Rebecca Rebouche’s Dreamsicle

<p style="margin-right: 0px;">"Hustle is the dark horse of creativity, the close cousin of grit and tenacity. Without the hustle, drive, and complete devotion to making things happen, you are average."</p><p style="margin-right: 0px;">Artist and native New Orleanian <a target="_blank" href="http://rebeccarebouche.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Rebecca Rebouche's</a> quote above could not be anymore honest and inspiring. The moment I discovered this quote on the back of issue #2 of the magazine <a target="_blank" href="https://thegreatdiscontent.com/interview/rebecca-rebouche" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Great Discontent</a>, I was instantly reminded of why being a creative person is my crash course destiny.</p>

Warby Parker + Nola

<p>Warby Parker is a business phenomenon that truly stands alone. A pioneer in the optical marketplace where their brand and company continues to grow. Last week Warby Parker opened their 12th US location and Frame Studio in New Orleans with a smile.</p>

Cristina Perez — #NolaSweetestThing

<p style="margin-right: 0px;"><span style="font-size:14px">Local New Orleans Jazz & Contemporary singer/songwriter <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cristinaperezmusic.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cristina Perez's</a> style has been referred to as "sultry, smooth that is part Ella Fitzgerald, part Norah Jones". Being included in such company certainly denotes some serious chops. A true renaissance performer, Cristina's range extends through all disciplines including acting, dance, and her most prolific, singing.</span></p>

Le Méridien

<p>For years, The W Hotel at the end of Poydras (where the French Quarter meets the CBD) was the pinnacle of modern hotels in New Orleans. Don't get me wrong, there are some tremendous modern and chic boutiques around pre-k, but it was SPG's W hotel which ushered in a new modern era. As a city we've evolved since the opening of the W on Poydras and so has SPG's plans for the space.</p>

Parisite DIY

<p>As a kid I did my best to bust my ass anyway I could. An early example of trying to express myself I guess. Whether it was through BMX or skateboarding, I was very intimately close to pavement and gravel. My friends and I over the years did our best to build and refine the perfect vehicle for any kind of air. The only thing that may have made the experience any better for us would have been a skate park. New Orleans is the largest city without a full-fledged skatepark until now.</p>

Small Chalk — Ashlee Arceneaux Jones

<p>Quite frankly if you see anything chalk related around town, it's probably been created and produced by <a target="_blank" href="http://smallchalk.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ashlee Arcenaux Jones (Aka Smallchalk)</a>. I realize this is a super bold statement, but as you'll see below from some of my favorite Smallchalk pieces, it's hard not to catch a glimpse of her absolutely stellar work.</p>

BUKU Music + Art Project 2015

<p>I truly thought last year's <a target="_blank" href="http://thebukuproject.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Buku Music + Art Project</a> was huge but this past year's event proved to be bigger than ever. Even though I was only able to cover the first day of the 3rd annual fest located at Mardi Gras World, the weather was fantastic and the crowds were larger and more lively than years past. </p>

Victoria Barkley

<p>Stylist and photographer Victoria Barkley is perfectly comfortable and at home in front as well as behind the camera. Here <a target="_blank" href="https://instagram.com/victoria_barkley/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Instagram feed</a> is beaming with images filled with vibrant and authentic color that truly shows off her Nola bred eye for contrast and composition. We were fortunate enough to run into some thick and heavy fog as we started out shooting and it proved to be quite perfect. Check out the rest of our shoot as well as the her profile down below.</p>

Bantam Foxes — Without Me

<p>Our pals and local 3-piece indie powerhouse <a target="_blank" href="http://bantamfoxes.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bantam Foxes</a> have been hard at work on their brand new forthcoming EP "Give Us a Raise". Fronted by the McCabe twins and backed by drummer/percussionist Jared Marcell, Bantam Foxes are ready to release into the wild their first single, "Without Me" with us!</p>

The Hotel Monteleone

<p>In my opinion, historically, there’s no other New Orleans hotel more regal in stature than The Hotel Montleone. Of all the historical properties around town, or even in the French Quarter, The Montleone is New Orleans. From the moment I stepped through their storied doors, I was met with comfort and enthusiasm from the staff, and was very well taken care of. For the most part, as a tourist in other cities, I don’t ask for much or for that matter need much. I always had fresh towels and toiletries, never waited more than a few minutes for my vehicle when I needed it, and the high speed wireless internet was a huge plus.</p>

