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Dessert Drinks at HPV

Try this after-dinner drink this weekend at Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village: the Crema de Canela and get into the holiday spirit. This beverage includes: Chila Orchata Cinnamon Cream Rum, Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire, Fresh Mint and a Cinnamon Stick.



Courtesy of Highland Park Village via Facebook

David Nail

David Nail

Loved the David Nail concert last weekend at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, Texas. Check him out on iTunes! Top tracks include…Whatever She’s Got and Kiss You Tonight

The Pie That’s Worth It

The Kitchy Kitchen shares her recipe for salted bourbon caramel pumpkin melt away pie…You’ll want to cheat your diet for this dessert!


For one 9 inch pie
8 cups Pumpkin Ice Cream, softened (recipe below, or just stir together vanilla ice cream with a tablespoon of bourbon, and let it firm up in the freezer)
1 cup salted caramel sauce
2 cups cocoa whipped cream
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 recipe pretzel graham crust (recipe below)

To make the pie, pour about 3/4 cup of caramel sauce in the bottom of the crust, and top with bourbon ice cream. Smooth the ice cream over the pie and pop in the freezer to set, about 30 minutes but you can leave it there longer if you want. You can do two things regarding serving: serve it with fresh whipped cream or with frozen whipped cream. Either way, top the set pie with cocoa whipped cream. If serving immediately, add chopped pecans and the remaining 1/4 cup of caramel sauce. If freezing again, reserve the toppings until just before you serve.


The Black Tie of 2014: Formal Wear Etiquette


I. WHITE TIE: “I’m so fancy.”

Ladies: Bring out your best full length ball gown. This is as formal as you’re going to get with dress code. Long white gloves are optional. Make sure to get ready to this song.

Gentlemen: Black dress coat (tail coat) and matching trousers, shirt studs and cufflinks, white vest, white bow tie, black shoes and socks.

II. BLACK TIE: “Bond, James Bond.”

If an invitation states black tie, abide by the rules below:

Ladies: A night for you to look your most gorgeous! Embrace it and have fun. Wear a long formal gown (if you have the opportunity to wear one, my attitude is WHY NOT?) or a shorter fancy cocktail dress that is black tie appropriate. Colors to keep in mind for winter: jewel tones, emerald, ruby, amethyst and, of course, black. Bring out your best jewels and high heels and jazz it up!

Gentlemen: There’s really nothing as sophisticated as a man in black tie. He should wear a dinner jacket (also known as a tuxedo jacket) and matching trousers, bow tie, and cummerbund.

III. BLACK TIE for OPTIONAL: “Play it safe.”

As Oscar Wilde said “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” We tend to just play it safe and wear proper black tie:

Ladies: Same guidelines as black tie. Black tie optional is really geared more towards the gents.
Gentlemen: Dark suit (with a conservative tie and dark shoes) or a tuxedo if you’re feeling particularly Bond-esque.

IV. CREATIVE BLACK TIE: “Let’s get crafty!”

Eek! The dreaded confusing guideline of creative black tie, AKA black tie with a little whimsy. You can always err on the side of safety and dress in classic black tie, and if there’s a theme, add an element like a conversational hat or accessory.

V. DURING THE COLDER MONTHS: “Put down that Barbour jacket, and no one will get hurt.”

It’s time to invest in a proper formal overcoat.

Ladies: a fur or faux-fur shrug. A gorgeous velvet coat.

Gentlemen: classic overcoat and dapper scarf will do. Sadly, your down jacket, regardless of how cold is it outside, just does not fit the occasion.

Saluda RIver Club

So proud of my Daddy for his award of “The State’s Best New Home Community 2014″ on the Saluda River Club!!

Located in Lexington, SC, the community offers a diverse array of home styles. Created by Lifestone Communities, Saluda River Club is made up of three distinct districts that propose a new way of life. The Village District offers urban, “town center” living in townhomes and single-family homes. The River District is a serene, picturesque setting featuring executive estates along the banks of the Saluda River.




Salsa Verde


5 medium tomatillos
1 medium serrano chili
3 cloves unpeeled garlic
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 medium onion minced
10 sprigs of cilantro minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Peel the tomatoes and set them on a sheet of tin foil on the oven rack. Turn on the broiler and turn up the edges to prevent juices from running off. Place the tomatillos, chili and garlic on the foil and broil until the skins charred. Flip everything over and char the other side.
Remove everything from the oven with the foil, being careful not to spill any of the liquid. Remove the core excess char from the tomatillos and mince with a sharp knife. Mince the chili and garlic and add to a bowl with the tomatillos. Add the lime juice, onions and cilantro then salt to taste.

The Best Halloween Costumes

Halloween is creeping up, and now is the time to scramble for costumes. Here are a few of my favorite outfits from Vogue’s exclusive fashion portfolios over the years to help you find some inspiration.


Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette in a pink dress and diamond earrings

CFDA Fashion Awards - Street Style

Rihanna at the CFDA Fashion Awards


Clueless: I’m always keen on a good plaid skirt, white tights and a red scrunchie


Claire Danes as Juliet


Mary Kate Olsen and friend as the moon and sun



So excited to launch #KOCHonCampus at SMU! We’ll have sorority exclusives, special events and surprise sales for SMU Koch Girls! #shopkoch #smugirls #sexytomboy

Matcha & Avocado Popsicles


For the popsicles

2 large avocados or 3 small avocados
1 can coconut milk
2 tbsp matcha powder
2 tbsp of honey (adjust to taste but you don’t want the mixture super sweet)
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

For the white chocolate dip*

200g good quality fair trade white chocolate
4 tbsp raw organic cacao butter
½ tsp ground vanilla powder (unless your chocolate already contains this)

Add ice cream ingredients to a blender and blend at high speed until silky smooth. Then pour mixture into popsicle moulds, insert sticks and put into the freezer for five or so hours.

When your pops are frozen hard you are ready to melt your white chocolate. Place chopped up chocolate along with cacao butter into a double boiler. Over medium heat, gently stir.

To release the pops from their moulds, quickly run them under warm water. Now working quickly dip each pop into the white chocolate. Use a spatula to fill in any spots that you miss. Hold the stick and let it drip for a few seconds as the chocolate hardens. Place the pop on non-stick baking paper until the chocolate sets completely.

Kate Somerville

My tuesday complementary facial at Neiman Marcus!

Kate Somerville’s DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment is delivered through a pen-like wand connected to this gigantic oxygen machine that pumps booster serum and oxygen into the skin in short alternating bursts. It’s hydrating and plumping it literally leaves skin glowing.

This treatment is well-known among celebrities who suffer from jet lag or have to walk the red carpet looking goood


A Day At The DC


Currently, the Dallas Contemporary features the exhibit ALTA MODA by fashion magazine photographer, Mario Testino. ALTA MODA is Spanish for “high fashion”. The exhibit entails a series of photographic portraits documenting Peruvians in their vibrant kaleidoscope patterned and ornately adorned traditional and festive dress from Cusco, one of the mountainous regions of Peru.

“Testino was on assignment for British Vogue in Peru when he asked for costumes for his shoot and was told he should come choose them himself. “So I went, and when I saw what they had, I was, like, ‘Oh, my God! I have to document this.’ ” Inspired by the work of indigenista photographer Martín Chambi, Testino borrowed a re-created backdrop from Chambi’s family in sepia-like hues that contrast the vivid and joyous ensembles worn by the Peruvian subjects of the photographs. “It’s a beautiful backdrop, no?” Testino asks proudly. It was, but the foreground of the photos were equally arresting.

Just call him Super Mario” (Courtesy of VOGUE).

The US exhibition preview of ALTA MODA was hosted by Oscar de la Renta, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hamish Bowles, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Inmaculada de Habsburgo and welcomed Queen Sofia of Spain.

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