cups fresh lime juice 3/4 cup frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed 2 10-ounce bottles sparkling water, chilled

2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 1/4 cup honey 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 3/4 cup spiced rum 2 cups boiling water

Using a wooden spoon, mash mint with sugar in bottom of large pitcher. Add rum and lime juice; stir to dissolve sugar. Mix in thawed cranberry juice concentrate and water. Mix in 6 cups ice. Pour into glasses, and garnish with fresh cranberries.

Using an electric mixer, mix brown sugar, butter, honey and spices until smooth. Add the rum and two cups of boiling water. Transfer to four mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

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Hearty Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash With Cranberries Directions:

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1. Peel and slice butternut squash, scoop out seeds, and dice into 1/2 inch cubes. 2. Trim the bottom of the brussels sprouts and slice them in half. 3. Place the brussels sprouts and squash on a non-stick baking sheet and drizzle with a little oil. Sprinkle with salt and toss. 4. Roast for 40 minutes in a 425 degree oven, stirring after 25 minutes. 5. Add the cranberries and pumpkin seeds 5 minutes before finished. Remove and let cool slightly. 6. In a large mixing bowl, add the roasted vegetables and

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toss with the orange-cinnamon dressing. 7. Add salt and cracked pepper to taste.


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1-2 tablespoons olive oil 1 pound brussels sprouts 1 small butternut squash - 4 cups 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds Salt Cracked pepper

Dressing: 1/4 cup fresh orange juice Generous pinch of cinnamon

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Rollin’ on the Bayou

Rising Star Ayvah Johnson SOME PEOPLE ARE BORN to be on stage. Ayvah Johnson is, without question, one of those people. From as young as the age of two, Ayvah loved to sing and dance. By the time she was four years old, she followed the yellow brick road to The Wiz at Slidell Little Theatre. It was here that she took on her first theatrical role as a yellow munchkin. She would go on to perform in quite a few more productions at SLT, including The Happy Elf and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and in the role of Molly in 30 by Ninety Theatre’s production of Annie. It was her SLT performance in Once on This Island that led to her big break. A family friend with connections to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival who was aware of Ayvah’s role as young Ti Moune suggested that she audition for the same role in the festival’s production. She submitted an audition tape and landed an eight-month contract for the role. She and her mother headed to the northwest coast in February of 2022, and a month later, she stepped onto that big stage for opening night, laying the foundation for bigger things to come. Shortly after booking the Oregon gig, she had signed a contract to perform as Young Anna Mae Bullock (who would grow up to be known to the world as Tina Turner) in the Broadway National Tour of Tina: the Tina Turner Musical, set to hit the road later that year. But while still in Oregon, Ayvah received an offer she couldn’t refuse: a three-week “vacation swing” role in the current Broadway production of Tina. With the Oregon production’s

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blessing, she departed for New York, spending a week learning the roles of Young Anna Mae Bullock and Young Alline, Tina’s sister, with an additional two weeks marked for performing each of the roles. When the actor performing as Young Eileen fell ill, Ayvah stepped into that role, marking her Broadway debut. Three shows in, her opportunity was cut short when she contracted COVID-19. While disappointed, she remained ecstatic for having enjoyed the big stage debut. Ayvah and her mother returned home to Slidell, heading back to New York in August of 2022 to begin rehearsals. A month later, the 33-city tour opened in Providence, Rhode Island. It was a grueling schedule, with the cast performing five to six shows a week, traveling by tour bus to cities within a fourhour radius, and by plane for more distant venues. Along with rehearsals and performances, the young cast members were tutored during down time, typically three to four hours a day. For three months during the tour, Ayvah’s father, Avian Johnson, Sr., joined her while her mother returned home, providing each of the parents an opportunity to spend much-needed time with their other child. Then came a call from The Jennifer Hudson Show in Burbank, California. The talk show’s producers spotted videos of Ayvah singing on her Instagram page--which has more than 117,000 followers—and invited the young starlet to perform on the show. Hudson had achieved “EGOT” status after being honored with the entertainment industry’s highest honors—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, following her supporting actress role in


