My hour with Oscar de la Renta

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A few weeks ago while in Texas visiting family, my parents, sister, and I went to The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. I'd wanted to make the trip ever since I wrote about Pride and Presidents, but this was my first chance.   Little did I know—and to the delight of the females in our group—the gallery that houses traveling exhibits was featuring five decades of the artistry of Oscar de la Renta. I've been wanting to share it with you.   Today seems like an appropriate time... even as my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. de la Renta.   As you probably know, Oscar de la Renta was a favorite designer of Laura Bush and designed many of the dresses she wore as First ... Keep Reading...

Six Autumn tablescape inspiration boards

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Wow... It's been such a (too) long time since I played in the dishes, but I have enjoyed some Autumn pretties over the past few weeks. I think you'll like them, too, so I combined a few of my field trips into some seasonal inspiration boards—just for you.   Elegant Traditional   Strictly Casual   Touches of Blue   Earth Tones   Neutrals—with a splash of Lime   Bring on the Pumpkins! ... Keep Reading...

Why I love Southern Lady magazine… and why I canceled my subscription

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Southern Lady magazine...   I remember the first time I encountered her over a decade ago—and how I slowly devoured her content. Page after page of feminine beauty and elegance. Her stories appealed to the "hopeless romantic" in me... and the fact that they were well-written passed muster with my inner writer.   I was hooked.   Over the years, the love affair grew stronger—and my spirit noticeably quieter—each time I sat in her presence. To this day, I cannot imagine ever discarding a single issue of the restorative glossy.   You see, I'm a gal raised in the South. I own the requisite string of pearls, monogrammed stationery, and set of "good silver" albeit one acquired from someone else's ancestors. I ... Keep Reading...