Don’t Try This at Home
Feb28

Don’t Try This at Home

Observations from my month on an ostrich farm

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Mouth Health is Body Health
Feb28

Mouth Health is Body Health

Wellness that’s easy to swallow

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Feb28

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

An Important Wake-Up Call

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Is Your Diet Aging You?
Feb28

Is Your Diet Aging You?

Want to look like a million bucks? You have to eat better.

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Succulent Spaces
Feb08

Succulent Spaces

Find fabulous design ideas to inspire your own succulent garden.

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Punch Up Your Pool
Feb08

Punch Up Your Pool

To own a pool is to have your own personal stay-cation just outside your back door; a spot for relaxation, exercise, sunlight, and family fun.

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Petpalooza!
Feb08

Petpalooza!

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, and with love in the air, there’s no better time than now to remember to appreciate and care for your furry family member.

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Preparing to Buy or Sell Your Home
Feb08

Preparing to Buy or Sell Your Home

It’s time to get started

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New Bathroom for the New Year?
Dec30

New Bathroom for the New Year?

Ah, the bathroom: a spa-like escape, a personal sanctuary, and a little respite from cruel, real-world responsibilities.

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HOU51ON
Dec30

HOU51ON

It is the gigantic, unavoidable sports match which humorously is left frequently unnamed in advertising, referred to only with cryptic monikers, lest one claims an association with said event: “game day,” the “big one,” and “the professional football championship” all find themselves top of mind as we move through January. Though at press time we cannot confirm the precise reasons that Texas residents will be particularly interested...

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Precious Metals
Dec29

Precious Metals

A neutral palette needs not be boring. Elevate your presence this winter and spring with the new neutrals: gunmetal, iced steel, gold, and rose gold.

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John Tesar
Dec29

John Tesar

The famously hotheaded Dallas chef stays relevant, but what goes into making one of Dallas’ most influential figures in food?

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State of Grace
Dec04

State of Grace

Cocktail-worthy party dresses that make a statement while maintaining the utmost class.

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Holiday Hustle
Dec04

Holiday Hustle

Hanging with the healthy lifestyle through the holidays

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Cutting Back on the Crazy for Christmas
Dec02

Cutting Back on the Crazy for Christmas

I’ve been dreading this one for a while. With both of our daughters living in other countries, Christmas 2016 will be the first time my husband and I won’t have all our children home for the holidays. As I’m trying to get myself used to the idea of a Christmas that’s very different from the 25 that came before it, I’m thinking what better time to reevaluate all this Christmas crazy—the unchecked consumerism, the dashing to and fro,...

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From Our Table To Yours
Dec01

From Our Table To Yours

Our tradition at Living is sharing a few of our own recipes old and new with you, and we’re back with another handful.

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In the Eye of the Storm
Nov02

In the Eye of the Storm

A north Texas dairy opens in the wake of destruction.

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125 Hours in Our Nation’s Capital
Nov01

125 Hours in Our Nation’s Capital

“Disney World or D.C.?” I asked Hayden, my almost 11-year-old son.

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Falling In Luxe
Nov01

Falling In Luxe

Lush textures and organic layers; there’s something for everyone to fall in love with this fall.

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Craft.
Nov01

Craft.

When I was much younger all I really knew about beer was that it wasn’t something you were supposed to enjoy. Wine, sure—I remember the swirling of the glasses and the uncorking and hearing about how these really old “vintage” wines were supposed to be so spectacular and all the ladies gathering around the table with whites and reds and crackers, but nobody ever said anything like that about beer. Beer was the cans on the bottom shelf...

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Let It Go!
Oct03

Let It Go!

Rid yourself of what’s holding you back

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Bora Bora
Oct03

Bora Bora

Jewel of the South Seas
Lose Yourself in the Ultimate Island Paradise

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New Ammunition in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Oct03

New Ammunition in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Make breast wellness a priority this month

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Senior Strength
Oct03

Senior Strength

Keeping fit— both mentally and physically

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Women of Adversity
Sep02

Women of Adversity

Strong women inspire us, encourage us, and support us. They’re mothers, grandmothers, wives, and caretakers. They overcome adversity in stride and never give up. This month, they share their stories with us.

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What’s Cookin’?
Sep01

What’s Cookin’?

