Angelique lines its shelves with elegant cloth goods and more culled from across the globe. The labels it carries evoke a timeless-over-trendy quality, and many of them are exclusive to the boutique. Adorn your tentacles with the tantalizing textures of the latest wares from theory and ADAM, or feed a hungry closet with exclusive designs from Gryphon New York, Eugenia Kim, and Sachin + Babi. Angelique's denim ranges from $125 to $225; cocktail dresses go for $80 to $475; and shoes and accessories cost between $75 and $500.
Smarty Pants Village is a full-service boutique of pre-adolescent diversions, and its toys prove that education and fun go together like bacon and additional slices of bacon. Rev your child's thought-engine with brain-edifying toys such as the 48-piece solar-system floor puzzle ($14.99), or let them nuzzle up with the Baby Stella Peach baby doll, whose hair is made from fleece, just like real children ($39.99). This Groupon also nets a 20% discount off Smarty Pants Village's party-hosting services (starting at $300), which include invitations, a themed party room, refreshing beverages, an educational activity, gift bags, and two complimentary entertainers—such as a storyteller, face-painter, or ontologically pluralist philosopher.
Baton Rouge Bead Company connects customers with the materials and guidance necessary to discover their inner artisans during small, intimate beading classes. Taught exclusively on Saturday mornings by well-schooled bauble buffs, the Stringing Basics classes include all the materials necessary to construct an original necklace, bracelet, and pair of earrings to take home. Reservations fill each session with a maximum of 10 aspiring adornment makers who gather around a single table for lessons in color theory, clasping, and choosing non-offensive stones. Students may draw from the shop’s bank of designs and combinations or string freely to create jewelry that represents a lifelong struggle to overcome patterns.
Carriages Ladies Store fills its racks with classic and elegant apparel from an array of brands including Badgley Mischka, Jane Hollinger, and Carmen Marc Valvo. Style-conscious employees lead sartorial safaris in search of flattering sportswear, recommending threads from Sanctuary ($88–$178) and Lilla P ($76–$188) to wear to casual outings and upscale barn raisings. Cocktail dresses from Nicole Miller demurely display gams ($275–$695), and stylish shifts from Laundry outfit wearers for fashion-forward events. A collection of formal knee-brushing numbers ($350 on average) or floor-skimming gowns ($550 on average) help wearers exude an aura of class and hide fourth knees in ballrooms.
Bebe Reese outfits stylish juveniles from 3 months to 12 years old in dapper duds, fashionable frocks, and chic accessories. Help tots emulate Dad in ways other than competitive hot-dog eating by garbing them in a work shirt ($37.50). Complete the look with vintage threaded yellow shorts ($37.50) and a grey news-boy hat ($32.50). Aspirant princesses enact fairy-tale dream sequences in couture-style gowns such as the dust-toned hope dress ($124) and the monogrammable pink sleeveless frock ($28, $8 for monogramming). Meanwhile, poncho towels ($20) dry waterlogged youngsters while costuming them as aqueous frogs, mermaids, and lobsters, a wise preparation for our inevitable Waterworld future.
The staff at U Silly Goose leads patrons through racks of children's outfits from brands such as Kissy Kissy, Silly Goose, and Bailey Boys. Protect wee ones from the cold with Angel Dear loveys ($14.95), cuddly blankets that are as soft as a pillow filled with marshmallows and sport the head of a lion, bear, or lamb on one end. Sassie Sox ($12.95) adorn feet with tutu-like rings of colorful ribbon, and fabric outfits from Blue Juniper ($48) prettify young ladies from head to toe. Parents securely swaddle a baby with innovative Miracle blankets ($35) or dress children in Louisiana State University apparel to show solidarity with local athletes and feral tigers.