Abby Diamond

<p>I'm pretty sure the first time I heard <a target="_blank" href="http://www.abbydiamondmusic.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Abby Diamond</a> sing was from a late night Facebook session. Of course, if I remember correctly.</p>

Tchoup + DVRA + Disko Obscura

<p>Change is happening everywhere you look in New Orleans. This is no more evident than Uptown in the Lower Garden District. Just last week our good friends <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tchoupindustries.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tchoup Industries</a> (handmade bags), <a target="_blank" href="http://www.shopdvra.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">DVRA</a> (tropically inspired bags), and the underground record label <a target="_blank" href="http://www.diskoobscura.com" rel="noopener noreferrer">Disko Obscura</a>, finally opened there first shared outpost in one of most exciting areas in Nola.</p>

Alexa King

<p>remember the first time I saw our latest profile Alexa King's (<a target="_blank" href="http://instagram.com/electraking" rel="noopener noreferrer">Electraking on Instagram</a>) work earlier this year. Her images have a subtlety and depth in light and color. Alexa's images truly stand out and I couldn't help but stalk the film professional/photographer's eclectic and amazing feed. Honestly, to this day, I still marvel at her cinematic style. </p>

May Books

<p>New Orleans is known very well for tradition. Tradition is part of our every day live in everything we do. With all the changes that are going on in the city, one thing still remains the same, we're a printed matter kind of town. Just this week, I caught a commercial in between the news and Fallon from The New Orleans Advocate newspaper.</p>

Gracious Bakery

<p>'m grateful for carbs. Let's just get that out of the way. What better way to flick off Dr. Atkins than devouring copious amounts of baked goods. There are a few things I can't resist and usually they're baked, fried, or distilled, just to name a few. <a target="_blank" href="http://graciousbakery.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Gracious Bakery</a>, is located in the bottom floor of the brand new Woodward Design building in the Xavier University area of Uptown. It's a corridor that has seen a ton of growth lately especially with the recent opening of the CostCo and the launch of the Blue Plate Art Lofts.</p>

The Hotel Modern

<p>Of all the addresses in the city, Lee Circle is quite possibly one of New Orleans most interesting and cherished spots. The Circle is home to one of the best views of carnival as well as one of the most trafficked thoroughfares in town. In the center of it all is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thehotelmodern.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Hotel Modern</a> which has become just as much a landmark property as The Roosevelt Hotel or The Monteleone. What The Hotel Modern lacks in capacity and age, it makes up for it in it's millennial approach to everything they do.</p>

Cherry Brown

<p>There's nothing more naturally n'awlins than burlesque. A few years ago, I was mesmerized by the fantastic "Burlesque Ballroom" show at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse within the Royal Sonesta Hotel. It was the first time I'd Cherry Brown perform that night, and I remember thinking even back then that she'd be perfect for a feature here on iHeartnola.com. I was thrilled when she agreed to shoot around the Bywater, and I was even more thrilled to get an inside look into the life of such a gifted performer. Below you'll find our favorites from the day, and some answers to our favorite questions.</p>

#THISISNOLA – Nov. 2014

<p>In it's first 2 months, <a target="_blank" href="http://thisisnola.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer">#ThisIsNola</a> has hit the ground running in their passionate promotion of New Orleans. I hated to miss the inaugural event last month and was bound and determined to make it to last week's show at The Joy Theater. Below you'll find their mission statement and based on what I experienced last week, they are certainly delivering in a big way. The momentum is building steadily as each month's roster is announced.</p>

Johnny Sanchez

<p>The word "authentic" gets thrown around like tortillas all too often. More often than not, Mexican eateries take the brunt of the over-usage of the word. To me it's so ironic. In my own experiences with Mexican restaurants, the food offered is all the same and could not be any further from "authentic". Don't get me wrong, there are some exceptions to the rule here in Nola, and you know who you are, but for the most part most my experiences are subpar to say the least.</p>

Kathleen Currie

<p>One of our favorite folks, Kathleen Currie, founder of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.smokeperfume.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Smoke Perfume Oil</a>, is set to launch her latest unisex scent "RITUAL". Launching this week to many eager fans of her original release that left folks yearning for more. I had the chance to sample her new scent, and I was blown away by not only it's unique notes, but also it's long lasting qualities. Because it's an oil, and not mixed with any other agent, the impression it leaves on you is like nothing else.</p>

Sylvain

It’s official, Sylvain (625 Chartres St. New Orleans LA 70130 / 504.265.8123) and I are now going steady. I’ve found THE restaurant in which...

