Smell Like a Man

At some point in college – or even before - most of us have a moment with a group of friends when we decide on an amazing idea to start a business together. And then there are three guys going to school at The University of Georgia who do something a little different: actually turn that idea into a reality. The three founders of EastWest Bottlers share a passion for products with a distinct Southern flair, and in their own words, a commitment to “providing authentic and compelling products to a market overrun with celebrities and [... more]

Brunch Bistro in Bed

Start your summer mornings off right with this decadent and savory Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict recipe from Damn Delicious. The protein-rich combination of fresh avocado and smoked salmon will keep you feeling full all morning, while the light Hollandaise sauce will make you think you woke up at an upscale brunch bistro. Made with a whole grain English muffin and poached eggs, this breakfast is not only delicious, but heart-healthy as well. Haven’t quite mastered poaching an egg? This recipe would taste just as good with simple fried eggs. Throw in a mimosa and you’ll be in breakfast heaven!

Artistic Movement

Tennessee artist Charles Clary uses bright, primary, and often neon colors that could be mistaken as simply playful in another context. But while Clary wants his art to invite playful interactions between the viewer and this conceived world, his art does much more than that.   Even though he received his BFA and MFA in painting, Clary has worked primarily with paper art in his professional artistic career. He makes his pieces by cutting hundreds of pieces of paper by hand and gluing the pieces together in [... more]

Musical Medicine

Nearly everyone has a personal connection to music, or loved ones with memory loss, or both. The stunning documentary, “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory,” tells the story of how music can inspire memory gain and restore spirits in the elderly community. Director Michael Rossato-Bennett follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights to demonstrate music’s powerful ability to connect with people and improve memory and lives more so than modern medicine has been able to do [... more]

Squash the Sides

The perfect veggie for all seasons, squash combines freshness and sweetness for a delicious side you’re sure to devour. This Roast Butternut Squash Recipe with Feta and Harissa Crème Fraîche is a great way to use it. Crushed garlic cloves release piquant flavor into each slice as they bake in the oven. A mixture of chili flakes and cinnamon may seem perplexing at first, but makes for a perfect smoky, hearty taste. Generously sprinkled feta cheese and rosemary sprigs top it all off for some earthy tones. Before [... more]

The Only Shoelaces You Will Ever Need

Withstanding the zombie apocalypse. Extreme hipster resistance.  Bear attacks.  These are just a few of the bragging points held by the makers of Kickstarter’s latest success story, Rhino Laces: guaranteed unbreakable shoelaces designed for the world’s toughest jobs. Some things only become obvious to people in extreme situations, like two wildland firefighters who found their boot laces were snapping just as fast as the charred branches surrounding them. Determined to find a useful solution, they spent years testing different materials that would be both cut-proof and fire-proof, finally developing a proprietary [... more]

A Fine Place to Crash

Hostels generally fall on the lowest rung of places to sleep outside the home - after hotels, motels and even camping – but that’s not the case for this one-of-a-kind retreat in the mountains of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Opened in 2011, The Crash Pad has many of the traditional features of a hostel, such as bunk beds, communal eating areas, and affordability, but was also designed with charm, cleanliness, and sustainability in mind. The Crash Pad is geared toward adventurous travelers and one of only four properties in Chattanooga with LEED Platinum Certification (and [... more]

Pied and True

Rhubarb isn’t the most common vegetable used in baking (and actually, it’s considered a fruit by the government), but when added with blueberries and apples to a pie, this tart veggie-fruit can be a pleasant accent. Sarah from The Vanilla Bean Blog was experimenting with different ways to make her own flour when she made this Rhubarb Blueberry Apple Pie, so it’s got some great made-from-scratch elements in addition to these fruity flavor features. However, just as she substituted a few things in this recipe from one she found [... more]

Red, White, and Blue for You

Festive holidays can always be a bit tricky to dress for:  you can choose to don your finest themed apparel – and run the risk of looking like a five-year-old - or not dress up at all and run the risk of looking out of place when everyone else is red, white, and blue-in’ it up.  If only there were a happy medium, right? This weekend, embrace a festive outfit without feeling too cheesy and childish. The key to the perfect 4th of July outfit is to choose two colors to focus [... more]

Summer Swingin’

What could possibly be better than swinging in a hammock on a summer day? Swinging in a bed. This DIY pallet swing bed project is sure to take your afternoon naps to the next level of comfort, and is easy enough to tackle in a couple of hours. All you need are a couple of pallets (which can be found at your local hardware store or grocery store), some rope, and your handy power tools. The great thing about this project is you can customize the size [... more]

Grilled to Perfection

If you’ve ever struggled with cooking meat on the grill, or just know someone who has (hey, Dad!), the iGrill2 is exactly the kind of gadget you need. This “rugged grilling thermometer” is designed to help you (or that “friend” of yours who is terrible at grilling) cook your meal to perfection. All you have to do is insert the thermometer’s probes; up to four different meats can be tracked at one time. The iGrill2 then syncs with a connected app on your smartphone so you can keep track of the [... more]

Celebratory Salsa

While you sit poolside celebrating 4th of July with friends and family, be sure to snack on something festive like this Blueberry, Strawberry and Jicama Salsa.  Not only is this 4th of July recipe pretty, but it’s also full of unique flavor combinations and is super easy to make.  The sweetness of the blueberries and strawberries contrasts perfectly with the bite and spice of cilantro and jalapeno, and the crunch of the jicama adds nice texture.  Pair with whole wheat crackers or cinnamon sugar pita chips for the perfect celebratory [... more]

LEONA Love

Lauren Leonard began her career in fashion at the young age of 16, and now designs one of the fastest-growing contemporary labels in fashion today, LEONA. This Southern designer defines her line as “cool, modern, classic and transitional,” incorporating simple and sensible pieces that fit the Southern lifestyle with a sense of “city chic.”  With pieces seen in Lucky and Elle magazines, and celebrity fans, such as Taylor Swift and Giuliana Rancic, she’s clearly doing something right.  Based out of Nashville, TN, as well as New York, [... more]

Nashville’s New Sinema

Nashville’s brand new restaurant Sinema opened June 27 and has some big plans. Its goal is to provide an accessible fine dining experience with modern spins on classic dishes. The menu is full of a diverse arrangement of American foods, while staying unique to Nashville traditions and flavors. Dale Levitski, winner of many awards and the runner-up on the third season of Top Chef, came down from Chicago to start Sinema and has been working hard with Q-Juan Taylor to mesh hospitality with fine dining. The interior [... more]

Nice Socks

The owners of Nice Laundry wanted high-quality socks at a low price, so they cut out the middleman and started making their own. Cuff tension, heel pocket depth, fine raw materials and a shrink-resistant final product are some of the things that they had in mind when they began designing, and the results feel as good as they sound. There are a few special things about this brand. First, it offers a recycling option for your old socks. You can send them in and they’ll salvage what they [... more]

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