Monthly Archives: August 2014

Friday Favorite: Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tillbury's new makeup line

Charlotte Tillbury’s new makeup line from Net-A-Porter


A fresh coat of paint can change a room or restore a piece of furniture. I’ve always believed the same was true for makeup and I find myself writing about it almost as much as subjects that have to do with hosting and serving!


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Don’t Be Afraid of Colors

The outside of a home in London's Kensington Borough. I love the complementing colors.

The outside of a home in London’s Kensington Borough. I love the complementing colors.

I love shades of white.  I am in the middle of repainting our master bedroom’s furniture that is black to a creamy white.

BUT, if everything is white, or if everything is ANY one color, it can become uninteresting.

Complementary CONTRAST makes you APPRECIATE things.  Continue reading

Summer in a Bottle

Photography Print by Grey Malin~ visit to order

Photography Print by Gray Malin~ visit to order

I wish that I could bottle summer. Sun-kissed days give us a feeling of fearlessness; anything is possible under the summer sun. The real allure of summer, whether you are a student, teacher, or in the corporate field, is that there is time to take a break from the daily grind of “routine.” There are family vacations, traditions, and long, slow days where it’s so hot outside all you feel like doing is sitting on the couch and sinking into Bravo TV.  Continue reading

A Dish & A Story [a dinner party idea]

Aunt Inez's 4-Layer Chocolate Cake

Aunt Inez’s Chocolate Cake

My grandma, Doris Wheeler Evans, was born in 1914 and grew up in Watertown, Florida which is no bigger than a blink and right outside of Lake City.

She was one of 12 children; 8 of them girls, 8 of them incredible southern cooks. I grew up eating “Aunt Eloise’s Pound Cake,”  “Doris’s Coconut Cake,” “Lucille’s Lemon Cheesecake,”  and “Cleavy’s Chicken Tetrazzini.”  The star among the stars, however, was Aunt Inez’s Chocolate Cake. Continue reading