Tips and trends to transform your kitchen

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Oktoberfest Chicago Style
Sep01

Oktoberfest Chicago Style

Celebrating the Windy City’s deeply rooted German heritage

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She Said She Shed!
Sep01

She Said She Shed!

Women across the country are leaving stress and worry at their very own front doors

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Crazy Indulgent Desserts…
Aug01

Crazy Indulgent Desserts…

No Oven Required!

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The Bright Lights of Bangkok
Aug01

The Bright Lights of Bangkok

Watching The King and I made me do it—a trip to Bangkok, Thailand on a whim.

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Join the Club
Aug01

Join the Club

Summer’s almost over, but it’s not too late to tap into one of this season’s biggest fashion trends. With timelessly chic pieces in an all-white palette, you’ll always be on par.

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Something Bright and Good
Aug01

Something Bright and Good

Make a happy moment

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The Eli Young Band returns home to Texas
Jul01

The Eli Young Band returns home to Texas

We catch up with them after the Off The Rails Country Music Festival in Frisco, Texas Mike Eli, James Young, Jon Jones and Chris Thompson form the Eli Young Band. This award winning band formed in Denton, Texas, while attending college at University of North Texas. The band members met shortly after starting college and were friends before deciding to form the band. “We started hanging out and jamming together,” says Mike, “and...

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London Calling
Jul01

London Calling

Visiting London without delving into its celebrated landmarks and neighborhoods would be like trying to eat a chocolate bar without removing the wrapper. It’s more about what’s inside the jewel box than the jewelry case itself—not unexpected from the Brits, when you think about it.

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Pumped Up
Jul01

Pumped Up

Powerful shoes for powerful women

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The Ageless Student
Jul01

The Ageless Student

When Claire Pruner of Bristol, Tennessee turned 35, her children were in elementary school and she was working part time. Realizing that their household expenses would only increase in the coming years, she and her husband, Jon, had a heart-to-heart.

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Fireworks, Finally
Jun07

Fireworks, Finally

Make sure you stay safe—and legal—this month

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Taking the Pain Out of Gain
Jun07

Taking the Pain Out of Gain

Using sports medicine tips to maximize your workout and stay safe

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Brooklyn (boroughed in) Culture
May02

Brooklyn (boroughed in) Culture

The best way to immerse yourself in Brooklyn’s mix of hip and historic neighborhoods is on foot, meandering around, absorbing all the sights, sounds, and flavors. And when your tootsies get tired, just hail a taxi. The borough of Brooklyn’s glitzy neighboring island with the towering skyline has taken center stage for almost as long as it’s existed, but times have changed for Brooklyn, known as America’s first suburb. It’s become a...

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Texas Smoke
May02

Texas Smoke

The Art of Low and Slow Barbecue

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Art Smart
May02

Art Smart

Empty walls beware! It’s time to create a narrative in your home with just the right piece of art. Even if you aren’t an art collector, or maybe you haven’t even bought your first piece yet, don’t despair—it’s easier than you think. Before you buy anything though, first you need to understand the players in the market. That means either buying artwork that is fresh on the market or pieces that have already been sold at least once....

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A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Summer Camp
Mar29

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Summer Camp

Make preparations today to preserve your family’s sanity tomorrow Seasoned parents have long known the best time to prepare for a peaceful and memorable summer break is well in advance. Finding a good summer camp is a great way to ensure the kids get an experience of a lifetime while Mom and Dad’s stress levels are kept to a minimum. But your child’s success at summer camp will depend on the preparations you make before they set off...

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Reflected Perspectives
Mar02

Reflected Perspectives

Leave “I woke up like this” make-up in 2015. This season was made for bright and bold lips, vibrant blue eyes, over-the-top lashes, and disco-inspired touches. Whether you find yourself more of a classicist or a daring darling, 2016’s trends are begging to be mirrored. Vamped Up Porcelain skin and dark, moody, wine-stained lips tore up this season’s runway. Turn it up with a smoked eye or let your lips do the talking with an...

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Dr. da Vinci
Mar02

Dr. da Vinci

Robotic tech making surgeons more than merely human 100 years ago, surgeons still performed procedures with their bare hands, working in their street clothes, protected by an apron. The tools they used were not much better. Just a glimpse of vintage surgical equipment will send shivers up your spine. Thankfully, we live in the 21st century! While we’re not to the point where doctors can operate by waving a device over the body like...

