Gracious Living: Musings & Musts

Join Me For "Love It or Hate It" at LCDQ Legends 2017

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I am so excited to be participating in the fun & funny game of Love It or Hate It during the LCDQ Blogger Breakfast, at Hollyhock on Wednesday, May 10. Chairish Co-Founder, Anna Brockway, will be leading the game along with the fabulous Nate Berkus! Grab your coffee for an early morning laughter filled wake up session! Learn more about the event and r[...]

Paint It Pretty

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This article was originally posted on Diamonds Unleashed. I am a designer known for my absolute unadulterated, unabashed sheer and utter love of color and paint. Peppered throughout my well followed Instagram feed you’ll find my coined phrases #paintitpretty and #colormehappy in the editorial of my photo feed and now reused all over in the unofficially acce[...]

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[...]

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