Jun 222012

The Bridage truck in the parking lot of Company Burger. (photo by Christy Lorio for UptownMessenger.com)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Some mornings, making a cup of joe is an inexorable ritual. Stumbling bleary-eyed down the stairs, the only thing that ensures I’m not sleepwalking is the sound of beans being beaten into submission by my coffee grinder. Other times, it’s a luxury, an indulgent treat served over ice, accompanied by a dog eared book in a favorite cafe. No matter what your relationship with caffeine is, venturing to new coffee shops is always a treat, at least for me. Continue reading »

Jun 152012

Homemade Thai salad (photo by Christy Lorio for UptownMessenger.com)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Don’t get me wrong, I can tear into a fried shrimp po-boy with the best of them, but eating like that everyday is the equivalent of putting your name on a high cholesterol waiting list. As much as I adore Southern cooking, I attempt to eat healthy at home — that way all bets are off when dining out. Continue reading »

Jun 082012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Maybe it’s because I work in retail, but every now and then I’ll hear a retail hell story that really sticks with me. Stores get shoplifted from, robbed, and occasionally employees steal from you. Customers get irate, but you have to kill them with kindness even if they aren’t right. Recently I heard a whopper that’s so juicy and far flung, it sounds like it’s straight from a daytime soap opera. Continue reading »

Jun 012012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Given my proclivity for staying close to home, I usually have to be pretty motivated to head downtown. Don’t get me wrong, I love going for an afternoon stroll through Jackson Square, or an evening romp down Frenchman Street. But having worked in the French Quarter off and on for several years, I prefer to eschew the headache that is downtown parking and stick to activities that are closer to home.

Regardless of my sheer laziness, catching a comedy show at The New Movement is always worth crossing Canal Street. The comedy scene in New Orleans has come a long way since last year, when co-founders Chris Trew and Tami Nelson first started building their presence here after enjoying much success in Austin. Having seen a glimpse of The New Movement’s inner workings, it’s not hard to guess why their formula works. While I haven’t taken one of their improv classes (yet), I’ve had the privilege of being a guest monologist for a Megaphone improv show and a judge for Air Sex (think air guitar, but naughtier and way funnier). I can say this is a tight-knit clan, and it’s refreshing to see a true community being built versus individual performers competing for an audience. Continue reading »

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May 182012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

When the air is laden with enough moisture to wring it like a towel, I go into hibernation. That’s not to say I don’t get excited about summer. I suspect our brains are wired to look forward to the hot, sticky months, even though there’s no break in classes for those of us out of school, just a break in tolerable temperature. And no matter what vacation plans I scheme up, I inevitably take trips during milder months versus escaping the heat. Go figure. Continue reading »

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May 112012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

My husband and I have two vehicles, which aren’t spectacular or inspiring. They’re old, but not in a cool, classic-car kind of way. However, our class of 1999 Honda and Nissan are paid for, run well, and get us where we need to go safely and without worry. While we didn’t purchase them in their birth years, we’ve had them for a long time. I’ve taken my truck cross country twice, slept in the back of it on camping trips, survived two highway blowouts, and have taken care of it like it’s one of my cats.

You grow attached to your vehicle, and nine years is a long time to hold on to something.  Much like an elderly family member, we are mentally preparing ourselves for when they won’t be around any more. Since we both have a measly 10-minute commute, we’ve decided to become a single-vehicle household and get scooters to supplement our bicycles. While we’ve thought about upgrading, in reality we will probably get something sensible, like another Honda. You see, we have a long history of buying moderately priced cars and driving them into the ground, sometimes literally. Continue reading »

Apr 272012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Everyone has a “what was I thinking?” moment when gazing into the depths of their closet. You know the feeling — bought it even though it didn’t fit, talked yourself into since it was on sale, or shelled out an exorbitant amount of money for the latest trend that you now hate. Before sending it off to the thrift store, you might want to sell it to recoup some of the cost. Continue reading »

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Apr 212012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

I love Spring in New Orleans. The weather is as perfect as it’s going to get, the roster of festivals grows every year, and we get to enjoy balmy, beautiful evenings. But in order to maintain this idyllic mindset, you’ll need the proper clothes and accessories to keep that fun day in the sun from turning into a sunburned sweat fest. Continue reading »

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Apr 132012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

I rarely read grocery store fashion magazines. You know the type: a model or celebrity with unnaturally white teeth gracing the cover, Photoshopped to perfection. She’s usually a nubile thing, wedged between headlines that promise “Lose 10 inches now,” “Your best sex life ever,” “I was a spendaholic,” etc. Sounds silly, right? Glamour Magazine is one of the worst, in my opinion. And with a circulation of 2.3 million, that’s a lot of terrible advice being pumped to the masses. Continue reading »

Mar 302012

(Photo by Meghan Wright)

There’s been a lot of buzz about the small yet growing fashion industry in New Orleans. From local designers, manufacturing facilities, and two fashion weeks, the future is bright for fashion in the Crescent City. What’s that? Two fashion weeks? Yup, you heard that right. The names are similar, if not near identical — New Orleans Fashion Week and Fashion Week New Orleans — but each group aims to distinctly define itself. Continue reading »

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Mar 162012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Judging by a handful of my previous articles, I’m obsessed with two things: customer service and grocery stores. Which is funny, given my pawning off of makin’ groceries on my husband. In our household we divide chores evenly, and while I’m relegated to loading the dishwasher and being the primary dog walker, he’s the one keeping our pantry stocked and the litter box clean. A funny thing happened last week, however; somehow we both hit up two different grocers, and we both had exceptionally foul experiences. Continue reading »

Mar 092012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

If you keep up with trendy Southern magazines they way I do, you might have noticed the diatribe in the latest issue of Oxford American by editor Marc Smirnoff, thoughtfully bashing his competition, Garden & Gun. In a nutshell, he calls G&G out for being a romanticized glossy for rich, white people.  If you aren’t familiar with the publications, Oxford American touts itself as the “Southern magazine of good writing” and Garden & Gun is “the soul of the South.” Continue reading »

Mar 022012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Pinterest. You may have heard about this new site that seemingly everyone is addicted to. The premise is simple. Any time you find an inspirational photo on the Internet you save it as a sort of mood board. Then, your friends can see what images you’ve saved and you can all inspire each other. And much like Google, you can search for things too. Sounds kind of fun and useful, right? Continue reading »

Feb 242012

(Image via NOLA Fashion Week)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Even though my career centers around fashion, I’ve never felt obligated to fall victim to every single fad that comes along. There’s a reason we cringe at old photos (although those combat boots and baby doll dresses I wore in the ‘90s are the thing now, but I digress).

Now, personal style? That is something else entirely, and so many New Orleanians have it. From the guy in the-three piece suit waiting to catch the street car on a Wednesday morning, to the girl who makes her own clothes, that’s what I’m interested in. Not what the magazines say are the hot new trend, not what the malls are churning out — I want to see the unique, highly individualized stuff. Continue reading »

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