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A well-heeled launch
Dee Keller seems to do it all—with gusto. This philanthropist, mother of four and lifelong footwear connoisseur has recently launched her own line of shoes and accessories. “I've always had an affinity for beautiful shoes. I have favorite designers, but I'd find myself saying, 'If only this style had this upper and that heel,' or 'I'd love this in a different print!' So I decided to create a collection of shoes that met my expectations and my design sense,” Keller explains. With the guidance of friends in the fashion industry, she partnered with one of Italy's premier shoe manufacturers. Drawing inspiration from friends and family of all ages, she created a collection that ranges from contemporary designs—yellow patent-leather heels—to classic staples, like driving loafers in neutral leather. The collection will be available at several Baton Rouge boutiques, and at


Orchids in bloom
Beautiful flowers needn't be confined to a vase. Take these distinctive orchid flower pendants, crafted by artist Amanda Toney. No two pieces are identical, as each is hand-painted and detailed. A chain in gold or silver completes the look, and lets each beautiful blossom take center stage. Available at Fleur Du Jour.


Surreal Salon Soiree
To celebrate its fourth annual pop-surrealist exhibit, Baton Rouge Gallery invites you to don costume and dancing shoes for the Surreal Salon Soirée on Jan. 21 at the gallery. With live music by Mobley and Prom Date as well as stage performances and games, the soirée is sure to be a fun, high-energy evening to remember. This “lowbrow” exhibit will run from Jan. 3-26. For more information, visit


New downtown bistro
Restaurateur Louis DeAngelo, and developer Mike Wampold joined forces to create Zolia Bistro, a new Italian eatery located between City Plaza I and II downtown. This bistro will serve breakfast and lunch, along with tapas and light fare during dinner hours. For the gourmand who prefers to cook at home, Zolia also houses a grocery, with imported goods like Reggiano Parmesan, olive oils and balsamic glazes. To learn more, visit


Book to benefit MS
Andrea Eskine Trosclair drew on her experience as a mother of two and MS patient when penning her first book, Gracie's Gift. The charming tale illuminates the tender bond between mother and daughter, something Trosclair has often reflected upon since her diagnosis in 2005. A portion of proceeds from her debut book will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. For more information, visit


On the collar
Every dress shirt has a collar. Your collars should fit your face as well as your neck. A simple rule to follow when choosing a collar style: If you have a wide, full or round face, you should avoid wide-spread or cut-away collars. They will only make your face look wider. A medium-spread or point collar will be more flattering. Conversely, if you have a long, narrow face, a point collar will only exaggerate that characteristic. Instead, choose a medium to wide-spread collar. In both instances, what you are looking to achieve is balance, for the frame should flatter the artwork. 
—For more men's fashion advice, follow Matt Watson's Facebook posts at Fans of George Bass Clothing.


Foodies make great fans
Todd Graves, Ruffin Rodrigue and Brandon Landry—owners of Raising Cane's, Ruffino's and Walk-On's, respectively—have traveled together by plane, train, automobile and even helicopter to make every LSU football game this season. Some of their favorite moments. Tailgating: Hosting a party for 500 at the season opener. Near misses: A cab with a tire blow-out in Dallas and two wrecked rental cars in Oxford. Favorite pre-game: “Sailgating” on the Tennessee River in Knoxville with 100 friends. Ritual: Landry buys 100 hot dogs and throws them to adoring fans in the stadium. This fanatic trio is planning to celebrate after the BCS championship game at Landry's new restaurant across from the Superdome.


Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
Mission: To enhance the quality of life in our community through the arts.
Chairman of the board of directors: Mark Drennen
CEO/President: Derek Gordon
Board of Directors: Cheri Ausberry, Rachel DiResto, Ralph Stephens, Matt Saurage, Emelie Alton, Scott Berg, Yolanda Dixon, Dede Ferrara, Brian Haymon, Scott Hensgens, Gus Levy, Michael Loveless, Ben Marmande, Julio Melara, Dyke Nelson, Munzer Qaddourah, Deborah Sternberg, Katie Sternberg
Address: 427 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: 344-8558
Founded: The Arts Council was founded by the Junior League of Baton Rouge in 1973 to undertake, promote, develop, support and encourage cultural and creative activities in the Greater Baton Rouge area. 
Of Note: Each year, the Arts Council provides programs and ?services that benefit over 60 cultural organizations in the Greater ?Baton Rouge area.

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