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WOW. There is probably no better word to start this editor’s letter. Why, you might ask? First, lets talk about this issue.

We’re proud to share over 150 pages of original editorial and photos, covering some of our greatest topics yet. From a magical, awe-inspiring wedding in Florida to a gorgeous long weekend guide of Savannah to recipes that will make your mouth water to a day-in-the-life with blogosphere superstar Anna Bond, this issue of Southern Flourish is full of some serious eye-candy. Now that I’ve whet your appetite for this issue, lets talk about some of the “wow factor” from our first issue: over 150,000 readers and 20 million unique page views. Those numbers wildly exceeded our expectations and reaffirmed our belief not only in this publication, but in the young, hip, chic Southern lifestyle that we’re all about. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the hundreds of you that sent in comments—both praising and constructively criticizing—our first issue. The one thing that tied all of the emails together was this: everyone 4

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wanted to share their thoughts on what made the magazine so great and how we could make it better. We love you for this and took many of your suggestions to make this second issue even more fabulous than the first. Before I leave you to enjoy all of this issue’s goodness, let me point out the footer you’ll see on the bottom of many of this issue’s pages. This footer allows you to follow us on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook and link backc quick to the main table of contents. With one click you can also go directly to our Lulu.com store and purchase this issue. We’re pleased to offer the issue in a super gorgeous coffee table style format, iPad-friendly eMagazine, and as a downloadable PDF. The on-screen version remain’s 100% free. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on our second issue. Don’t ever hesitate to email me at southernflourish@gmail.com. Cheers,

Kate Hash

Editorial Director

KATE’S FAVES

P.S. Are you a blogger looking for high quality snaps of our articles for your blog? The first page of every article is available on our Flickr page. I’m dying to visit Alluette’s Cafe in Charleston thanks to this mouth-watering article by Olivia. page 89.

This gorgeous Kentucky farm wedding is the type of thing dreams are made of! page 89.

Not only are the guys of the TN Barn Project ubertalented, but they have an adorable dog to boot! page 89.

KJ’s article on the talented Larika Page is super witty and highlights just why Larika is fashion’s next big thing. page 89.

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FASHION & STYLE 23 29

Summer Show Guide: Beyong the Flip Flop What’s Your Statement: How Style Statements Shape Us BY: KATE HASH

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What We Love: Summer Soiree What We Love: Beach Chic Beauty Products to Beat Southern Heat and Humidity BY: JULIA CONEY

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Charleston Fashion Week: The Story Behind the Shows BY: OLIVIA JAMES

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My Southern Life: Anna Bond, Stationary Designer and Blogsophere Superstar

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Behind the Business: Hannah Brooks Nation and Her Chic Stationary Line BY: KATE HASH

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My Southern Life: Tommy Lee James, Nashville Songwriter

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Antiquing in the South

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Southern Mama: Mending Tips for the Beginner

BY: LESLEY GRAHAM

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Sustainable Interiors: The Tennessee Barn Project

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BY: LIZA GRAVES

My Favorite Room: Paloma Contreras BY: PALOMA CONTRERAS

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Bright Lights Big City: Urban Electric Company

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Inspirations for Our Living Spaces

BY: BARB BLAIR

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Top Five’s With a Master Gardener

BY: LESLEY GRAHAM

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Cookbook Review: Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern BY: OLIVIA JAMES

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Updated Classics: Summer Desserts

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Long Weekend Guide: Savannah

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Restaurant Review: Alouette, Charleston

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Have Her Over for Dinner: A 4-Course Meal from Start to Finish

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BY: MATT MOORE

Twist: 146 Southern Southern France BY: D’ARCY FLUECK

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COVER STORY Louisiana Love: Claira and Bryan BY: KELLY ROJAHN PHOTOS: KELLY MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Tie Him Up! Cheeky Ties for Your Guy

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Registry Empty? Last-Minute Gift Guide BY: JAMIE WOOD + JILL HILL

Guest 176 Wedding Fashion Guide

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A Kentucky Farm Wedding: Sarah and Rosendo BY: KELLY ROJAHN PHOTOS: TODD PELLOWE

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NATALIE KILGORE

OLIVIA RAE JAMES

LESLEY GRAHAM

Home & Garden Editor Atlanta, GA

Food & Travel Editor Charleston, SC

Typically Southern Editor Marietta, GA

Summer 2010 Contributors RACHEL AMREIN

D’ARCY FLUECK

CANDICE MCGOURIN

Charleston, SC

Paris, France

Tampa Bay, FL

BARB BLAIR

LIZA GRAVES

MATT MOORE

Greenville, SC

Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

ANNA BOND

MEG HIBBERT

HANNA NATION

Winter Park, FL

Salem, VA

Atlanta, GA

NATALIE BROULETTE

JILL HILL

KELLY ROJAHN

Savannah, GA

Nashville, TN

Huntsville, AL

JULIA CONEY

TOMMY LEE JAMES

LORI SHEARER

Washington, DC

Nashville, TN

Atlanta, GA

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KJ KEARNEY

JAMIE WOOD

Houston, TX

North Charleston, SC

Nashville, TN

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LEADING LADIES WE ASKED: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER MEMORY? OLIVIA RAE JAMES

FOOD + TRAVEL SECTION EDITOR Everyday Musings | www.olivia-rae.com Summer means my entire family in our cozy beach house - worn out from boogie-boarding, reading good books, and gathering on the dock with a glass of wine to watch the sunset over the water while anxiously awaiting my mom’s “famous” crab cakes, butter beans, and key lime pie.

LESLEY GRAHAM

TYPICALLY SOUTHERN SECTION EDITOR Homeade Grits | homemadegrits.blogspot.com Last summer my husband and I went to a taco party complete with a live band and perfect margaritas. The evening ended with dancing around a bonfire. We still talk about how much fun we had that night, definitely a favorite summer memory!

NATALIE KILGORE

HOME + GARDEN EDITOR Natty Michelle | nattymichelle.blogspot.com To me, summer isn’t complete without a poolside cookout with friends and family. Memories include the smells of coconut suntan oil and fresh cut grass mixed with charcoal grilled burgers and hot dogs. Throw in a few margaritas and a competitive game of Cornhole, and you have one festive summer evening to be remembered.

THE TEAM WE ASKED: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER MEMORY? NATALIE BROULETTE

Hometown: Savannah, Georgia The SoHo | thesoho.blogspot.com My favorite memories involve summer days spent at my grandma’s house. It was during summers that she taught me all of life’s essentials: how to bake, sew, quilt, polish silver and make my own pickles. And every afternoon we’d sit around the kitchen table with my brother and grandad and enjoy a slice of watermelon or a coke float.

MATT MOORE

Nashville, Tennessee www.haveheroverfordinner.com Nothing says summer in the south like a lowcountry boil at my lake house in Greensboro, Georgia. Fresh shrimp from the Savannah coast, cold beer, great friends, and sun burnt skin. Perfection.

MEG HIBBERT

Salem, Virginia Cookin’, Critters and Chillun ourvalley.org/category/blogs/cookin-critters-chillun My favorite Southern summer memory is rocking on the front porch of my grandaddy’s house in the country near Adel, Ga., with my cousins until it got too dark and the mosquitoes drove us in. We would see who could rock the highest without the heavy old green, cane-bottom rockers tipping over.” 14

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TOMMY LEE JAMES Nashville, Tennessee

My favorite summer memories are the ones on the dock of our little beach house on the Roanoke Sound in Nags Head. Every fourth of July, we have an amazing seafood dinner with all our family and some great friends. Then we all go out to the dock as the sun goes down, waiting for the fireworks to begin in every direction.

HANNA NATION

Atlanta, Georgia Gadabout | www.agadabout.com I have a very distinct memory of running barefoot, sparkler in hand, in my grandparents backyard. I must have been just shy of ten, but I can still feel the grass, smell July, and see the reflection of my younger cousin Charlotte and I off the marsh.

BARB BLAIR

Greenville, South Carolina Knack Studios | www.knackstudios.com I love listening to the cicada’s at night as I drift off to sleep. That sound has and always will remind me of summer.

KJ KEARNEY

North Charleston, SC H1GHER LEARNING | www.h1gher.com My favorite Southern Summer memory has yet to be created. I’ve had some pretty awesome times but I can’t say that I’ve had that ONE signature moment yet. But If I have to give an answer, it would be hanging with my brothern in Clemson, SC when he turned 21. Best road trip ever.

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Houston, Texas La Dolce Vita | www.LaDolceVitaBlog.com During my childhood and adolescence, we spent our summers visiting our family in Monterrey, Mexico. One of my favorite memories is of cooking and baking with my grandmother in her kitchen. My grandparents have all passed away now, so I cherish those memories and am thankful that I had the opportunity to spend so much time with them.

ANNA BOND

Orlando, Florida Rifle Paper | www.riflepaperco.com I’ve only lived in the South for 4 years but I’d have to say that my favorite memories are the simple ones such as going out for an Italian ice with friends on a hot Summer night, outdoor music festivals, and the quick dips in the pool to cool off from the blazing summer Florida heat.

JULIA CONEY

Washington, D.C. All About the Pretty | www.allaboutthepretty.net My favorite summer memories are visiting my maternal grandmother in Louisiana - Mama Dear. I loved watching her in the kitchen cooking and singing. The mix of great food and her signature scent has stayed with me as an adult. Although she’s not with me physically, her scent and spirit live deep inside me. Summer will always remind me of Mama Dear.

LORI SHEARER

Atlanta, Georgia Eat. Live. Modern. | www.eatlivemodern.com Ah, the joys of summer: crickets chirping in the evening dusk, popsicles melting in the hot sun, fireworks bursting on the fourth of July, a wet splash coming from the swimming pool, flip flops slapping the sidewalk with each step, a good summer book passing the time, and board games that stir up laughter in kids and adults alike. 16

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LIZA GRAVES

Nashville, Tennessee StyleBlueprint | www.styleblueprint.com My favorite summer memory is playing flashlight tag in the neighborhood. I was the youngest and only girl of the group. Other friends would sometimes join in. The thrill of the game mixed with the abundance of fireflies, crickets chipping loudly with a bull frog or two from the creek, and the largest weeping willow you’ve ever seen, made me know, even at that young age, that these were special memories and to embrace the night.

CANDICE MCGOURIN

Tampa Bay, Florida The Design Boards | www.thedesignboards.com One of my favorite summer memories is as a kid, catching fire flies. Parents would be outside chatting with each other on their front lawns while all the neighborhood kids were running around trying to catch fire flies in mason jars. To me, its the epitome of summer in the South.

KELLY ROJAHN

Huntsville, Alabama | kdbeader.etsy.com My favorite summer memories come from spending time with my family. I cherished our summer vacations and trips to the golf course. I mostly remember weekends spent in our pool. We would wake up, put on our swimsuits, and head out to the pool every Saturday and Sunday. We would spend the entire day there, enjoying each other’s company and my dad’s barbeque!

D’ARCY FLUECK

Paris, France Chicsetera | www.chicsetera.com/en D’Arcy R. Flueck is a writer for the website www.chicsetera.com - all about chic news from Paris. She loves the South of France with a passion and is currently dreaming of pairing pousse en claire oysters with a cool white wine from the shade of a beach-side bistro.

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Nashville, Tennessee Jilly Moo’s | www.jillymoos.com Our favorite summer memories are always ones that involve family and friends: Cookouts and trips to the beach with our families as kids, camping out with friends as teenagers, and now watching fireworks and having picnics with our own husbands and kiddos.

RACHAEL AMREIN

Charleston, South Carolina Style by Rachael | www.stylebyrachael.com Every year all of my extended family would get together for a crab feast. We would cook off pounds and pounds of crabs, taking us hours to go through them all. Even after we were full, we would continue to break down the crabs for every ounce of meat for the crabcakes we would be eating the next night. My hands seemed to smell like crabs and Old Bay seasoning for days, but it’s definitely worth it.