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Simply Sous Vide
Mar02

Simply Sous Vide

For the last two months I’ve been cooking meat in plastic bags dunked into what amounts to a bucket of hot water. It sounds weird, but the results have converted this skeptic into a believer—steakhouse quality beef, impossibly juicy chicken breast, tender fish, and better-than-barbecue ribs. That’s the miracle of sous vide—all you need is a tall stock pot, some zip-top bags, a sous vide device, and something to cook! What the heck is...

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Our Natural Habitat
Feb01

Our Natural Habitat

Practical, functional, beautiful bathrooms We might not spend the most time out of the day in the bathroom, but the time we do spend needs to be… comfortable. Freshly drawn baths, elegant fixtures, fresh-feeling lighting, and yes, even the toilet itself all need to do their part when it comes to those essential daily routines—and there’s rarely a better way to both increase the value of your house and maximize your comfort than...

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Magical Upcountry Bali
Feb01

Magical Upcountry Bali

Tranquility, Culture, Art, and Adventure Wrapped in a Lush, Tropical Paradise Daily life, creativity, and nature blend seamlessly up on Bali’s Sayan Ridge, near the artist community of Ubud. Restorative tropical sounds, ancient Hindu temples, and emerald-green hills adorned with towering palms and undulating, hand-carved rice terraces whisk you far away from the frenzy of Western civilization. It’s a magical land where friendly people...

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Those Tights are Tight!
Feb01

Those Tights are Tight!

Adorn those stems with leggings and tights that give a little P-H-A-T attitude. From lace to leather, your legs will have everyone dying to know your secret. Follow this team on Instagram: Photographer: Randy Anderson, @rander4370 Creative Director: Jen Childers, @artzee_jen The Campbell Agency, @campbellmodels Stylist: Juan Lerma, @juan_lerma Wallflower Management, @wallflowermgmt Hair and Makeup: Jenn Karsner, @jenn_creates Kim...

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Don’t Sweat the Pet
Feb01

Don’t Sweat the Pet

Simple solutions for living comfortably with allergies and your four-legged family members There’s no doubt about it, pets enrich our lives in ways too numerous to count—our furry friends are members of the family. So what do you do when someone in the house is allergic to a beloved family pet? It’s not so easy living with the allergy-inducing dander pets leave in their wake. Luckily, there are dander-defying solutions every member of...

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Amazing India
Dec07

Amazing India

A Week in the Golden Triangle “Come to the exotic subcontinent,” India calls from afar. “Immerse yourself in a destination of dreams, romance, and a blend of sights and sounds that creates an unforgettable experience.” Even seasoned travelers are swept away by India, with its gleaming marble palaces, massive Mughal (Mogul) forts, and spice-inspired cuisine. Vibrant textiles and extraordinary hand-knotted Kashmir rugs drape the...

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Resolve to Greenify Your Home this Year
Dec07

Resolve to Greenify Your Home this Year

Check out these simple eco-friendly home improvements that will make your cozy abode even cozier. Let’s face it. We can all stand to be more energy-efficient. The New Year is a great time to take a step back and consider new ways to reduce our carbon footprint, save money on energy, and be a kinder, gentler citizen of Mother Earth. A great place to start is by calling in an expert to let you know where you currently stand with...

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Daydream Believer
Dec07

Daydream Believer

Reawakening the art of positive, constructive daydreaming Daydreaming gets a bad rap along the path from childhood to adulthood. In our culture—one that often embraces goal-oriented productivity—to allow our minds to start wandering like they did when we were children is a behavior all-too-often replaced with the mantra of grown-ups: “Be a doer and a go-getter, not a dreamer.” Who doesn’t wish to be free to daydream from time to time?...

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Moroccan Chicken with Carrot Purée
Dec07

Moroccan Chicken with Carrot Purée

Brighten a drab winter evening with this colorful dish. Its complex flavor profile offers a perfect balance of spicy, sweet, and bitter flavors. Serves six. TIP: Prepare the carrot purée and your homemade harissa a day or two ahead of time.   6 boneless, skin-on chicken breasts, pounded to a ¾” thickness 16 tablespoons (1 cup) olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 4 cups chicken broth 2 pounds carrots, cut into...