the 2006 musical Dreamgirls. For the performance, Hudson selected the song that Ayvah performed on the show: “One Night Only,” which Jennifer had performed in her award-winning role as Effie in “Dreamgirls.” The talk show host proclaimed Ayvah a “shining star.” The Tina tour is set to resume soon, and Ayvah has been extended an offer to renew her contract. Additionally, numerous offers have been presented for her consideration, including a major Broadway production, a television network regarding a potential series, and recording opportunities with a few musical superstars. Kaula says the family is contemplating all of the offers, but any decisions are currently on hold until such time as the ongoing SAG-AFTRA actors’ strike continues. Regarding her daughter’s achievements, Kaula expresses great pride. “At just 10 years old, she already has an incredible work ethic plus the ability to push through the challenges. I tell her when I grow up, I want to be just like her.” Her father sums up the experience in just four words: “My baby can sing!” Her brother is equally proud of her, and the two enjoy opportunities to spend time together. Like his sister, he has performed in a few local community theatre productions. But unlike his sister, his first loves remain football and baseball. So what’s Ayvah’s dream role? Matilda. On Broadway. With a bit of hesitation, she adds, “I hope they don’t require that I perform with that [British] accent.” No matter where her journey takes her next, one thing remains certain: this young star has a bright future ahead. Let the next chapter begin.

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Living and Sharing Her Best Life

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Dr. Burkenstock opened the South’s hallmark anti-aging institute serving the Northshore and the Southshore due to her unwavering dedication to improve the lives of others and a profound desire to make a difference. Inspired by her father's medical struggles and premature death, she watched her young mother's resilience raising five children alone. Dr. Burkenstock made it her life's mission to teach the tools and knowledge for healthy lifestyle, exercise, and nutrition that were lacking in her father's healthcare journey. This experience ignited her passion in becoming a phenomenal physician by fusing her studies of internal and holistic medicine disciplines. Teaching healthy lifestyles, exercise, and optimal nutrition, really inspired her to equip individuals with the knowledge needed to improve health issues and extend vitality. Dr. Burkenstock revolutionizes internal medicine by offering personalized recommendations that enhance longevity, wellness, as well as beauty. By integrating Eastern and Western medicine philosophies, Dr. Burkenstock provides a holistic approach that addresses the root causes of health concerns. She gives her undivided attention to her clients - as she says, “every client is family.” Her pursuit of knowledge continues, as she and her sons travel internationally and study with luminaries in the anti-aging field. The Burkenstock medical family obtain cutting edge training in anti-aging, skin rejuvenation, hormone therapy, and whole-body wellness. Dr Burkenstock says “My sons state in the current medical curriculum there is still limited teaching of nutrition, vitamins, and wellness; there’s so much holistic information to learn it just can’t all be taught in a regular medical curriculum.” At her Institute, Dr. Kelly Burkenstock's focus is on empowering clients to look fabulous and feel phenomenal at any age. She offers personalized care and procedures that enhance physical appearance like botoxTM, fillers and lasers. Dr. Burkenstock has been a member of the prestigious International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology for over ten years and further proclaims "I PERSONALLY perform all injection and laser treatment procedures." Dr. Burkenstock's holistic approach, which includes nutrition and hormone balance, transforms her clients into new individuals. She highlights that her institute's DNA-driven, seven-step weight-loss protocol ensures long term lifechanging success. November - December 2023 | Sophisticated Woman 21

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Dr. Burkenstock's dedication to improving lives extends to her two sons, Austin and Blaze, who are following in her footsteps. Dr. Austin, an internal medicine doctor, joined the practice to deliver exceptional medical care and to teach lifestyle changes that promote better health and reduce medication reliance whenever possible. He also trains medical residents and engages in humanitarian work in underserved areas. Blaze is passionate about holistic natural adult medicine and preventing disease progression. He, like his mother, is another artist in the family, and will join the practice next year after completing his medical education. He also enjoys aesthetics and has learned side by side his mother. Blaze enjoys enhancing an individual’s confidence and wellbeing through skin procedures and anti-aging techniques. His compassion and dedication was

