If you had an itch for Cajun flare but didn’t have the means to get to Louisiana over the weekend you might have ended up at Campbell’s Boogie on the Bayou. Held every third weekend in May, the festival welcomed an array of local artists and businesses to bring New Orleans’ interpretation to downtown Campbell.
Bedzilla owner and designer Laura Thompson isn’t new to the world of beading. Her ten years experience have substantiated her collection of high-quality, handcrafted jewelry. Laura describes her social jewelry as fun, easy to wear, and convertible to any outfit. I found these unique dichroic-glass beads and gemstones to be the most appealing.
Butterflies and flowers seemed to be the theme for Jacqueline “Jax” Ryan’s hats. Full of color and artistry, each creation was individual in its own right. Hats off to Jacqueline for pulling off ingenuity in every one of her pieces.
The crowd in artist Yan Inlow’s booth was enough to draw me in. You wouldn’t believe that her art was embroidered by hand until you got a closer look. Can you believe it takes a whole month to finish just one of these fine designs?
– Local businesses also participated in the bayou fun and my favorite fashion stores were Dutchess Intimates Boutique, Simply Smashing and Urban Girl. They were all kind enough for me to take some pictures of what they had to offer the huge crowd that weekend.
I was impressed at this boutique’s selection and affordable prices. The store was very classy and carried everyday wear to sexy wear. The store owner Melanie was knowledgeable about her stuff. After visiting I can say that I would be willing to cheat on my big-name designer store with Dutchess for my next intimate apparel need.
395 E. Campbell Ave
A perfect location, Urban Girl was right dab in the middle of the festival. My accessory favorite was this sparkly purple-flower bag. I knew I had to leave before my obsession with handbags took over. I did catch a picture of this ripped-effect shirt I thought was interesting on my way out.
It didn’t take me more than two minutes to realize that the shop owner Deb Rohzen knew how to intice her lady customers. The boutique was filled with sales racks and lots of cute gift items. I loved this poodle-print upholstered bench. I was even invited to their upcoming Sex and the City party. How could you say no to that kind of fun?
The festival included New Orleans style food and music including New Orleans Blues, Country Cajun, and Zydeco.
It goes to show that you don’t have to travel far to have fun and support local designers and businesses.
Written by Amanda Holst