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They’ll Be Home For Christmas
Dec07

They’ll Be Home For Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But let’s face it. It’s also the most stressful, with shopping, entertaining, traveling, cooking, budget stretching, and attending parties upon parties when you’d rather be home watching A Charlie Brown Christmas with the kids. Add to that time spent with family members who know how to push all your buttons and you’ve got a situation that could make Saint Nick himself want to run for the...

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5 Nights in Paris
Nov09

5 Nights in Paris

I took a deep breath and gazed up at the landmark France’s capital has been known for since the 1889 World’s Fair. The iron latticework looked like lace against the night sky. And then it began to sparkle. Hundreds of lights twinkled on and off making it seem as if the Eiffel Tower had been sprinkled with fairy dust. “Not bad for our first night in Paris,” I said, gripping my husband’s hand in excitement. “Not bad at all,” he agreed....

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Luxury Car Tech Meets Science Fiction
Nov08

Luxury Car Tech Meets Science Fiction

Remember George Jetson’s flying car that folded up into a briefcase? Automotive technology isn’t there quite yet, but many features that were sci-fi a decade ago are becoming commonplace. For example, vehicles today can come equipped with a collision-avoidance system, or self-parking technology designed to make parallel parking a breeze. James Bond-worthy car gadgetry is for everyone, from auto and tech enthusiasts to regular folks....

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Fall Guy
Nov07

Fall Guy

We’ve all got a guy in our lives that mischievously eludes gift-giving like a practiced skill. We’ve rounded up a few versatile pieces just for him. Whether he’s a son, husband, father, or just someone special, there’s bound to be a shirt, coat, hat, watch, or something else here he’ll fall for.   Text by Brandon Daiker Follow the team who made the magic of this shoot happen on Instagram. Photographer: Tony Trahan @tony_trahan...

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Treat Yourself
Nov06

Treat Yourself

Sometimes you just need to let yourself do what feels good. Jewelry Provided by: Couture Rocks Fine Jewelry – 817.938.5908 Diamond Doctor – 972.342.6663 Willis Fine Jewelry – 972.771.1500 Markham Fine Jewelers – 817.421.649. Art Direction by Jen Childers Photography by Jeremy Shelby Prop Styling by Jen Childers & Juan Lerma Styling by Juan Lerma, The Campbell Agency Production Assistant Gordon...

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Falling Head over Healdsburg
Oct03

Falling Head over Healdsburg

I say “wine country,” you say… bikes and hikes? I say “tasting room,” you say… olive oils? I say, if you’ve never traveled to Healdsburg, California, what are you waiting for? A charming blend of rural agriculture and world-class resorts, sophisticated wineries and traditional olive orchards, Healdsburg is everything you didn’t expect from wine country. About 80 miles north of San Francisco International Airport, Healdsburg is...

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Celebrate Autumn In Asheville
Sep10

Celebrate Autumn In Asheville

As the dog days of summer wane, autumn beckons to us all. You can almost feel the crisp air, smell the wonderful fall aromas, and visualize foliage so vibrant you want to reach out and touch it. That’s when it’s time to head to Asheville, North Carolina. Each year, autumn-loving visitors from around the world slip into town to drink in the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains ablaze with color, fill their hearts with laughter and joy...

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From Day to Night
Sep08

From Day to Night

Our full assortment of double-duty pieces will have you stretching your wardrobe from Texas summer into Texas fall—and Texas days into Texas nights, all for less than $250. Whether you’re a 9-to-5er or a weekend warrior, there’s plenty to like about these interchangeable looks. This classy-yet-comfortable cowl-neck blouse is the centerpiece of this outfit, while the perfect pencil skirt can find itself plenty comfortable at the office...

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Top 5 Home Renovations to Increase Your Resale Value
Sep08

Top 5 Home Renovations to Increase Your Resale Value

If you’re considering putting your home on the market, there are improvements you can make to attract potential buyers. But will they increase your home’s resale value enough to justify the investment? The trick is to spend on home renovation only what you can recoup (or mostly recoup) when you finally make the sale. Many real estate experts agree on a few can’t-miss changes that give homeowners the best bang for their renovation...

