This Week's Edition / April 10, 2014

Fashion & Boutiques

Spring must-have: Piko tops

As versatile as they are comfortable, Piko tops are a huge trend. These shirts look great with skinny jeans, leggings or shorts. Longer tunic versions can even be worn solo as dresses. The material, a bamboo and spandex blend, gives a flattering drape over the torso, while the sleeves offer a snug fit. And at around $36 a pop, Piko tops won’t break the bank. The line is carried locally at several boutiques, including Vertage Clothing and Bella Bella.

Connections for Life holds benefit fashion show

Get your fashion fix and support a charity simultaneously! Connections for Life is planning Fashion for a Cause, an evening that is beneficial to all, on April 25. During this unique event, models will showcase outfits culled from the Connections for Life thrift store. The final look of the evening will be presented by upscale consignment store Swap Boutique, and guests will be treated to hors d'oeuvres by Chef Celeste Gill. The fashion show kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the Women’s Club on East Boulevard. Proceeds will benefit Connections for Life, a local nonprofit that provides transitional programs for women who have been incarcerated or in treatment facilities. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Health & Beauty

Fresh facials at Bumble Lane

Get a breath of fresh air at Bumble Lane Spa. The Towne Center beauty hub has added a spate of new services. Included are microdermabrasion facials, which improve skin tone and texture; LED light treatments, which target acne as well as signs of aging; and oxygen therapy facials, which reduce lines and wrinkles while hydrating the skin. New packages will be available soon. For even more beauty buzz, the store is hosting a makeover day, Too Faced, on April 17. The makeovers are complimentary, but appointments are required. For all the details, call 932-9522.

Open house tonight at Woman's Fitness Club

A challenging workout regimen can be fun! Get details on classes and programs that are right for you during the open house at Woman's Fitness Club, tonight from 4 until 7 p.m. The club, located at the corner of Jefferson Highway and Bluebonnet Boulevard, has several perks in store for attendees: door prizes given every 30 minutes, chair massages, drawings for complimentary spa services, and 20% off most merchandise at the club's retail store. Find out more here.

Home & Garden

Sip & Sauté at Acadian House

Delicious, fresh cuisine is on the menu for the inaugural Sip & Sauté event at Acadian House Kitchen + Bath Design, slated for April 22 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Chef Matt Reed of Pelican House Restaurant will be on hand for this special cooking class. Attendees will learn how to mix up pomegranate margaritas, freshly blackened scallops and more. Tickets to this sizzling event are $25. To reserve your spot, visit Acadian House’s Facebook page or call 756-2777.

Discounts abound at Stoma’s

Fine furniture at reduced prices is available now at Stoma’s. Through April 30, the Perkins Road store is holding a sale on all floor samples. Many manufacturers are included in the sale: Century, Henredon, Sherrill, Hancock & Moore, Bernhardt, Theodore Alexander, Lexington and more. For more details, visit the website.


Don’t miss out on MPAC

Experience a night you’ll never forget May 1, as MPAC lights up the Shaw Center for the Arts downtown with the best combinations of Baton Rouge culture. Each floor of the arts center will offer a different musical performance and cuisine during this dazzling event. Sample culinary delights by Stab’s Steak & Seafood, Tallulah, The Little Village and Le Creolé. And let yourself groove to the music of The Michael Foster Project, legendary ’80s cover band Werewolf, the Magnolia Strings Trio, Blake Breaux, and a live DJ battle between DJ Push Play and DJ 2EZ. Attire at this party can run the gamut from dressy to casual, so long as it’s all white! This inaugural event is unlike anything Baton Rouge has ever seen—don’t miss out! Tickets are on sale and going quickly. Be sure to nab yours here.

Art Wine Design returns to Southdowns

Make plans now to attend Art Wine Design, the twice-yearly gathering organized by the merchants of Southdowns Village. It all happens April 17 from 6 until 8 p.m. The shopping center and Perkins Road Art District have teamed up for a night featuring local art, shopping promotions, wine, and live music by the band Speakeasy. The free and open-to-the-public event will feature many Perkins Road businesses, including Ann Connelly Fine Art, Brooklynn's Boutique, Home Rogers & McDaniel, LD Linens & Décor, Monochrome Furniture + Design, Portico, Spectrum Fitness and more. For more info, click here.

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