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August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse


Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self


Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical


Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer



The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 


Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin


August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Hats Off to Mimi Holaday of HALO MIMI

The Emerging Designer Taking the New Orleans Fashion Scene

The last year has seen a meteoric rise for local fashion designer Mimi Holaday. Her collection HALO MIMI, which launched in 2016, recently won Holaday the Top Design Competition at the seventh season of New Orleans Fashion Week in March. But the designer's recent successes belie her impressive background. Having spent the last decade studying and working in different areas of fashion and business, Mimi Holaday is no simple overnight success. 


“The last year has been very exciting and rewarding,” Holaday shared, reflecting on the path from the beginning of HALO MIMI to now. The blonde NOLA native returned to her hometown to work on her namesake collection following a stint in Los Angeles working in styling, modeling, and design. “I wanted to see what my best looked like. So I took the time away from work and the world to build the collection.” Her efforts were met with great success and accolades from the New Orleans fashion set. 



HALO MIMI is a women’s clothing and accessories line that mixes classic bohemia with a modern flare. Her current collection available for custom order boasts handmade premium felt and straw hats, with intricate hand-sewn, embroidered, and beaded details. Why launch her collection with millinery? “Hats are a signature of a true southern lady,” explained Holaday. The designer was raised in the fashion scene of New Orleans. Her former runway model mother was good friends with Yvonne Le Fleur, a French designer and hat maker who lived many years in New Orleans. "I am unsure when I first fell in love with hats, but there are many photos of me as a child wearing hats." 


The animal-loving designer ensures that all fur pelts used in her works are sheared, and never come from animals killed. Other materials featured heavily in her designs are bohemian details like ostrich feathers, dried spray roses, and vintage scarves. Holaday plays with the texture of each of her personally-curated materials, often combining them in unexpected yet elegant ways. 



Pattern play that most excites the designer? “Sequins paired with fur, or fleeced wool on top of chiffon,” she said. “[Or] modern elements like clear vinyl, but used as a corset or embellished with Venetian lace to give it that timeless feeling.” 


“There is an underlying ethereal vibe at play here,” the designer explained of her collection. Mixing her childhood interests in angels and celestial beings with design details from centuries past, Holaday creates a beautifully bohemian collection that conveys timeless fashion unrestricted by cultural trends. The designer counts her global travels as main influences in her designs and practices — adopting the silk flower and embroidery techniques of Parisian haute couture atelier houses, as well as the manufacturing and production practices of Antiqua, Hong Kong and Italy. 


Currently, each of Holaday’s designs is custom-made — in the future, the designer plans to expand the production of her accessories. “There are ways to recreate my designs in a more affordable way, and I am very open to that,” she explained. 



Her victory at the NOFW Top Design Competition will go a long way toward that. The NOFW Top Design winner traditionally receives a financial prize package to go toward funding the winner’s collection, and HALO MIMI is invited to show at next season’s Fashion Week.


With growing production opportunities for her accessories collection and her ready-to-wear clothing launch scheduled for Fall/Winter 2017, Mimi Holaday is well-poised to conquer the design scene in New Orleans and beyond. Rest assured she will be doing it in style. 



All photos courtesy of Mimi Holaday

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