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Mignon Faget – New Orleans Jewelry (Canal Place and Garden District) exquisite, Louisiana-inspired hand-crafted jewelry by local favorite Mignon Faget has been drawing loyal customers over the past four decades. Sumptuous and whimsical jewelry collections in gold and silver, as well as personal, baby, and home accents are meticulously created in her Magazine Street workshop and flagship boutique in the Garden District (see Gayle for assistance). Another retail location is down the street from the ApacheCon hotel in Canal Place. Faget's tireless dedication and support of Louisiana is evident in her brilliant artistry, with motifs and themes reflected in more than three dozen collections and new variations on earlier collections. Proceeds from the sale of her Fleur de Lis jewelry continue to be donated to Louisiana Rebirth. Her first ever-collaboration is with urban designer Robert Tannen: “A-RT” features abstracted shotgun houses, and building materials in sterling silver and various woods including reclaimed Cajun sinker cypress. A percentage of sales from this collection will be donated to programs dedicated towards the revitalization of the City.

Relax/Polish. Spa Aria – Nails/Skincare/Massage (French Quarter) relax and indulge in one of many treatments at this lovely little spa on the second floor of Hotel Monteleone. Great nail technicians, aestheticians, and massage therapists with a wide range of services – from manicures and pedicures (be sure to get the paraffin treatment) to bodywork (massage, reflexology, and yoga) to head-to-toe waxing for both female and male clientele (including the Boyzillian, a.k.a. the “back, sack, and crack”). Products include nail polishes, haircare, and skin treatments from Kiehl's, Pevonia, Bumble & Bumble, and more. **Haunted: the hotel was investigated by a team from the International Society of Paranormal Research, who identified over a dozen entities including a hotel guest, a ten-year-old boy, the maker of the hotel's lobby grandfather clock, a performing jazz singer, and the hotel's original owner. Guest sightings included a fully-naked man clad wearing only a feathered mask (!) laissez le bon temps rouller!

Shop. Victoria's Shoes (French Quarter) one of my favorite destinations and the place where I bought my first pair of Manolo Blahnik's back in 1991 ... aaah, Victoria's. Home to top-of-the-line, couturier-quality footwear at a fraction of retail. Run – don't walk.

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