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Summer Show Guide: Beyong the Flip Flop

Beauty Products to Beat Southern Heat PAGE 20

Southern Designer: Larika Page BY: KJ KEARNEY | P. 20

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DV by Dolce Vita Osorno $55

Matt Bernson Nouer Iv $169

ZiGiny Instinct Sandal $129

Moschino Cheap and Chic $395

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BCBG Belboa Sandal $100

Bettye Muller Circuit $138

Martinez Valero Caprive $82

Dolce Vita Ivory Sandal $123

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SIMPLY

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Guiseppe Zanotti Sandal $825

Casadei 2021 Sandal $710

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Giuseppe Zanotti Studded $650

L.A.M.B. Dalva Sandal $395

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Missoni Platform Sandal $620

Moschino Cheap and Chic $415

DSQUARED2 Hiking Sandal $595

Camilla Skovgaard Sandal $480

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Sandal $370

Emilio Pucci T-Strap $595

WHAT’S YOUR STATEMENT? CARRIE MCCARTHY, founder, owner and author of Style Statements, is the type of woman that you wish you could have on speed dial. Her combination of wisdom, life experience, and belief in the power of individual style can help you discover new things about yourself, as well as reaffirm those things you already knew. The concept of the Style Statement — a two word statement that defines your authentic self — is a powerful one. Carrie spoke with Southern Flourish about the process of defining your Style Statement, how the idea was born, and provides advice for young women looking for their authentic path in life. Then, she provides Style Statement consultations for three of our editors. What did they think? Turn the page to find out! Interview by Kate Hash Statement declarations by Lesley Graham, Natalie Crowley and Olivia Rae James. 29

HOW DID YOUR PATH LEAD TO THE CREATION OF STYLE STATEMENTS?

I just have a real passion for beauty. Whether it was creating a collection or working as a stylist for magazines or developers or working as an interior designer, it’s always been about creating beauty. I’m also passionate about how people live. I’m very curious about how and why people bring beauty into their lives—whether it’s in their home, wardrobe or their relationships. I was working as an interior designer in Vancouver and started asking my a series of questions and developed the questionnaire that later led to Style Statements. My clients loved it. I remember thinking ‘well, this is interesting.’ Maybe I’ll experiment with my friends and family to see if this could work. Everyone loved it.

WHAT ABOUT STYLE STATEMENTS DO YOU THINK IS SO POWERFUL FOR PEOPLE?

The fruition of style statement being two words came from being very thirsty for knowing what their style is. Style is how you walk. How you talk. How you relate. How you create your home, your wardrobe, and even your marriage. I just thought, I want to be a servant of style and help people better understand it. Style statements resonate witih people, and especially women. Women love to feel connected to their spirit. What style statement does is marry your essence and your aesthetic. I feel very blessed and honored to be of service to the people that contact me for their Style Statements. I’ve spent a lot of my life searching for

Be really aware of when you feel great. Your compass for your life is your feelings. If your doing something that really brings joy to your life, take note of that.

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beauty and meaning together. So, to be able to support women in discovering a life they love, I feel like it is the best gift in the world.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE TWO WORDS IN THE STYLE STATEMENT?

The first word is your 80%, it’s your foundation word. Your second word is your creative edge, your individuality... what you want more of in your life. Sometimes this word is a reach and takes effort to bring it out. Your second word is the most powerful when you apply it to situations in your life.

HOW HAS DISCOVERING YOUR OWN STYLE STATEMENT AFFECTED YOU AND YOUR LIFE? My style statement is Refined Treasure. When I discovered it, it felt like I really came home. I feel like it helps me shine in all aspects of my life.

DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR STYLE STATEMENT OFTEN? Absolutely. I’ll be going through the day and if I’m feeling anxiety, I often take a deep breath and think “how am I treasuring this moment? How am I

treasuring myself?” Your second word really has the power to ground you and bring you back.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OUR YOUNG READERS AS THEY NAVIGATE THROUGH LIFE AND MAKE BIG DECISIONS ABOUT CAREERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY? The best advice I can give women in their 20’s and 30’s that are trying to figure it all out is to have compassion for yourself and to be kind to yourself.

Stop listening to that critical voice that says you haven’t done enough, you haven’t gone far enough—it can be a hinderance to your journey. Be aware of that voice and don’t ignore it, but be kind to yourself. Also, be really aware of when you feel great. Your compass for your life is your feelings. If you’re doing something that really brings joy to your life, take note of that. People always assume that you should do what you’re great at—but, sometimes, what you’re great at isn’t what brings you joy.

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After speaking with Carrie I was left with the overwhelming feeling that I had been neglecting myself. I hadn't even thought about "what made me the happiest" or "what made me feel the most at home." Honestly, I felt like I had just spoken with a therapist for an hour. We talked about what I would wear to the Oscars: "something similar to Michelle Williams's yellow dress, red lips, vintage, glamourous." I was asked to describe my dream home: "Easy. Restored farmhouse, new retro appliances, exposed beams, fresh cut flowers, big porch with a swing."

IT WAS SO LIBERATING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS BASED ON DREAMS RATHER THAN BUDGETS. I THINK WE ALL LIVE TRAPPED BY WHAT WE PERCEIVE TO BE IN REACH. As we wove through the questions, some easier to answer than others, I found that I really do know what I like and what I don't like. I have a pretty firm grasp on my ideals, my personal style, and even my weaknesses. After we hung up the phone I waited to call Carrie back to get my "statement," Timeless Bohemian. Although sort of a contradiction in itself, I felt she hit the nail on the head. I love things that are classic (read:oldfashioned), but I also love beating my own drum and having a quirky sense of style. I came away with a greater understanding of how both sides of my personality can work together and a goal of caring less about what others think!

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One of my most favorite things in life is collecting old artifacts from past generations – to me, there is nothing more exciting than coming across a one-of-a-kind item, something long forgotten to someone else, something looking for a new purpose from someone who will find it special. Being able to give a lost treasure a new purpose gives me a satisfaction like no other. I could dig through strangers’ postcards for hours at an antique store; it’s like opening a private window into the past. I cherish family heirlooms, old black and white photos, and books that depict another time and place, often times from an era that is long gone and over. It is no doubt, due to my love for the past, that part of my Style Statement is Nostalgic. I take pride in working my collections of memorabilia and rare trinkets into the present with “charm, quirkiness, and elegance.” LIKE MY STATEMENT, I AM A TRUE ROMANTIC, AND FULFILLING CONNECTIONS WITH OTHERS IS SOMETHING I STRIVE FOR IN LIFE. Nothing is more important to me than my family and friends. To keep in touch with those who are far away, I often send them whimsical cards or special, meaningful finds, hopefully bringing them a big smile and a bit of happiness. It is truly the small pleasures in life that matter the most! I am also constantly creating, whether it be a charming stationery design, a fanciful space in my home, or an inventive casserole for dinner. My love for the arts has been a passion of mine since I was old enough to hold a Crayola crayon in my hand; I have always been delighted by the possibility of creating something new and unique. Therefore, I truly indentified with the second part of my Style Statement, Creative Spirit. I am a life-affirming explorer, seeking out originality and inspiration in other creative people. Through my blog and my hand-painted artwork and stationery, I am able to express myself and my individuality. When I am creating, I feel like I am living my life to the fullest – on my own terms, through my original artwork and thoughts.

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I have a hard time with definitions. Labeling someone with a word or two seems virtually impossible, especially for someone like me, who finds committing to one favorite color an impossible task. Although I was initially nervous about my interview with Carrie, my self-consciousness evaporated within the first minutes of our phone call. Talking to Carrie was like chatting with an old friend. I felt completely open with her, telling her things I would never normally tell someone in our first meeting. We discussed likes and dislikes, fashion, home decor, travel destinations, and relationships. I told Carrie that I’m happiest when surrounded by the people I love, being outside, traveling, baking, and taking pictures. I like simplicity; clothes with feminine lines and fabrics, pale shades of colors, understated antique jewelry, etc. I said I would probably be happiest living in a beautiful place and opening a bakery with my mom and sister. After Carrie gave me my statement, “Classic Ease,” and spent some time discussing what it meant and how she arrived at those two words, it became clear how profound Carrie’s abilities in understanding people are. CONSIDERING WE ONLY TALKED FOR AN HOUR, HER ASSESSMENT OF ME WAS STRIKINGLY ACCURATE, HELPING ME UNDERSTAND THINGS ABOUT MYSELF OF WHICH I WAS COMPLETELY UNAWARE. The “classic” foundation comes from my desire for elegance, simplicity, and my sometimes perfectionist spirit. My creative edge, “ease,” refers to the confident, comfortable, and free-spirited aspects of my life. It’s the contentment I feel with the people I trust, and the infinite trust I give to the people I love. Nururing the “ease” aspect of my personality allows me to trust myself and allow my intuition to guide me. The “ease” in my life helps me tone down the trivial worries, and allows me to cherish the moment I’m living in. The thing Carrie said that stuck with me the most was, “We all have things that make us sad or uncomfortable. It’s good to realize them and be aware of them, but don’t dwell on them, instead pivot away.” My style statement has been the farthest thing from “defining.” Instead, it has encouraged me to freely embrace my true self and the things I love, without a second thought.

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From your wisdom to your wardrobe, from your longings to your living room, your Style Statement is where your essence meets your expression. Discover your own two-word mantra at an exclusive offer. E-mail hello@stylestatement.com and mention “Southern Flourish Offer� and receive your session for $225, regular price $275.

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Summer QUIET CHIC

WE’RE IN LOVE WITH THIS HALSTON HERITAGE METALLIC DRESS AND THESE EQUALLY FABULOUS JIMMY CHOO SANDALS. FINISH THE LOOK WITH A SIMPLE, YET CHIC, BRACELET FROM KATE SPADE.

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING THIS SUMMER TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD.

DARING WHITE DARE TO WEAR WHITE THIS SUMMER. THIS ELEGANT COMBO FEATURES STUART WEITZMAN SANDALS, A BABYDOLL MARCHESA DRESS AND GORGEOUS MONICA VINADER EARRINGS.

YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH THIS BOLD PAIR: STELLA MCCARTNEY HEELS AND KATE SPADE NECKLACE. MAKE THE ACCESSORIES POP EVEN MORE WITH THIS LITTLE BLACK DRESS FROM J. CREW.

BOLD STATEMENT

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Beach Chic FOR THE GAL THAT LOVES TO MAKE A STATEMENT, THIS SEXY D&G HALTER SWIMSUIT IS SURE TO TURN HEADS WHEN PAIRED WITH STUNNING ALEXANDRA NEEL SANDALS. THE LOTTA STENSSON COVER-UP IS SO FABULOUS, THOUGH, YOU MIGHT NEVER WANT TO TAKE IT OFF

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LOOK AND FEEL FABULOUS BY THE POOL OR IN THE SAND THIS SUMMER.

FOR THAT RELAXED CHIC LOOK, WE’VE COMBINED A TOP SHOP BANDEAU BIKINI AND TURQUOISE COVER-UP, WITH A GREAT PAIR OF APEPAZZA FLAT SANDALS. FOR THE ULTIMATE IN BEACH CHIC, PARTNER THIS LOOK WITH TOUSLED, BEACH LOCKS. WE RECOMMEND KUSCO MURPHY BEACH BALM.

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SUMMER BEAUTY SOLUTIONS

When the summer season rolls into the South, keeping hair frizz-free, skin healthy and make-up in place becomes extra difficult. We’ve put together a list of our favorite products for keeping your beauty routine sane this summer.

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TO PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD... ...start with a tinted moisturizer if you must have coverage. One of my favorite tinted moisturizers is BECCA COSMETICS' LUMINOUS COLOR. They have a variety of shades and a little goes a long way. The key to tinted moisturizer in the summer is not using any moisturizer before using it. Otherwise, your skin is going to feel weighted down.

