Saturday, March 25, 2017

Oscar-nominated "Hidden Figures," the story of the NASA women responsible for putting John Glenn in orbit, has brought to light the sidelining of women throughout history. There’s no better time than March to recall the facts, and it will interest…

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette welcomed Paul Hayes Tucker, the world’s leading authority on Claude Monet, with a cocktail reception at Fletcher Hall. The distinguished gentleman was in town to deliver a lecture entitled “Monet: Method an…

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March is Women’s History Month, and as Frederick Douglass received his share of notoriety recently, it seems only fair to spotlight the distaff side. Cherished but overshadowed, Anna Murray Douglass represents the many dutiful wives overlooked by …

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Acadiana Center for the Arts welcomed “Skilled Hands,” artists of a different stripe. Local Drs. Bradley Chastant, Juan Perez-Ruiz and Jeffrey Joseph showcased their off-duty skills on behalf of the Lafayette General Foundation, and several we…

Saturday, March 11, 2017

I’m often asked what things are like behind the scenes, a less homogenized view of what’s in the newspaper, the unexpurgated version, the real deal. Now that Mardi Gras est tous disparu, all gone, here’s how it was.

Thursday, March 09, 2017
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Saturday, March 04, 2017

Those spring fashion breezes are already blowing, soon to become prevailing winds. Couture shows have come and gone, fashion designers have responded to the world at large, and you the consumer are left to process the prêt-a-porter. The new trends…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The theme was exotic Asia for Order of the Troubadours’ King Richard Coeur de Lion LXV Brian Blanchard and Queen Berengaria Catherine Matt. Attended by Lady Edith Madeline Mahtook and Sir Kenneth Kris Cox, dozens of pages and maids scurried to dre…

Saturday, February 25, 2017

America it seems has given birth to a whole new beer culture and the affectation that goes along with it. Whereas before it was bottle or draft, can or cold, now it’s “Pours an opalescent dark chocolate color with a cotton candy head. Sexy lacing.…

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Germany and Louisiana have more in common than Western democracy and a taste for beer. Both observe wild pre-Lenten celebrations in the South among their predominantly Catholic populations, and while Louisiana likes to think of its traditions as s…

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

No rest for the wicked. The Krewe of Xanadu rocked back to back with yet another Royal Muses party at the Petroleum Club and a Queen’s Luncheon at City Club the next morning. “It’s all about the Boos” featured photographs taken of the court throug…

Monday, February 13, 2017

Roya Boustany is an assistant district attorney and the mother of a young son. She's also the poster girl for the new progressive Junior League woman.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

In a world of seascapes, cityscapes and even manscapes, there also is the tablescape. A tablescape refers to the surface “landscape” of your tabletop and is more than simple table setting — it’s a design medium. Just how effectively have your back…

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Backstage is always the best. The Krewe of Victoria readied for the big night with a dress rehearsal at the Cajundome Convention Center. Gumbo and wine got them in the mood for sound checks and cues, and out of the chaos emerged “Victoria Takes a …

Saturday, February 04, 2017

It’s that time again, and as a former movie columnist who spent every weekend in a darkened multiplex, it’s hard to resist a look at the Oscar nominees.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Xanadu ladies make the newspaper more than the president, and there were more minks than the inauguration ball at the Youngsville home of Sandra Booher, hosting a “Mink, Drink and Mingle” party for Muses only. Outside speakers piped traditiona…

Saturday, January 28, 2017

I have always owned a cat. And while the benefits are many, they’re forever dismissed among dog owners, whose partisanship rivals that of Republicans and Democrats. You hear it when they state, “It’s just a cat.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Furry friends and human ones converged early on ArtWalk and downtown Lafayette’s Wurst Biergarten to enjoy “Paw Prints,” art inspired by animals and up for auction. “It’s part of my ‘Do Good’ project,” said organizer Billy Hobbs. “And to help rais…

