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The Canons of Taste

The Canons of Taste

Monday, February 18, 2013

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Where should you be right now? Canon in Capitol Hill. Until Anthony Bourdain's recent The Layover in Seattle, it was a best-kept secret to many, but stealthily taking the nation by storm in terms of its liquid fierceness. To those of us in the know...obviously, we already knew.

How To Make Bacon Soap (fo’ real).

How To Make Bacon Soap (fo’ real).

Sunday, October 24, 2010

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From the cool folks at Blogadilla.com Everybody loves bacon (the meat of the Gods). And now we can bathe with bacony goodness. This should be viewed as more of a jackass experiment than a “how to” by a soapmaking expert. I just wanted to see if it was possible to make soap from bacon fat. […]

When Waking Up is Tough.

When Waking Up is Tough.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

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The second martini seemed like a good idea at the time. Was that your alarm or were tiny jackhammers drilling potholes into your head? On days like this, Diet Rockstar isn't going to be enough. Morning After Rescue Gel by Nickel.

Schoolhouse Rock

Schoolhouse Rock

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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by Heather Paper A friend of mine, a third-grade teacher, was recently lamenting that school will be starting in just a few days. Call me crazy, but I’m just a little bit envious. Each year at this time, I watch moms and kids storm the stores to stock up on fresh school supplies. And I […]

The Wine Coat

The Wine Coat

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Now I ask you, how truly SWEET is this?!? This arrived in my Facebook account today from a friend with a note which simply read "new purse for Vicki". Designed to work with the bladder of boxed wine (now now, don't get all hoity-toity on me now, there are some fairly decent boxed wines out there these days), you simply take the wine bag out of the box and slide it into the Wine Coat.

5 Minutes To Be What You Might Have Been.

5 Minutes To Be What You Might Have Been.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

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I read something the other day I thought was worth sharing. It recommended we change our password(s) to something very personal, yet inspirational. For example, if you are a closet food critic, you might choose foodieatlarge1. The investment of time is relatively insignifcant to implement, and the long terms benefits could, well, could inspire you to be what you might have been.

Haute Tattoos

Haute Tattoos

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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Starting this month, Chanel is selling temporary tattoos in these amazing goth-pretty designs. Dubbed Les Trompe L’œil de Chanel, each temporary tat set will have 55 designs of Oriental flowers, birds, Victorian chains, cuffs and of course the infamous double-Cs. At about $75 bones(!), fake ink never hurt so good

Yummy….Gummies!

Yummy….Gummies!

Friday, March 5, 2010

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Like any design-oholic worth their salt, I’m constantly looking for new products that make me sit up and take notice. An innovative wall covering? Fabulous! A new twist on on traditional design? Great! But my most recent discovery knocks it out of the park.

How Tweet It Is.

How Tweet It Is.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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It doesn’t matter whether or not the groundhog saw his shadow last week. Just for the record, Punxsutawney Phil did see his while, here in the South, General Beauregard Lee did not. But even as record-setting snowstorms continue to pound the country, there are certain signs of spring. Specifically, birds are migrating back at a record pace.

Josef Albers, You’re My Hero

Josef Albers, You’re My Hero

Thursday, January 28, 2010

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by color. While my friends’ rock stars tended to be musical types, mine was Josef Albers. While Albers was best known for his geometric paintings, he applied the same precision and logic to furniture while serving as director of the Bauhaus workshop.

Goin’ Under Cover

Goin’ Under Cover

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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The weather outside is frightful. Good ol’ Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humor and I, for one, am not laughing. But I have found a way to deal with Her. I’ve decided to stay in bed until spring. Of course, I’ll need to be surrounded by a few creature comforts.

5 Golden Earrings

5 Golden Earrings

Sunday, December 20, 2009

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On the fifth day before Christmas, Miscelaney sent to me 5 Golden Earrnings

6 Tasty Cheeses

6 Tasty Cheeses

Sunday, December 20, 2009

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On the sixth day before Christmas, Miscelaney sent to me 6 Tasty Cheeses

8 Candles Burning

8 Candles Burning

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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On the eigth day before Christmas, Miscelaney sent to me 8 candles worth burning…..

Eatin’ It Up

Eatin’ It Up

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Although design is my life—at least writing about it—all things culinary are my favorite pastimes. I love to cook as much as I love to eat, and read cookbooks cover-to-cover like novels. What’s more, certain chefs are as much rock stars to me as musicians are to my hubby. (Any other Top Chef fans out there? Go Kevin Gillespe!)

The Dough Boy and The Insinkerator

The Dough Boy and The Insinkerator

Monday, November 23, 2009

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...but I must caution you, if you are intersted in making/serving an everyday "crescent roll" for Thanksgiving which is predictably good, quick, and expected, I suggest that you stop reading this post, find the dough boy in the refrigerated section, and carry on about your day.

My Beautiful Obsession

My Beautiful Obsession

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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For the record: Yes, my last name is Paper and, yes, I am a writer. But no, it isn’t—pardon the pun—a “pen” name. It’s a little ironic, however, that I’ve always had an obsession with beautiful paper goods. Notecards, stationary, journals, you name it; I’ve spent years collecting stunning specimens. My husband calls it hoarding but, hey, tomato/tomatoe.

Stuff-itus, is there a cure?

Stuff-itus, is there a cure?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Stuff. Such a simple word, yet so loaded with complexities. Merriam-Webster defines stuff as our personal property. "Don't touch my stuff" is probably one of the first full sentences we formed using the word "don't" during our formative years. We are socially groomed from the time we receive our first meaningful toy that not only is there value in having "stuff", but it's worth protecting, too.

A Mondrian Wanna-Be

A Mondrian Wanna-Be

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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It all started with Colorforms. You know—the peel-and-stick vinyl pieces you played with as a kid. Who knew that this kid-friendly pastime would be all the rage? Vinyl wall decals are an inexpensive and non-committal way to turn bare walls into something beautiful in a matter of minutes.

A Better Car Bomb …(drink, of course)

Sun, Mar 10, 2013

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A Better Car Bomb …(drink, of course)

This HAS to be one of the coolest recipes out there!  Just in time for St. Patty’s Day. 

 

irish car bombs

 

Irish Car Bomb Jello Shots

  • 2 cups Guiness beer, divided use2.5 to 3 packages unflavored gelatin (depending on how firm you want your shot to be)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar or muscovado
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Jameson
  • 1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream

Instructions
–Put 1 cup of Guiness, sugar and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and sprinkle with 2 packets of gelatin and allow to soak in for a minute. Heat and stir until everything is dissolved.

–Remove from heat and add the remaining cup of cold Guiness. Pour into a pan or molds and allow to set for about 30 minutes.

–Place Jameson in a saucepan and sprinkle with one packet of gelatin. Allow to soak in for a minute. Heat and stir until gelatin is dissolved.

–Stir in Bailey’s and allow mixture to cool. Pour on the slightly set Guiness mixture. Allow to set several hours or overnight.

Slainte!

Shoe Lust: Tsubo

Tue, Oct 18, 2011

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Shoe Lust: Tsubo

My latest obsession for my tender tootsies are Tsubo’s. Known for their progressive, urban design, Tsubo delivers on quality without sacrificing anything in comfort.

With a hip and unique metropolitan style, Tsubo gains extra style points for smartly integrated ergonomic design.

 

 

What makes Tsubo shoes unique:
• Traditional bubbles which cushion the soles
• Material durability
• Materials that flex in the right places

 

 

There’s never a need (or an excuse) to sacrifice style for comfort again! Order online at www.tsubo.com or at finer retailer outlets.