shown when he donated time away from his studies to assist in the family’s medical clinic during the pandemic. Illness prevention is the cornerstone of the entire Burkenstock Medical family. Dr. Kelly Burkenstock's lifelong commitment to improving lives has been shaped by her personal experiences and her passion to empower individuals to live their best life. Through the Skin • Body • Health Institute, she combines her expertise in anti-aging, skin rejuvenation, and hormone medicine to positively impact the lives of her clients. With her sons now joining the practice, Dr. Burkenstock's legacy will continue to thrive, ensuring that more individuals can benefit from their knowledge and dedication. Both the Northshore and Southshore clinics are expanding and accepting new clients for internal medicine, natural hormones, weight loss and aesthetic care. Her commitment to serving others and uplifting those in need reflects her belief that we rise by lifting others, making her an inspiration to aspiring healthcare professionals. Dr. Burkenstock’s commitment and passion to deliver quality “whole person care” is quite evident.

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JAMISON AND ANDREA BAGWELL met in New Orleans and married in 2007. They enjoyed successful careers; Jamison, a third-generation lawyer practicing in Baton Rouge and Andrea, serving as a Career Counselor with a master’s degree from the University of Denver. At an opportune time, however, they made the pivotal decision to pursue their true passions. Moving to Covington, the Bagwells began Bluebird Development in 2016. Jamison launched new construction of high-end homes, while also renovating and transforming older structures, all of

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which were devotedly designed by Andrea’s intrinsic talent in creative style and architecture. Together their talents have dovetailed to produce an enjoyable experience for their clients. And today, they have proudly achieved the milestone of becoming one of St. Tammany’s finest home builders. Having grown up in southeast Louisiana, raised firmly within a French influenced environment of history and culture, the Bagwells are well familiar with southern sophistication, which they employ to create extraordinary

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home feature homes regardless of the client’s style. It is this refined and relaxed approachability which defines Bluebird Development and Design's finished product, always detailed, timeless, and elegant. Their own residence was the first one ever built and designed by Bluebird. Andrea chose a Federal styled home design, based on the Derby Summer House designed in 1793 by architect Samuel McIntire. It boasts 4,833 square feet in living area, with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Andrea incorporated unprecedented detail that she loves in every room: there are ram’s head appliques installed in the oversized federal style millwork, dueling 18th century lights over the kitchen island, the dining room chandelier, circa 1920, is from Paris, the fire place mantel is concrete cast from a 1750 Louis XV style and the kitchen hardware was custom made with a rice pattern cast in solid brass and finished in polished nickel. She calls her favorite room the “Blue Room”, a cozy sitting room outside the Master Bedroom that is paneled with raised molding and draped in high gloss light blue color, where she likes to enjoy her morning coffee and catch up on the day’s current events. In this room and every room in the house, she has written scripture. Jamison added that the floors are solid white oak milled in Europe and cut in a chevron pattern with varying stain colors. Antique shutters were converted to pantry doors and in the master bathroom, accented by black and white floors, the master shower has exposed brass plumbing fixtures, which were inspired by their visit to a 1917 renovated hotel in 28 Sophisticated Woman | November - December 2023

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It has been said that when ordinary people rise above expectations and seize the opportunity, milestones are truly reached.

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home feature Panama City, Panama. Andrea believes that good design begins with an exceptional story. Every object should be truly meaningful to keep the essence of the inhabitants, and with that in mind, she develops authentic and curated interior designs that are creative, distinctive and filled with character as you move through the rooms. The Bagwells have two children, Harrison, 18, who attends St. Paul’s and plays Lacrosse, and Hudsyn, 16, who attends Archbishop Hannan and competes countrywide as an Equestrian. The family loves to vacation at Alys Beach, where peace and tranquility abound amid Mediterranean influences of stark white structures that are canvassed by sky, sea and sand. According to Jamison and Andrea, in all of God’s creation, nothing emanates more color than the species unique to birds. Bluebirds in particular, are often associated with happiness, harmony, joy and peace. They symbolize hope, love, positivity and renewal. Because they sing even in the harshest climates, they remind us to never lose faith, even in our darkest hours. Today, Bluebird Development and Design proudly continues to create extraordinary homes that are timeless and classic. For more information, regarding this property, contact Stevie Mack or Alice McNeely at (985) 626-5695 or