A FUN SUMMER PRODUCT FOR LIPS...

...is the MARK GLOSS

GORGEOUS STAY ON LIP STAIN. THE COLOR STARTS WITH A HIGH gloss and finishes

with a soft stain. This stain gives lips great color without the heaviness that traditional lip gloss can sometimes have.

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KEEP IT LIGHT AND FRESH... ...with BARE ESCENTUALS MINERAL

VEIL. This product comes in a variety of tones and blushes, giving you a lightweight make-up whether you a dressing up or down for your day. The best part? It helps minimize the appearance of pores and lines, which can become a little more visible in the summer heat. On super hot days, I suggest using only the Mineral Veil, which will let your skin breath.

I’M OBSESSED WITH... ...BOBBI BROWN COSMETICS’ POT ROUGE FOR LIPS AND CHEEKS. These gems are a perfect

summer face staple. It’s a 2-in-1 product. I think cream blushes are the best way to go in the summer. You apply them on the apple of the cheeks and blend upward with your fingers. The fingers glide the product flawlessly on the skin. It’s so light that you won’t feel your face is melting in the sun.

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Charleston FASHION WEEK 7 TEXT BY RACHAEL AMERIN | PHOTOS BY DAVID DESPEAUX

ONCE A BESTKEPT SECRET OF THE FASHION WORLD, CHARLESTON FASHION WEEK HAS EMERGED AS A MUST-ATTEND EVENT FOR THE SOUTHERN FASHION SAVVY.

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WALKING ALONG KING STREET, THE HEART OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, YOU CAN’T HELP BUT NOTICE ALL THE GREAT BOUTIQUES OFFERING THIS CITY AN ARRAY OF FASHIONABLE CLOTHING. So much so, the Fashion Editor of Charleston Magazine, Ayoka Lucas, decided to create an annual fashion event: Charleston Fashion Week. Here, promising new designers and local businesses are able to showcase their talent and style. Charleston Magazine presented its third Charleston Fashion Week this past March, held in Marion Square Park. Huge tents were set up for the runway and audience, a full bar with seating area, and the Style Lounge, an area for guests to shop accessories from local retailers and to receive touch ups on

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hair and makeup from beauty experts from Stella Nova. This five day event does not fall short of entertainment. Every year it comes complete with an Emerging Designer Competition (similar to a mini-Project Runway), celebrity judges, featured designers, and a bridal couture show. On the first evening, eight semifinalists sent their best designs down the cat walk, with hopes of having this competition be his or her breakthrough, and with good reason too. Last years Emerging Designer Competition winner, Marysia Reeves, has had her swimwear line picked up by both Anthropolgie and Urban Outfitters. Celebrity judges included Project Runway veterans Mychael Knight from season three, Carol Hannah Whitfield and Gordana Gehilhausen from season six, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, and the fashion news director for Elle

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magazine, Anne Slowey. The eight semifinalists were then narrowed down to three, who were then given a challenge of creating a couture look from 10 white oxford shirts in memory of the late designer Alexander McQueen. Each designer had a very unique style from Julia Faye Davison’s Dancing with Wolves inspiration to Chelsie Ravenell’s fusion of Brooklyn’s punk with Atlanta’s Hip Hop. Uriel Zamora’s futuristic outfits that look more like a stage costume for Beyoncé and quite risqué in comparison to the sweet innocence of Barbara Beach’s children’s’ wear.

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Julia Faye Davison, 25, of Summerville, Charleston, studied at the American InterContinental University of London and Atlanta. Her Native American inspiration shines through

with earth tones, feathers, and leather. “I respect [the Native American’s] way of life and beliefs that you use only what you need. I strive to adapt these same beliefs in my lifestyle from day to day, especially in my construction.” Davison uses natural dyes such as tea and coffee staining and recycles garments from thrift stores and her own family members’ closets into her new creations. “To do a show… is not to just show ready-to-wear, but to be experimental.” Jamie Lin Snyder, Barbara Beach, and Larika Page were the three chosen finalists. Beach, 24, is this year’s winner of the People’s Choice Award, winning a Bernina 220 sewing machine, courtesy of Fashion Fabrics. She was persuaded to enter the competition by last year’s winner, Reeves. Her spring 2010 collection for children’s wear stole the hearts of

the audience as the models ages 4-10 skipped down the runway. Beach is currently working on her next collection, while continuing to take on new orders. Larika Page, the winner of the 2010 Emerging Designer Contest, debuted her line Larika Page Collection. Page found inspiration in the 1950s Miami Beach lifestyle, with bold colors, high waist bottoms, and cropped boleros. Playing with the proportions of pleats around the waist and hips she offered viewers a fresh meaning to summer fun. Featured Designers through out the week included Mychael Knight, GOGA by Gordana, Mary Porter, Ashley Reid, and Carol Hannah Whitfield. And let’s not forget about the lovely

beauties with enough gumption to walk down the runway in the first place, the models. They too compete in the Rock the Runway Model Competition. Ten female and ten male models are chosen to walk down the runway in front of a panel of judges including Ward Cottrell, founder of MODELSCOUT INC., and Pam Warner, Directions USA Model and Artist Management Director. This years winners Caroline DeBruhl, and Antwuan Whitney won a fashion spread in Charleston Magazine, a photo shoot from MODELSCOUT, Inc., a trip for two nights in Las Vegas, and $1000.

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FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT WEREN’T AWARE… Charleston Fashion Week is a big deal. OK, perhaps I’m letting my bias show a bit but CF/W has become a go-to destination for Southern fashion enthusiasts for the last four years. The Holy City’s monument to all things fashion has hosted the Emerging Designers Competition Southeast during the last couple of years and it has since become one of the main draws of the week--long event. There were eight semi-finalists, which were then narrowed down to three. ATLien Larika Page of Larika Page Collection was one of the finalists. And before one of the biggest moments of her fashion career—right before she and the other two finalists had to show their last piece and send their respective models down the runway one last time—I found myself trying to crack jokes with a women I barely even knew. I leaned over into Larika’s ear while she was wringing her hands with what I assumed to be a mixture of fear, excitement, and uncertainty and I tell her, “As soon as you finish and you win this competition, you owe me your first interview. You got this.” Larika looks up at me with a half hearted and very nervous smile that says both thank you for believing in me and please leave me the hell alone right now and manages to utter a simple “Okay” from behind her clenched teeth.

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What happened after our brief exchange was something out of a movie: Wise man (that’s me) tells uneasy warrior that there is nothing to fear but fear itself, uneasy warrior bows head in obedience although not in total agreement, uneasy warrior heads to what she believes to be certain death, uneasy warrior returns bloodied yet unbowed from her conquest and emerges as a Champion: a master of her fate and the captain of her soul. Originally from Portland, Oregon Larika moved to Atlanta to attend Morris Brown where she studied accounting and started a pretty successful career with a Fortune 500 company. However, after becoming a mother for a second time she felt the need for a change and knew it was time for her to pursue happiness instead of money. It was there in the birth place of the term “Dirty South” she decided to quit her job and go to school to study fashion in an effort to become the designer she saw in her dreams. “Atlanta is such a big mixing pot of cultures and people. And Southern people and Southern living has a style of its own and it should be embraced.” Even after winning the Emerging Designers Competition Southeast this welder of the cloth understands that one battle does not end the war. Her insight and awareness of that fact makes her stand out from the crowd, and her willingness to stay in the trenches and do the dirty work is most admirable.

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“FASHION IS MY PASSION AND LIVING IN THE SOUTH, SEEING ALL THE FASHIONABLE AND ECLECTIC PEOPLE, CONTINUES TO FUEL THAT PASSION. ATLANTA—AND THE SOUTH IN GENERAL—ARE BUILDING A POSITIVE FASHION SCENE AND I WANT TO A PART OF THAT DEVELOPMENT.” I followed up with Larika recently to bring the story full circle and find out what has changed in her life since she won. Her answer was refreshing yet sort of expected from a person of her ilk. She is humbled for the opportunity and thankful for the experience but takes her greatest joy in knowing that her dreams can come through. “It validated my thinking and my belief that I can do this. Everything else will come in time but I’m most grateful for that self-awareness,” said Larika.

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BY: ANNA BOND | P. 23

Behind the Business: Hannah Brooks Nation and Her Chic Stationary Line BY: KATE HASH | P. 23

My Southern Life: Tommy Lee James, Nashville Songwriter

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Antiquing in the South

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Southern Mama: Stitch by Stitch BY: LESLEY GRAHAM | P. 23

TYPICALLY SOUTHERN

My Southern Life: Anna Bond, Stationary Designer

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MY SOUTHERN LIFE IF YOU’RE A FAN OF BLOGS LIKE DESIGN*SPONGE, MARTHA STEWART CRAFTS AND A CUP OF JO, YOU ARE PROBABLY VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE UBER-TALENTED AND POPULAR ANNA BOND, OWNER OF RIFLE DESIGN. SHE SHARES A TYPICAL DAY IN HER LIFE WITH US. MY DAILY WORK SCHEDULE FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS HAS BEEN ALL OVER THE PLACE but the one

thing that stays consistent is that it’s long. I’ve been working about 16 hours a day while we prepare to go to the National Stationery Show and as I’ve been wrapping up a slew of custom wedding invitation orders. It’s been a little crazy but we’re a new company and we’re working extra hard to get things going. There are three of us at the studio full-time including myself, my husband Nathan, and our assistant Elizabeth. We work together to divide up the tasks of the business to be sure everything is running as smoothly as possible.

I’ve gotten into a horrible habit of working through the night so I wake up at about 11am (in bed about 5 or 6am) to try and get into the office by about noon or 1pm (usually there’s a lot of snooze button hitting). I pick up my ohso-vital cup of coffee and start out my day by checking emails and taking care of any little things that need to be done such as prepping files to print, updating my blog, helping with any orders that need to get out, and figuring out any business related tasks with my husband Nathan who runs the business with me. There’s usually a lot going on until about 5 or 6 in the evening as we work to get out the day’s orders. I don’t

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handle much of that, but I’ll often jump in and lend a hand if necessary. I then begin to dive into heavy design and illustration work at about 6 or 7pm. From then until I leave the studio I’ll work on whatever tasks I have on hand. I’m all over the place when I work and tend to have a few projects going on at once at my desk so that if I hit a creative block I can move on to another project without losing any momentum. The long days are usually broken up by as many little breaks as I’ll allow myself. I try to get out of the studio whenever I can whether it’s for a coffee break or to run an errand to pick up supplies or meet with a vendor.

WHEN I’M WORKING AS MUCH AS I DO, I REALLY NEED THESE MOMENTS TO HELP KEEP ME ENERGIZED AND AWARE OF WHAT’S GOING ON OUTSIDE OF OUR STUDIO WALLS FOR INSPIRATION. Right now we manufacture all of our products locally so we also step out for press checks or meeting about paper stocks and new product ideas. Overall, about a quarter to a third of my time is spent on business related tasks

such as managing, answering emails, planning new ideas, etc. The rest of my time I get to focus on what I truly love which is designing and illustrating whether it’s for a client, our stationery line or any promotional materials. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to work less and get on a more normal schedule once we settle into our new business and after we return from the Stationery Show but until then I’ll be pushing through the long days. I think they’re quite worth it to be able to do what I love.

