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So long, farewell

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Life
So long, farewell

  Well folks. It’s the last dance. After some very careful pondering I’ve decided it’s time to close down A Little Happy. Over the years this site has allowed me to connect with so many amazing creatives, entrepreneurs, movers and shakers and frankly I’ve loved every minute of it. With that said, I’ve come to the […]

Ask A Entrepreneur: Chris Trew

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Ask An Entrepreneur
Ask A Entrepreneur: Chris Trew

Everyone loves a funny guy, but what do you get when you mix in the work ethic of a repeat entrepreneur with comedic genius? You get Chris Trew. A nationally touring comedian, rapper, actor, improv teacher and professional wrestling manager, Chris has performed at tons of comedy festivals and is a founding member of The New Movement, a comedy training […]

Cause I Needed Out: Mobile, AL Travel Guide

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Travel
Cause I Needed Out: Mobile, AL Travel Guide

For reasons far too long to explain it was just time. It was suddenly and urgently apparent – you need the road. You need to leave. Go young woman. FLEE. Some back history – I used to live in Mobile, AL. Truth be told it is, to this day, the place I lived for the […]

Featured Guest: Samantha Fritz of The Commander’s Family of Restaurants

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Featured Guests
Featured Guest: Samantha Fritz of The Commander’s Family of Restaurants

As anyone who has ever dined in New Orleans knows, if there’s one culinary experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list it’s dinner or brunch at Commander’s Palace. The centuries old restaurant, owned by the famed Ti and Lally of the Brennan’s family, is part of a family of eateries including Cafe Adelaide and […]

Ask An Entrepreneur: A.J. Allegra of The NOLA Project

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Ask An Entrepreneur, Featured Guests
Ask An Entrepreneur: A.J. Allegra of The NOLA Project

Though originally from Chicago, A.J. Allegra has settled down quite nicely over the past few years in New Orleans and is the current Artistic Director of The NOLA Project, a young, fresh non-profit theater group in the Crescent City. Allegra moved down to New Orleans after graduating from NYU with other members of The NOLA Project in […]

For Those Who [Power] Lunch – New Orleans edition

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Travel
For Those Who [Power] Lunch  – New Orleans edition

Let’s face it, sometimes your desk can be constraining. If you’re looking to step outside the office your lunch break (or late afternoon into happy hour) can be the perfect time to get the old creative juices going. Whether it’s a solo project you’re working on or a collaborative meeting, a space with great wifi, strong coffee, […]

Workspace Tour: Porter Lyons

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Workspace Tours
Workspace Tour: Porter Lyons

Vertebrae. The spinal bones of alligators. That’s what originally got Ashley Porter, founder of Porter Lyons, started as a jewelry maker. Fast forward a few years and several collections later and Ashley now finds herself as one of the more notable jewelers in New Orleans with her pieces ranking as favorites among Louisianians and a […]

Ask An Entrepreneur: Rebecca Thomason of Southern Creed

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Ask An Entrepreneur, Featured Guests
Ask An Entrepreneur: Rebecca Thomason of Southern Creed

It all started with a snoball. From there it expanded to okra, bacon, poboys, cotton and catfish. Originally a graphic designer by trade, Rebecca Thomason founded her fabric design company, Southern Creed, on a whim and a simple drawing. After making the jump to go into business full time her line expanded to pillows, dog […]

Workspace Tour: Jeanine Blackwell

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Workspace Tours
Workspace Tour: Jeanine Blackwell

As a small business owner one question I always find myself pondering is how do I grow my company in a responsible way? Add in wanting to continue to expand your client base and skill set plus still have personal time and a healthy work/life balance and well, it can get overwhelming. The good news is, this […]

Ask An Entrepreneur: Fashion Designer Amanda deLeon

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Ask An Entrepreneur, Featured Guests
Ask An Entrepreneur: Fashion Designer Amanda deLeon

Louisiana based fashion designer Amanda deLeon’s unique vision and clothing designs have been taking fashion lovers by storm. Dark, mysterious and full of haunting plotlines her designs manage to tell a story while paying homage to the Louisiana woods and landscapes and sacred grounds of New Orleans deLeon so loves. As one of the few fashion designers […]

Workspace Tour: KINDRED Studios

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Workspace Tours
Workspace Tour: KINDRED Studios

Genevieve Douglas is no stranger to striking out on her own. When the publicist and owner of Uptown PR became a mother she found herself having a hard time keeping her active lifestyle with a little one in tow. Enter KINDRED Studios on Magazine Ave in uptown New Orleans. Geniveve’s philosphy for the lifestyle studio was simple […]

10 Things Every Woman Should Do by Virginia’s Harem

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Life
10 Things Every Woman Should Do by Virginia’s Harem

Forget T-Swift and Gigi, we have a girl squad we should all be envying right here in NOLA. Meet the ladies of Virginia’s Harem, a sketch group that was formed in early 2015 and is comprised of Liz Beeson, Valerie Boucvalt, Margee Green, Erica Goostrey, Alicia Hawkes, and Emily Slazer. They met through taking classes at […]

Day Trip: Shadows On The Teche

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Travel
Day Trip: Shadows On The Teche

Sarah Becker Lillard and I share many common interests but perhaps one of the best is a love of historic homes. And day trips. And sweet tea. And ladylike hats. And roadside vegetable stands. You get the picture. We rolled all these loves into a day of fun with a little trip down to New Iberia […]

How to work from home and not lose your mind

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Career
How to work from home and not lose your mind

A while back, we had a guest post from Sarah Becker Llillard on how to work from home and stay productive. Recently I’ve started working from home as well and have had to come up with a few additional rules to keep myself from turning into an isolated zombie everyday (it’s happened before). Here’s what I’ve come up […]

Art and Design for the General Public

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Featured Guests
Art and Design for the General Public

As a fan of the creative gents who live in our fair city I was thrilled to be invited into the home/studio of artist and maker Scott Jarrett on a steamy New Orleans summer day in the Bywater. I originally found Scott through Instagram. His simple and elegant furniture and colorful art pieces caught my eye and I’ve […]

New Orleans Ladies: Lizzie Ford-Madrid

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Featured Guests, New Orleans Ladies
New Orleans Ladies: Lizzie Ford-Madrid

Meet my dear friend Lizzie Ford-Madrid. Full confession: I’ve known Lizzie since we were dorm mates in college so I’m fairly biased when it comes to her awesomeness. With that said, she’s pretty kickass by any standards. Her photography has been featured in CityLimits, InvadeNola, and Timeout New York. Her second short film, The Sharpest Knife, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet […]