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My Southern Christmas

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine. Tis the season for yuletide and cheer! Christmas has always been a magical time of year for me. But 2016 is a turning point for the holiday in my household because I am now a parent. Growing up, my mom and dad made sure the season was filled with whimsy, warmth, and love. And seeing my 1-year-old daughter wave cheerily to Christmas trees and blow kisses at animatronic Santas, I know that it is now my turn to turn up …

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How to Throw a Wine Tasting Party

Special thanks to Coravin for sponsoring this post! We have all been there. The last party guest has just left the house and you finally have a chance to quickly clean up before you knock out for the night. As you walk through the living room picking up used napkins, dirty appetizer plates, and empty glasses, you come across the dreaded half-drunk bottle of wine. You sigh and silently pray that it is the only one. But then you go into the kitchen. Your prayers were for naught. Not only are there 3 half-empty wine bottles on the counter, there …

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Ice Wine Holder for Georges Duboeuf 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau

With just a little over a week until Thanksgiving, we are about to be catapulted into the holiday season. Before you know it, your in-laws are going to be pouring into your house like locusts on the eve of the apocalypse. And like those bugs, they are going to decimate everything in their path: The perfectly plated hor d’oeurves, blink and they’re gone. The berry pie that took 16 hours to make, looks like a crumbly murder scene within 5 minutes. The ham you meticulously brushed honey on, carved into inedible scraps of meat and shattered dreams. So do not waste …

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The Thanksgiving (Prosecco) Table

If you have ever hosted Thanksgiving Day festivities, then you know that it can be a daunting task. Cleaning, decorating, cooking, entertaining, eating, napping, and then cleaning again. It’s a lot of work. So, to help ease the blow of hosting hoards of relatives, I have a simple and fun recommendation: a Prosecco table. I have teamed up with Mionetto Prosecco for this sponsored post to share with you my go-to party drinks solution. Instead of walking around all night re-filling everyone’s glass, just set this station in a corner of the room and go enjoy your turkey. Here is what …

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The Vintage Suitcase

Vintage collectors hold these truths to be self-evident… that all vintage is created superbly. Yes, if you’re a vintage collector then you know that ‘back in the day’ things were often just made better than they are now. Better quality, better craftsmanship, better longevity. That is why I personally prefer an antique mall over a neighborhood mall. The items pre-1970 were made to last and you get more bang for you buck. Plus, vintage items always just look really cool. I’m superficial when it comes to looks, so sue me. That’s why my heart jumped out of my chest when I …

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Autumn Entertaining at Home

The end of Labor Day officially marks the end of summer. And the end of summer means the beginning of the Fall. To which I say, ‘Yahoowee!’ I am an Autumn gal, through and through, so I look forward to this time of year like a child trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, fresh baked pies, and richly mixed cocktails. Aaah, I cannot contain the squeals! The one thing I am remise to say goodbye to is the unique feel of a patio party. In particular, there is something so romantic about the mood that comes with stringed …

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Afternoon Tea Party Ideas

If you have read this blog before, then you know that I am a sucker for a good tea party. There’s something so appealing about the marriage of an elegant get-together with a decadent sweet indulgence. So yes, essentially I view a tea party as a sophisticated way to pig-out. Now you know the true reason I love tea parties so much… a highly civilized justification to be a glutton.  So you can imagine my squeals of joy when Lipton Tea approached me to put together an unique afternoon tea party using their Berry Hibiscus and Peach Mango teas. Without hesitation, I …

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Rosa Picante named Patrón Margarita of the Year

Growing up in Los Angeles amongst family and friends of Mexican heritage, Cinco de Mayo was always one of my favorite holidays of the year. The city lit up with cultural pride, amazing food, endless dancing, and, of course, margaritas. Although it’s been years since I’ve celebrated the joyous holiday in L.A., I still make a point to raise a glass (preferably a salt-rimmed one) to the occasion wherever I am. And since I have had my share of the classic, ice-blended margarita, I’m always on the lookout for innovated takes on the traditional drink to serve as my Cinco de Mayo centerpiece. …