Baton Rouge model embraces life on top, plus get the details on the 2015 model search

January 29th, 2015

It has been one year since she was named the Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year, and model Faith Laureles is still in shock.

“I still can’t believe it,” she said about winning the recognition.

Since receiving the Model of the Year award in Baton Rouge, Laureles was also named the Little Rock Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year last summer and has embarked on a modeling career that continues to surprise her.

With an interest in the fashion industry, Laureles participated in the casting call in 2014 when her mother was looking for a different experience for her daughter. Once announced as the Model of the Year, Laureles was able to advance her modeling career with a contract with talent agency, Oneofakind Talent Inc. The high school sophomore has strolled runways for LRFW, New Orleans Fashion Week, has been featured in photo shoots and has become the face of the second annual OBRFW.

“All my friends know me as ‘the model’,” Laureles said. She is also being recognized around her school, Central High School, from the flyer associated with the model call.

Laureles has also worked with Baton Rouge based fashion label American Prep by showcasing the classic, high end line at runway shows. Also, she’s been featured in the company’s photo shoot, in which the images were published on American Prep’s website and social media pages.

“My confidence has gone up since winning,” she said. “And after winning [LRFW] I realized I must be doing something right. I am on the right path.”

At 15 years old, Laureles will join the panel of local fashion industry specialists during the upcoming OBRFW 2015 Model Search. An enthusiast for walking the runway, Laureles will assist in evaluating models to participate in the OBRFW events set for February 25-28.

With a year of modeling experience under her belt, Laureles will be alerted by at least one specific quality in models at the Model Search. “I am looking for confidence,” she said.

The OBRFW Model Search invites models of all ages and sizes on January 30th and 31st at the Capitol Park Museum to vie for a chance to showcase fashion of local and regional designers and win the Model of the Year award.

Casting calls run 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 30th and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 31st. Models are asked to wear jeans, a fitted white t-shirt or tank, females bring heels and wear no makeup and no jewelry accessories.

Feature written by Glynna Mayers, OneofaKind Baton Rouge Fashion Week
Photos by Kaela Rodehorst Williams

If you have any questions about the model search this weekend, please ask in the comments or e-mail me directly at leslie.southernflair@gmail.com. I will be judging the search this weekend along with Faith and a few other local fashion bloggers and writers. I hope to see you there!

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A Pink Mardi Gras- What to Wear to the Spanish Town Parade

January 27th, 2015

Baton Rouge Spanish Town Pink Mardi Gras Parade Outfit | Southern Flair

Baton Rouge Spanish Town Pink Mardi Gras Parade Outfit | Southern Flair

Baton Rouge Spanish Town Pink Mardi Gras Parade Outfit | Southern Flair

Baton Rouge Spanish Town Pink Mardi Gras Parade Outfit | Southern Flair

Baton Rouge Spanish Town Pink Mardi Gras Parade Outfit | Southern Flair

Pink Outfit for Spanish Town Mardi Gras

Baton Rouge Spanish Town Pink Mardi Gras Parade Outfit | Southern Flair

Photos by Maggie Bowles

When most people think of pink flamingos, they think of the zoo or tacky lawn adornments. However, when I think of pink flamingos, I think of them as the quirky Baton Rouge Mardi Gras mascot! At the Spanish Town Parade you’ll see everyone wearing lots of pink and crazy costumes.

This year the parade just so happens to roll on Valentine’s Day, so the pink theme really works out! My outfit today doubles as a Spanish Town-Valentine’s Day look with a simple black dress paired with a pink vest. You could easily switch out the black heels for flat boots for comfort (and safety!).

I had so much fun shooting this outfit post at a Downtown Baton Rouge apartment! I have to admit I now want every outfit post ever to include throwing beads off balconies and multiple selfies with flamingos. I seriously could have hung out on this balcony all day enjoying my one-person party and parade.

Plus, our weather has been incredible lately– but I’m just bragging because I know many of you are dealing with crazy snow blizzard right now! Y’all stay warm and have a snow party with yesterday’s New Orleans Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail Recipe!

See more photos inspired by the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade:

Today I’ve also teamed up with Lala from Lala Land, who is another Baton Rouge blogger. She’s sharing her outfit and telling us what to wear for a nighttime parade! Go check out her post here and tell her hi!

Lala Vied's Night Time Parade look for Mardi Gras

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New Orleans Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

January 26th, 2015

New Orleans Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

The weekend is over, but we can still celebrate this Monday with a fun Mardi Gras-themed hurricane cocktail recipe! We had a Mardi Gras photoshoot this weekend (complete with throwing beads of a balcony and all), which got me SO excited for the upcoming parades! They’re only a few weeks away, so expect lots of Mardi Gras goodness coming up!

This is my first King Cake of the season, so I wanted to try a New Orleans-inspired drink to have with it. By the way, having king cake as a photo prop and not being able to eat it is pure torture. So the moment I finally got to cut into that king cake was seriously the best. If you don’t live in Louisiana, I highly recommend ordering one and having it shipped!

You can also enjoy this hurricane recipe to bring a little Louisiana to you and your friends if you live out of state. The hurricane is such an iconic drink of New Orleans, and Emeril Lagasse’s recipe seemed easy enough, so I gave it a try. Find the recipe below and you can even shop my barcart! I’ve linked to the mason jars, Kate Spade plates, and even the barcart itself!

New Orleans Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

New Orleans Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

New Orleans Mardi Gras Hurricane Recipe:

1 1/2 cups light rum

1 1/2 cups dark rum

1 1/4 cup grenadine

1 1/4 cup orange juice

3 tbsp sugar

Mix and serve over ice. Add orange slices and cherries.

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Other Mardi Gras posts you may enjoy: What to wear to a Mardi Gras-themed Party & My 2014 Mardi Gras-inspired outfit!

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