Sail Into Winter
Jan03

Sail Into Winter

It might just be the best time to take a cruise Wondering what to do after the holiday excitement has waned? A cruise can be the perfect antidote for the winter blahs. Visit multiple destinations, unpack once, keep yourself (and the kids) entertained, meet new people, enjoy some nightlife, get pampered, and simply chill out—what could be easier? What’s Your Cruise Personality? Cruises come in all shapes and sizes—mega ships to small...

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A Resolution to Stick With
Jan03

A Resolution to Stick With

Resolve to keep your other resolutions by caring for yourself first Many of the best New Year’s resolutions are never followed through on. Life offers a lot of resistance when we try to change deeply ingrained habits. We want to improve ourselves for the benefit of those we love, but it’s difficult when we don’t feel well or lack energy. That’s why the most important thing you can do in life is to take good care of yourself. That...

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Superb Bowl
Jan03

Superb Bowl

Host a memorable get together for that big football game Wow, there have been 52 of these games already? Doesn’t look a day over 40… If you’re having a crowd over to celebrate the game (and why shouldn’t you?) here are some ideas for making it a time you won’t soon forget. We all know the go-to football party foods: chicken wings, potato skins, nachos, mozzarella sticks, deviled eggs, sliders, chili and on and on. But don’t forget...

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Christmas in Bethlehem
Dec04

Christmas in Bethlehem

One family experiences their first holiday season in Christmas City, USA Named after one of the holiest places on earth, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania pulls out all the stops each Christmas season. The city and its residents create an atmosphere so festive, uplifting, and genuine that even Ebenezer Scrooge couldn’t resist its charms. From a visitors’ perspective, Bethlehem—known as Christmas City USA—is a holiday wonderland where music...

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Obalon – An Easy Pill to Swallow
Dec04

Obalon – An Easy Pill to Swallow

Innovative new Obalon balloon procedure helps deflate weight without drugs, diets, or surgery Nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, even though we spend billions of dollars each year on weight loss products and diet foods. Weight loss surgery may be an option if you meet the criteria and are willing to go under the knife, but what if you aren’t ready to have surgery? Or what if you are under the 35 or greater BMI...

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Winterize!
Dec04

Winterize!

Prepare your home and car for the cold Winter is on the way, and with it the possibility of freezing temperatures, ice, and possibly snow—all of which bring specific hazards worth considering. With a bit of thought and preparation, this could be your safest and most comfortable winter ever. You might even save a few bucks. Your home offers many opportunities to upgrade safety features, increase comfort, and save money on monthly...

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Cheers!
Dec01

Cheers!

The taste of the holiday season The holiday season is upon us and that means only one thing—it’s party time! For all your holiday parties through the New Year, bring the class and sass with some fun new takes on cocktails and appetizers that everyone will love (and even a bonus treat they can take home at the end of the night). Happy new year! Sparkling Holiday Punch 1 cup pomegranate juice ¼ cup orange juice ½ cup 100% cranberry...

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Elevate Thanksgiving
Nov01

Elevate Thanksgiving

It’s funny how such an iconic foodie holiday can become a little tired. Yes, we all look forward to that giant turkey, cranberry sauce from a can, and sweet potato puffs, but this year, why not try presenting things in a new way to your guests?   Roasted Garlic & Herb Cornish Game Hens 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons salt 1/4 cup granulated sugar 6 garlic cloves 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon ground...

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Pump It Up
Nov01

Pump It Up

Improve your skin health with seasonal pumpkin Ah, there’s nothing like indulging in seasonal fall favorites. Cozy sweaters, crunchy leaves, spiced ciders, and of course, the reigning champion of all things autumn—pumpkin. It’s pretty much impossible not to get sucked into the pumpkin craze each year with tantalizing treats everywhere you look, but we’re not here to talk about delicious desserts or spiced lattes. Did you know you can...

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Cozy Up to Danish Hygge
Nov01

Cozy Up to Danish Hygge

The simple art of feeling content, happy, and comfy Long before I heard of the Danish word hygge (pronounced almost like “hyuu-guh”), and before hygge became a global trend, I was longing for life pleasures that encouraged a sense of contentment and well-being. Nothing on a grand scale, mind you—just the little things that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Slipping on a pair of cloud-soft aloe-infused socks on a cool evening,...

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Tidbits & Traditions
Nov01

Tidbits & Traditions

The Old Tablecloth Trick Instead of buying tablecloths for each holiday, start a new tradition. Purchase one and have guests sign it before holiday dinners. When the holiday is over, embroider over each guest’s signature, creating a holiday heirloom. Giving Back It’s better to give than to receive, but you have to know when to give. If you feel like giving back this holiday season, why not volunteer at a soup kitchen? Consider showing...