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Cancer Yesterday and Today—How Treatments Have Changed
Sep08

Cancer Yesterday and Today—How Treatments Have Changed

Gone are the days when hearing the word cancer from your doctor meant an automatic death sentence. In fact, advancements in cancer treatment over the past twenty years have been resoundingly encouraging. Our nation’s top oncologists report advances in chemotherapy and the development of targeted radiation that greatly reduces the risk of damage to surrounding tissue. Cancer surgeries are less invasive. Improved supportive therapies...

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Some Enchanted Evening
Aug06

Some Enchanted Evening

Galas, soirees, weddings… events that hum with glittering energy call for dresses that delight. Nude, blush, and soft plum gowns encrusted with beads, accented with lace or layered with chiffon invoke a subtle, classic allure. The French Room (pictured above) Named the number one hotel restaurant in America by Zagat, and described by The New York Times as “a Louis XV fantasy on the prairie… indisputably the most striking and sumptuous...

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Best Family Beach Vacation
Aug06

Best Family Beach Vacation

Soft white sand, the rhythmic sound of sea on shore, and multiple generations gathered under the summer sun. These are just a few of the elements of the quintessential escape many look forward to all year. Along the Northwest Coast of Florida, in the Destin and Fort Walton Beach area, all this and more awaits, making it our pick this year for the best place for a family beach vacation.   STAY: There are many options when it comes...

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Fitness Wearables. What’s all the hype?
Aug05

Fitness Wearables. What’s all the hype?

If you’re not already one of the 19 million people using an activity tracker, a.k.a. fitness wearable, you should be. Why? Because they work. “We can improve what we can measure,” said Ted Vickey, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Senior Consultant on Fitness Technology. “By understanding our daily movements, we can create a baseline and create goals and objectives from that baseline.” Today’s electronic fitness wearables measure...

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Raspberry Chocolate Cake
Aug04

Raspberry Chocolate Cake

For the cake: 8 ounces dark chocolate 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature 4 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder For the frosting: 3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature  1/4 cup milk, at room temperature 1 jar raspberry jam chopped walnuts »  Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Grease your baking dish. For the cake, cut chocolate into small pieces and melt in a...

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Hue’s the Boss?
Jul10

Hue’s the Boss?

2015 should be known as the year of color. And when it comes to work wear, color saturation has the market cornered. These vivid pieces help whoever is wearing them command the room, but are not so bold that they wear you. When you were a little girl, what was your favorite dress? The somber black one? The conservative navy one? I’m betting not. More than likely it was bright and cheery. Just because we are grown-ups doesn’t mean we...

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Cranberry Jam
Jul09

Cranberry Jam

1/2 cup water, at room temperature 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1 cup sugar 3 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen) »  Mix water, juice, and sugar in a saucepan, bring it to a boil, then let boil for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low.  »  Add cranberries and bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat. »  Put the finished jam into jars and...

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The Power of Aroma
Jul08

The Power of Aroma

Serenity. Desire. A stray memory. Scents can evoke powerful feelings. Read on to ensure your fragrance complements your mood, no matter what persona you’re putting on. Sophisticated Grown-up scents move towards woody muskiness—sensual, seductive and with serious attitude. Feminine and vampish, they celebrate the true art and depth of fragrance. Confident and sophisticated, Boss Nuit Pour Femme by Hugo Boss perfume will make you feel...

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Suit Up!
Jul07

Suit Up!

The age of the suit has returned. We’ll show you how to wear it. Photography by Scott Womack Text and Art Direction by Abby Hoeffner Styling by Britta Newton Grooming by Cheryl Smith Model Major Dodge represented by the Callidus...

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On the Wall Adventures
Jul02

On the Wall Adventures

Why Wallpaper? Why Now? There’s no doubt we’re in the midst of a wallpaper revival. According to York Wallcoverings, consumer behavior patterns, style trends, and economic factors are all overlapping to create the current product rebirth. The movement away from severely minimalist interiors has given way to a more fanciful, decorative and comfortable look, where pattern-layering and “rule-breaking” are actually encouraged. That,...

