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Material Guy: Charles Ellis Sartorial

I have some amazingly talented friends. Some who inspire me in the kitchen, others in my writing, and still others with their style and creativity. Chad is one. Chad got his start in fashion as an assistant at Shaia’s, a better menswear store in Homewood, Alabama. They have been around for 90 years and you […]

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Bachelor’s Guide to Cooking

My brother recently moved to a new city and with it came a new lifestyle. Far from his previous home in the country – complete with grill and friends to share kitchen duties – his new urban address calls for some new dinnertime inspiration. Our family-wide group text has been useful in answering the call […]

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Cowboy Spaghetti

My sister, Audra, makes a killer spaghetti – a fresher, more flavorful version of the old standby. A few weeks ago I made her write it down. Her knowing it by heart doesn’t help me much on spaghetti night! INGREDIENTS 1 lb. ground beef1 onion, diced 1 bell pepper, diced 2 cans of Rotel or […]

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Kendra Thornton on Chicago

Chicago-based travel expert Kendra Thornton and I have been trading emails lately – playing a friendly game of “my city is cooler than your city” and here is her rebuttal to the case I made for Austin. Why Chicago is Always Worth Visiting Every city has its particular charms, and Chicago is certainly no exception. […]

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Black Out

Classic. Traditional. Anything but boring. And with winter apparently here to stay, it’s not too late for me to add it all to my wardrobe. 1. Double-cloth Lady Day Coat | J. Crew 2. Bootcut Jean in Pitch Black Wash | J. Crew 3. Longchamp “Le Pliage” Large Tote | Nordstrom 4. Sayre Infinity Scarf […]

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Mission San Jose, San Antonio

Yesterday we celebrated the 102° temps and clear blue skies by walking around outside for a few hours. Three cheers for my dad packing a cooler full of waters before we set out! First we hit the King William District (more on that later), then walked to the Menger Bar (more later on that too), […]

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Todd’s Pilates

A few weeks ago I bought a Groupon for Todd’s Pilates – one month of unlimited classes for $34. I figured the worst that I’d do is go once a week and even then I would do better than break even. I didn’t count on LOVING it and wanting to go every. single. day. (I checked. […]

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

I have no problem diving into a 500-plus page book and devouring it in a matter of days. If the book is as good as some I’ve read, all the better. I love getting sucked into a great story. Book reviews are another matter. Most book reviews are too long and use too many unusual […]

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Easy Vegetable Soup

This is quite possibly the simplest soup you’ll ever make. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s tasty too! Ingredients 1 lb. ground beef 1 large package of frozen vegetables (gumbo are my favorite) 2 large bottles of V8 Juice fresh garlic half an onion, diced salt and pepper Method Brown the ground beef with the […]

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Roast Chicken

You can always count on your friends in the ‘burbs for the best home cooking inspiration. This basic roast chicken is from my friend Carrie and is as flavorful as it is easy. Until now, I thought rotisserie chickens from the grocery store were the best answer to my dinner desperation, but not anymore. This […]

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Think Pink: Valentine’s Gift Ideas

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is just around the corner? Love it or hate it, it’s a good excuse to check out cutie spring-themed gift ideas. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. Ashbury Tote in Fuschia | Banana Republic 2. Bandana-print Scarf in Hibiscus White | J. Crew 3. Take the Cake mini […]

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