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BEHIND THE SOUTHERN BUSINESS

GADABOUT ONLY 24 YEARS OLD, ILLUSTRATOR HANNA BROOKS NATION RUNS A SUCCESSFUL (AND POPULAR) CUSTOM STATIONARY DESIGN BUSINESS. HANNA SHARES HER SECRETS– AND A FEW OF HER FAVORITE THINGS– WITH SOUTHERN FLOURISH. INTERVIEW BY KATE HASH

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WHEN DID YOUR LOVE FOR ART AND ILLUSTRATION FIRST DEVELOP? Like most, I would suppose it was during my childhood. Those first pieces of artwork say so much about how you see the world and how you view your place in it. You delight in showing who you are, who you want to be, and the places you want to go to anyone who will look. Creating art at that age is creating adventure for yourself. Even eighteen years later, drawing still seems to take me somewhere. I still illustrate for the same reasons I started. I still put my pursuits to paper. I still run to show my mother. WHAT MADE YOU START DRAWING THE TYPES OF ILLUSTRATIONS WE SEE TODAY—THE MORE CHIC FASHION AND LIFESTYLE ILLUSTRATIONS? It had to be my love for travel and my desire to get beyond my own experiences. The world is filled with so much that is worth traveling for. Wanting to illustrate all that I could from it felt very natural to me.

My illustrations steadily became a collection of what I have found and what I would like to find. It became glimpses of where I have been and where I hope to go. If you look at my work as a whole, it is quite clear that it was inspired by the life of a gadabout. WAS THERE A PARTICULAR POINT OR A-HA MOMENT WHEN YOU THOUGHT ‘WOW, I COULD REALLY MAKE THIS WORK AS A BUSINESS.’ Not that I can recall, but there certainly was a moment, many in fact, where I knew this could make me happy for the rest of my life. WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER? For me, it has less to do with business challenges than just challenges in general. Not that I have always remembered this, but in retrospect I know there are few challenges that presence of mind, a well written to-do list and a good pen cannot overcome.

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“I HAVE CREATED OVER 60+ DESIGNS, AND MOST HAVE INFLUENCES FROM MY CURRENT COLLECTION.”

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WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT BEING A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER? Being able to enjoy and appreciate every aspect of the company. WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES AND GOALS FOR THE FUTURE WITH GADABOUT? My hopes for GADABOUT are to grow in such a way that nothing is truly lost. Projects that expand the brand always have at least a few original elements tucked inside them. My newest project is no exception. In April we released an iphone application called POST. It allows users to design and send invitations or personalized notes through a text message or email! I have created over 60+ designs, and most have influences from my current collection. I am also working on a proper invitation line with hopes that it will be ready for the summer.

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WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION AND ILLUSTRATION PROCESS? Inspiration for my illustrations usually begin with a tangent thought or an interruption. I have had little success when I look for it. I am just as easily caught up in the eclectic as the everyday, and most of my designs start off as a “hey, those colors look great together...what if I put that with that picture I found 3 days ago? It kind of reminds me of that fabric pattern…” It can be as simple a thing as flipping through a new magazine, or learning a new word. If it is visually or mentally interesting, whatever I was doing before that moment is out the window and GADABOUT begins.

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HANNA’S FAVORITE THINGS 1 VINTAGE AND COFFEE TABLE BOOKS Hanna loves Slim Aarons and Maurice Rheims vintage books.

2 TIBI AND PHILLIP LIM From bright and bold Tibi to the understated sparkle of Phillip Lim, Hanna is a fashion devotee.

3 TOCCA Nothing beats the sweet smell of Tocca candles. 4 LEONTINE LINENS ATL-based Leontine Linens produces chic, luxurious linens for all the rooms in your house.

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WITH SIX #1 HITS TO HIS NAME AND NEW SONGS HITTING THE CHARTS EVERY YEAR, NASHVILLE SONGWRITER TOMMY LEE JAMES IS LIVING THE COUNTRY MUSIC DREAM.

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Wake up, go downstairs and drink lots of coffee so I can actually think about making my daughter Isabel’s lunch. Also take dogs out.

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Make Isabel’s lunch and see her off to school.

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Head to gym to work out or at least go through the motions. Kill as much time as possible chatting with other people pretending to work out.

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Answer emails etc. so I don’t have to interrupt my writing to do it.

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On the way to my office/writing room…downtown Nashville on “Music Row”. Takes about 30 minutes.

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Today I’m writing with a fantastic writer who lives in LA…Jess Cates.

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Begin to wonder why he’s not here yet and realize we scheduled our appointment at 12:30.

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Make a mental note to start looking at my calendar.

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Jess shows up “on time” and we get acquainted for a while before we start tossing around ideas. Really nice guy!

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We have a melody and idea but I can’t figure out what direction to take it lyrically… kinda nervous I haven’t had enough coffee.

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Caffeine and inspiration start to kick in…Loving the song!!

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Done with the song and say goodbye to Jess. Have to be at studio to record a vocal at 5:00.

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Get to studio. The singer is here and is learning the song. I wrote with a German production team. Shooting for Leona Lewis meets Alicia Keys vibe.

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Heading home to have dinner. Linguini and clams! My fave!!!

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Recovering from too much dinner and getting a little excited and/or nervous about playing tonight.

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Heading to The Bluebird Café to play a writers in the round benefit for Darkness to Light and Pedal for Prevention with Marv Green, Richie McDonald and Terry McBride. A lot of family and friends there! Had so much fun for a good cause!

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In bed with the song I wrote today and the ones I played in my head. Trying to make it be quiet!

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• SHE’S MY KIND OF RAIN, TIM MCGRAW • WRONG AGAIN, MARTINA MCBRIDE • WHAT I REALLY MEANT TO SAY, CYNDI THOMSON • IF YOU SEE HIM/IF YOU SEE HER, REBA/BROOKS AND DUNN • A MAN THIS LONELY, BROOKS AND DUNN • AND STILL, REBA

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LIVING IN THE SOUTH CONJURES UP IMAGES OF SWEET TEA, FRONT PORCHES, GREAT HOSPITALITY, AND OF COURSE, ANTIQUING. THE SOUTH IS A MECCA FOR VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE SHOPPING AND A VISIT TO ALMOST ANY TOWN SOUTH OF THE MASON DIXON IS SURE TO TURN UP AN ANTIQUE STORE OR TWO. KNOWING WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND HOW TO SHOP CAN HELP YOU TACKLE EVEN THE MOST OVERWHELMING OF STORES. photographs and text by CANDICE MCGOURIN 79

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED, IT IS HELPFUL TO HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, THAT WAY YOU WON’T GET OVERWHELMED WHEN YOU ENTER A STORE. HOWEVER, FOCUSING ON SOMETHING TOO SPECIFIC CAN BE LIKE LOOKING FOR A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK SO KEEP AN OPEN MIND. Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, be an informed shopper. It helps to research things online to find out what the general price point for such an item is and how to spot an authentic piece versus a reproduction. Search sites like Ebay and Etsy to gather information and bring this with you while you shop. It makes a great reference for when you do finally find the item you are looking for and you can make an informed buying decision on the spot! If you are looking for a piece of furniture for a specific area of your home, MAKE SURE TO BRING

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Once you arrive at a shop, take your time. Dealer booths can be overwhelming and often times unorganized, especially if there are a number of items, all from different eras and of different collections. This can make it difficult to home in on something specific. If you get discouraged, just ask. SHOP OWNERS USUALLY

KNOW THEIR STORE VERY WELL AND CAN POINT YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

Dig through bins. You’d be amazed at what you can find buried beneath other things and this is usually where the best deals are.

LOOK ON THE BOTTOM SHELVES. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done a once over of an aisle or a booth and then gone back and found something I love tucked away on the bottom shelf that I didn’t catch at first glance.

Be willing to look past the exterior of some things. A solid wood dresser is a solid wood dresser, even if it’s painted the most hideous shade of pea green you’ve ever seen. IF YOU ARE UP FOR

A LITTLE DIY, YOU CAN EASILY RE-STAIN OR PAINT A PIECE, ADD NEW HARDWARE, AND GIVE IT A TOTALLY NEW LOOK. The same is true of upholstered pieces. That being said, don’t get

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“JUST REMEMBER TO STICK TO YOUR PRICE, SOMETIMES YOU CAN GET CARRIED AWAY IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT AND END UP PAYING MORE THAN YOU WANTED TO FOR SOMETHING.”

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in over your head! Know what you can and cannot do on your own and what you might need to pay extra to have done by a professional. Factor these updates in to the price to see if it’s truly worth bringing it home. Once you have found something and you are ready to buy, DON’T

BE AFRAID TO NEGOTIATE PRICE. Shop owners expect you to haggle so don’t be intimated. Simply asking “what’s your best price on this” is a gentle and effective way to open up negotiations.

If you’ve ever been head to head with someone in an Ebay auction in the final seconds of bidding, you know what I mean. THE

EXCITEMENT OF NEGOTIATIONS CAN GET THE BEST OF YOU. If you didn’t come armed with research, it can help to carry a phone with internet access so you can check the value of things while shopping. Nothing is worse than getting home and realizing you paid double what something was worth. Get into a routine and visit shops frequently. FORM RELATIONSHIPS

WITH SHOP OWNERS AND DEALERS. If you are looking for

something specific, they can be a

great resource for you. Dealers are also more likely to negotiate with you on prices when they know you are a serious shopper. Most importantly, have fun. Bring a friend along and make a day of it, hitting all the local shops in your area. Antiquing can be a great hobby if you don’t take it too seriously. You are always sure to find something interesting and unique with a great story behind it, which is one of my favorite things about buying vintage.

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REMEMBER THAT MOVIE WITH DIANE KEATON WHERE SHE INHERITS A BABY AND ENDS UP SELLING APPLESAUCE?

Necessity is the mother of invention. TEXT BY LESLEY GRAHAM

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I HAVE TO TELL YOU that although I’ve always loved art and making things, it wasn’t until I became a mother that I had the unending desire to create. Ironic, considering that my amount of free time is now considerably less. From what I hear, this happens to a lot of us. I have always been drawn to a certain aesthetic and style (i.e. not all Southern women want smocked flamingo dresses) and I had a lot of trouble finding chic and affordable baby clothes. What’s a girl to do, but to try to start sewing again. I took a few home economics classes in high school, but didn’t remember anything. Little by little I remembered (with the help of YouTube) how to thread a machine. That was all it took to get started and the rest came back to me through tutorials and friends that sew. It was so satisfying to be able to make clothes for my baby. As my desire grew to learn more and my passion developed specifically for girl’s frocks, I started a little shop called Homemade Grits, with Matilda as my muse.

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MY DESIGN PROCESS, FROM START TO FINISH:

Inspiration

Right now I’m inspired mostly by Marie Antoinette. I’ve watched it over and over again, studying the colors and prints. Sofia Coppola is a genius.

Selecting the right fabric

I tend to work in “collections.” I obsess over a certain pattern or color, get it out of my system, and move on. For this particular collection the palette is soft, feminine, with touches of over-the-top grandeur.

Choosing a pattern

I design most of the patterns I sew from or I alter pre-existing ones. There is such a wealth of pattern information on the internet! The satisfaction I get from making something that fits beautifully can not really be measured. In return if I go through the whole trial and error and the pattern is a bust, I am seriously bummed out. On the upside I usually end up learning a thing or two from it.

Embellishing

I am an accessories girl and always have been. If it sparkles, I like it. I try to add a touch of whimsy to all of my dresses, not only are they unique but they’re girly.

Slipping it on

Matilda is my fit model, I try almost all of the dresses I make for other people on her to make sure it looks lovely and is comfortable. Specifically with children you want them to be able to play and breathe and I use a lot of elastic to make the dressing process as painless as possible.

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your creative-mama spirit: HELPFUL HINTS FOR NURTURING

If you have a newborn...GIVE UP THE GOOD FIGHT and sleep any chance you can get. Wake up early and ENJOY AN HOUR OF SOLITUDE. In the morning is when I write a lot of my blog posts, respond to emails, and update my shop. Without this time I don’t think I would accomplish nearly as much as I do. Although it would be lovely to have an extra hour of sleep, I’m saner because of it. Carve out A SPACE THAT IS JUST YOURS. Even if it is a corner in a shared room, let it be your corner. I keep all of my inspirational pictures, supplies, and sewing machine in my nook. If you work better at night, wait until everyone is fed and asleep and ENJOY UNINTERRUPTED TIME TO CREATE. It is always nice to have time to work on a project start to finish, but be okay with chipping away at it day to day. CREATE A SOUNDTRACK. Music moves me. Literally. If I have the right mix I get going and I’m more creative. Favorite Pandora stations: Lykke Li, Fleetwood Mac, Passion Pit, and MGMT.