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Josh Allison


m e n t i o n a b l e


B efore

even graduating and the victories came in mock "My job is to stand up from law school, Josh Allison’s courtrooms rather than on the and fight for people that commitment to excellence earned field. But like a star athlete, the need someone in their him national and international more he won, the higher he rose. corner. That’s our justice acclaim. Today, an established “Winning teams climb to higher system. People have a Northshore attorney concentrating brackets of prestige, and the right to an advocate." in business litigation, but also Philip C. Jessup International -Josh Allison family law and personal injury, Law Moot Court Competition is Josh recalls the early honors that like the Moot Court Superbowl. confirmed his career choice aligned with his exceptional It involves the most complicated legal problems and gifts. “Moot Court in law school is the highest level of requires the longest oration. The legal analysis is so competition law schools offer. It’s the equivalent of complicated, the competition requires four person varsity football for law school. It’s highly competitive, teams with a coach and an assistant professor. Each and you have to be invited to participate. If you excel, person handles an aspect of the legal analysis. I was you get special recognition from the school where they the first oralist on our team.” After competing with law showcase and endorse you and send you out of state schools all over the country, Josh’s team made Loyola to compete against other law schools.” In Josh’s case, history when, for the first time, they earned first place the school was Loyola Law School in New Orleans, in the national rounds to advance to the international

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mentionable rounds. “They’d never seen anything like it before or since that I am aware of. It was lots of fun, but also exciting to match our team’s skills against other teams from around the country and the world. It’s when I realized that developing complicated legal strategies, and being able to execute on those strategies to win for my clients is what truly excited me. I knew that the ability to deliver that kind of exceptional result was the talent that would be my life’s work.” While Josh’s future vision became clear during his time in law school, it wasn’t one that was dictated by his early life. “We were a middle-class family from Chalmette. My dad was a cabinet maker by trade and became a construction superintendent. He loved construction and working with his crews in the field. My mom was an accountant and has also had a remarkable career. No one else in the family had been a lawyer. No one had ever even earned a graduate degree. I wasn’t directed to choose this, it was just in my nature to choose law, and now it’s my passion and I love it.” With the ability to choose anywhere to build his life and practice, Josh has found other passions that keep him firmly rooted in Louisiana. “I love spending time with my wife and three kids on family vacations and camping. I love duck hunting and exploring Louisiana marshes, rivers, and bayous. I always have. And one of my very favorite things is Mardi Gras and riding in the Krewe of Olympia.” After moving to the Northshore to attend Southeastern, Josh says he found beauty not only in the marshes and Tchefuncte River, but also in the values and faith he shares with family, friends and his community of hardworking people. “I’m invested here – economically, socially and professionally. I’m proud to visit great local establishments run by business owners like me whose life and work intertwine here. It’s great to balance out the great food we have at places like Tchefuncte’s and Pyre BBQ with some exercise and fun with my buddies at Franco’s. The Northshore is a great place to raise a family.” Josh says he committed to starting his practice on the Northshore in 2015 after only a little less than a year out of law school. “Right after I established the business, I started reading a book about how to start and grow a law firm. I’m coming up on 10 years in business on my own, and the bookmark is still on page 30. Pretty quickly, I got to the point where it was just a waste of time to read any more of it – I’m living it and the rest is history.” In that time, Josh says he’s helped people from all different walks of life in many different situations. “My job is November - December 2023 | Sophisticated Woman 33

mentionable to stand up and fight for people that need someone in their corner. That’s our justice system. People have a right to an advocate. I had a client referred to me who came from an underserved background. She had tried to meet with other attorneys but didn’t have the means to engage them. I felt a strong sense of compassion to fight for her, and I got her everything she was entitled to. In my eyes, she deserved the same exact treatment that I would give to a multimillion-dollar client – and she got it.” Josh credits his office team with the firm’s ability to continue delivering the winning results his early ability promised. “I’m proud of my staff including my friend and hardworking lawyer Jasmine Torres. We went to

