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Aug 16, 201707:57 PM
Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans

Goodbye, Summer

The 2017 Summer in Pictures

Photo 1

Deep-frying things makes bad food good and good food better – that’s always been one of my governing tenets. Likewise, monogramming makes bad clothes good and good clothes better. And when you have a monogrammed seersucker bathing suit, you’re winning at life.

Photo 2

Right at the start of summer, my baby turned 5. “A whole hand!” she said excitedly. “I am a whole hand old now!”

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Ruby spent three weeks at Camp Point Clear and, once again, loved every second. “Camp is home now (sorry!)” she wrote me.

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Georgia started ballet – with the same teacher who’s been teaching Ruby since she was 18 months old.

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She also took a ridiculous amount of selfies on my phone whenever I left it unattended.  #DigitalNative

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We made a more-or-less ill-fated trip to St. Louis, although it had its moments, like this iconic Fourth of July carnival.


Taking the girls to my alma mater was amazing – Ruby is already sold on the idea of being a Mizzou tiger, and Georgia is considering it as long as Sparky’s ice cream stays open.


Prince Charming

Georgia starred as Prince Charming in Southern Rep camp’s “Cinderella.” In your face, gender roles!


Getting Ruby back after most of the summer away was a true highlight. When she left, I could rest my chin on her head. When she got back, she was up to my eyebrows.

First day

And now I have a middle-schooler and a kindergartener.


Summer went way too fast. It’s all going way too fast!


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Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans


        Eve is further proof, if any is needed, that New Orleans girls can never escape the city. After living here since the age of 3 and graduating from Ben Franklin High School, Eve moved to Columbia, Mo., where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Missouri School of Journalism and became truly, unhealthily obsessed with grammar.She had originally intended to strike out to New York City and work in the cutthroat magazine industry there, but after Katrina, Eve felt a strong pull to return home, to her roots, her family, her waterlogged and struggling city – and a much more forgiving work atmosphere that would allow her to skip a routine of everyday makeup and size 0 designer label business suits and enjoy the occasional cocktail or three with an absurdly fattening lunch. She moved back home in January 2008 and lives in Mid-City with her two daughters, Ruby and Georgia; her stepson, Elliot; and her husband, Robert Peyton.Eve blogs about the joys and struggles of living in post-Katrina New Orleans, the unique problems and delights of raising a child in such a diverse and challenging city – including her experiences with the public education system – and her always entertaining and extremely colorful family.Eve has won numerous writing awards, including the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award for column-writing and Press Club of New Orleans awards for her Editor’s Note in New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and for this blog, most recently winning the award for "Best Feature Affiliated Blog."She welcomes comments, advice, empty flattery, recipes, drink invitations and – most especially – grammatical or linguistic debates.




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