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Post-Hurricane Check List
Sep27

Post-Hurricane Check List

Now that the winds have died down and the water has subsided, let’s all take a deep breath and remember… people are what matters. The rest can be replaced. Now, gather up your resolve for what will be a long recovery. Here are some ideas for making a start. To begin with, take lots of pictures of water marks on the walls inside and out of your home, to prove how high the water went.  LOTS of pictures. File insurance claims and claims...

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Standing Up to Breast Cancer
Sep27

Standing Up to Breast Cancer

Laura celebrates two years cancer-free post treatment Catching breast cancer early saves lives. Women can discover they have a potentially cancerous lump in many ways—even before other breast cancer symptoms appear—through screening mammograms, by their physician performing a clinical breast exam, or through a breast self-exam. In Laura’s case, a tumor was discovered during a nuclear medicine cardiac stress test. Thankfully, her heart...

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Disasters and Mental Health
Sep27

Disasters and Mental Health

How to care for yourself and for others After a disaster like Hurricane Harvey, thoughts turn toward rebuilding homes, infrastructure, offices, and parks. But what can easily get overlooked is caring for the mental health of those affected. Disasters invoke deep emotional distress even after the dust has settled. Mental health concerns may not manifest immediately after the incident, but can take up to months to fully develop. It’s...

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7 Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life
Sep27

7 Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life

It’s a truism that most of us want to live long, happy, successful, and healthy lives. Unfortunately, in our pursuit of success we often take shortcuts with our health—and wind up suffering from various ailments and disabilities that we could have avoided. It doesn’t have to be that way at all. Though many of us live stressful, demanding lives, with just a little tweaking here and there, we can develop habits that will help us live...

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Tex-Active!
Aug25

Tex-Active!

Texas adventures for active families and outdoor enthusiasts There’s more to Texas than barbecue and rodeos. The Lone Star State serves up a bounty of a diverse activities perfect for families and individuals. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorites to inspire you to get out there and experience our amazing state—up close and personal. Dry Surfing and Tobogganing Over near Midland/Odessa lies a natural sandbox that does Texas...

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The New Art of Xeriscaping
Aug25

The New Art of Xeriscaping

Climate-coordinated, minor maintenance If images of wide expanses of weedy, white gravel and withered grasses come to mind when you think of xeriscaping, it’s time to open your thinking to a new wave of Texas landscape architecture. Xeriscaping doesn’t have to be dated, old, or out of style. It can provide natural beauty that is harmonious with the climate in fresh and new ways, while saving water, encouraging a native habitat, and...

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At Risk
Aug25

At Risk

Common health concerns facing Texans Drive around any large to fair-sized city in Texas, and it appears there’s a new 24/7 gym popping up on virtually every corner. And no matter the time of day or the temperature, you can usually find runners, bikers, and walkers out on our streets and trails. All of that, of course, is good! But don’t let the outward appearances fool you. By most metrics, Texas is not a particularly healthy state....

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Your Fair Share
Aug25

Your Fair Share

Who doesn’t love going to the State Fair of Texas every summer? You might not be able to hit the fair more than once or twice each year, so why not take a bit of inspiration home with you? I’m bringing some of that fun right into your own kitchen with some fun fair-inspired recipes that you won’t be able to get enough of. Kick up those boots and let’s get to cooking, shall we? Fried Chicken Waffle Cones with Spicy Honey Drizzle For...

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Don’t Try This at Home
Feb28

Don’t Try This at Home

Observations from my month on an ostrich farm The first thing I learned about ostriches is that there is no reason they should exist. They are too delicate, too stupid, too vulnerable, too diseased to survive, and yet somehow they do. This was explained to me as I knelt on the floor beside a Styrofoam incubator full of ostrich chicks who had nearly broken free of their eggs. Just weeks before, I’d been working behind a desk at an art...

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Mouth Health is Body Health
Feb28

Mouth Health is Body Health

Wellness that’s easy to swallow Brushing and flossing help keep your teeth and gums healthy, but did you know good oral hygiene can also lead to a healthier body? That’s because bacteria in our mouths can spread to other areas if left untreated—and may eventually lead to serious illness. As if that weren’t bad enough, many viruses are contracted through saliva, so how we care for our mouths is crucial to overall health. According to...

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Feb28

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

An Important Wake-Up Call Life often gets so hectic that we think feeling tired and sleep deprived is normal. But we shouldn’t always just shrug it off and go for that second triple shot latte. It may signal a serious, chronic condition called obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. When your airway is either completely or partially blocked, breathing...

