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Bon Vivant

Exploring finery, fun and the good life with New Orleans Bride editor Melanie Warner Spencer

Reading is FUNdamental

A list of New Orleans and Louisiana books for lazy, hot weather entertainment.

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Crawfish Crimes

One woman’s struggle to suck it up and suck the head

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A Rosé, Is a Rosé, Is a Rosé

Clinking pink drinks with comrades in celebration of spring and summer.

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Tea for Two, or More

Local tea rooms offer a sweet retreat for Mother’s Day and year round.

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And They’re Off!

A gentleman’s (and ladies’) guide to doing the Kentucky Derby in New Orleans

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Springing Forward

Confederate Jasmine charges through New Orleans, just in time for porch and patio season

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Bubbles and Booze

The classic French 75 is a refreshing treat any day of the week

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Road Tripping: Bikes and brews on the Tammany Trace trail

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Southern Charm

A few things you need to know about doing business with Southerners

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It’s A Dirty Job

A quest to make cleaning less of a chore

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Road Tripping

Relaxation and bayside biking in Point Clear and Fairhope

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Deskmergency

Devoting a drawer at the office to style and mini-health emergencies

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Elements of (Snacking) Style

Taking your office snack drawer to the next level

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Happy Mardi Gras

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House Rules

The art of being a great overnight houseguest

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Bon Vivant

Exploring finery, fun and the good life with New Orleans Bride editor Melanie Warner Spencer

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Melanie Warner Spencer is a native Kentuckian, but says she got to New Orleans as fast as she could. For more than 16 years, Melanie has covered lifestyle, design and entertainment at various publications, serving as the design columnist at The Austin American-Statesman, a senior staff reporter at the Houston Chronicle and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Houston Brides magazine. Her work also has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post and Reuters in the United States and across the globe. In her spare time, Melanie is an award-winning fine art photographer and has been honored by the Texas Press Association for her editorial photography. Cooking and eating fabulous food and taking road trips with her spouse of 15 years, fellow writer and filmmaker Mark Patrick Spencer however, is at the top of her list of favorite pastimes. Click here to like Spencer's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter @MelanieSpencer. 

 

You can reach her at melanie@myneworleans.com.

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