Memphis Style by Moziah

Sometimes cool kids are born, not made. I’m fairly certain that’s the case with Moziah Bridges, who at age 9 launched his own brand of hand-stitched bowties. Each of Mo’s Bows is designed and crafted by Moziah himself. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, the young entrepreneur turned to his grandmother to teach him to design and sew his own bowties. Now at age 12, he’s already earned enough to cover his lunch money for the rest of his education. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go question [... more]

Glad for Plaid

It should come as no surprise to anyone that plaid is hot this winter—because it is every year! However, recently I’ve seen the pattern worn in a slightly new way that I really love. Plaid scarves add a pop of color to your outfit without looking like you’re trying too hard, which is great for someone who typically shies away from color like I do. My personal favorite is a bold red plaid scarf paired with any dark-neutral outfit. (Scarf shown above: Echo mSoft Crinkled Plaid Woven [... more]

A Razzed Up Red Velvet

When you slice through the dark chocolate frosting of a red velvet cake and remove the first piece, you immediately notice the distinct reddish brown layers separated by bands of creamy filling. This Red Velvet and Raspberry Supreme Cake recipe has many surprising elements that will amaze even the most discerning Southern baker. Unexpected fresh raspberries fill in between the cake layers and decorate the top. Inside, you’ll find two different creamy fillings: a marshmallow cream cheese and a pink whipped vanilla cream. Every bite is super [... more]

Scenes From “The Notebook”

These days, the South is a hotbed of filming activity, with many producers and location scouts finding unspoiled treasures for their silver screen needs. The Notebook, one of the most memorable movies of the past decade to take place in the South, was shot almost exclusively in the greater Charleston area. On a recent vacation, I spent a week out on Mount Pleasant and got the distinct feeling I had been there before, when in reality I hadn’t. I found out later that the dock extending from [... more]

Beyond the Barn

Barn doors are the ultimate versatile solution to dividing up a space, while adding charm and functionality. Paint the door a bright hue for a pop of color. Use chalkboard paint to transform a simple sliding door into a practical and playful wall. While traditional, reclaimed barn doors can create that rustic feel, the contrast with a modern setting can be intriguing and makes a great focus point in a room. Opt for glass sliding doors to provide a sound barrier while still letting light through. Photo Source: Real Carriage Door Co.

Ooey Gooey Goodness

I walked into our local bakery last week and inhaled the sweet aroma of freshly baked bread. I had to reel in my senses; otherwise, I would have stood there frozen like a fool incapacitated by the glorious smells of baked goodies. Spying the crusty, golden loaves coming out of the oven, I remembered this recipe I had come across a few weeks earlier. Buffalo Chicken French Bread features a baguette coated with ranch dressing, chicken drenched in a spicy buffalo sauce, and gorgonzola cheese dripping down [... more]

Portable Powerhouse

When I finally decided it was time to upgrade my workstation speakers, I looked at a range of possible options. Impressed by previously purchased JBL products, I decided on the JBL Charge. Even though it’s small (about the size of a tallboy of PBR, so there’s that), it fills my entire house with a full range of sound—with even some impressive bass for its size—via Bluetooth that connects to all of my devices. And it lasts for nearly 12 hours on a single charge. When it comes [... more]

Game On

The Goldberg brothers have long been the kings of Nashville’s food and drink empire: They started the local mixology movement with the opening of the Patterson House in 2009; in 2011, they launched Catbird Seat, which is still one of the hardest tables to book in the country; and their most recent enterprise has cemented Max and Ben’s throne. The 13,000-square-foot Pinewood Social, which opened in December 2013, is a cocktail bar and restaurant with a Crema coffee outpost and workstations with free Wi-Fi for those who [... more]

No Iron? No Problem

I try not to buy my clothes on brand name alone. I could care less if my shirt sported a polo horse or an alligator. But if a brand offers a product that consistently exceeds my expectations, I’ll be a fan for life.  And that’s what I’ve found with Brooks Brothers’ Supima® Cotton Non-Iron Sport Shirts, which are soft but sturdy enough to hold a clean shape for years. My collection has grown to eight over the past four years and the oldest ones look just as sharp as [... more]

Game Changer

Pebble first made serious waves as the most successful Kickstarter project ever. It was the first true consumer-facing smartwatch and offered more functionality that most consumers hadn’t seen up to that point. The one thing it did lack? Aesthetic value. Sure, the watch face was decently designed, but it didn’t offer anything that you could wear in a more formal situation. Now, they’ve changed that. Since their initial product was so well received, they’ve upgraded their smartwatch with Pebble Steel. It offers the same functionality as the [... more]

Grilled Cheese for Grown-Ups

There is a time and place for the simplicity of a traditional grilled cheese sandwich, especially if you’re serving them to children. When the kids are away, the adults can play—by getting creative in the kitchen. Turn that childhood favorite into an adult version with this recipe for Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms, and Onions. Mix the sliced mushrooms and onions with olive oil, salt, and pepper; then spread out on a baking sheet to bake in the oven until roasted. Assemble the sandwiches and then [... more]

Dressed-Up Pegboards

Believe it or not, pegboards are making their way out of the garage and into the house, popping up in new, creative roles all over the home. I personally love the idea of organizing pots and pans in the kitchen with pegboard painted to match the wall color. It keeps your most used items within easy reach, freeing cabinet space for the appliances that clutter up your counters. You can also turn a pegboard into a headboard or functional art by painting it a bold color in [... more]

Always the Optimist

Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry, designer Smith Haynes, and architect Tim Nichols whip up an amazing experience for this classic seafood restaurant and oyster bar, named The Optimist. The design has a chic sense of nostalgia as most of the spatial inspiration came from Instagram images of seafood plans and ‘70s Venice Beach surf lifestyle. The building renovation (or more aptly, a rehabilitation) enhances the existing steel truss-work while featuring amazing new custom details such as steel windows, antique wood strips inspired by lobster traps, and glass pendants [... more]

How To Wear Black on Black

In the dead of winter, there’s nothing I want to wear more than lots and lots of black. But a black-on-black outfit can sometimes get a bit boring. So how do you keep your outfit looking sharp and not verge into mundane? Adding texture is always a good place to start. For example, pair a fluffy wool sweater with a leather pant for an interesting look. Another important factor is fit. The biggest benefit to wearing black is that it is slimming, but if you pile on [... more]

Texas Born From Texas Corn

I decided to drive through the Lone Star State to find out more about a distillery that has recently gained serious acclaim in the small town of Hye, just an hour west of Austin. The Garrison Brothers Distillery had me fired up to witness the authenticity of the first and oldest legal whiskey distillery in the state of Texas. I took a tour of the facilities on a Friday night for $10 and tasted their award-winning whiskey, wine, and moonshine. Passion was evident each step of the [... more]