Meet: Or, rather, reacquaint yourself with, shoulder pads. You can stop cringing; I’m not suggesting you emulate Melanie Griffith in football padding à la Working Girl. (Seriously, don’t do that). They’ve made a return in the best possible way. This fall designers have used thin shoulder pads to provide structure to flowing blouses that might otherwise render their wearer shapeless. A couple of my favorite evocations of the trend come from Whitney Eve (in spite of her association with reality television) — for instance the zipper blouse and the butler blouse (look 17). Buy on her site or, locally, at Hâute (725 Magazine).
Eat: Sucré éclairs. Lots of them. Through all of October, Sucré (3025 Magazine) will put all but one of its sweets on the back burner, or oven, rather, and devote the entire pastry case to éclairs, which Bon Appétit featured in its 2008 “Best of the Bakeshops” recipe roundup. In typical Sucré form, these won’t be just any éclairs; the pastries will come in a variety of colors and flavors, such as red velvet, raspberry pistachio, and apple pie à la mode. Like what you taste? Bake Sucré’s original cappuccino éclairs yourself.
Drink: and mingle with other foodies and Top Chef fans at Café Adelaide’s Swizzle Stick Bar (300 Poydras St.) on Wednesdays. At 9 PM, every Wednesday from now until the season finale, the bar will host a Top Chef: New Orleans screening, complete with drink specials and complimentary bar snacks. Have a hunch about who will go that night? Win an Adelaide gift card for guessing correctly.
Fête: at St. James Cheese’s Cocktails & Curds on the 14th. St. James is hosting a cheese and cocktail pairing competition among local bartenders at Rosy’s Jazz Hall (500 Valence St.). A $25 ticket buys you eight cocktails, cheese, cured meats, food catered by Rosy’s, and a vote for the competition’s winner.
Laugh: when you read Clients from Hell, a collection of hilarious horror stories that anonymous web designers submit about their (computer illiterate) clients. Doubt you’ll find the humor, since you aren’t exactly techie? If you’re reading this, you’ve gotten further on a computer than a solid 73 percent of the clients detailed on the forum.
Chelsea Lee is assistant editor of NolaVie. Email comments to her at email@example.com.