I grew up in a kosher-style home and, though my love for prosciutto and lobster grew with age outside of the house, I rarely had the chance to cook pork and shellfish myself. Labor Day posed the perfect opportunity in my own (non-kosher) home to test the ultimate flavor-packed protein: pork chops. We succeeded without needing to fire up the oven or the grill. All we needed were a piping hot cast iron skillet, extra garlic, and a generous pinch of red pepper flakes. The outcome, paired with Read more...

Dear Memphis, Today, which is simply known as September 1st everywhere else, is all about you. Your rushing River is my front yard, and your booming Downtown is my backyard. Your energy consumes me and pushes me to think bigger than I ever thought I could. Your authenticity keeps me grounded, and your warmth keeps me passionate. Your people are my family, my colleagues and my role models. You don't get as much credit as you deserve, and that selflessness transmits through Read more...

Perhaps it's the "back to school" mantra surrounding my social media and shopping encounters; but lately, I've been on the hunt to find snacks that are both work- and school-friendly and, more importantly, diet-friendly. Whole Foods' snack aisles inspired my latest three snack recipes that, at first glace, seem super simple -- as they should be. Guilt-free and nutritious (under 200 calories!), these bites bring satisfaction, color and crunch to a tedious task list on the job. What's Read more...

I miss the simplicity of the waves washing against white sand. But it doesn't mean I can't bring such sun-kissed beach serenity back home. Prompted by a new hair care routine, I began to reflect on the most coveted parts of vacation and motivated myself to make them new priorities in Memphis, too. Join me in a healthful approach to post-beach relaxation and rejuvenation. Photo by Christen Jones 1. RESIMPLIFY the diet. Though daily schedules greatly differ on the beach and in the Read more...

By this point in August, it’s inevitable that rosé has stolen our summer hearts and this season’s wine cellars. The “yes way rosé” mantra has captured social media, restaurant and patio concentrations (mine included). I simply couldn’t say farewell to the season without throwing a wine-tasting party with the girls — thus, the rise in rosé’s popularity not only prompted our party’s culinary palate, but also every other detail, as well. Click to see my first seasonal entertaining Read more...

For the first taste of the Cara + Alex wedding brand, our save-the-date mailings needed a detailed differentiator. Traditionally received as a basic reminder--wedding couple, date and location--our version begged for creativity and clean, sophisticated production to set the stage for our March affair. I'm lucky to spend my days alongside a team of brilliant creatives at DCA, a Memphis-based creative communications consulting firm. They've treated my and Alex's wedding as a formal client Read more...

Hang up the bunting banner, stock up the bar cart, and send out your invitations. It's party time. My fiancé and my childhood best friend were both celebrating birthdays just days apart, so I took charge to host our friends for bourbon drinks and sophisticated (and very simple) snacks. I began with a quick farmers market grab of sunflowers and a trip to Miss Cordelia's for cheese, charcuterie and other appetizer ingredients. Though the presentation might have made this look like an Read more...

I know I'm not alone when I vent about this humid heat wave. High temps are admittedly preventing me from enjoying the outdoors and prompting me to eat more ice cream than a Ben & Jerry's breakup. However, I've chosen to satisfy my frozen fix with local scoops and sips. Try these and out let me know who to add. photo by City & State 1. CITY & STATE The hot coffees and lattes declare perfection at my Broad Avenue morning retreat. However, the baristas' creative coffee program Read more...

Feeling peachy this week? If so, you're in luck. For an even sweeter end to summer, turn a farmers market bounty into a show-stopping dessert. Ripe peaches caramelize in the oven with a coarse crumble of healthy-ish ingredients, including King Arthur whole wheat flour. As Jeannine of Love & Lemons suggests (who inspired this recipe), serving piping hot with scoops of vanilla bean ice cream. Makes 8 servings 2/3 cup rolled oats 2/3 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 2/3 cup Read more...

To select the wedding gown is one feat in itself; but to experience a genuine, no-stress, serene shopping trip is a miracle. How lucky Memphis is to have a gem like Maggie Louise Bridal, where every gown and gesture is curated for the best bridal appointment I could have ever dreamed. The photos below display Maggie Louise's exceptional collection with a thoughtful trendy-traditional mix. Prior to our appointment, I had a phone consultation with owner Molly Farrell where she learned about Read more...