Love Your Boyfriend EP

<p>One of our favorite hip-hop artists, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.boyfriend69.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boyfriend</a>, has dropped her latest Ep today and it's ridic. Far from ratchet, Boyfriend's latest 4 track release raises the bar in every way. BF's latest material, including her latest trip-hop laden video "Jealousy" we've added below, reflects her constant evolution and dedication to creating trill ass tracks. The beats and production of the record is a great contrast to her intense and sultry flow.</p>

Tivoli & Lee

<p>The Hotel Modern's self described moniker <em>"New Orleans' Urban Boutique Hotel"</em> couldn't be any more apropos. Nestled along one of Nola's most scenic vistas in Lee Circle, The Hotel Modern is certainly within majesty. Besides the 135 rooms, the hotel is also home to the ever popular bar Bellocq, as well as our latest feature, the restaurant Tivoli & Lee.</p>

Jamielyn Arcega & Cellardoor

<p>Smack dab in the middle of the New Orleans Central Business District resides a magical and mystical place, restaurant and bar, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cellardoornola.com/#about" rel="noopener noreferrer">CellarDoor</a>. Open a few short months ago, Cellardoor is located off of Lafayette St. in a seemingly out of place structure that has actually been standing for over 150 years. As I turned the corner directly off of Poydras street to Lafayette, my eyes grew the size of golf balls as I noticed the distinct character and style of the former Swoop-Duggins House that houses Cellardoor. The exterior of the building is as lush as the inside.</p>

SOLO ESPRESSO

<p>The Bywater, in my opinion exists in rarefied air. Each and every time I walk around one of Nola's most promising neighborhoods, it occurs to me that there's something special going on down there. Artists and artisans, musicians, and numerous entrepreneurs are truly making the area into something very unique. One of the coolest spots to open in the Bywater is the coffee shop <a target="_blank" href="https://plus.google.com/106133526418864837696/about?gl=us&hl=en" rel="noopener noreferrer">Solo Espresso</a>.</p>

GG’s Dine-O-Rama

<p style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px">Macaroni, tossed in seven cheese sauce, bacon, panko crusted fried chicken, jalapeños, and topped with shaved parmesan couldn't be any more alluring of a description.</p><p>Chef David Gotter, recently re-opened in his previous Gott Gourmet spot, <a target="_blank" href="http://ggsneworleans.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">GG's Dine-O-Rama</a> to much deserved fanfare. GG's, which is a shortened version of Gott Gourmet, prides themselves on offering “refined comfort food”. Furthermore, as stated on their website "A neighborhood dining spot for food lovers who can expect fine dining detail and standards in even the most casual of dishes."</p>

Capdeville

<p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.capdeville.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Capdeville</a> has always been one of my favorite haunts to catch a Saints game downtown, grab a drink after a meeting in the CBD or just to pre-game it before a show. Until recently, my experience with the Mayor’s food had been limited to a post Mumford & Sons burger and a few lunches here and there. This perturbed me for sure.</p>

John Shirley

<p>I recently sat down and grabbed a drink(s) with frontman and 1 of 3 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cardinalsons.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cardinal Sons</a>, John Shirley, to discuss life, love, bourbon, and most of all music here in New Orleans. It's been a great year thus far for the band, and as touring kicks into gear in support of their latest EP "THE ECHO CHOIR", it was great to sit down and chat. Below you'll find our interview with John as well as the details on their big show tonight at One Eyed Jacks along with friends Coyotes and The Kid Carsons. We're stoked about the show and can't wait to hear their latest stuff come to life.</p>

DISTRICT DONUTS/SLIDERS/BREW

<p>I'm still trying to figure out why donuts are not an official food group. Seriously, they are a universal food in which I cannot get enough of. Since their opening a little over a month ago, <a href="http://www.donutsandsliders.com/">District Donuts/Sliders/Brew</a> have been infiltrating the hearts and stomachs of anyone coming anywhere near Magazine and Jackson avenue in the Lower Garden District.</p>

#RUDE

<p>There hasn't been a more exciting place for comedy than New Orleans since Canada. In less than 3 years, there's more comedy happening around town than ever before and at an almost daily pace. Folks like Stupid Time Machine, The New Movement, and our latest feature, the duo RUDE., are hitting it out of the proverbial park.</p>