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A large number of ladies still balk at being addressed as “ma’am.” They believe it somehow calls attention to their age, connotes they are no longer running with the herd and are being singled out like an old heifer. You hear the protests predomin…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

They certainly were. Krewe of Xanadu Ball Captain Tina DeRouen threw her ‘80s-themed Captain’s Party at the Petroleum Club, and the court came as the band Kiss, including Queen Amy Hebert and King Gerald Gerami. With makeup this good, we had a har…

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Saturday, January 07, 2017

Once, when I was very small, a woman called on my mother and brought a chocolate cake. The top was decorated with nuts, and I made the mistake of saying out loud that I didn’t care for them.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The Louisiana Young Lawyers Association made Christmas bright for nine area families affected by the recent flood. Assisted by nonprofit Love Acadiana, who identified those in need, LYLA privately contributed to the tune of $14,000 and then went s…

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Members of the Galvez Chapter of the Louisiana Society of Daughters of the American Revolution laid wreaths to honor local veterans as volunteers for Wreaths Across America. What started as 5,000 wreaths at Arlington 25 years ago has this year gro…

Saturday, December 24, 2016

One of the unfortunate casualties of the digital age is the Christmas card. Once a mainstay of the holiday season, despite Hallmark’s best efforts, getting one now is almost an anachronism.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

And they were, at Van Eaton & Romero’s Christmas party at Le Pavilion. The theme for the first time was sweaters, and The Advocate was asked to judge. Many were called, few were chosen, and taking home the $50 prize money was bad boy Robbie “Y…

Saturday, December 17, 2016

It’s that time of year again, and like my mother used to say, “If it weren’t for low class, they’d have no class at all.” Ladies and gentlemen, The Naughty List for 2016:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Saturday, December 03, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers. First Baptist Church downtown hosted the Stuff Your Stocking Christmas Market benefiting orphaned and at-risk children through Another Child Foundation. The preview party featured some excellent jamb…

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Media has been hastening the arrival of Christmas for years now, and no one more so than the Hallmark Channel, which began showing round-the-clock Christmas movies shortly after Halloween.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

And ladies, too, of course. The Community Foundation of Acadiana celebrated its own with a luncheon and honors at the Cajundome Convention Center. “CFA is one of Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organizations, and we’re proud to recognize eight p…

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Acadiana Animal Aid hosted its 18th annual Bark in the Park to support its mission, “until they all have a home.” Creatures both great and small filled Girard Park — pet-centric vendors, sponsors, dogs and their humans — all socializing for a good…

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Antlers are interior design’s newest darling. A hot seasonal statement item for the home, they come in two basic forms: the natural, forest-grown kind (you either shot them or you didn’t), known as traditional, and what’s called contemporary antle…

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

When Rio goes Halloween, it goes big. The King and Queen of Rio — Floyd “Joey” Domingue Jr. and Elizabeth Shepherd — hosted an assortment of "haints" at River Oaks for their royalty bash. “The king and queen throw the party as part of their duty,”…

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Included in the post-"Downton Abbey" legacy Americans must manage now is the coffee table. While the modern coffee table descends from similar pieces of furniture used to support beverages in Victorian times, the British also enjoyed exotic, orien…

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

No lawyer jokes here. The Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers honored their own with a cocktail reception upstairs at the Petroleum Club. “It’s all about the volunteer lawyers,” said Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation Chairman Tommy Hightower. “A way we give…

Saturday, October 29, 2016

I’ve been asked often over cocktails to recount my best and worst society experiences. And while names run together during the course of a decade, a couple of evenings still stand out.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016

It’s time to take women to task for their manners. In an over-casual age, those who’ve traditionally made sure everyone else behaves have seemingly forgotten this sacred trust. Lest you think the lines of demarcation have disappeared, there are st…

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We’re so glad he is. Longtime Advocate favorite Brian Blanchard will ascend the throne this Mardi Gras season as King Richard Coeur de Lion LXV of The Order of Troubadours. Honored with an elegant City Club Sunday brunch, Blanchard will rule with …

Saturday, October 15, 2016