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She steps out with flair to attend everything from ribbon cuttings to social balls as Louisiana’s first lady: Supriya Jindal is the epitome of style. So it’s no surprise that Vanity Fair magazine named her as one of its top 10 best-dressed political wives in a recent feature.

“When she appears at state functions,” writes Vanity Fair’s Mattie Kahn, “Governor Bobby Jindal’s better half slips into modern gowns, body-skimming suits, and lots of Republican-approved red.”

She might be the youngest first lady in the United States, but she doesn’t let that stop her from making a fashion statement. Mrs. Jindal always looks regal, and she represents the state with panache.

Luxurious embossed python, bold color and plenty of room—this bag has it all. GiGi New York’s Teddie tote, shown here in magenta, is a take-anywhere accessory that is equal parts polished and versatile. Add your monogram for a sophisticated touch. GiGi New York handbags and accessories can be found at Currie, Kiki and Mint Shoes.

Time travel to the 1920s with Forum 35 on Sept. 12 at its 15th annual Viva il Vino Bootlegger’s Ball. Award presentations, fantastic silent and live auctions, a five-course dinner and great wine await you and your guests at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. Visit for details.

Baton Rouge siblings Rory and Maeve McCracken won the Oceana Ocean Hero Award for their volunteer efforts in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. They started a website,, to help raise money to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife affected by the spill. Next up: Rory and Maeve will present at LSU’s Ocean Commotion, an event in October designed to inform 3,000 area students and teachers about the Gulf Coast and the sea.

With football season officially under way, fans this year have a new option in choosing a place to stay overnight. Hampton Inn & Suites, the first hotel to be built downtown since the 1920s, opened last month. Located on Lafayette Street, just steps from the Shaw Center, North Boulevard Town Square and Capitol Park, the hotel is a short 3-mile drive to LSU’s campus and Tiger Stadium.

Double-breasted suit coats had a reputation for making a shorter man look like a fireplug and the well-fed man look like a parade float. Not anymore! Like all modern coats, the double-breasted coat has a higher armhole, shorter length and more relaxed shoulder. And the new version has more narrow, elegant lapels. The correct button stance is “six on two,” creating a slimmer appearance. Try on different brands and sizes, and always make time for your tailor!
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Get your fashion fix this month, even if you missed out on tickets to the Sept. 26 Avenue Rouge Runway show. Everything you need to stay in the loop is online at style tips from bloggers Jennifer Palpallatoc and Krystal Bennett all month long, then coverage from the red carpet on the big night, and a live stream of the entire show powered by Launch Media. Follow along on Twitter using the hashtags #ARRunway and #discoverYOURcolor.

Mission: To advance the causes of women artists by creating opportunities for them to produce, exhibit, and discuss their work. In so doing, the organization helps broaden the cultural base of Baton Rouge and assist the creation and dissemination of art throughout the state of Louisiana.
President: Jovann Armstrong
Vice president: Sharon Richard
Secretary: Nancy Ward
Treasurer: Elaine Atkinson
Address: 7744 Copperfield Ct., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: 761-1473
Founded: The organization was formed in 1980 by several of Louisiana’s leading female artists, including Libby Johnson, Norma Roy, Rhea Gary, Dixon Smith, Kathy Miller Stone, and Ann Warner.
Of note: AWA counts approximately 70 professional women artists as members. Hailing from Baton Rouge and towns nearby—Hammond to Plaquemine, Gonzales to Clinton—their areas of expertise include a wide range of media: oil, pastel, pencil, watercolor, and acrylic, to name just a few.