First Friday September: Fall Events Calendar

It’s almost Fall, our favorite season! While we’re still sweating away in this Louisiana heat and humidity, we’ve been planning a full schedule of Fall events at Southern Chic. We know your time is precious, so we’ve worked hard to create worthwhile events that will extend after regular store hours. You’ll meet Louisiana makers and learn first-hand about their products. We have a lot of fun + a few surprises planned, so add us to your calendar + invite your friends!

Southern Chic Fall 2018 Event Calendar



Meet the Makers: Sweet Olive Heirloom + Raconteur Story Writing Services

When: Thursday, September 20th | 3PM – 7 PM

About: Join us as we welcome Carley + Hydie, the mother and daughter team behind Baton Rouge’s Sweet Olive Heirloom Ledgers, beautifully crafted books waiting to record the simple moments of life, written in the words and by the hands of all who enter your home. Southern Chic is so excited to offer The Heirloom Ledger at the shop and this launch event will be a wonderful introduction to a thoughtfully crafted, well-made, and treasured gift.

Also joining the ladies of Sweet Olive Heirloom will be Olivia Savoie of Raconteur Story Writing. Based in the Lafayette area, Olivia offers writing services that preserve life + love stories via a series of interviews to craft an heirloom book for family to cherish.  Olivia will be on hand to tell you more about her story writing services and to offer examples of completed projects.



Thinking of You Week: Buy 3 Cards + Get 1 FREE!                                                                                                

When: Monday, September 24th – Saturday, September 30th

About: We’re big fans of snail mail here at Southern Chic! Help us celebrate the benefits of sending and receiving hand-written notes by sending one card (or several) during Thinking of You Week. Studies have shown that a hand-written card can boost happiness + create a sense of well-being. Choose from cards by Rifle Paper Co, the Grove Street Press, Alexa Pulitzer, or One Canoe Two (just to name a few) and let someone know you’re thinking of them.



Historic Preservation 101, Class 1 by Hunt & Gather Home                                                                                            

When: Tuesday, September 25 | 6PM – 7PM

About: Join local preservation consultant + designer Megan Lord, owner of Hunt & Gather Home, LLC for a series of classes covering all things historic preservation.  This series of four classes will provide the basics of historic preservation, tailored specifically to opportunities available in Central Louisiana. Class topics will include: basic history and philosophy of historic preservation practice, understanding + implementing historic preservation guidelines, identifying architectural styles, National Register listing, historic preservation tax credits, grants, and other funding opportunities.

Cost: $15 per class / $50 for all four classes / Limited class size

Call the shop to register: 318.445.7887



Meet the Maker: Olio Manna                                                                                                

When: Thursday, October 18th | 3PM – 7PM

About: Stop by the shop to meet local maker Sharon Guillot: pharmacist, soap maker, and owner of OlioManna Luxury Skin Care. You love OlioManna’s southern-inspired soaps, so come hear Sharon’s story and check out a few of her new products. From building a business to navigating social media to having her product picked up at Dallas Market, Sharon is a local maker with advice, encouragement, and stories to share!


Historic Preservation 101, Class 2 by Hunt & Gather Home                                                                          

When: Tuesday, October 23 | 6PM – 7PM

About: See Class 1 above for complete information

Cost: $15 per class / $50 for all four classes

Call the shop to register: 318.445.7887


Holiday Open House                                                                                                                                                      

When: Sunday, November 11th | 12 Noon – 5PM                                                                                                   

About: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, almost. But it is CENLA’s favorite shopping day! Kick off your holiday shopping on the second Sunday in November.  The store will be decked out for the holidays and our gift selection will be fully stocked! Refreshments, door prizes, + giveaways will be on hand, along with plenty of holiday spirit. Spend the day shopping local and check off that Christmas list!


Shop Small Saturday                                                                                                                                                        

When: Saturday, November 24th.

About: Stay at home on Black Friday + Shop LOCAL on Small Business Saturday!  Expect big deals from our small shop.



Historic Preservation 101, Class 3 by Hunt & Gather Home                                                                          

When: Tuesday, November 27th | 6PM – 7PM

About: See Class 1 above for complete information

Cost: $15 per class / $50 for all four classes / Limited class size

Call the shop to register: 318.445.7887


Mom + Me Art Night                                                                                                                                                           

When: Monday, December 3rd

About: Back for it’s third year, our popular Mom + Me Art Night is a fun evening where moms + kids can kick off the holiday season together.  Kids will enjoy making a holiday art piece they can bring home and moms can use the time to shop for teacher gifts, friends, or make a wish list for themselves! Moms receive 10% off all purchases during the event.


Ladies’ Wish List Night                                                                                                                                                    

When: Thursday, December 13th

About: It’s Ladies’ Night at Southern Chic! Take a break from the holiday hustle + bustle, grab your girlfriends, and join us for holiday refreshments and list-making of the good kind! Create your very own Christmas wish list, then send your family + friends in to shop. They’ll receive a discount when they purchase from your list!


Last Minute Guys’ Night                                                                                                                                                    

When: Thursday, December 20th

About: Schedule this appointment on your guy’s calendar now! Adam will be manning the store this evening to ensure that your guy gets you what you want for Christmas.  Have him shop from your wish list (see Ladies’ Wish List Night above). No list? No worries! We’re expert gift-givers and will help him put together a gift that’s sure to please.