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college together, and I’ve known her since we were teenagers. She’s a fighter, she’s loyal, and has a big heart for people. Another longtime association is with Denise Cain who hired me as her lawyer years ago and who I later hired as my office manager. I believe those long-lasting working relationships reflect the character of the firm and allow me to do what I do best - developing complicated legal strategies to deliver exceptional results for my clients.” Joshua D. Allison, A Professional Law Corporation has offices at 207 E. Gibson Street in Covington, 506 Water Street in Madisonville and 1203 Main Street in Franklinton. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 985-302-5630 or visit

Chef Soirée

40 years with a Purpose

Who knew 40 years ago that a simple idea to gather local restaurants, beverages and entertainment vendors would become an annual event that is anticipated by thousands? Chef Soirée, the idea of Shirley Delauzain and many wonderful volunteers became a social highlight. The first year began as a poboy- eating contest. The following year, the lights, the party, the glamour hit Bogue Falaya Park, with patrons enjoying tasty gourmet delights and beverages from 35 local restaurants. Chef Soirée was the talk of the town and still is! Today celebrating 40 years, Chef Soirée is the premiere event on the Northshore, featuring the area’s best food and libations from more than 100 restaurants and vendors. The excitement begins when the patrons

stroll through the front gates into a wonderland of enchanting lights. After a magical evening, they depart to a sky aglow with fireworks! Chef Soirée is not just a party, it’s a party with a purpose! All proceeds benefit the Youth Service Bureau, which opened its doors to serve our community in 1981. YSB is dedicated to building strong families and youth through their programs: CASA, Crossroads, FINS, TASC, and Options. These programs give our at-risk youth a chance they otherwise may not have to take a different path for a more fulfilled future. The mission of the Youth Service Bureau is to provide advocacy, counseling, education and intervention for at-risk youth and their families, helping them reach their full potential.

Chef Soirée Celebrates 40 Years March 17, 2024 in Bogue Falaya Park , Covington …A PARTY WITH A PURPOSE! Learn more about YSB and to purchase Chef Soirée tickets at


Ribbon Cuttings

Integrated Concierge

Firehouse Subs

862 Brownswitch Rd, Slidell

70 Park Place, Suite C, Covington

Covington Country Club

LA Guns and Range, Madisonville

Infinite Med Spa

Shear Salon and Studio Suites

200 Country Club Drive, Covington

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1954 Highway 22 West, Madisonville

1389-B Lakewood Drive, Slidell

Shear Salon and Studio Suites Logan and Angie Jean

Blue Line Bash

Cindy and Senator-elect Bob Owen


Antique Umbrella Alley Opening

Barbara Doyle, Publisher of Sophisticated Woman Magazine & Kendra Maness, Publisher of Slidell Magazine

Blue Line Bash

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Brian and Dawn Glorioso.


Antique Umbrella Alley Opening

Rosemary Clement and Shelby Chabreck

Blue Line Bash

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Calendar of Events

Friday Nites on the Square Concert 90 Degrees West

5:30-8:30PM, Free, 111 Terra Bella Blvd., Covington, 871-7171,


Ozone Songwriter Showcase

5PM, 639 Girod St., Mandeville, 649-5384,


Just Between Friends Northshore Kids' Consignment Sale

9AM, $3 door, free if registered in advance, 63350 Pelican Dr., Mandeville, 377-9872,


First Responders Show & Shine Car & Bike Show

Classics on the Boulevard Classic Car Show at TerraBella

10AM, Free, 111 Terra Bella Blvd., Covington, 871-7171, Northshore Cajun November Dance at Abita Town Hall

Adults, $12 ($10 for members), under 18, free, 22161 Level Street, Abita Springs, (504) 583-8603,


Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

Free, 200 Block to 600 of Columbia Street, Covington, 789-7183,

8AM, $25-$45 (Price increase after Sep. 11), 701 N Columbia St., Covington, (504) 9522899,


Covington Art Market under the Oaks

7:00PM, $20-$100, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell, 781-3650,

