Wanderlust Gift Guide

December 14, 2014


This is the gift guide for the explorers and free spirits… READ MORE

Woodford Reserve

November 17, 2014

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I’m not a bourbon drinker; however, when you visit a friend in Bourbon country… when in Rome. A couple of weeks ago, I visited the oldest working bourbon distillery in the United States, Woodford Reserve, a National Historic Landmark. READ MORE

Unmentionable History

November 9, 2014

Undress Me: A Peek at 19th and 20th Century Undergarments takes a look at undergarments from the 1890s-1920s and demonstrates the incredible change in desired body shape from the hourglass to the straight lines popular in during the Roaring Twenties.

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Swaths of lace, silk, delicate beading, corsets, and crinoline… The latest exhibition by The Sage Collection is a must see.

Undress Me will be on display in the Kinsey Institute gallery until December 23.


Cocktail Hour

October 12, 2014

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I like a good mix… my style is an eclectic hodgepodge; I often enjoy a stiff and perfectly mixed cocktail; and when it comes to home decor I like a mix of  both vintage and new pieces.  Antiquing is one of my favorite weekend activities. A Saturday spent at an antique show is ideal… strolling through decades of history and rows of treasures. Thanks to esteemed editor and Southern C Summit connection Amy Flurry, I recently discovered a unique website that brings the antique mall to your laptop.

Chairish is a fantastic tool for antique aficionados and bargain hunters alike. You can see listings for all types of vintage and retro inspired furniture, art, and other decor from around the country and make an offer. I noticed their fabulous collection of mid mod pieces so I decided to put together a few of my favorite finds.

Fuchsia bar stools: not vintage but they’re a great nod to the atomic aesthetic from the 60s.

Original 1966 Dylan poster by American artist Milton Glaser – simple design with wild color.

Mid Mod Shelving: no longer available on the website but check out these other similar styles

C Jere Brass Sunburst Wall Sculpture: A circa 1980s dramatic brass sunburst sculpture by Curtis Jere. The sculpture features radiating brass wires on three tiers.

Modern Chrome Bar Table

Vintage Turqoise Decanter

Tumbler Set: similar style

Vintage Cocktails: Gin Fizz, Gimlet, French 75, Brandy Alexander, Pisco Sour, Singapore Sling, Sidecar, Dark and Stormy… Explore the classics with this book by Laziz Hamani.

Click here to shop the entire Chairish Bar Stool collection. Cheers and happy hunting!

Tusk Chicago

September 22, 2014


I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Windy City lately for work and play… I try and pick a neighborhood to explore each trip and this past visit took me to Logan Square. While planning my short trip, I remembered an old friend of mine from college in Birmingham, Alabama now lived in Chicago and owned a boutique – two birds one stone. READ MORE

Suds and Cheese

August 31, 2014

My new social media gig is pretty sweet…. I now work with the Upland Brewing Company here in Bloomington, Indiana. It’s been a whirlwind of a summer delving into the craft beer biz, attending lots of events to capture moments for social media. The first weekend of August, a few brewers and myself ventured north on an epic Wisconsin adventure including The Great Taste of the Midwest and a visit to the New Glarus Brewery.

The Great Taste Festival was just that – one great taste after another. We had a blast at the Upland booth welcoming midwesterners and beer lovers from all over the country to taste some special seasonals and sours. If you love craft beer this is one of the best festivals in the country with all the midwest heavyweights and newbies alike. It sells out in a flash so when tickets are on sale, best be quick on the draw.

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We spent the weekend bar hopping and eating around Madison and it was delicious. I let the brewers lead the way having never been before and they showed me some classic Madison spots.

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Heritage Tavern – We had drinks here after our tap takeover party and then brunch on Sunday morning before leaving town. Farm to table menu, creative cocktails and like most Madison restaurants, an impressive beer menu. My fav cocktail: The Foxtrot – tasty spin on Pimms Cup. Favorite brunch item: Fried poached eggs.

Essen Haus – German style beer hall. Loud polka music, $1 giant pretzels and 2 liter beer boots… YES.

The Old Fashioned – “Where Wisconsin is King.” Downtown Madison staple serving up Wisconsin favorites featuring all the cheese you could imagine and a custom Old-Fashion cocktail menu.

After the festival we topped off our Wisconsin trip and visited the New Glarus Brewery to grab a pint and stock up on some of their famous beer. New Glarus is unique in that they do not distribute outside of Wisconsin so out of towers flock here to get a taste. Brewery tours are self guided so grab a pint and stroll through their immaculate brew house before you hit the gift shop.

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After New Glarus, our remaining mission was to snag some squeaky cheese curds and as luck would have it, we stumbled upon a roadside cheese shop with plenty of curds to go around.

Lone Wolf

August 7, 2014

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When you see this sign… you have to go in. READ MORE

Monochrome Chicago

July 24, 2014

Spent the weekend wandering through The Windy City…

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Guest Post: Backroads of Georgia

July 17, 2014

Claire Cothren of Blueprints and Backpacks was my co-pilot during my days as an architectural surveyor at UGA Find It. We spent many long hours cruising around Georgia and documenting and photographing buildings, trying to convince people we were not tax accessors, and eating a lot of biscuits. She recently shared this post about some our favorite findings and lessons learned on the Georgia backroads. Enjoy!

Burgers and Dogs

July 14, 2014

Hamburgers and hot dogs are summer essentials. As an avid fan of both, I’ve put together a list of favorites down South.

The Varsity – Atlanta and Athens Georgia


75 years and still going… What’ll ya have? READ MORE

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