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Is Your Diet Aging You?
Feb28

Is Your Diet Aging You?

We’ve all heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” No doubt, the foods we ingest have a big impact on what we see in the mirror — and we’re not just talking about a few extra pounds around the mid-section. I’m just going to give it to you straight. Plain and simple, your diet could be (prematurely) aging you. But, here’s the good news. A few changes to your eating habits now can help to keep your skin looking youthful, and your body...

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Succulent Spaces
Feb08

Succulent Spaces

Find fabulous design ideas to inspire your own succulent garden. Tiny Patio Because her house near the Southern California coast is set in a hillside, Leslie Mannes was short on outdoor space for get-togethers. The only possibility: a tiny, crumbling patio out back. Enter landscape designer Ryan Prange, who revamped it into a stylish, surprisingly roomy refuge. Prange repaved and planted the patio floor, tucked a seating area into the...

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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.Whether you’re gathering ideas for a future pool or considering a new look for the pool you have, here are some ideas to make your family’s backyard paradise pop. To Infinity and Beyond! A great way to set your pool apart and create a seamless, modern look is an infinity pool. In an infinity...

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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. Sometimes they’re so much like a part of the family that we forget our pets have special needs to look out for—but a healthy pet is a happy one, and will be for years to come. My pet looks fine. Do I really need to take them to the vet? According to Dr. Barry Kipperman,...

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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 If you’re in the market for a home or want to sell, the coming months may be your best bet. That’s because spring and summer are the ideal times, according to Barbara Lane, a real estate guru from San Antonio. “More people tend to move around the end of the school year so you have the most choices when it comes to homes on the market,” she explains. Lane suggests starting your search three to five months prior...

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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. As a Realtor, I can tell you that it’s one of the first things a prospective home buyer is going to want to see on a home tour, and for good reason. Admit it, we’re all a little busier than we really ought to be; so when we’re ready to relax, we want (and deserve) to do so in style. And for many folks (myself...

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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.           Photography by Jeremy Shelby Creative Direction by Jen Childers Styling: Juan Lerma Hair & Makeup: Walter Fuentes Model: Sabrina Jurlina Styling Assistant: Krystal Collier Talent: The Campbell...

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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? John Tesar—the outspoken chef who is also a three-time James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” semifinalist and has been a repeat guest on Top Chef—is as complex as one of his multilayered dishes. Indeed, what are the ingredients that make up the recipe that is John Tesar? Once regarded as the most hated chef in...

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State of Grace
Dec04

State of Grace

Cocktail-worthy party dresses that make a statement while maintaining the utmost class. About This Location Classic and modern elegance are juxtaposed at Le Méridien Dallas, the Stoneleigh. The unique Art Deco building’s chic Uptown location puts guests steps away from local businesses, museums, boutique shopping, cutting-edge cuisine, and stimulating nightlife. Built in 1923 and recently renovated, the Stoneleigh is an iconic Dallas...

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Holiday Hustle
Dec04

Holiday Hustle

Hanging with the healthy lifestyle through the holidays We get it. For many folks, the holidays are stressful: fighting with relatives, the endless parties, eating and drinking entirely too much, racing towards a sale on Black Friday — after all, those cute, designer boots marked down 75% aren’t going to buy themselves. Staying in shape is probably the last thing on your mind. All that chaos and commotion can really do a number on...

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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

Every family has their own traditions when it comes to get-together food—the recipes that get brought out when it’s time share stories and celebrate another year together. Our tradition at Living is sharing a few of our own recipes old and new with you, and we’re back with another handful. Slide up! Let us know if our recipes are a hit! The Most Awesome Chocolate Fudge Butterscotch Breakfast Rolls Christmas Strudel Dessert Potatoes...

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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. It was the day after Christmas, December 26, 2015. As families stood in line at retailers making Christmas returns, Lyn and Steve Horton tended to their 10-acre farm in Farmersville, Texas—watering and feeding animals, milking cows and goats, picking a few things from the garden. “It was so hot that day. I had shorts and a t-shirt on,” Lyn says. In the late afternoon hours, just as...

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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. My husband, Bryan, and I were surprised when after only a few moments of deliberation he firmly announced, “D.C. Because it’s got the Air and Space Museum.” Did I mention he’s obsessed with flight?  So began our five day adventure in our nation’s capital. FRIDAY 9:41 a.m. @ Reagan International Airport Our Airbus makes its picturesque pass to avoid regulated air space...