Festival of the Lake by Our Lady of the Lake

312 Lafitte St., Mandeville, 626-3144,


Dew Drop Jazz Hall Concert: Leroy Jones

Abita Springs Opry November Concert

Free, 61115 Saint Mary Street, Lacombe, 6640256,

4PM, $75 per person, 601 N Jefferson Ave., Covington,

10 - 12

Jazz'n the Vines Concert: Deltaphonic 6:30PM, $12 for age 18 and up, $5 for age 1317, free for kids 12 and under, 81250 Old Military Rd., Bush, 892-9742,


Native American Heritage Celebration


6:30PM, $125 Per Ticket, Sponsorships Available, 125 W. 30th Ave., Covington, 8933003,

10AM, Free, 427 N. Theard St., Covington, 237-5506,



Northshore Food Bank’s Pallets with a Purpose

Survivors Day

12PM, Free, 126 Lake Dr., Covington, 630-1968,


6:00PM, By Donation, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 892-8650,

7PM, $20; advance purchase recommended/ limited seating available, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs, (504) 214-7777,

4PM, Free, Corner of Boston & New Hampshire Streets, Covington, 892-8650,

Men Who Cook,

Boujee in the Art House Fundraiser

Tammany Turkey Trot


Slidell Olde Towne Christmas Market

9AM-5PM, Umbrella Alley, First St., Slidell,


The Lobby Lounge Concert: Amanda Shaw



Twilight Symphony

6:00PM, $75 Individual, $750 Table of 10, 405 Country Club Blvd., Slidell, 710-3691, eventbrite. com/e/twilight-symphony-tickets-715873164907


Dew Drop Jazz Hall Concert: Layla Musselwhite & Her Cosmic Gentlemen

6:30PM, $10 General Admission at the door (no advance tickets), 430 Lamarque St., Mandeville,

6:30PM, $10 General Admission at door (no advance tickets), 430 Lamarque St., Mandeville, Please Note: All calendar events are subject to change. Call or visit websites for any updated information.


Bayou Jam: Vince Vance & The Valiants

5:30PM, Free, Heritage Park Ampitheater 1701 Bayou Ln., Slidell, 646-4375, Christmas at TerraBella Tree Lighting & Holiday Marketplace

6PM, Free, 111 Terra Bella Blvd., Covington, 871-7171, Sips of the Season Stroll 2023

5PM, Free to stroll, fee for tasting mug, Mandeville, 727-7778,


Christmas Extravaganza Arts & Crafts Expo

9AM, $5 age 13+, free age 12 & under, 1301 N Columbia St., Covington, 966-7863,

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$25-$32+ online fees, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville, 844-843-3090,

2PM, $20 + online fee, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue, Covington, 892-1873,

A Very Merry Christmas Spectacular, 30 by Ninety Theatre

History and Holly 2023 Tour of Homes

1 - 17


Adults $28, Students/Seniors, $22, 2024 Nellie Dr., Slidell, 643-0556, weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday,

Merry Madisonville Parade & Celebration Town of Madisonville

SLT Presents The Christmas Schooner

1 - 31

Christmas Under the Stars, Griffith Park

6PM, Free, 333 Erlanger St., Slidell, daily 646-4375,

1 - 31

2PM-Parade, Santa Pictures, Kids Activities, Entertainment & Market Munchkins Madisonville Park & Playground, 985-778-7790


A Northshore Christmas with NPAS and Covington Concert Band

24th Annual Holiday of Lights

7:30PM, Free, 63350 Pelican Drive, Mandeville, 867-1206,



4PM, Free; $20 VIP, 8080 Westshore Dr, Covington, (504) 450-5744,

Free, 21490 Koop Dr., Mandeville, daily

Dew Drop Jazz Hall Concert: Charmaine Neville w/ Lamarque Street Choir

6:30PM, $10 General Admission at door 430 Lamarque St., Mandeville,

Jazz'n the Vines Concert: Pine Leaf Boys

6:30PM, $12 for age 18 and up, $5 for age 1317, free for kids 12 and under, 81250 Old Military Rd., Bush, 892-9742, Covington Porch Fest

