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Sometimes the secret to looking as fashionable as you feel comes down to finding the right store where you can assemble nicely fitting ensembles for occasions from casual to cocktails. For young women, or those who are young at heart, there is Judith B's (2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, 838-7166).

The year-old shop in Old Metairie carries fashions for juniors in sizes 00 to 18, covering the bases from casual outfits for young girls and teenagers to collegiate styles.

"The clothes are trendy but wearable," says owner Judith Dazet, who also owns Pogo clothing store in Mandeville. "We have the latest trends in fashion for the younger teenagers as well as college career fashions. It's for ladies who like the younger in-style fashion." These range from pre-teens who can slip on the 00 sizes to college students preparing for first jobs to more mature-aged women who can take advantage of the extended sizes to find young-spirited fashions that fit.

Along with jeans, T-shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses, jackets and other clothing, Judith B's also carries some shoes, watches, hats, gloves, handbags, scarves and shawls, jewelry and dresser-top accessories. Brand names include shoes by Dollhouse and Jeffrey Campbell and clothing by diverse makers such as Hollywood, Jump, Shine, Ido and more.

"We try to do a little bit of everything," she says, "and then also some basics, like the little dress that will take you anywhere."

The real focus is on the clothes and Dazet's desire to present fashion-forward options to young girls while staying away from the overly revealing styles that are popular.

"I like to help girls to look pretty, feel feminine ... and respectable," she says. "They can dress feminine and pretty while still maintaining their modesty."

So if the owner's last name is Dazet, where does the B in Judith B's come from? "It stands for blessed," she says. "I've been very blessed in my life. God has truly blessed me."

Digging Into Fall

Gardeners (and those who simply enjoy the results of the work of gardeners) can get growing tips, decorating ideas, loads of information and lots of inspiration at the 2003 Fall Garden Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park.

Scores of exhibitors, ranging from rose and orchid clubs and growers to retailers selling fertilizer and sprinkler systems, will be on hand as well as horticulturists, garden and landscaping experts and more. The show also features a large sales area, a plant health clinic, soil testing, educational speakers and a kid's discovery area with crafts, activities and games for the young set.

Admission is $6 adults, $2 children 5 to 12 years old, free for Friends of City Park members. For more information, call 278-7495.


Essence of Style

Longue Vue House and Gardens (7 Bamboo Road, 488-5488) presents its 12th annual Fall Symposium "The Essence of Style II" from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15.

The symposium, which will explore ways to express individual style, includes expert speakers representing various fields as well as workshops by local artists Cole Pratt and Grace Newburger. Participants also will be treated to a gourmet catered lunch, a fabrics fashion show, plant sale and music by the SLU String Quartet. Participants also will be able to tour the exhibit It's a Small World: Dollhouse China and Glass in the Longue Vue Collection on display in the house.

Admission is $95 ($85 for Longue Vue members). Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call 488-5488 ext. 35 to register.


Old House on the Block

The holidays and the many celebrations that go along with them are upon us (as if we're ever really without a day to celebrate), but there's a new option in locations to hold a party, the newly renovated Valentino Conti House (840 Conti St., 568-1984; www.valentinocontihouse.com), designed by renowned architect James Gallier Sr.

The historic 1835 townhouse -- its authentic renovation won a Preservation Honor Award for Special Projects from the Louisiana Preservation Alliance -- is outfitted in period antiques and offers elegant banquet space, party and reception facilities, intimate parlors and catering by The Bombay Club Restaurant and Martini Bistro next door. It can accommodate parties of most sizes and types.

A mural on the wall at Judith B's reflects the owner's - playful nature and focus on high style for young - women.
  • A mural on the wall at Judith B's reflects the owner's playful nature and focus on high style for young women.

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