New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians: Fighting with a Needle and Thread

I moved to New Orleans from France about a year ago, and have since fallen completely in love with the city, the culture, and the people, and I just had to share these pictures and a little story about the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians.

There are 38 tribes of Mardi Gras Indians that come from all around New Orleans, including the traditionally low-income areas like the 9th Ward. The Indians spend thousands of man-hours each year hand-beading and hand sewing these incredible costumes. It takes about 9 months to complete a single suit. When they are finished, they can weigh up to 100 pounds. Then they all parade around town singing, dancing, and chanting the songs of their particular tribe. The songs typically consist of a unique mixture of African/Native American dialect and musical influence.

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Quick Tip: Easy Way to Create a More Interesting Outfit

Ever have an outfit on and you look at it and it looks fine, but also kind of boring? Or you have a great outfit, but you just can’t find the right accessories? Here’s an idea: Try adding an accessory that you expect to be completely terrible.

Most of the time…. yeah, it will look a little terrible, and you will have a good laugh. But in my experience, 1 out of 3 times, you will actually discover a combination that has just the perfect amount of “wrong-but-somehow-oh-soooooooooo-right” appeal. (Like this amazing grunge beanie/brightly colored tailored suit combo).Unexpected Combo

Bonus: It will help you stay open minded about what kinds of things can go together, and help you stay fearless about experimenting!

Get the Look for Less on EBAY!!

This was one of the top pins on pinterest today, and understandably so. It looks great. I love that the classically structured blazer keeps the just-shy-of-over-the-top accessories from looking too goth. I’m a huge fan of ebay, so I’m going to show you how you can get this same look for super cheap on ebay just by searching for the key words. Assuming you already have at least one black shirt already in your wardrobe, here is the rest:

Search: Leopard scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

Search: Skull Silver Ring

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Thanks to Early Pants-Wearers

In most parts of the world, women only started wearing pants within the last 100 years. I really hate wearing dresses so this is my tribute to the women who blazed the trail for me.

Wigan pit brow girls wore skirts over their trousers and rolled them up to their waist to keep them out of the way during their dangerous work in the coal mines. They were quite a scandalous for Victorian society.

Britain’s first female football team caused a stir in the 1880’s when they wore their knickerbockers.

Suffragettes like this one wore a marching costume that included pants underneath a skirt.

Marlene Dietrich often wore tails and pants in the 1920’s, which was unheard of at that time.

Other women may have worn pants, but Katharine Hepburn was the first to make them chic.   Her production studio got so annoyed that they confiscated her trousers in an attempt to force her to wear a skirt.  Kate responded by defiantly strolling around the studio lot in her underwear. Point for Kate.

Ugh.. I almost hate to put her in here because in the few movies I’ve seen her in, her early Manic Pixie Dream Girl thing drove me crazy. But anyways… thanks for popularizing these pants..

Workmanship

Today I’m in love with clothing that has the kind of beautiful skilled workmanship that you know can only be a labor of love. Looking at that kind of workmanship makes me feel connected to the person who created it.  As if we are the only two people in the world who know what kind of care and effort went into the making of that garment, and as if I’m saying thank you by taking the time to marvel at how wonderful it is.

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