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NOLA Neighborhood Style: Bayou St. John

Each New Orleans neighborhood is unique and so is it’s style. Use this New Orleans style guide for dressing and enjoying the Bayou St. John neighborhood.

When anyone asks me about where I live and how I like it, the answer is always a bellowing “Mid City” and “I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I don’t know why it took me so long to move here!”  I’ve mentioned before and I’ll mention it again, I was born and raised in Uptown New Orleans, lived in L.A. for eight years and upon return, lived in the CBD for two years.  We moved to “the bayou” a little over two years ago and I haven’t looked back since.  It’s perfectly situated in the middle of the city (hence the name) and you can get to any part of metropolitan New Orleans and areas of Jefferson Parish in 10 minutes or less.  But this is not a PSA for Bayou St. John. This my friends, is a New Orleans neighborhood style guide.

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Beautiful Bayou St. John in New Orleans (Photo by Kate Grace Bauer)

The effortless style of Mid-City life mixes relaxed, comfortable clothing with a balance of unique locally made jewelry and accessories. I must also mention that the bayou itself is a calling for runners, dog-walkers, neighbors, paddle boarders, wine-drinkers and kids alike, so a pillar of BSJ’s eclectic sense of style would be a laid back but well orchestrated workout ensemble.

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Bayou Style

Dinner and date night is a highlight around these parts of town with fabulous restaurants like Lola’s, Cafe Degas, Serendipity and local watering holes like Swirl, Pal’s and Pearl.  I like to wear comfortable heels or flats when we decide to walk to dinner (for obvious reasons) and I always bring a cover up because I inevitably get chilly.

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Lola’s on Esplanade Avenue in Bayou St. John (Photo by Renee Bienvenu)

In addition, Mid-City lends itself to many festivals and markets throughout the year.  Jazz Fest, Fortier Fest, Bayou Boogaloo, and VooDoo all call Mid-City home and if you live around here, having a go-to festival outfit is totally essential.  I often revolve ensembles around a favorite pair of ankle booties and depending on the time of year, throw on a pair of skinny jeans or a cotton dress and I’m out the door.

So that’s it! Your style guide to Mid-City and Bayou St. John.  Now, put on something casually chic and enjoy a glass of wine (or two) on Cabrini bridge and watch the sun set on the bayou.

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