Hope you’ll find the time to squeeze in a few of these fun events. We designed them especially to add some fun, friends, and culture to your calendar!

First Friday: New Arrivals + Shopkeeper’s Thoughts

It’s about time for a shop update on the blog! We’re kicking off a renewed effort to keep our customers up-to-date on what’s going on at Southern Chic.

Stop by the blog on the #FirstFriday of each month. You’ll find all the details on new products, upcoming events, special deals – and a few surprises, too! Sign up for post notifications by clicking here or follow us on Instagram + Facebook for blog post reminders and pretty pictures.

Now, on to the good stuff…

2019 Planner 1

2019 Planner 2

2019 Planner 3

We’re thrilled to introduce you to One Canoe Two, a new stationery line that creates some seriously cute + practical paper goods. We’re loving their 2019 Wise Words Planner. These 18 month planners are perfect to help you get organized for back-to-school and their practical layout provides plenty of space to plan your monthly and weekly agendas. Plus, each monthly divider page features an inspiring and beautifully calligraphed quote to keep you focused on what really matters. If you are a planner person, this is the one for you!

On the home decor front, we’re so pleased to announce the arrival of Lulie Wallace fabric + wallpaper samples. Whether you’re looking to paper a powder room or recover a vintage wingback chair, these colorful patterns and prints will bring a bit of whimsy to your home. Check out the complete line of samples in the store!

Lulie Wallace 1

Lulie Wallace 2

Speaking of design, did you know that Hunt + Gather Home is our in-house design studio? Let Megan help you navigate a project of any size. From paint colors to preservation projects, Megan is available to give you a professional opinion of your design choices or handle the design and decor of an entire space for you. She’s especially good with old houses and is quick to infuse new homes with character and class. Stop by or call the shop to set up an appointment.

Hunt + Gather 1

Hunt + Gather 2

In the spirit of building community, we thought it might be nice to conclude our monthly posts with something to encourage you and make you smile. – “Shopkeeper’s Thoughts,” if you will.

Just the other day, a customer commented that she’d had a hectic few days at work and decided to stop by because Southern Chic was her “happy place.” She proceeded to peruse the shop, eventually picking up a book about Creole architecture and settling down on our big green couch to enjoy a few minutes of delight and inspiration.


I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know that Southern Chic is a place of calm and comfort where you can fill yourself back up when you feel depleted and worn out.

Owning and styling the shop has been such a life-giving experience for me. It is a place where I have the freedom to create by curating products that celebrate craftsmanship, hard work, and Southern culture + by styling the store using my background in design. I’d like to think that because this place allows me to pursue my best, it inspires you to do the same for yourself, thus making it at “happy place” for us all.

I know we say it often, but thank you for trusting us to find thoughtful, inspiring gifts for your loved ones + for allowing us to fill your homes with decor that makes you happy and brings you comfort.

–  Megan @Southern Chic

It’s Carnival Time

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season surrounded by those you love!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for shopping Southern Chic this Christmas! We truly hope your shopping experience at our store was calm and pleasant in the midst of a season that often seems hurried and stressful. It’s such a joy to help you find the perfect gifts for friends and family.

The shop has slowed down a bit, and we are ready for Mardi Gras! Megan has just returned from New Orleans with some great products you won’t find anywhere else in town. We can help with gifts for Kings, Queens, Krewes, and kids! Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s carnival time!

Welcome to Southern Chic

Welcome to Southern Chic! We are excited to have the new website up and running, and we hope it gives you a bit more insight into our shop, who we are, and why we do what we do. The website will give you a small glimpse of the products we have in store, but we really hope you’ll stop in for a visit. We’ve worked really hard to create a shop environment that is both comfy and inspiring – we even have a big green couch if you want to sit and chat awhile – and we value the relationships that make gift-giving such a personal matter.

So, why did we purchase Southern Chic in June 2016? Several people have asked me if I was having a quarter-life crisis – Ha! After having moved back to Alexandria a few years prior and starting Hunt & Gather Home, LLC in 2015, I saw the opportunity to give more visibility to my preservation and design business by opening a small studio inside this well-known, local gift shop. Like many of you, I was a frequent customer of Southern Chic and loved their unique product offerings and Southern-inspired style. Combining the studio + shop allowed me the opportunity to have my own, creative space, but also to create a shopping environment that would inspire customers to select thoughtful, creative gifts and inspiring decor to create and define their own spaces. Southern Chic will continue to offer the local and regional artisanal wares that you love, and we hope to expand our merchandise to include vintage architectural finds and furniture.

Thanks to the hundreds of you who have encouraged and supported us these first four months in business! If you haven’t seen the newly updated shop and inventory, we invite you to stop in this weekend – Friday and Saturday, October 28-29 – for our official GRAND RE-OPENING! We’re offering $5 off your purchase of $50 and $10 off your purchase of $100 or more! Plus, every purchase over $20 will be entered in our “Something Old/Something New” drawing. This giveaway features your favorite Nola Couture etched glassware and our new MIMOSA handcrafted jewelry line!!!

Join us this weekend to say hi and celebrate new beginnings. See you soon!