A few months during the year, we highlight the latest in style, but in 2016 we’ve taken a different approach to one of our annual fashion spreads. Our editorial team decided that November is the perfect time to inspire your next glamorous, formal look. Not only is the community gearing up to celebrate Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Christmas in the Sky on Dec. 10, but there are plenty of other opportunities in the coming months to clean up nice and strut your stuff.

We all like to dress up on occasion and the holidays present the type of events where you can never be too overdressed. With New Year’s Eve parties, nights out on the town and Mardi Gras balls around the corner, we partnered with local boutiques to give our readers some ideas on what to wear.

This was one of our favorite fashion shoots to date, but it would never have happened without the support and hard work of everyone involved. First and foremost, we would like to thank Jenifer Hill and the Strand Theatre for graciously opening the doors of the beautiful historic landmark theater for the location of the shoot. We want to thank all the boutiques who provided looks for the shoot: Suite Nine1Six, Couleur, Azarue’s Bridal & Formal, Chez Rivage, Squires Formalwear and John Pickens.

Each shoot takes hours of planning and preparation and it takes a dedicated team of creative professionals to pull it off. SB Magazine would like to thank Jennifer Robison for her photography talents and hard work; Carol Hines for her make-up and beauty expertise; Jack Allen of Cupio Media for bringing the shoot to life in a stunning video; and Robbie Meshell for styling the models’ hair. Last but not least, you can’t have a fashion shoot without the perfect models: Kit Carpenter, Darras Lattier, Audra Mitchell and Trinity Sisemore.

In October, we asked our online readers to submit some of their favorite family recipes. Knowing that Thanksgiving is coming soon, we wanted to give you ideas on new dishes to prepare for the feast. The recipes in this issue aren’t your typical Thanksgiving fare, but we’re sure they’ll please you and your loved ones’ taste-buds.

Our community is fortunate to be home to droves of people with the mission to improve the quality of life in Shreveport-Bossier City. Non-profit work is at the heart of this goal. Read about four area non-profit organizations making a difference by giving back.

Finally if you’re ready to make a dent in your holiday gift list, check out our gift guide featuring items from local businesses.

Happy Thanksgiving!