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Scouting for Scones

Tastings Team savors deliciously crumbly delights The scone conjures images of romance and good manners. A teacup held at the cup’s handle with an extended pinkie presents an air of refinement and exquisite taste. The scone has always been one of the mainstays served for British high tea. The American versions that our Tastings Team…

Boxed, Sealed & Delivered

The Tasting Team gives mail order menus a try In the New Year, the old excuse of “I don’t have time to cook” can no longer be used. How much easier can making dinner be when all the ingredients show up in a box on your front door? Companies such as Wildtree, Blue Apron, and…

Are You a Planner Gal?

These stylish finds might just be enough to organize and motivate The year you finally resolve to organize your to-do lists and create a streamlined life. Sure, you have that little notebook at the bottom of your purse. And, there’s that calendar feature you can’t live without on your phone. But, many women are learning…

Tastings: Holiday in a Bottle!

The Team checks out champagne & sparkling wines Corked inside a bottle of sparkling wine is celebration – a party waiting to be launched. This bubbly concoction goes through a second fermentation process to add the extra bit of effervescence. In case you wondered, it can only be called Champagne if it originates from the…

The Gift that Keeps Giving

DIY etched glassware with a personal touch Sweets, treats and friends are some of my favorite things. That’s why when the holiday season rolls around, I know I am not alone in sharing sweet confections baked straight from my own kitchen. This year, you can join me in treating friends, neighbors or even your child’s…

Homespun Holiday

DIY stitched clay ornaments Crafter Ashley Michel is no stranger to making her own holiday ornaments. In fact, each year she chooses a new way to make an entire line that she will sell at craft fairs or in private sales. Each one has its own flair and this year’s creations are no exception. To…

The Colors of Summer

Pack your wardrobe with these fashionable shades Across the stylish landscape of fashion, there are new hues that are turning heads not only on the runway but more commonly at the poolside, at the office or at the table for Sunday brunch. Pantone, the masters of all things color, loves to predict which colors will…

Sharp & ‘Centsible’ Professional Style

Second hand, vintage and consignment stores could make you a “Re-fashionista” The year was 1986. I was a freshman in high school and had $26 to buy school clothes. My red Schwinn and I pedaled to every second-hand store in town. I found a few fashion possibilities and potential cuteness in the bargain bins, the…

Tastings: For the Love of Chocolate

Chocolate and love.  It is the ultimate Valentine’s Day pair. Chocolate elicits love while love emanates from chocolate. So how much more romantic can it get? Enter the Tastings Team, which sampled a variety of delectable chocolate treats from around town – Big Dipper Ice Cream, Good Earth Market, The Spiked Olive, and Tea City…

The Gift of Glamour

Sparkle & shine this holiday season When the lights dip low and the holidays usher in the softer, more candlelit affairs, it’s time to dust off those outfits that sparkle and make sure your face does just the same. From the romantic smoky eye to pulling off those long and flirty lashes, the experts share…

Serving Up the Spirit of the Holidays

Old picture frame gets a whole new look With the holidays near and houses citywide opening their doors to guests and festive affairs, serving ware and trays get pulled out of cabinets and put to good use. Since I knew I would need a way to reduce trips to and from the kitchen, I decided…

Foraging Fall Color

Autumn takes center stage in this one of a kind centerpiece When fall color hits its height, why not bring a little of those rustic hues inside? With some snips and an eye for color and texture, you can forage the wilds around your home in search of the perfect centerpiece gathered straight from nature….

Fashion: Denim For Days!

This fashion staple is getting a facelift Day or night, the love we have for denim is now finding a ramped up place in fashion. You’ll see it on the sidelines of a Saturday morning football game or even strutting its way into finer dining establishments on date night. The fashion staple has become more…

Taming Those Tresses

Fashioning hair like the Pros The aisles of hair products and tools can be confusing for a gal looking to train her tresses.  Whether you’re baffled by the curls produced by a flat iron or are sick of spending your days fighting the frizz, don’t fall into the trap of spending hard earned dollar after…

Tag, You’re It!

Make your own leather-tooled luggage tag Come fall, families from far and wide will start planning that getaway for the holidays. Maybe they’ll voyage over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house. Or, maybe they’ll be sun seekers, trying to escape winter’s grasp with a trip to a warm destination. If you’re taking…

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