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Upgrade Your Grill
May05

Upgrade Your Grill

The outdoor kitchen trend is here to stay. Are you ready to build one in your backyard? By LaRue V. Baber What’s the biggest hangout spot in a home, particularly when entertaining guests? The kitchen, right? Well, today, the kitchen is moving outdoors. Backyards are being transformed into beautiful oases with huge patios featuring plush, comfy furniture and state-of-the-art appliances—from TVs, gas fire pits, built-in grills, wine...

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Summer’s Best Swimwear
May05

Summer’s Best Swimwear

What’s black, white and red all over? Chic swimwear that’s fashionable, modest, and something you can actually swim in. The one-shoulder design, a-symmetrical ruching and subtle gauze cutouts take the basic black one piece to new heights. And the flower covered swim cap is just plain fun. Miraclesuit “Miracle Network”, $154 and black and white rubber flower swim cap, $20, available at Everything But Water.   Look a little bit...

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Capture the Season
May05

Capture the Season

Who’s tripping down the streets of the city, smiling at everybody she sees? The lady in this season’s best casual wear, that’s who! These lovely looks will have you feeling breezy all spring. Photography by Trey Singleton | Art Direction by Abby Hoeffner and Jen Childers Styling by Britta Newton and Caroline Wilder | Hair and Makeup by Walter Fuentes Model Roxanna Redfoot represented by The Campbell Agency Trend We Love: Belted Layers...

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Summer Berry Cupcakes
May04

Summer Berry Cupcakes

These almost-too-pretty-to-eat berry cupcakes with summer jam and butter cream frosting are sure to become a family favorite. For the cakes 1 stick butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder summer berry jam For the icing 1 stick butter, at room temperature 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, at room temperature 3 tablespoons blackcurrant syrup 1 tablespoon shredded coconut » ...

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Hearty Spinach Pancakes with Tart Berry Jam
Apr06

Hearty Spinach Pancakes with Tart Berry Jam

So green and so good! ½ cup fresh baby spinach (packed) 1½ cups milk 1 egg ¼ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon vegetable oil butter or oil for frying tart berry jam (lingonberry, cranberry, gooseberry) for serving Wash the spinach. Puree it with half of the milk in a blender. Add the rest of the milk, egg, salt, flour and oil and mix into a batter. Warm up a frying pan, grease it with...

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Leisure Time
Apr06

Leisure Time

Imagine lying in a hammock on a thatched-roofed balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea, gazing up at a star-filled sky and listening to waves crash against a white sandy shore. It doesn’t have to be something you imagine. This indulgent form of leisure is waiting at Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. By Abby Hoeffner Nestled between the dense Riviera Maya jungle and Playa del Carmen’s largest stretch of private beach...

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The BEST Buttercream Frosting
Apr01

The BEST Buttercream Frosting

By Kristine Ackerman   Photography By Christopher Nastri 1/2 pound unsalted butter (2 sticks), almost room temperature 5 to 6 cups powdered sugar Pinch of salt 2 tablespoons sour cream 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract »   In a mixer bowl, beat the butter until light. Reduce speed to low. Slowly add the powdered sugar, waiting for the sugar to incorporate. After half of the sugar is added, increase speed and whip for 30 seconds. Add...

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What to Wear Now!
Mar18

What to Wear Now!

The fashion world calls it resort wear, but here in Texas we call it year-round wear. Thanks to our mild, southern climate, these flowing, layerable, colorful pieces that transition from winter to spring to summer aren’t relegated to exotic locations. They are what to wear right here at home. Especially right now. Photography by Anthony Chiang | Text and Art Direction by Abby Hoeffner | Wardrobe Styling by Ashli Vondara | Hair and...

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A Tale of Tuscan Living
Mar17

A Tale of Tuscan Living

  On a quiet hill in the heart of Tuscany sits the Villa Casa del Fiume—part of the luxury 5,000-acre estate that is Castiglion del Bosco. Inspired by the authentic, comfortable atmosphere of the property, we sat down with interior designer Teresa Bürgisser Sancristoforo, who, with the assistance of the property owner’s wife, returned the late 19th century villa back to its former glory, along with many modern improvements....

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Simply Perfect
Jan03

Simply Perfect

By Pamela Hammonds Once the Christmas decorations have been exiled to the attic, your living areas might look a little uninspired. It’s hard to compete with garland and tinsel, but instead of adding more to your décor, consider January the ideal time to scale back. Embrace an unfussy, minimalist approach to decorating your home and perhaps your daily life will respond with equal restrained orderliness. Start Fresh A neutral palette...

