Dedicated Founder of Fashion

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It’s not often that the fashion industry is viewed as an inclusive community, but Tracee Dundas has made it her life’s work to change the power of style in New Orleans. Before founding New Orleans Fashion Week, Dundas counted modeling agent, designer, and stylist among the many (sartorially stylish) hats she’s worn throughout her career. “When people ask me what I do, I just say I work in fashion,” Dundas explained, laughing. The NOFW Founder and Creative Director sat down in the team’s headquarters for the week, a gutted gallery space on the edge of the French Quarter, during the final hours before the seventh season kicked off to share her experience in not only growing the fashion industry, but strengthening her community in the years following Hurricane Katrina. 

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NWS Predicts an Explosive Storm Season

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The last few days have seen an increase in overcast cloudy skies and heavy winds clocking in above 30 mph in New Orleans — which some meteorologists believe is a small indicator of what is to come this storm season. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), record warm winters this year and above average temps in the Gulf of Mexico waters could mean "severe” storm activity this spring. 

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New Orleans Ranks as One of the Best Cities for Women in Tech

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Fresh on the heels of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s projections that Louisiana will have a gender wage gap into the 22nd century, some good news was released this week for all the girl bosses and professional women in our city. A new study by SmartAsset ranked New Orleans as the fifth best city in the U.S. for “Women in Tech.” 

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Warped Tour Releases New Orleans Lineup

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Festival season is underway in New Orleans, but between Jazz Fest, Bayou Boogaloo, and French Quarter Festival (just to name a few), it's sometimes hard to keep track of all the acts taking the city in the coming weeks. Long-running alt rock and punk festival Vans Warped Tour – slated for Wednesday, June 28 – just dropped the lineup for their Louisiana show. 

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Libation Nation

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Like most New Orleanians, the NoDef team enjoys a good cocktail ... or two, or three. The great thing about living in the Big Easy is that we really don't need any excuses to drink, but that doesn't stop us from finding new reasons all the same. (Cue today's Bourbon Festival and this month's absinthe celebration, for instance.) This Friday (3.24) is National Cocktail Day, the holiest of days for all fans of being spirited away. Today, mix up all-star cocktails with these recipes culled from NoDef interviews with NOLA's finest bartenders from years past. 

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With possible sale pending, Verret’s asks city again to be released from security-guard mandate

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Verret’s Lounge on Washington Avenue may be in line for a new proprietor with a new wine-oriented focus, but first its owners are asking the city to release the establishment from a requirement for a security guard put in place after a man was fatally shot inside the bar last year. The shooting took place [...]

Today in NOLA 3.24.17

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The first-ever Bourbon Festival start today, kicking off three booze-soaked days of New Orleanians sampling from over 50 spirits from around the world. Hollywood legend Robert Wagner will meet fans and discuss the famous women he's worked with and loved at Adler's. Chapter:SOUL will perform tracks from Kanye West's education trilogy, and Matisyahu will take the HOB stage. Varla Jean Merman will put on a show, made up of old favorites and new material. Marshall Ballard, famed journalist and chemist, died in New Orleans in 1953. Now more on this Friday. 

 

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NOLA's Heroin Problem to Be Addressed at Free Panel

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A free panel tonight will attempt to broach the oft-taboo topic of drug addiction in New Orleans. “Breaking The Silence: Addiction” will host Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham, Executive & Medical Director of the Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD), and WBOK-AM radio host Oliver “OT” Thomas as they discuss the myths surrounding drug addicts and their addictions. 

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Carrollton Courthouse awarded to senior-living developer from Houston after $4.7M bid

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A Houston-based developer of senior living facilities won the auction Thursday morning for the Carrollton Courthouse with a $4.7 million bid. Carl Mittendorff of Colonial Oaks Senior Living in Houston, Texas, placed the winning $4.7 million bid after a quick auction Thursday morning at the Orleans Parish School Board headquarters on the Westbank. The second [...]

Danae Columbus: New Orleans political consultant finds opportunity in Trump’s election

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Early next week New Orleans based Republican lobbyist Brian Trascher will be escorting CEO Ed Carlson of Odyssey House New Orleans to meet with former Georgia Congressman Tom Price, now Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Donald Trump. “It will be my first meeting with a cabinet member,” said Trascher proudly. Trascher meet [...]

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