The NOLA Chic is a New Orleans native who is passionate about the continuum of New Orleans culture and our legacy.
The Nola Chic persona was created to showcase the underrepresented faces and places of New Orleans via radio stations and her blog.
The NOLA Chic is a highly sought out NOLA personality known for her tips on how to have an authentic NOLA Experience. To experience the soul and culture of New Orleans, one has to get to know the people who make the city what it means to all of us. Because without New Orleanians there can be NO New Orleans.
A native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all the things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother, who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I’m the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart, and I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I’m here, and I’m loving it. Even being in the so called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I’m happy. I am determined that She, yes New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up! I’m down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny.