Life’s a Beach: Summer in a Bottle, Part 2

Life’s a Beach: Summer in a Bottle, Part 2

Henry James once said that the two most beautiful words in the English language were "summer afte....read more

Dorm Room Decorating Ideas DIY Style

Dorm Room Decorating Ideas DIY Style

It's time for you and roomie to figure out your decor style for the upcoming year or change up that ....read more

Kindle Unlimited: A Library-To-Go

Kindle Unlimited: A Library-To-Go

Attention, fellow readaholics! How much money do you spend each year paying for novels? What if you ....read more

Happy Hour Drink of the Week: Flamingo

Happy Hour Drink of the Week: Flamingo

Here's another great cocktail from ....read more

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American Hustle Review

Expectations were high for this impeccable ensemble cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner, and none of them fail. This entertaining comedy takes a 70′s political scandal and gives it romping life in the irrisistable hands of director/writer David O. Russell.

Are Gift Cards A No No?

According to NBC.com, “Retail gift cards are extremely convenient: You never give the wrong size or color because the recipient buys whatever he or she wants,” and Modern Manners expert, William Norwich, agrees, “In theory, a gift card is just as acceptable as something wrapped under the tree as long as

The Fashion Wink: Puffer Vests

The hottest item for winter is the Puffer Vest, and many stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom are selling out of these items almost as soon as they put them up for sale or pre-sale. The upside: finally you can stay warm with down, and still have some figure flattering style. 

Perfect Every Time Turkey Gravy

Forget about lumps, this is a no fail gravy taught to me by a chef from the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC. He cooked his gravy right in the pan that he had roasted his turkey in, but you can make this in a pot too. The bay leaves and the fresh thyme add a depth of flavor, but it’s the cooking of the roux until it’s toasty that makes this brilliant.

Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Soup

This soup is fantastic. And seriously the hardest thing about it is peeling and cutting the butternut squash–buy that already cubed and you’re almost done. The original recipe called for garam masala spice, but as I didn’t have it on hand, I opted for massaman curry paste. Massaman curry was picked as #1 in CNN’s 50 Best Foods of the World.

Happy Hour Drink of the Week: Red Hot Santa-tini

The latest trend in chocolate has been to infuse a little heat, so why not do that with a favorite cocktail–the martini? This decadent Holiday drink ups the luxe level with Godiva liqueur and whipped cream. Perfect for any gathering with friends and family this time of year, they’ll get a nice, little kiss on the lips