Recently I befriended a blogger who writes La Prairie des Femmes in Louisiana, or did she befriend me? In any case we quickly bonded over our affection for the unique place we call home (Cajun Country). So, to add a little more Louisiana flair to Jenée Sais Quoi, I've imported some of Prairie des Femmes' fashion sensibility.
This is my first fashion outfit board and I wanted it to reflect the real products I have used for years, and the simplicity of the style in Prairie des Femmes. I do not own any of the pieces on the board other than the cosmetics and the statue of the Virgin Mother, but I do have similar ones!
---THE LOOK: A NIGHT OUT ON THE PRAIRIE---
This outfit is representative of me and my ideal style. I would wear it out in Lafayette to dinner at the French Press and dancing at the Blue Moon Saloon. I like to be modest, but not boring. I love to wear white, like all of my southern ancestors, and I adore the old feel of a crochet top. I always wear a small round pendant or medal. I live in jeans. Turquoise is my favorite color and my husband brings home pairs of turquoise sunglasses from gas stations across the country when he tours with the Lost Bayou Ramblers. The little leather boots are necessary only to go out. We stay barefoot most of the time in the Prairie! When it comes to cosmetics I have used Benetint by Benefit since I was a teenager, on my lips and cheeks. It smells like roses and leaves a rosy tint if used sparingly. Burberry Eau de Parfum has been the only perfume me (and my sister!) have worn since 1997. I bought my first bottle in, of all places, New York City. To me it smells like cotton candy and vanilla. Burt's Bees Powder is a must because it gets hot in Louisiana. This powder smells like an apricot baby and keeps you dry. Essie Nail Color in Borrowed and Blue is the only nail color I will wear: light blue to match the doors of the house at Prairie des Femmes. Since I am a mom and a writer I need a big bag for diapers and books, and this Boho Fringe Sling bag recalls the prairie's native history and my laid-back attitude. Since we are in South Louisiana, no look would be complete without veneration to the Virgin Mother...
Prairie des Femmes, Women's Prairie, is a small community in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Originally the home of Indians who moved along the prairies of the Bayou Teche, Prairie des Femmes appears on colonial maps and in records as early as the mid 17oos. It has historically been a place where Creole, Acadian and native women came to find safety from war, flood, and the outside world. I am a mother, wife, Evangeline Parish native and resident of la Prairie des Femmes.