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Inspired Workout Wear
Jan02

Inspired Workout Wear

It’s a known fact that if you have quality fitness apparel in your closet, you are much more likely to get up and get in that workout. With that in mind we rounded up athletic gear that looks and feels so great you’ll be figuring out how to add more gym/track/yoga/ spin/etc. time to your week! Lorna Jane Acrobat sports bra. $65.99, LornaJane.com. Lorna Jane Catch Me running tight. $99.99, LornaJane.com. Lorna Jane Dreamer tank....

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Illuminating Beauty
Jan01

Illuminating Beauty

Looking beautiful doesn’t have to be complicated. With a few strategic products you can have a simple morning routine that brings your best features forward in no time. The key is to purchase makeup made with superior pigments such as the ones featured here. They glide on smoothly, are full of rich color, last all day and allow your skin to breathe. So resolve to put a fresh face forward in 2015 with quality makeup that’s good to your...

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A Glamorous Occasion
Aug10

A Glamorous Occasion

Don’t blend into the background at your next formal affair. Turn heads in the best of ways in dresses that flatter your favorite features.   Expose A Great Back ABS by Allen Schwartz dress from Secret Expressions, 281-444-3733, $400. Treska earrings: From Bella’s House, 972-771-6800, $19. Bracelet from Groovy’s, 972-722-8004, $32. Emily Elaine necklace from Dryden Kreps, 713-984-9884.   Emphasize Defined Collar Bones Tracy...

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Home is the Holidays
Aug10

Home is the Holidays

The best part of the holidays is being at home with family and friends, enjoying the blessings of another year. It’s that time of memory making when recipes are swapped, secrets are shared, and meals are devoured. But before there are any meals or gifts, there is decorating to do! Getting your home ready for big events is an event itself, especially when you share the fun with those who are near and dear.     This year we...

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Escape the Chill in Carlsbad, California
Aug10

Escape the Chill in Carlsbad, California

With winter temperatures in Carlsbad, California hovering around the mid-sixties a family retreat to this sunny shore is a welcome respite from our frequent artic blasts. Just 25 minutes north of San Diego, this gem of a town sits along the Pacific coast. Whether you choose to jaunt off for a fun long weekend or stay for an entire week, there is plenty for the whole family to do. Perhaps the most widely known attraction in Carlsbad is...

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Facing the Elephant in the Room
Jul31

Facing the Elephant in the Room

LOW LIBIDO CULPRITS: ADDRESSING THE CAUSES AND BOOSTING YOUR SEX DRIVE During youth, the last thing you’re likely to worry about is losing your sex drive. Visual signs of age like wrinkles, weight gain, and thinning hair are on the distant radar screen. In contrast, considering a decline in libido as a rising tide of hormones rage through your body is unimaginable. Fast forward a few years and how things have changed! There are jobs...

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Alzheimer’s Warning Signs
Jul31

Alzheimer’s Warning Signs

Early Detection May Make a Difference Statistics pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease can be grim. Five million Americans are living with the disease. That’s one in three U.S. seniors. Half a million will die from its effects this year and an estimated $214 billion will be spent on Alzheimer’s related care. However one light at the end of the tunnel may be early detection, targeting and treating the disease in its earliest stages. The...

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Eat, Relax and Take in the History in San Antonio
Jul14

Eat, Relax and Take in the History in San Antonio

Just a short drive away, San Antonio offers not only an easy weekend trip, but also enough to do to fill an entire week. With everything from top-notch cuisine to time spent on the popular River Walk, learning about Texas history or just taking the time for some R & R—complete with spas and golf—no matter your reason for a getaway, San Antonio covers all the bases when it comes to keeping visitors happy. Cuisine San Antonio’s...

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Ageless is Timeless
Jul03

Ageless is Timeless

Ageless isn’t afraid of tomorrow, she embraces it with a giant smile and open arms. Ageless doesn’t sit still. She’s always moving, dancing, discovering. Ageless knows where she’s going because she’s been there before. She has something that only comes with time… experience. Ageless doesn’t worry about imperfections and laugh lines and a few silver hairs. They are her reward, her victory...

