Bon Vivant

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

Mocktail Hour

A festive alternative to boozy beverages for occasional and lifelong abstainers

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Paper-phernalia

The Social Card Edition

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Call Me Maybe

Modern communication with old-fashioned flair

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A plague upon us

Flu season etiquette for you and me

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Comfort and Joy

Discovering, savoring and frequenting your happy place or places

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Table for one

Planning quality me-time to relax, rejuvenate and have fun.

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Sartorial crisis

The Southern style battle royal of Labor Day versus White Clothing.

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Fresh and Fast

Easy eats that help maximize your summer leisure time.

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Monogram Everything

The Southern woman's stylish piece de resistance

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Good Night: The perfect evening’s sleep for health, wellness and wisdom

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Sublime Soaking

The many benefits of the perfect bath.

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Tastes of Summer

Simple, fresh and local ingredients create the best treats of the season.

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Flower Power

Use blooms in your rooms to brighten the d├ęcor and the day.

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Morning rituals: The best part of waking up

Injecting rituals into your morning routine can keep you grounded, provide clarity and ready you for the day.

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(Not-So) Naked Lunch

Outfitting your office with tableware for more a civilized lunchtime

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Bon Vivant

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

about

Melanie Warner Spencer is a native Kentuckian, but says she got to New Orleans as fast as she could. For more than 12 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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