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Bon Vivant

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

Why I love New Orleans

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Don’t Show Up Empty Handed

Hostess gifts to get you invited back again and again

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Music To Your Ears

A New Orleans and Louisiana playlist for road trips, picnics and other summer fun

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Well Received

Greet guests with a welcome reception steeped in local sounds, scents and flavors

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Road Tripping: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Melanie Warner Spencer

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Hot Thang

Maintaining style and dignity when the temps and humidity rise

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Road Tripping: Dauphin Island, Alabama is beachy keen

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Iron Maiden

Homemade lavender linen spray for pleasant pressing

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Primp Your Hide

A super-sized spa roundup to get your skin ready for summer fun

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Scent of a Woman

Getting acquainted with New Orleans’ perfumers and settling on a signature scent

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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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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. She also has been honored by the Press Club of New Orleans for its Excellence in Journalism Awards and is currently serving as a media member of the board of directors. Cooking and eating fabulous food and taking road trips with her spouse of 16 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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