2PM, Free, Covington,

Sugar Plum Market


Covington by Candlelight

6PM, Free, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, 892-1873,


Krewe of Dionysus Christmas Party & Toy Drive

7:30PM, $50-$60 + 1 unwrapped toy advance sales only, 2056 Second St., Slidell,


Twinkle on the Tchefuncte Lighted Boat Parade- A Merry Madisonville Event

4-8PM, Madisonville Riverfront. Local businesses, Market Munchkins. More info: 985-778-7790 Santa on Trails 5K Run/Walk

Free for spectators (+$3 park entry fee); $40 entry fee ($45 after Nov. 14), 62883 Hwy. 1089, Mandeville, (504) 3908807,

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calendar Christmas in Covington Parade & Tree Lighting

4:30PM, Free, canned goods donations 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, 892-1811, Christmas Past Festival

10AM, Free, Mandeville, (888) 555-3333, Cookies and Milk with Santa

10AM, Free; donation of non-perishable foods appreciated, 360 Robert Blvd., Slidell, 6415829, Cajun Christmas at Big Branch

2PM, Free, 61389 Highway 434, Lacombe, 882-2025,

Wreaths Across America at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

12PM, Free, 34888 Grantham College Dr., Slidell, Northshore Cajun Dancers December Dinner & Dance, $20 for non-members, free


Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Northshore Classics - Handel's Messiah

7:30PM, $28-$60, 317 N Jefferson Ave., Covington, (504) 523-6530,


for members (cash only). Kids 12 and under, free, 22161 Level Street, Abita Springs, (504) 583-8603,



10AM, $25, $50 or $75 per person over 12 months of age, 21404 Koop Dr., Covington, 888-1555,

Playmakers Theater presents A Christmas Story, The Musical

$15-$20, 19106 Playmakers Rd., Covington, 893-1671, weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

Children's Museum of St. Tammany's Noon Year's Eve Bash



Ozone Songwriter Night at The Beach House Bar & Grill

Weekly Markets

6:30PM, Free, 124 Girod St., Mandeville, 624-9331, monthly on the 2nd Thursday

15 - 16

Ballet Apetrei's The Nutcracker

Tickets $20-$35, 1 Skipper Drive, Mandeville, 624-3622,


Covington Farmers Market. 10 am–2 pm, Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire Street, Covington, EVERY THURSDAY


The Giddy Up Market. 2 pm-6 pm, Giddy Up Folsom, 82292 Highway 25, Folsom, 985-260-5060,

9AM, Free, 675 Lafitte Street, Mandeville, 624-3147,


Mandeville Trailhead Holiday Market

Dew Drop Jazz Hall Concert: J. Monqué D. Blues Revue

6:30PM, $10 General Admission at door (no advance tickets), 430 Lamarque St., Mandeville,

Lafitte Street Market. 4 pm–8 pm Thursdays, 9 am–1 pm Saturdays, 698 Lafitte Street, Mandeville, EVERY SATURDAY

Camellia City Market. 8 am–Noon, 2055 Second Street, Slidell, 985-640-7112,

Northshore Roller Derby vs. Druid City and Druid City Daredevils vs. Crescent City Crushers

Covington Farmers Market. 8 am–Noon, 609 N. Columbia Street on side lawn of the Covington Police Department,

Age 13+, $12; Kids 8-12, $6. Free for 7 & under, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell, Rockin' Around Olde Towne 5K

8AM, $40 , Starts at corner of Erlanger and 1st Streets, Slidell, events/2023/79502/rockin-around-olde-towne-5k National Wreaths Across America Day

12PM, Free, 608 N. Columbia St., Covington, 892-1873,


Hammond Farmers Market. 8 am–Noon, corner of W. Thomas Street and S.W. Railroad Avenue, Downtown Hammond, 985-277-5680, Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. 9 am–1 pm, Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center, 985-624-3147, Pearl River’s Honey Island Art & Farmers Market. 10 am–2 pm, 64378 Highway 41, Pearl River, 985-807-4447 EVERY SUNDAY Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market. 11 am–3 pm, Abita Trailhead, Drive-thru and pedestrian service, 985-892-0711 ext. 7, Claiborne Place Makers Market. 10 am–2 pm, Claiborne Place, 1000 US-190, Covington,

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