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Inspirations for Our Living Spaces

Sustainable Interiors: The Tennessee Barn Project

Glowing Interiors: Bright and Fun Light Fixtures

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My Favorite Room: Paloma Contreras

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Top 5’s with a Master Gardener BY: LESLEY GRAHAM | P. 101

HOME & GARDEN

Home Tour: Atlanta, GA

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JAKE AND LUKE HERRING LIKE TO REFER TO THEIR HAND—CRAFTED FURNITURE AS MODERN RUSTIC. THIS ALSO HAPPENS TO PERFECTLY DESCRIBE WHERE THEY HAVE SET UP SHOP IN THE BEAUTIFUL ROLLING HILLS OF WILLIAMSON CO, TN, JUST SOUTH OF NASHVILLE. The Herring brothers, both in their 20’s and originally from Oklahoma, had a dream: to open an eco-friendly green construction company and call it Natural Design. They did just that but the downturn in the economy had them searching for ways, outside of construction, to add more green projects to the books. Fate intervened with a chance drive-

by of an old barn slated for burning. Immediately inspired by all the repurposing possibilities this old weathered wood could hold, they bought the barn, saved it from death and gave life to a new side of the Natural Design company: TN Barn Project furniture. The TN Barn Project completely fills Jake and Luke’s passions as it allows them to repurpose the wood, be artists in the world of carpentry, and educate the community on the benefits of being green. Each barn saved eliminates the large CO2 release that a barn burning creates, further fulfilling the green mission the company embraces. That first barn provided materials for 42 pieces of furniture and 3 remodels. Natural Design now owns three more barns and has started construction on a new workshop to showcase all the possibilities where reclaimed wood can fit into a home or business. What you notice instantly about the TN Barn Project (TBP) furniture is the unique design. Farm Tables made out of reclaimed wood are typical and have great appeal. However, the TBP pieces have a more artistic flair that combines elements of modern design with the great strength of the old wood. Jake talked me through all the benefits of using repurposed wood. He showed me a piece of 2”x3” White Oak wood containing about 60 years of growth rings. Today, this same size sample of oak would have about 6 years of growth rings,

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and just about 3 years for pine. The trees used in these hundred-yearold barns grew tall by being strong because they had to fight for their growth. They weren’t grown on tree farms with the singular purpose of raising quick to grow trees that can be sold at market quickly. This means that the old wood is stronger and in the opinion of everyone gathered around, far more beautiful. The knots are at such a depth and the marbling is of such a size that modern quick grown samples simply cannot compete.

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Natural Design just came out with their first catalog that showcases their TN Barn Project pieces. The pieces can also be seen online and at the Shimai Gallery, located in Loveless CafĂŠ marketplace in Nashville. They will also custom

make you any piece. They collaborate with you. They will figure out the perfect size, the look you want, and the wood you prefer (Oak, Adler, Pine, and Poplar amongst others.) With their help, you get a custom made, beautiful signature piece with the ND (for Natural Design) burned into the underside, with a picture of the barn from which the wood was reclaimed. Many barn owners throughout the South are realizing the value of the old barn wood and selling the barns instead of burning them. Many owners will still simply give you the wood if you are willing to break down the barn as this is unforgiving work. Luckily, Middle TN has a new generation of barn scouters: Luke and Jake Herring.

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AS THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF THE IMMENSELY POPULAR DESIGN BLOG LA DOLCE VITA, PALOMA CONTRERAS IS NO STRANGER TO GOOD STYLE. SHE SHARES HER OWN STYLISH HOME WITH SOUTHERN FLOURISH.

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JUST LIKE PEOPLE, IT SEEMS THAT ROOMS NATURALLY EVOLVE OVER TIME. They can change when we add new furniture or accessories, a fresh coat of paint, or photographs from a recent vacation. My favorite room in my home is my formal living room / dining room combination. Essentially, it is one large room that is divided for two different purposes. It is my favorite because it says so much about my husband, Fabian and I. Plus, it is the first thing you see when you walk into my home and you know what they say - you only have one chance to make a first impression! This room hasn’t always been my favorite, but it recently earned that title when WE MADE A FEW SIMPLE

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the framed maps above the love seat are not vintage, but gift wrap from Cavallini & Co. They are printed on very nice, archival-quality Italian paper and are gorgeous for $5 a pop. Everyone always thinks that they are vintage! We used inexpensive frames from IKEA, so each print ended up costing around $35. Fabian and I love to travel and I am a bit of a linguist, so the maps feel very special and personal to us since they each represent cities we have traveled to together. I don’t particularly love the love seat, but until I decide to get a new one, I have added this beautiful set of pillows which really ties together the colors in the room. In the dining room, I ADDED COLOR

AND A TOUCH OF WHIMSY BY CREATING A PLATE WALL. It creates a focal point, garners a lot of compliments, and can be replicated easily and fairly inexpensively.

CHANGES THAT HAD A PRETTY DRAMATIC IMPACT. We decided to

paint the walls a rich shade of mocha and added ivory dupioni silk drapes which completely transformed the room. We also brought in some “new” old pieces. We have a pair of vintage Knoll Brno chairs which still have their original burnt orange velvet upholstery. The upholstery is in really good shape and looks fantastic with the brown hue of the walls, so we decided to keep it rather than have the chairs reupholstered.

Although we spend the majority of our evenings in our more relaxed family room, we love to entertain and when we have guests over, we spend most of our time in our favorite room. It is a great space for entertaining because there is plenty of seating for pre-dinner cocktails and my large deco-inspired dining table has room for everyone. In addition, the room has plenty of great lighting, which in my opinion, is the jewelry of a home. I keep my lights on dimmers in order to set the mood for each occasion.

I feel that this space is a great example of doing a lot with a little or making the most of what you have. For example,

In addition, this is one of the most relaxing spaces in my home. It is both soothing and quiet and is separated from

“I HAVE REALIZED THAT MY HOME DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT OR BE WORTH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, BUT IT SHOULD BE A REFLECTION OF MY PERSONALITY.”

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the noise and activity that usually goes on in our family room and kitchen. I keep tons of books in my home and have a bit of a magazine addiction, so every now and then, I’ll sneak off to the sofa in the formal living room, turn on my lamps and spend some time with my favorite books and magazines. I spend my days writing my blog, LA DOLCE VITA where I feature the elements that make up “the sweet life”: interior design, fashion, art, travel, and interesting people. Naturally, I feature beautiful spaces quite frequently and have only recently found the courage to share my own home. I have realized that my home doesn’t have to be perfect or be worth millions of dollars, but it should be a reflection of my personality. This room, more than any other room in my home fits my aesthetic perfectly. IT IS A MIX

OF TRADITIONAL AND MODERN, NEW AND VINTAGE, WITH A HINT OF GLAMOUR AND PLENTY OF COLOR.

It is a declaration of my style and says a lot about my family and our interests. From this room, you would be able to tell that my husband and I love to travel, we have an affinity for vintage chairs and beautiful lamps, and that some of my favorite colors are orange, chocolate, and turquoise. Our home was newly built when we first purchased it four years ago. What started out as a cookie-cutter vanilla box has evolved into a lovely space through THE ADDITION OF COLOR,

UNIQUE, VINTAGE PIECES, AND PERSONAL TOUCHES.

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BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY SOUTHERN LUXURY LIGHTING POWERHOUSE, THE URBAN ELECTRIC CO., IS TURNING THE SWITCH AND HAS OPENED ITS DOORS TO THE FIRST RETAIL LOCATION IN ATLANTA’S WHITE PROVISION DISTRICT. THIS HIP, HOME DÉCOR AREA OF ATLANTA IS A PERFECT SPOT FOR URBAN ELECTRIC CO. TEXT BY LORI SHEARER

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URBAN ELECTRIC CO. HAS ITS ROOTS IN NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. It is there that the production house cranks out a well rounded portfolio of bench-crafted lighting. While you can buy their lighting from the catalog collection you can also customize your order using their Bespoke Program. For example, if you are drawn to one of the Urban Electric Co. ceiling fixtures but want a different color or finish, that is absolutely possible. Simply bring in a color swatch and the piece will be matched or choose one of the exquisite finishes they have to offer. Their lights are selected and purchased on a madeto-order basis which allows customers amazing flexibility.

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Urban Electric Co. has outfitted some of the finest interiors and exteriors around the world from 5-star hotel properties to personal estates. Their product offering ranges from floor to ceiling, interior to exterior, and some of their collectables often become the centerpiece not the accent piece. Keep this in mind as you think about a fresh look this summer –

LIGHTING IS A KEY ELEMENT IN YOUR SPACE AND THE PERFECT TOUCH CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. Be

sure to assess your lighting needs and rely on Urban Electric Co. to brighten up any room. Another element that really makes Urban Electric Co. stand out is its stellar line-up of brilliant designers. THE

COMPANY HAS PARTNERED WITH CELEBRITY DESIGNERS SUCH AS DARRYL CARTER,

RICHARD MISHAAN, AND TOM SCHEERER which bring a whole new

light to the incredible product offering. Highlights from the collection include Richard Mishaan’s Venetian ceiling light with a modern pop of color but traditional design. Another is the Andrew Reflector by Mark Maresca that is a wall mounted piece and can be used with a candle or be electric. It emits incredible light and reflections all around it. If you’re in the Atlanta area, be sure to check out their new retail store. For those that appreciate unique design and impeccable craftsmanship, you’ve got to see the lights at Urban Electric Co., A LUXURY LIGHTING

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CALL ME CRAZY, BUT AS SOON AS I SAW THIS AMAZING PHOTO A ROOM STARTED FORMING IN MY MIND. THE RUSTY IRON BRIDGE CONJURED UP IMAGES OF THE PERFECT WIRE CHAIRS, ALL OF THE DIFFERENT SHADES OF GREEN BROUGHT VISIONS OF PAINTED FURNITURE, THE SMOOTH AND CLEAR WATERFALL REMINDED ME OF GORGEOUS GLASS BOTTLES IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES, AND THE PIECES OF WASHED UP WOOD TRANSLATED INTO RECYCLED PINE MIRRORS. BEFORE I KNEW IT , NATURE HAD INSPIRED ME TO CREATE. FINDING BEAUTY AND INSPIRATION IN THE EVERY DAY IS SOMETHING ALL OF US CAN PRACTICE, AND I PROMISE ONCE YOU START IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU VIEW

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Awesome prints and textures abound. Pillows like these are perfect for changing the look of a room in a skinny minute.

ADDY CHEST BY KNACK

I’m a little bias here, but you can never go wrong with that perfect piece of character to tie the room together, or plan the room around.

GRASS PLATES BY GLEENA

Asymmetrical, organic plates handmade to perfection.

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WIRE CHAIRS + GLASS BOTTLE FROM PEDDLER’S HOME DESIGN

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I SPENT THE DAY WITH MY FAVORITE MASTER GARDENER WHO DOUBLES AS MY MOTHER, DEBBIE WILLIAMS. MY MOM HAS BEEN A MASTER GARDENER FOR A FEW YEARS NOW, BUT HAS BEEN GARDENING ALL OF MY LIFE. I CAN REMEMBER PLANTING COSMO SEEDS TOGETHER WHEN I WAS LITTLE AND RIDING AROUND IN THE RED WAGON AT THE NURSERY ON SATURDAY MORNINGS. NOT ALL OF MY MEMORIES ARE FOND, I COULD NEVER SEE A PINE CONE IN THE YARD AGAIN AND DIE HAPPY. I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT GARDENING FROM MY MOM AND I'M SO HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO PASS HER WISDOM ON TO YOU. I GAVE HER A SERIES OF QUESTIONS AND TOLD HER TO ANSWER THE FIRST FIVE THINGS THAT CAME TO MIND IN EACH CATEGORY. TEXT + PHOTOS BY LESLEY GRAHAM 113

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Top five tips: 1. USE ORGANIC FERTILIZER TO AMEND THE SOIL; POPULAR NON-ORGANIC FERTILIZERS CAN KILL THE WORMS WHICH ENRICH THE SOIL. 2. WASH YOUR GLOVES OFTEN BECAUSE THEY CARRY BACTERIA AND DISEASE. 3. KEEP BASIC GARDENING TOOLS IN A BASKET BY THE DOOR SO THAT THEY ARE ALL TOGETHER, THIS HELPS GET CHORES DONE QUICKER.

