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3.27.18

Does anyone else get that itch around March to make a change?
Cleaning out closets, planning warmer vacations – anything to make it feel like a spring renewal is at my doorstep! Please dear God give me that Vitamin D!
Funny thing – the itch of change.
Come spring I’m ready for spring clothes but no idea what to buy. Come vacation season, where to plan and go? So, I often go searching for inspiration. Online carts overfloweth!   


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There’s a fine art to mastering the overnight flight with the goal of having all the essentials without over packing your carry-on. And, there’s even more finesse in waking up on the other end feeling and looking mildly refreshed to make the most of your day. So should you be planning a trip yourself – I’d thought I’d share a few must-haves so you get off the plane looking a little more Rose Byrne and a little less Kristin Wiig.

I try and make it back to Texas at least three times a year, once to Dallas and then once or twice to Austin. This past Memorial Day I headed back to the Lone Star State and checked into the Westin Austin Downtown for a one night stay before heading out to the hill country.

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There’s a fine art to mastering the overnight flight with the goal of having all the essentials without over packing your carry-on. And, there’s even more finesse in waking up on the other end feeling and looking mildly refreshed to make the most of your day. So should you be planning a trip yourself – I’d thought I’d share a few must-haves so you get off the plane looking a little more Rose Byrne and a little less Kristin Wiig.

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ISland guide: Grand Cayman

I feel like a city/island guide of a locale i’ve been to 5 times is long overdue. The Cayman Islands have been a haven for family vacations and work destinations for years now and come...

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It’s been 6 months since my last Euro-confession. And by Euro I mean Spain and by confession I mean - dying to go back. All of the wine and croquettas people. 

While it’s taken me awhile to get through all the photos and filter through the endless lists in my phone of places visited - I’ve finally pulled it all together in a Barcelona travel guide for the ages. Madrid to follow - but should you need some quick recos there’s always the city guide page

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 - 2 ounces dry Italian vermouth
 - 2 ounces MALFY Gin
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Recently I took a cocktail class with unearthed a strange hankering for gin. This week meet the bar cart worthy Malfy Gin and a lemon martini that has you dreaming of the Amalfi coast. Ah, travel and cocktails - perfection! 

Fill a metal shaker with cracked ice. Pour in the dry vermouth, stir briefly, and strain out. Add Gin. Stir briskly for 10 seconds, strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lemon.

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