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Gateway Canyon, Colorado
May15

Gateway Canyon, Colorado

A Place of Discovery Cradled in the shadow of the Palisade rock formation and fringing the Moab Desert, rests Gateway Canyons, a one-of-a-kind resort with more than 6,000 acres of natural splendor to explore at its most primitive state, including one of the only locations in the world where Precambrian rock is still visible by the human eye. Just steps away from one of the highest concentrations of dinosaur fossils on the planet,...

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Sculpt the Perfect Body – Without Surgery!
May14

Sculpt the Perfect Body – Without Surgery!

Sometimes, no matter how many hours you put in at the gym, some fat pockets (hello muffin top and belly pooch) tenaciously remain. Or maybe you’ve lost oodles of weight or have a post-pregnancy belly and you just need your skin tightened. Perhaps you’re dealing with unsightly cellulite. Whatever your particular issue, if you’re guilty of loathing your “imperfections” to the point of obsessing in front of the mirror on a daily basis,...

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Dr. Weight-loss
May13

Dr. Weight-loss

Medical supervision can help you realize your weight-loss goals Just yesterday it seemed we were flipping the calendar to 2014 and, with that motion, we vowed to lose weight, move more, get healthy. If you’ve seen the pounds melt away, then congratulations! If you’ve struggled to see any significant improvement, don’t despair. Being overweight or obese can cause serious health issues commonly referred to as comorbidities. A...

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IN FOCUS: Wade Livingston
May12

IN FOCUS: Wade Livingston

IN FOCUS: Wade Livingston Wade Livingston has been a photographer for over 25 years, but if you ask him what inspired the photography journey you’ll get an answer that sounds more related to brushes than lenses. “I actually didn’t start taking pictures until college, but before that I was always trying to paint, I really liked doing that,” Wade said. “I think expressing myself creatively in that way just led naturally to photography.”...

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High Contrast
May11

High Contrast

Worn together or separately, black and white have long been wardrobe staples ideal for almost any occasion and for people of any age. Here we have pointedly ignored the “pop-of-color” trend in favor of keeping it simple and dramatic.   Armani leather jacket, $3895, Neiman Marcus. White t-shirt with a longhorn skull, $40, Milk & Honey Boutique. Elizabeth & James white skirt with black overlay, $295, Cusp by Neiman Marcus....

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A Fairy-tale Home that Sparkles
May10

A Fairy-tale Home that Sparkles

You don’t have to reside in a magical forest or an enchanted kingdom to add glitz and glamour to your home. Discover some new products that reign supreme.   Who’s the fairest one of all? Without a doubt this 36-inch faceted Venetian glass mirror gets our vote. $498; Anthropologie.   If Prince Charming owned a whiskey decanter, we’re pretty sure this would be it. This exquisite Spin lead-crystal decanter crafted by Baccarat...

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Is It Bursitis?
May09

Is It Bursitis?

That Scary-Sounding Ailment is More Common Than You Might Think If you’ve flipped past a sports broadcast recently you’ve probably heard the word “bursitis” at least once as the anchors rattle off the names of newly injured players. In actuality, there are plenty of colloquial terms people have been using to refer to bursitis for years. Ever heard someone mention “clergyman’s knee” or “student’s elbow?” How about the rather hilarious...

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Caneel Bay, St. John
May07

Caneel Bay, St. John

Unwind in the Tropics Caneel Bay has been a haven of relaxation for guests since its founding 53 years ago by Laurance Rockefeller. Set on 170 acres that was formerly a sugar plantation(guests can still explore the mill ruins) in Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John, the resort’s pristine natural surroundings and low-key luxury make it a destination people return to again and again.   On my exploratory...

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Bouillabaisse a la Marseillaise
May06

Bouillabaisse a la Marseillaise

1 cup yellow onions, sliced 1/3 cup leeks, sliced, white part only 1/2 cup olive oil 2-3 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped 4 garlic cloves, mashed 2 1/2 quarts water 6 parsley sprigs 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon thyme or basil 1/8 teaspoon fennel Saffron, 2 big pinches Dried orange peel, 2-inch piece 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon salt 3-4 pounds fish heads, including bones and trimmings 6-8 pounds assorted lean fish and shellfish...

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