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Restaurant Review: Alouette, Charleston BY: OLIVIA JAMES | P. 40

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COOKBOOK REVIEW:

SIMPLE. FRESH. SO A COMMON PERCEPTION OF SOUTHERN FOOD TENDS TO INVOLVE THE WORDS FRIED AND HEAVY. The fact that Southern food is often analogous to comfort food can sometimes be too much of a good thing. It's time we go back to our roots by focusing on our abundance of local produce instead of making butter the main attraction. Matt and Ted Lee, more commonly known as The Lee Brothers, reveal a new and improved doctrine of Southern cuisine in their latest ABOVE: OLIVIA TRYS OUT THE LEE BROS. cookbook, SIMPLE FRESH SOUTHERN. PIMENTO CHEESE POTATO GRATIN. THE Their philosophy is all about using flavorful, choice ingredients to improve VERDICT? DELICIOUS. upon the classic dishes they grew up loving; the ones their grandmothers and great-grandmothers wrote down on since I've lived in the South my entire life. When I decided to make three by five index cards. the Lee Brothers' Pimento Cheese Potato Gratin, I was more than a little Having said that, the Lee Brothers apprehensive. But given my love for refuse to sacrifice taste - and with gratins (and every Southerner's love dishes like PIMENTO CHEESE POTATO for pimento cheese) I decided to give GRATIN and BUTTERMILK PUDDING it a try. The results were different from CAKES with Sugared Raspberries, they anything I've ever tasted. The decadent clearly aren't strangers to indulgence. gratin had a top layer of cheese burnt to perfection and was layered with yukon Despite the fact that my family gold's, red peppers, and scallions.This worships pimento cheese, I've never dish changed everything I ever thought been a big fan. When I confess this about pimento cheese. In fact, I can't to Southerners they are consistently believe I've spent my whole life without shocked and appalled, especially it.

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Next I attempted Matt and Ted's recipe for Buttermilk Pudding Cakes with Sugared Raspberries. My favorite thing about the recipe was the simplicity of it. The entire process took less than twenty minutes (including baking time), and the results were a beautiful, simple cake; dense and moist without being heavy (photo: bottom right). The Lee Brothers' easy recipes and colorful ingredients incorporated into classic dishes are revolutionary to the art of Southern cooking. I CANNOT WAIT TO TELL

MY GRANDMOTHER ABOUT MY NEW FOUND LOVE FOR PIMENTO CHEESE; SHE IS GOING TO BE SO PROUD.

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WHAT’S BETTER THAN SUN-WARMED PEACHES, STRAWBERRIES PLUCKED STRAIGHT OUT OF THE GARDEN AND POPPED INTO YOUR MOUTH, OR BLACKBERRIES PICKED FROM THOSE BUSHES ALONG A SIDE ROAD? It’s time for delectable summer fruits and desserts with them that are like your mama used to make.

Think of juicy, ripe peaches tucked into a fluffy layer of cobbler. And what could be simpler on hot evenings than fresh strawberries and individual little bowls of Southern-style “creme fraiche” to dunk them? Even if you don’t have a place to go and pick summer fruit yourself, you can find real tree-ripe peaches and local berries at the closest farmers’ market. The strawberries I photographed for this article were picked by Virginia strawberry grower Leighton Hodges 122

less than an hour before we ate them. I loved picking blackberries when I was a child visiting my aunts and cousins in the country. I’m not sure how many berries made it into my bucket, but I know a whole lot of them made it into my mouth. My college roommate, Elyse, gave me the really simple and delicious recipe I still use for cobbler. The title on the splattered, faded blue index card is “Mountain Pie,” and you can make it with any of your favorite summer fruits. Try using peeled and sliced summer apples, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries or a combination of all three berries. Omit the nutmeg if you’re not using peaches or apples. You can even make cobbler with canned or frozen peaches or other fruit, if you just can’t wait for a taste of summer.

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Stir brown sugar into sour cream and refrigerate for at least one hour. Serve strawberries on one of your mama or grandmama’s prettiest platters and give each person a small bowl of the cream to dip their own strawberries. Note: real creme fraiche is a cultured milk product similar to sour cream. You can buy it in specialty shops or make your own. My substitute is sweet, yet tart, lots easier to make and just as yummy. People will ask for your recipe.

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MELT 1 STICK OF BUTTER IN A 2-QUART CASSEROLE. YOU CAN SUBSTITUTE LIGHT BUTTER, IF YOU WANT. IN A SEPARATE BOWL, MIX: 1 CUP FLOUR 1/2 CUP SUGAR 3/4 CUP MILK (YOU CAN USE 2 PERCENT MILK) 2 TSP BAKING POWDER PINCH OF NUTMEG POUR BATTER INTO THE MELTED BUTTER. DO NOT MIX.

2 cups fruit into the center of the batter. Don’t stir. The crust will rise up through the peaches and make a moist, juicy pie. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 45-55 minutes until the cobbler is golden brown on top. Serve warm as is or with a scoop of ice cream or a spoonful of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, if you want to feel healthier. Drizzle the top of each grown-up’s serving with sweet peach wine, such as Virginia’s Rebec Vineyards Landmark Dessert Peach Wine. Serves 6-8.

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THERE’S SOMETHING MAGICAL ABOUT SAVANNAH, GEORGIA.

WHETHER IT’S THE RICH HISTORY AND MOODY SPANISH MOSS HANGING FROM THE TREES OR THE SLOWER PACE AND EAGERNESS TO ENTERTAIN, IF THERE’S ONE THING THIS CITY’S GOT, IT’S CHARACTER. ELEGANT AND MYSTERIOUS, YET WARM AND WELCOMING, THE “HOSTESS CITY” HAS PLENTY OF SHOPS, SIGHTS AND ESPECIALLY, EATS TO OFFER. DAY 1 DOWNTOWN DELIGHTS 8 a.m. - Start your day off in

downtown Savannah with breakfast at J. CHRISTOPHER’S. Casual and quaint, they’ll even leave a pot of coffee on your table. If you’re looking to hit the ground running, grab a pastry or breakfast sandwich at family-owned HARRIS BAKING COMPANY. And be sure to pick up a decadent pecan chocolate chewie for mid-day snacking.

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great mix of popular chains and charming local shops. You’ll find Urban Outfitters, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Banana Republic, but stores like THE PARIS MARKET & BROCANTE, BLEU BELLE BOUTIQUE, JAMES GUNN, COPPER PENNY, DC2 DESIGN AND 24E are the true draw. You’ll find clothing, shoes, accessories, antiques, home décor and more. Be sure to stop by the SAVANNAH BEE COMPANY. This honey producer sells food and beauty products throughout the country, but their flagship (and only) store is a feast for the senses. Step up to the

honey bar to sample their artisan flavors and pick up sweet souvenirs for friends and family.

and they serve up a mean meatloaf sandwich.

1 p.m. - You may have heard that a

laid out on a grid, which means, you can find your way to Savannah’s 22 historic squares pretty easily. If you’re feeling ambitious, downtown Savannah is walkable, but there are plenty of transportation options from trolleys and horse-drawn carriages to Vespas and Segways. Be sure to look for the DOT vehicles providing free transit downtown. Regardless of how you get there, take a stroll through beautiful FORSYTHE PARK. Its

certain butter-loving southern chef calls Savannah home. Yes, just about every tourist in town wants to have lunch at Paula Deen’s restaurant THE LADY AND SONS. If you’re interested, plan ahead and start off your morning in their reservations line. If you’re looking for a place that’s a little more low key, head to SOHO SOUTH CAFÉ. It’s an eclectic and inviting spot – part restaurant, part gallery –

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stunning fountain and amphitheater take center stage, and it’s the perfect place to grab a coffee and lay in the grass with a book. You’ll even find a farmers’ market on Saturdays. If the humidity is killing you, take a breather in the JEPSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Savannah’s contemporary art museum, or explore the local galleries and shops owned by the Savannah College of Art and Design, filled with unique locally-made treasures.

7 p.m. – Once you’re through

wandering, enjoy dinner in traditional Southern style at THE OLDE PINK HOUSE. Built in 1771, the house has served as a private home, a bank and was even the headquarters for one of Sherman’s generals. You’ll find Low Country cuisine that is equal parts classic and creative.

9:30 p.m. – Craving a late night

snack? Find it at LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM, an old Savannah favorite recently revived. Try one of their seasonal flavors or the Caffé Leopold, a scoop of your choice doused with a shot of espresso.

DAY 2 BEACH BUMMING 6 a.m. – I wouldn’t head to

Savannah without spending a day at the beach. TYBEE ISLAND, a quirky and laid-back beach town, is just 17 miles from downtown Savannah. Watch the sunrise over the Atlantic if you feel so inclined and then grab a bountiful breakfast amongst locals at

THE BREAKFAST CLUB.

9 a.m. - Make your way to the beach and spend a few hours basking in the warm sun and soft sand, then walk to the TYBEE PIER & PAVILION for great views of the water, dolphins, (if you’re lucky) and fellow beach bums.

12 p.m. - THE SUNDAE CAFÉ resides

in a humble location, between a liquor store and a gas station, but the food more than makes up for it. Plus, they won’t scowl at your sandy, flipflop-adorned feet. Have a glass of sweet tea, a fried green tomato BLT and a slice of heavenly peanut butter pie. It doesn’t get more southern or more delicious.

2 p.m. – Time to burn some calories. Walk up – and down – the 178 steps in the historic TYBEE LIGHTHOUSE, or rent a bike and ride along the MCQUEEN’S ISLAND HISTORIC TRAIL, taking in views of the salt marsh and wildlife as you go. Along the way, you’ll pass FORT PULASKI, a Civil War-era national monument – the perfect place for history buffs to take a breather.

7 p.m. - For dinner, head back

towards the mainland stopping on Wilmington Island on the way for dinner at ELE FINE FUSION. This modern and sophisticated restaurant has a great selection of seafood, sushi and other Asian dishes.

11 p.m. – Back in downtown

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of their fabulous desserts like the Strawberry Suspension Cake and enjoy a signature martini.

DAY 3 SIGHTS AND SWEETS 11:30 a.m. – Sleep in late before

heading to Sunday brunch at BELFORD’S IN CITY MARKET. Enjoy eggs benedict and grits, silver dollar pancakes or opt for their awardwinning crab cakes.

up to ROCKS ON THE ROOF in The Bohemian Hotel for an afternoon cocktail. The views of the Savannah River and the striking Talmadge Memorial Bridge are almost as good as the blackberry mojito.

6 p.m. – Great eats await at CHA

BELLA where organic, seasonal and local ingredients are combined to form innovative, yet comforting Southern dishes. It’s the perfect way to bid farewell to your “Hostess.”

1 p.m. – SAVANNAH’S CITY MARKET

is filled with galleries and shops. Terra Cotta is a favorite. They house an ever-changing selection of new and vintage clothing, shoes, accessories and gift items. Grab an Italian soda at CAFÉ GELATOHHH! to beat the heat and be sure to get a free praline sample at SAVANNAH CANDY KITCHEN. You’ll probably end up buying a whole pound.

