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Meet: Glow-in the-dark lingerie. In the realm of glowing merchandise, we’ve come a long way since ’90s glow-in-the-dark ceiling stars.

Lingerie retailer Cosabella has introduced Glow, an aptly named line of glowing bras and panties. Obviously, you should plan your laundry schedule such that you aren’t forced to wear these items for Dinner en Blanc, White Linen Night, Memorial Day, or Halloween — if you plan on dressing as an angel or ghost. However, if you have any upcoming plans that involve electronic music or Miami, in general, the garments (ranging from $47.50 – $101; purchasable from Cosabella’s online store) will make a fun addition to your underwear drawer.

Eat: At Pizza Domenica. I’m sure I’m not the first to say it: It’s about time.

For months, Restaurant Domenica‘s social media, local food coverage, and Executive Chef Alon Shaya’s Instgram and Twitter feeds have been tantalizing us with images and leaks about the ominous launch-date of Domenica’s casual, little-sister, Pizza Domenica. The Uptown restaurant (open 11 AM – 11 PM), officially open as of yesterday, features a more budget-conscious menu ($8-$18) comprised of small plates and Domenica’s well-publicisized pizzas (with a couple of additions, such as the carciofi: artichokes, gave beans, spring onion, and mascarpone).

Drink: St. Lawrence’s strawberry-basil daiquiri. You know summer is imminent when various preparations of strawberries begin creeping into every crevice of food and drink menus.

French Quarter restaurant and craft cocktail bar St. Lawrence has lovingly incorporated the edible sign of summer into one of New Orleans’ most iconic beverages: the daiquiri. The drink ($9 for a single; $15 for a double) consists of Louisiana strawberries, DonQ rum, elderflower liquor, basil, and a bevy of fresh juices. Important fact to remember (*note: in addition to not being a meteorologist, author is also not a registered dietician): if it contains fresh juice, it counts as a smoothie.

Wear: Mara Hoffman’s kasuri-print, mini dress. Dressing for New Orleans festivals can be challenging. Fest-season weather has an average temperature of approximately 280 degrees Fahrenheit (*note: author is not qualified source of meteorological information), so it’s necessary that your ensemble is both breathable and, shall we say, not something you could wear in the Vatican; yet, you still want to dress fashionanably (i.e. you don’t want to appear as though you’ve just come from the gym, the beach, or mowing your front lawn).

Swimwear-turned-fahsion designer Mara Hoffman is expert when it comes to producing garments with unique ethnically-inspired garments, appropriate for festivals. A standout pick is her kasuri mini-dress ($255). The dress is printed with a colorful, playful geometric-reinterpration of an African-inspired design and is made of a breathable and stretchy modal/spandex textile, with a semi-exposed back that should (somewhat) limit your inevitable perspiration. The dress is available online and in-store at local boutique Haute (725 Magazine).

Laugh: Breaking news: Phish fans (and, apparently, couples) have arrived…

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Proverb of the day: Couples who dress together stay together.

Chelsea Lee is associate editor at NolaVie. Email comments to her at


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