Flipping through the TV channels, it’s not unusual to see cooking sensation Holly Clegg working her culinary magic on shows such as Fox & Friends, The 700 Club, or NBC’s Weekend Today. At once a culinary phenom, family woman, and tech entrepreneur, Holly has also added the title of author to her ever-growing resumé of success. Her trim&Terrific series, a 14-book women’s lifestyle series that unlocks the secrets to healthy eating, has sold almost one million copies. She’s also penned cookbooks for people with diabetes and cancer patients, leading to features in both USA Today and Country Living magazine. Her books also cover topics such as quick meals and cooking for beginners, walking novices through the cooking basics such as nutrition and singing to a lobster before plucking it from a tank.
Immaculately maintained by game gurus, Little Wars is a Louisianan outpost for classic board games, miniature war games, and popular RPGs that provide a thorough escape from workaday banalities such as the donut-eating contest upon which your next promotion rests. Newly initiated dungeon masters can grab the Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition red-box starter-set ($19.99), and old Magic hands can use the Magic the Gathering booster packs ($3.67 each) to spice up their games. Assorted plastic dice come in singles or sets ($0.75–$20), ideal for determining who must wash the dishes or prank call the congressman this time. Tournament chess sets ($30) offer timeless entertainment for those tired of playing futuristic games of Monopoly against sentient robots.
Ruffles'N Britches, a 30-year-old apparel mecca, outfits infants to children sized 12 in stylish sheaths from brands that include Mulberry Street, Rosalina, Auraluz, and more. Let the miniature clothing couturiers help dress newborns, infants, or little boys or girls in classic yet practical clothing sure to impress their imaginary friends. Dress up pint-sized fashion plates in a Petit Ami smocked outfit (starting at $38) or a Paty gown ($24) for the most magical of opera-inspired play dates. Accessories such as sun hats ($22), watches ($14), shoes, and sunglasses ($10+) ensure tots stay stylish, while LSU gear ($9+) strains the loyalties of toddlers enrolled at Tulane. Ruffles'N Britches also stocks gifts for all ages.
B Kids Boutique clothes youthful fashionistas from birth through tween with a range of trendy attire. The boutique’s owners, sisters Terryn and Christin, often travel to New York City to ensure customers have access to only the most stylish epidermal coverings. Peruse outfits from designers including Kitty Kat, Ragdoll & Rockets, and Tea, with new styles added regularly. Kids can add pizzazz to their wrists with snap rhinestone bracelets ($8), MOGO bracelets (under $20), Juicy Couture elastics ($16), and PixelModa watches ($20–$30). Immortalize memories in the cozy embrace of a bandana picture frame ($12), or eternally trap fleeting thought-bubbles in the confines of a chic collection tin ($12.99).
Cheering for Chico formed as an all-out fundraising effort to alleviate the hospital costs of critically injured LSU cheerleading coach Chico Garcia. Support the cause by slipping into a 100% cotton, 0% dolphin-fur Cheering for Chico T-shirt that dedicates all of its proceeds directly to the Cheering for Chico fund. Chico Garcia’s contagious smile and approving thumbs up greet passersby from fitted American Apparel shirts, available in gold for ladies and grey, gold, and navy for men and children. Click here for regular updates on Chico Garcia’s road to recovery.
Funky, inviting Apricot Lane Boutique proffers premium denim, designer bags, and eclectic jewelry. Jeans from brands such as Miss Me or Rock Revival ($78+) enhance the wardrobes of fashionable moms or on-the-go mannequins that have been given a soul, and tops, skirts, and dresses from Luluvia, Urban Behavior, and other chic apparel manufacturers ($16–$80) make trendy style statements. Fashioned by designers ranging from Melie Bianco to Nicole Lee, the boutique’s stylish handbags can hold makeup and other important accessories, such as peregrine falcons. Abounding with bracelets, necklaces, and snazzy beaded handiwork by local artists, the boutiques’ interiors feature decorative touches, as well as fashion-savvy associates who gladly help customers pick out their ideal outfit.