2 p.m. – If you’re interested in

checking out the unique details of Savannah, there are many walking and trolley tours offered on very specific topics from gardens to ghosts to Girl Scouts. There’s a tour highlighting all the movies filmed in Savannah from “Cape Fear” to “Forrest Gump,” and of course, a tour dedicated to Paula Deen.

4 p.m. - Next up, River Street.

You’ll find plenty of entertainment along the historic cobblestone road, loads of shops, street musicians, and yes, another place to sample pralines, RIVER STREET SWEETS. Head

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ALLUETTE’S CAFE CHARLESTON, SC TEXT AND PHOTOS BY OLIVIA RAE JAMES

THE SECOND YOU WALK INSIDE ALLUETTE'S CAFE, IT INSTANTLY BECOMES CLEAR THAT YOU HAVE STUMBLED UPON SOMETHING SPECIAL. WHETHER YOU NOTICE THE GEECHEE DOLLS ADORNING THE COUNTER, THE LOCAL ART COVERING THE PEACHCOLORED WALLS, OR ALLUETTE HERSELF IN THE KITCHEN, YOU WILL UNDOUBTEDLY REALIZE THAT EVERY ASPECT OF THIS HIDDEN GEM IN DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON KNOWN FOR SERVING "HOLISTIC SOUL FOOD" IS

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There are dozens of soul food restaurants in Charleston,

but what sets Alluette apart is her lifelong commitment to fresh, local and mostly organic food. Alluette’s produce is delivered daily from the nearby organic Fields’ Farms, her meat (although no pork is used) is hormone and antibiotic-free, she buys her seafood daily from a local vendor, and all her breads come from Charleston’s Saffron Bakery.

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She is dedicated to sharing her soul food, which is as good for the body as it is for the soul. Alluette strongly believes her high quality food is worth the slight extra cost. “Would you rather pay for healthy food or pay for the doctor?” she says passionately. She does not hold back anything when it comes to talking about food and health, obviously a subject Alluette holds close to her heart. She is a

breast cancer survivor, a devoted vegan, embarks on fasts every few months, and does not use sugar in the preparation of any of her food.

You will never find anyone in the kitchen but Alluette herself.

On the walls are signs claiming “Good food takes time (especially when it’s prepared with love and positive energy),” and it’s true, a quick lunch at Alluette’s is unheard of. But, the time always seems to fly by, thanks to the atmosphere that more closely resembles your grandmother’s kitchen rather than a restaurant. Most of the customers become friends with Alluette, and each other, by the time they leave. 137

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Alluette is known for having the best fried shrimp in Charleston and she exceeds her reputation. Her shrimp are lightly fried to a perfect crisp, covered in lemon, parsley and served with a delicious buttery concoction. To say they are perfection would be an understatement. Other noted favorites on the menu are the hummus sandwich, the fish stew, and the black bean burger. Also be sure to order a side of the organic hand-cut fries that melt in your mouth, especially when paired with Alluette’s special Geechee dipping sauce. Alluette’s food has vegetablehating kids, sugar addicts and fast food junkies amazed at how delicious and satisfying healthy food can be.

Alluette’s Cafe is tangible proof of the motto she lives and breathes: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

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SOUTHERN FRANCE THINK OF THE SOUTH OF FRANCE AND THOUGHTS OF FILM STAR GLAMOUR USUALLY COME TO MIND, ESPECIALLY DURING THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN A CERTAIN ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL STARTS, ATTRACTING MOST OF HOLLYWOOD’S ELITE, WHO LITERALLY DECAMP EN MASSE ALONG THIS NORMALLY SMALL SEA SIDE TOWN’S BEACHES AND BOARDWALKS. TEXT BY D’ARCY FLUECK Summer 2010

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EXPLORING CANNES DURING IT’S FILM FESTIVAL

one can see budding starlets photographed on the beach, while established celebrities like DIANE LANE, Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio can be spotted giving interviews at the Hotel Martinez or the Majestic Barrière, two of the traditional festival hotel destinations. But exploring along the coast of France, one can often find their own slice of glamour, often with a lot more comfort and certainly with less crowds. Opening in Ramatuelle in June 2010 THE MUSE HOTEL is one destination to watch for. Ramatuelle was put back on the map when the celebrated French actor Jean-Claude Brialy founded the Festival de Ramatuelle in 1984, an annual gathering attracting the crème de la crème of French acting talent and those theatre lovers who are thrilled to watch from the comfort of the beautiful open-air roman-style amphitheatre. The mode of life in RAMATUELLE is quintessentially Provançal, which The Muse has exquisitely captured. Among the ecologically designed Mediterranean gardens includes a stunning terrace lined with olive trees and areas dedicated to watching films in the open-air or playing a game of pétanque, a typical game of the region. Each suite has been designed with the concept of “cocooning” in mind: Pierre Frey linens line the beds, while each 142

bungalow benefits from its own private swimming pool as well as massage space. But their services don’t stop there, as beach visits take place in your own private Bentley and “sun butlers” at the pool provide massages and sun care applications. The Muse simply goes beyond the concept of your typical 5* hotel, they seem to live and breathe indulgence and luxury.

BUT SURPRISINGLY, ONE DOESN’T ALWAYS NEED TO HAVE DEEP POCKETS OF A HOLLYWOOD MOGUL TO RUB SHOULDERS WITH CELEBRITIES AND STILL ENJOY THE BEST THE SOUTH OF FRANCE HAS TO OFFER. Located along the coast between Nice and Monte Carlo, VILLEFRANCHESUR-MER is one such place. Perhaps it was Keith Richards, with then-girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, who initially made Villefranche-sur-Mer the little oasis of music it has become. The Rolling Stones recorded their album “Exile on Main Street” at Richard’s Villa Nellcote in 1971 and since then musicians like Tina Turner, Elton John and Bono from U2 have made this French port-town their second home. The beaches are entirely public, which means that after a dip in the sea, you can go to a local café and enjoy an ice cream while sitting next to U2 rocker The Edge and his family. Right: Photo of Diane Lane Copyright and Courtesy of Dior.

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EXPLORE THE OLD TOWN, WHICH IS A DELIGHTFUL MAZE OF COBBLESTONE STREETS, ADORABLE BOUTIQUES SELLING LOCAL WARES AS WELL AS CHIC BEACH CLOTHING AND SWIMWEAR.

be in heaven at La Fille du Pecher, whose name aptly translates as The Fisherman’s Daughter, while the style watchers will be relieved to know that even Demi Moore and Ashton Kucher have enjoyed this catch in Villefranchesur-Mer.

When it comes to dining, the brasserie LA FILLE DU PECHEUR is a favorite and often full for dinner. Krystel Roux, the owner, will tell you her father quite literally catches all the fish for their family establishment.

Route des Marres 83350, Ramatuelle, France. Tel. + 33 4 94 43 04 40 www.muse-hotels.com

One of their specialities is the leerfish (la liche) a large fish that resembles a tuna and loves the coastal waters in the COTE D’AZUR, which they serve from May until July, September until October. To give you an idea of the sport involved in catching a leerfish, the current record was set in Nice, where the fish weighed over 54 lbs. Fish lovers will quite obviously 144

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THE MUSE SIMPLY GOES BEYOND THE CONCEPT OF YOUR TYPICAL 5* HOTEL, THEY SEEM TO LIVE AND BREATHE INDULGENCE AND LUXURY. Photos (left) copyright and coutesy of The Muse Hotel.

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DINNER MATT MOORE, AUTHOR OF ”HAVE HER OVER FOR DINNER: A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO CLASSIC, SIMPLE MEALS,” SHARES FOUR DELICIOUS RECIPES THAT CAN BE ENJOYED ALONE OR SERVED AS A FULL, 4-COURSE MEAL. THESE SIMPLE, YET TASTY, RECIPES ARE SURE TO BECOME FAVORITES IN YOUR KITCHEN. TEXT AND RECIPES BY MATT MOORE

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AS SOUTHERNERS, our recipes tend to read more like folklore than actual notes on a 3x5 index card. Ask any grandmother for a fried chicken recipe, and you are likely to get a dose of humor and mystery along with very meticulous instructions. In my experience, no matter how many times I try, and no matter how carefully I follow that recipe . . . it just doesn’t turn out quite the same. After all, it’s easy to follow instructions, but it’s hard to put in the ‘love’ that makes so many of our dishes unique and memorable.

With that said, I prefer to skip the comparisons by taking a new and fresh approach to Southern cuisine. Any chef will agree that great dishes start with utilizing great ingredients. After that, it’s all about using simple preparation to turn quality ingredients into outstanding meals. I’ve outlined a four-course dinner that will satisfy any palate, with an eclectic play on traditional Southern ingredients. Serve these dishes the next time you entertain, and you just might find that these variations become instant classics!

PIMENTO CHEESE BRUSCHETTA A SOUTHERNER’S TAKE ON AN ITALIAN STAPLE. THE PIMENTO CHEESE CAN BE MADE UP TO THREE DAYS IN ADVANCE AND KEPT CHILLED AND COVERED IN THE REFRIGERATOR. IT SHOULD YIELD ENOUGH LEFTOVERS FOR A SANDWICH LATER IN THE WEEK.

INGREDIENTS:

• ½ lb. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated, at room temperature • 2 Tablespoons Canned Diced Pimentos • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise • ½ Loaf French Bread, cut into 1/2 inch slices • ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil • Fresh Cracked Pepper • 2 Teaspoons Chives, finely chopped

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the first three ingredients into a mixing bowl. Using a fork, mash ingredients until the cheese has softened and formed into a consistent mixture with the other ingredients, set aside. Lay out bread slices on a baking sheet and brush generously with olive oil and season with fresh cracked pepper. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake 6-8 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and spread a generous layer of the cheese mixture over the top of each piece of toasted bread. Garnish with chives and serve.

SAVANNAH COBB SALAD THE CLASSIC COBB SALAD PREPARED SAVANNAH STYLE. TAKE NOTE THAT MOST OF THESE INGREDIENTS MUST BE PRE-COOKED PRIOR TO ARRANGEMENT.

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• 1 Heart of Romaine Lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces • ¾ Cup Monterey Jack Cheese, grated • ½ lb Cooked Large Pink Shrimp, peeled and cut in half • 4 Strips Crispy Cooked Bacon, crumbled • ¾ Cup Hard Boiled Eggs, peeled and roughly chopped • 1 Vine Ripe Tomato, finely diced • ¼ Medium Red Onion, finely diced • 1 Avocado, seeded and diced • Naturally Fresh® Blue Cheese Dressing, or any other dressing of choice Place lettuce in the bottom of a large serving bowl. Top lettuce with each remaining ingredient, as in creating slices of a pie for each separate ingredient. Serve with choice of dressing on the 149

GRILLED PEACHES WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM FORGET ABOUT PEACH COBBLER, THE FLAVORS IN THIS DESSERT WILL MAKE YOUR GUESTS THINK YOU’VE WORKED ALL DAY IN THE KITCHEN. HAVE THE PEACHES SLICED AND CLEANED IN ADVANCE TO GET THIS DISH OUT QUICKLY AFTER DINNER.

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• 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter • 2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon • 2 Medium Ripe Peaches, halved with pits removed • 6 oz Vanilla Ice Cream 150

In a small microwave safe mixing bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Place the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds on high, mix well. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut all the way around the side of the peaches and twist to remove the pits, using a spoon to dig out the pits if needed. On a lightly greased grill over medium high heat, place the peaches cut side down and cook for 3-4 minutes. Turn over peaches, generously spread with the sugar and cinnamon mixture, and move to indirect heat, cover and cook, 10-12 minutes. Remove peaches from grill and serve in individual bowls immediately with equal portions of vanilla ice cream.

