Gracious Living: Musings & Musts

Big Game Tailgate Cocktails

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There's nothing like good tailgate cocktails! The biggest game of the season is just days away! Today we will share two tasty drinks guaranteed to score big with your family and friends. Enjoy! - - - - - Cranberry Mint Julep 1 oz. cranberry juice 2 oz. your favorite Bourbon - mine is Bulleit 2 sprigs of mint 1 oz. lime flavored club soda 1. [...]

An Apple A Day...

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Now, I know you didn't overindulge over the holidays darling, so this post is not for you... but you may want to have this in your archive just in case someone ever takes over your body and lives life like Riley! David Kirsch 48 Hour Super Charged Cleanse I love a good cleanse to flush my body and kickstart my metabolism after any (shall we say) excessiv[...]

It's Time For An Authentic Comfort Meal!

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I love to take advantage of the last little bits of fall and enjoy a beautiful meal outside. The leaves set the most spectacular scene for dinner in my backyard, and the waiters were serving delicious food and cozy blankets to keep everyone warm from the inside out! Weather in late fall can be unpredictable, so while I waited until the last minute to deci[...]

Blood Orange Old-Fashioned Cocktail

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The Old-Fashioned makes a great wintertime drink. Richly flavorful, but not overly strong, it works equally well during cocktail hour or as an after-dinner sipper. Like Martinis, Old-Fashioneds are one of those drinks that’ve been around long enough to have developed more than a few variations. I want to share with you my version of this fantastic cocktail. [...]

Bring Back Memories with a Gin-Gin Mule

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Fond memories of a wonderful dinner party (featured in my book, "Soirée Entertaining with Style") at my friend Miles Redd’s home in NYC ... Gin-Gin Mule, a classic drink from The Carlyle Hotel’s famed Bemelmans Bar, was served in silver julep cups to keep cold. This cocktail was tastefully appropriate for our end-of-the-summer soirée! - - - - - Gin-Gin[...]

Gracious Living: Hostess Gifts

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Need a creative thank-you idea for the gracious host? These fantastic gifts are a few of my picks that are sure to encourage a return invitation. For more ideas, please visit my Pinterest page! Hexagonal Mint Julep from Mark and Graham This handmade nickel-plated brass cup is the traditional vessel for serving a classic mint julep. If Southern hospitalit[...]

Life's a Beach

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There are plenty of weekends from now until September for you to travel to the beach.  Here are some great ideas on what you’ll need! Charlotte Olympia Raffia Tote This spacious raffia tote is meant for warm days and tropical getaways. Stash your latest read, lotion and water bottle in the canvas-lined interior while placing your cards and keys in the [...]

The Perfect Pizza Recipe

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Summer is here so I wanted to share great wood-fired-oven pizza recipes from my book,  Soirée Entertaining with Style, that would please even the most discerning palate and make for great conversation for a fun summer night. Fresh Tomato Sauce 1 (28-ounce can) San Marzano (whole, peeled without Basil) tomatoes 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oi[...]

Taffin - Jewelry with Edge

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With the summer just around the corner, jewelry always come to mind when I'm thinking about my trip to the beach. For a certain sliver of the population, the colors tomato red and chocolate brown are guaranteed to put a huge smile on your loved one's face the same way that Tiffany blue might for others. Those are the colors that the jewelry designer James de[...]

Fourteen for the Fourteenth

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1. Sign me up for this one baby! How sweet would it be to receive this with a bangle or a bauble tucked inside!? #clever 2. Talk about deeeee-vine!!!! These fabulous shoes are guaranteed party fun to keep you on your toes and dancing the night away! 3. This is THE knock around jacket! From dropping the kids off at school to going to the grocery [...]

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