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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. ABOUT THIS LOCATION Black Star Sport Horses is a premier dressage training, show, and sales facility located 20 minutes east of Dallas on 255 acres in Rockwall, TX. BlackStarSportHorses.com Photography: Jeremy Shelby Creative Direction: Jen Childers Talent: The Campbell Agency Styling: Juan Lerma Hair & Makeup: Leslie Belcher Model:...

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Let It Go!
Oct03

Let It Go!

Rid yourself of what’s holding you back Contemporary American poet Jeffrey McDaniel made this oft-quoted observation about trees. “I realize there is something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” Consider the tree—the resolute oak, the wieldy pine, the gnarly yew, or the graceful magnolia. They grow for decades, centuries, even millennia, enduring extreme weather, environmental shifts,...

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Bora Bora
Oct03

Bora Bora

Jewel of the South Seas Lose Yourself in the Ultimate Island Paradise One of the dreamiest destinations on the planet, Bora Bora lives up to its reputation as an earthly Eden. It’s a place to frolic, embrace romance, and totally escape reality. And that’s the point—you can completely unravel and discover an almost surreal level of inner serenity in Bora Bora. From the moment I arrived until we parted ways, the island captivated my...

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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 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it an ideal time to discuss early detection and recommended screenings. Though doctors participating in this article have noted that there are no significant changes in the screening guidelines since last year, physicians are now better equipped to fight the disease thanks to the latest medical developments. These breakthroughs result in...

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Senior Strength
Oct03

Senior Strength

Keeping fit—both mentally and physically Recently an attractive and intelligent lady in her mid-80s was overheard to have said, “I’m giving up on life.” How sad! And yet there are thousands who join her in this thought. The good news is that something can be done about this dilemma, and every day seniors are realizing that by improving their brains and bodies, they are living healthier, more fulfilling, longer lives. As seniors, we...

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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. Sun Registered Nurse, Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center “I don’t remember the accident. I was driving to Thanksgiving dinner and pulled over to help someone.” As Sun assisted on the...

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What’s Cookin’?
Sep01

What’s Cookin’?

Tips and trends to transform your kitchen Tired of your outdated kitchen? Try these insider tips on the latest tech and trends to transform your space into the kitchen of your dreams. Make storage more efficient and organized. Save space with newly designed appliances. And while you’re at it, freshen up the counters! Acquire a cleaner look in your kitchen that can last the test of time. Maximize high efficiency. Talk to your kitchen...

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Oktoberfest Chicago Style
Sep01

Oktoberfest Chicago Style

Celebrating the Windy City’s deeply rooted German heritage Oktoberfest began as a wedding celebration in Munich when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810. Today, the Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest folk festival in the world. Chicago knows how to throw a party. As autumn arrives, Chicagoans never miss the opportunity to don dirndls and lederhosen for some good old German-inspired...

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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 When I was a kid, I’d ask my mom the same questions every Mother’s Day. “When is Kids’ Day?” And every year she’d give me the same answer. “Every day is kids’ day!” In the same way, I suspect if I were to ask my husband whether I shouldn’t have a woman cave, now that he has his beloved man cave, he’d tell me that every other room belongs to me. (Yeah,...

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Crazy Indulgent Desserts…
Aug01

Crazy Indulgent Desserts…

No Oven Required! Turning on the oven in the Texan summer is something you want to avoid just about as much as a sunburn. As much as I would love to bake up a warm pie for dessert, the idea of adding sweltering heat to my kitchen in the dead of August is less than appealing. That’s why I head for these cool, creamy, and insanely indulgent no-bake treats. They’re quick and stress-free, and I promise you won’t miss any of those...

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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. Thailand (once called Siam) captivated me throughout childhood thanks to this movie. Exotic and colorful, to me it was a land of inspiration. So when I found myself in Singapore on business with a few free days on my hands, I booked a ticket to Bangkok and a room at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel—a lone woman on an adventure. Little did I know what a powerful...

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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. Photography by Sergio Garcia Creative Direction by Jen Childers Talent – The Campbell Agency Styling – Ana Patiño Hair & Makeup – Leslie Belcher Model – Whitney Jarrett Stylist Assistant – Tricia Nevins Light Tech...

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Something Bright and Good
Aug01

Something Bright and Good

Make a happy moment Lately, I keep thinking about a story I once heard about a family going through a crisis. All day long they went from appointment to meeting and got nothing but bad news and worse treatment. When they were finally on their way home, the mother noticed a homeless person and stopped to buy them dinner from a food cart. Her children asked why she did it, and she replied, “I needed something bright and good to remember...

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