PAN SEARED SALMON WITH PARMESAN CREAM CHEESE GRITS AND ROASTED OKRA INGREDIENTS:

• ½ lb Fresh Okra, washed with ends removed • 4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided • ½ Teaspoon Cajun Seasoning • 3 ½ Cups Water • 1 Cup Quick Cook Grits • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter • 2 Tablespoons Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, grated • ¼ Cup Heavy Cream • 2 6-8 oz Salmon Filets, skin removed • Kosher Salt • Fresh Cracked Pepper • Garlic Powder • ½ Lemon, juiced • 2 Teaspoons Red Bell Pepper, finely diced for garnish

PAN SEARING THE SALMON WILL ENSURE MAXIMUM FLAVOR AND MOISTURE. THE PARMESAN CREAM CHEESE GRITS AND ROASTED OKRA HELP ROUND OUT THIS MEAL OF ECLECTIC SOUTHERN CUISINE. SERVE WITH PINOT NOIR, CHARDONNAY, RIESLING, PALE ALE, OR LAGER.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a baking sheet, lay out okra in a single layer; drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil and Cajun seasoning, toss to coat. Place okra on the top rack of the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, turning on occasion. Bring 3 ½ cups of water to a boil in a small pot. Slowly add grits, butter, and ½ tablespoon of salt to the water. Stir until the mixture returns to a boil, ensuring an even consistency with no lumps. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring on occasion until mixture is thick and water is incorporated. Add Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and heavy cream to grits and stir until well combined. Meanwhile, preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and season salmon filets with kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper, and garlic powder. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet followed by the salmon filets; cook, undisturbed, for 3-4 minutes. Squeeze the juice of ½ lemon over the top the filets; flip. Cook filets for 2-3 more minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 135 degrees F; remove from heat. Plate a generous portion of grits in the center of the plate, followed by the salmon and okra at either side. Sprinkle with diced red pepper for garnish. Serve immediately. 151

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Louisiana Love: Claira and Bryan

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Claira & Bryan

From the story of how they met to how they got engaged to how their gorgeous wedding came together, every element of Claira & Bryan’s life together seems weaved pefectly by a higher power. Sometimes, things are just meant to be. 155

Every bride wants one aspect of her wedding day to stick out and pop. Some brides choose to do this with a subtle touch of flair in the invitation. Other brides choose to do this with exuberant details from start to finish. And then there is the bride that pops— not because she was trying—because her style is so unique and glamorous. Claira is one of these brides. Her wedding was certainly A ONE OF

A KIND SOUTHERN FANTASY THAT CONTINUES TO POP THROUGH HER STORY AND THE PHOTOGRAPHS. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND BRYAN?

Bryan is from North Carolina and I am from Shreveport, LA. We met at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He was studying film and I am into ceramics. We both love visual arts and music. We are always in the kitchen cooking! We are both vegetarians and we love to cook using organic food. Bryan cooks homemade bread and plays a lot of music. He writes songs and plays the guitar.

HOW DID YOU MEET BRYAN?

One of the foundation classes we have to take in school is a life drawing class. We both were taking the class and the first day we didn’t have a model to draw. We were paired up to draw each other.

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when Bryan proposed. He was looking for a job last September and found an ad on Craig’s List for a church pianist. He applied for this job and received a phone call a month later from the pastor. We met her together for coffee to talk about the job. We spent about two hours talking about beliefs and life. At the very end of the conversation with the pastor, she pulled out an antique ring from her pocket. Someone had left the ring in the offering plate at church and she really did not know what to do with it. She thought it seemed special. The pastor had taken it to get appraised, and separately, the diamonds were too small to be taken out—but altogether, the ring had value. After she told us the story, we left the coffee shop. I remember feeling nervous but also praying that if I was meant to get married to Bryan, then it would happen. Bryan felt like that ring was supposed to be MY ring—that it was meant for me. He had been praying about it and decided to call the pastor. Bryan told her that he felt like that ring was meant to be my ring. The pastor felt like it should belong to me too and that for some reason, she just felt like she needed to show it to us that day without knowing anything about us. Then one night, Bryan invited me over for dinner. He had created a canopy of white lights. The table was underneath with candles and incense. Bryan had made a delicious meal. It was all so beautiful that I cried. It was truly amazing to have been given that gift.

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DID YOU IMMEDIATELY KNOW WHERE YOU WANTED TO GET MARRIED AND WHAT TYPE OF WEDDING YOU WANTED TO HAVE?

At first, I felt like it was just so crazy that we were getting married. We believe that the marriage is the awesome and beautiful thing that is happening at a wedding. We did not want to get by distracted by the themes, colors, and material things. My mother is queen of planning events; she is so organized and pays attention to all of the details. She helped so much. Bryan and I have very old souls that have a vintage frame of mind. We wanted the wedding to be natural—bird nests, warm colors, earth tones. We both love being outside so we did know that we wanted to get married outside.

AS YOU STARTED PLANNING, WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT FOR YOU?

We wanted the wedding to simple, elegant, and natural feeling. We did not want to spend too much money on the fluff. We really like the idea of community. We believe that marriage is a community that starts at home with two people. Then it branches out to family and friends. So, in our wedding, we wanted to include everyone. My aunt did the gorgeous flowers. We didn’t have traditional groomsmen and bridesmaids. Instead, our families stood up there with us—our parents and siblings. Bryan and I did not want it to be a selfish day just about us. We wanted our wedding to be glorifying to God, to be real.

HOW DID YOU MAKE SOME OF THE BIG DECISIONS WHEN PLANNING?

We made a lot of decisions based on community. Our cake was modeled after a ceramic piece I did. It was a beehive and that is a symbol of community for us. On the cake, there was wheat—wheat being the bread of life. Also, the Greek word for Christian community was written on the beehive. Everyone at our wedding was going to partake of the cake—starting with us and then spreading out to our guests. Bryan also had a groom’s cake. He loves to write and he uses a typewriter. Kelly Moore’s mother created a beautiful typewriter cake for me. She also created our beehive cake. I also do not like typical wedding dresses. My Nana actually mailed me my great-grandmother’s dress on a whim. I tried it on and loved it! I did some alterations on it but it was very meaningful to wear my greatgrandmother’s dress.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE WEDDING DAY?

Bryan made bread before the wedding. He and I served this bread together as communion to everyone who attended. Sharing bread is a symbol of community. It was a neat experience to be able to look at each person at the ceremony as we served them.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE DETAILS FROM THE WEDDING?

We love Israeli style music and we wanted that kind of music for our reception. It is fun, upbeat, and joyous.

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It was wonderful. The singers actually got everyone to hoist us up in the air on chairs and got everyone involved in big group dances. When we sat down to talk with the chef, he was excited that we wanted to serve all vegetarian food. He came up with a delicious menu incorporating Indian and Greek food.

WERE YOU NERVOUS AT ALL ABOUT THE WEATHER? We weren’t worried. It just seemed like we were supposed to be married outside and everyone was praying. It turned out to be a perfect day. Wild horses even started running in the open field behind the ceremony. My mom was very worried about it. I think she worried enough for everyone.

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WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER SOUTHERN BRIDES PLANNING THEIR PERFECT WEDDING?

I would say to always stick with what you want in your heart. Lots of different people will be giving you ideas and it is so easy to agree with them. Have an idea of what matters the most to you and go with it.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PHOTO FROM KELLY MOORE OF THE WEDDING DAY?

THERE IS A PICTURE OF BRYAN KISSING MY CHEEK. THE SUN IS SHINING IN THE CORNER AND MY SMILE IS SO JOYFUL.

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Kentucky WEDDING

IN KENTUCKY, IT DOESN’T GET MORE PERFECT THAN A STORYBOOK WEDDING ON A PRIVATE FARM. ADD IN BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES, FABULOUS WEDDING DETAILS AND ADORABLE FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AND YOU HAVE THE WEDDING DAY OF Sarah & Rosendo PHOTOS BY TODD PELLOWE | TEXT BY KELLY ROJAHN

A PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS. But, wedding photos speak so much more than that. The photos tell of the things that matter most to the bride and groom. They tell of the mood that they have set for the day. They tell of the importance of sharing their love with those family and friends that mean the most to them. The photos tell of the perfect memories from the day. Those perfect memories are what make the wedding a fairy tale. The pictures from

SARAH AND ROSENDO’S WEDDING IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY speak of

the perfect Southern fairy tale wedding.

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF AND ROSENDO?

Rosendo is from Argentina and has lived in the United States for twenty years. He plays polo and is fifteen years older than me. I am from Louisville and am currently enrolled in pharmacy school.

HOW DID YOU MEET ROSENDO?

I went to a polo practice where we were introduced through a mutual friend.

HOW DID ROSENDO PROPOSE?

Rosendo works in Florida four months out of the year and I went to visit him there. On New Year’s Day, we went to our favorite restaurant in Delray Beach.

After eating, Rosendo proposed while we were sitting on the beach.

DID YOU IMMEDIATELY KNOW WHERE YOU WANTED TO GET MARRIED AND WHAT TYPE OF WEDDING YOU WANTED TO HAVE?

Yes I did! We live together on the farm where we got married. I knew I always wanted to get married outside. We are both Catholic and therefore, got married in a church. But our reception was on the farm where he lived. I did have to talk Rosendo into having our reception on the farm. He didn’t understand why I wanted there. He was used to seeing something more formal in a reception hall. I did not want the reception to be super formal; I wanted it to be more relaxed and fun.

AS YOU STARTED PLANNING, WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT FOR YOU?

We both wanted people to have fun and eat good food at the reception. We did not want people to be bored standing around waiting for pictures. And we both love food; we had to have good food to eat.

HOW DID YOU MAKE SOME OF THE BIG DECISIONS WHEN PLANNING? Rosendo did not want a bridal party. And I did. We compromised by each having one friend in our bridal party.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THE WEDDING DAY? I enjoyed our wedding ceremony the most. The Catholic ceremony is

so beautiful. I loved sitting next to Rosendo the whole time and sharing the significance of all of it.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE DETAILS FROM THE WEDDING?

Rosendo’s brother, Nester, came from Argentina for the wedding. None of Rosendo’s other family was able to be there. And my brother came even though his wife had a baby the day before. It was very special to have them both there. My family helped put up the decorations. I’m glad that everyone had a part in our big day.

YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL SETTING. WERE YOU NERVOUS AT ALL ABOUT THE WEATHER?

I was very nervous. I was more worried about heat since it was August. We did have severe rain early in the week, so I was definitely worried it would ruin everything. There was even a chance of rain the day of the wedding.

WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF PLANNING YOUR WEDDING?

I did not have a wedding planner while I was planning. I finally decided I needed one a month before the wedding day. I love to do things myself but it was most difficult to put it all together at the end. It is hard when you don’t have someone to pull it all together for you. I needed someone to do that for me, especially the day of the wedding. It was most difficult knowing when to let go when I wanted everything to be perfect.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER SOUTHERN BRIDES PLANNING THEIR FAIRY TALE WEDDING?

Focus on just a couple of things that are really important to you. For us, it was finding an amazing caterer. For me, it was finding someone to make unique invitations. It was a little taste of something different. I loved picking out those little things that expressed us as a couple.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PHOTO FROM TODD OF THE WEDDING DAY?

I have two. There is a black and white photo of the wedding ceremony. Rosendo’s hands are on my face. The other one is where Rosendo is looking at me smiling during the ceremony. You can’t even see my face.

WE’RE HOOKED! LOVE SARAH AND ROSENDO’S WEDDING PHOTOS? CHECK OUT MORE AMAZING WEDDINGS SHOT BY THEIR FANTASTIC PHOTOGRAPHER, TODD PELLOWE. TODDPELLOWEBLOG.COM

FOCUS ON JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU. FOR US, IT WAS FINDING AN AMAZING CATERER. FOR ME, IT WAS FINDING SOMEONE TO MAKE UNIQUE INVITATIONS. IT WAS A LITTLE TASTE OF SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I LOVED PICKING OUT THOSE LITTLE THINGS THAT EXPRESSED US AS A COUPLE.

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