Skiing, Anyone?

Snowshoe in West Virginia is the quintessential ski resort. It’s upside-down layout means everything you need is steps away, including 20 pubs and restaurants, more than a dozen shops, and of course, gorgeous accommodations. Superior lodging options include Soaring Eagle and Allegheny Springs, both with bold-colored exteriors and community hearths. Soaring Eagle boasts an underground heated garage and private bar, while Allegheny Springs has on-site hot tubs and full-kitchen options. Both sit merely feet away from lifts and provide amazing views of the Allegheny Mountains, part of [... more]

Quiet Your Craving

Chocolate + Baileys = happy hour, and happy me! This Chocolate Baileys Mud Cake recipe is my answer to that universal craving that we all have experienced…chocolate. How strong is this craving? I’m glad you asked! The week before my daughter walked down the aisle and became a wife, all of the wedding favors were stored in our refrigerator, wrapped in little pink and tangerine wrappers. All of a sudden, this craving hit me. I couldn’t find a bite of chocolate anywhere in the house except for—yes—oh, yes—you guessed [... more]

Interactive Furniture

It’s hard for me to imagine that one of the coolest companies to offer interactive architectural experiences from furniture to installations would be based in Jackson, Mississippi. Instead, when I think of Jackson, I imagine Johnny Cash and June Carter singing the 1967 classic by that name. Nonetheless, NunoErin, a conjoined name of its founders and creative officers Nuno Goncalves Ferreira and Erin Hayne, the duo is creating some exciting objects that you actually have to play with to believe—from daylight sensored walls, to touch-sensitive LED benches [... more]

A Southern Drama

We’re living in a golden age of television right now, with some of the best talent, storytelling, and production values the medium has ever seen. Count HBO’s True Detective, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and set in coastal Louisiana, as the newest addition to the canon of recent greats—and the first (only?) season isn’t even finished yet. It’s sinister, tense, and engrossing. The more you learn about the world that has been created, based loosely on the series of short stories from the 19th century The [... more]

An Affair with Indigo

Want to make a quick color statement without a lot of commitment? Try indigo. Because of the rich undertones of this vibrant color, indigo adds impact with just a few accessories. Use it strategically around your home by pairing it with the right colors (white, gray, and even rich wood tones). The bold hue plays well in both traditional and modern homes, demonstrating the essence of style versatility. Expect this inky blue to carry well into 2014, especially in fabrics. Photo Source: Pottery Barn

S’More Uses for Cast Iron

If your mother or grandmother passed a cast-iron skillet down to you, then you’re a lucky duck. Every time I pull my hand-me-down skillet out, I feel as if I am cooking with a piece of history. Nothing says “Southern” more than cobbler or cornbread cooked in a cast-iron vessel, but for a contemporary twist on tradition try Indoor S’mores: melted chocolate in the bottom of a cast-iron skillet with gooey marshmallows smothered on top and served with graham crackers. Cast iron conducts heat very slowly and [... more]

Zero Complaints

Zero George Street, a gorgeous European-style boutique hotel, was the first of its kind to open in upmarket Charleston, South Carolina. The grounds consist of five carefully restored, grand 19th century historic buildings connected by picturesque courtyards. Guests laze away the day on sprawling piazzas that exemplify Charleston’s architectural style, sign up for a cooking class in the restored Kitchen Carriage House, or stroll the city’s high-end shopping corridor on King Street, located just steps away. The on-site Zero Café + Bar dazzles dinner guests with a [... more]

Throwback to Style

I hit up my barber, Mic Fox at acclaimed Parlour & Juke in Nashville, to point me to hair products with a rich style and tradition. He encouraged me to check out military boar bristle hairbrushes. “Your grandpa probably still has his from the 40’s,” he said. “There’s a reason behind that.” One respected boar bristle brand, Mason Pearson, has been in business since 1865. They perfected their products by the 1920s and haven’t changed the designs since. No matter your hair texture, you’re sure to find [... more]

The World (of Books) Is One’s Oyster

Netflix has created a cultural movement of binge-watching TV shows. Oyster is looking to do something similar with books. Providing unlimited access to more than 100,000 e-books for just $9.95 a month, it literally is the closest thing to a “Netflix of Books” (as it bills itself). Oyster’s library is not a “bargain bin” filled with works that nobody has ever read. It features books from well-known publishers (HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, RosettaBooks, to name a few) that are on board with their product. And unlike with Netflix, [... more]

Bloody Good!

From the outside, blood oranges look pretty much like every other orange you’ve ever eaten. Nature’s magic is not apparent until you slice into one. Only then will you notice the difference: the ruby-red flesh inside, the intense citrus aroma, the heightened sweetness. The recipe for Blood Orange Mimosas takes full advantage of this fruit’s unique assets. Simply squeeze the oranges, add 2 ounces of juice to a champagne flute, and top with champagne. Garnish each mimosa with a skewer of orange peel and fresh thyme. Gorgeous! [... more]

Civilized Bacon

Though my recipe addiction is lifelong and bona fide, my head isn’t turned by every fondue, fricassee, or frittata. When it comes to entertaining, any recipe that makes my menu usually has to meet certain criteria: high drama, low effort, and a minimum of ingredients. In my mind, guests break into applause at the mere sight of each dish prepared, certain I’ve slaved for days to achieve such culinary grandeur. Despite its modest name, this Bacon-Wrapped Scallops recipe delivers the “wow” factor in presentation and taste with only a handful of [... more]

I Done Did It in Charlottesville

In my opinion, the Skybar in Charlottesville, Virginia, gives you the best view of the historic Downtown Mall. While I was enjoying the sights of the city, I decided to try one of their specialty cocktails, the “Done Did It.” Despite the funny name, this drink was no joke. The Southern Comfort, cider, and ginger beer worked together to pack this cocktail with flavor. The “Done Did It” inspired me to make the extra effort to sip and savor the cocktail. Photo Source: Commonwealth Skybar

Wonderful in White

Often, one of the first things we do when redecorating a room is pull out the paint deck and start weighing the color options. But lately, I seem to be drawn to rooms designed with a very distinct feature: white walls. By keeping the backdrop devoid of color, the room’s other features stand out: Art becomes more impactful, the hues of the wood furniture look a little richer, and a hodgepodge collection seems more pulled together. These examples show that white walls are anything but boring. Photo [... more]

Bootie-Licious!

If your passion is sexy shoes, then get ready to fall in love. The Morgan Bark Suede Bootie by Elaine Turner perfectly pairs glamour with spunk. The ultimate in versatility, these shoes transition flawlessly from a day at the office to a night on the town. Though I adore the zipper and tassels, the practical side of me loves the memory foam padded insole, usually unheard of in fashionable high heels. I cannot wait to add this pair to my wardrobe. The only problem I’ll have is [... more]

Shine On!

The South is experiencing a moonshine resurgence. No longer a backwoods brew, ’shine now shows up on cocktail menus at trendy establishments. One such place, Stillhouse in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, has designed its entire cocktail menu around it. Dressed in low light and dark woods, the bar/restaurant features booths and high top tables made from Troy & Sons whiskey barrels. But, as we found out, the best seats are at the bar. Bartenders artfully craft cocktails using any of the 45 varieties of moonshine on hand. If [... more]

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