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Decadent + Guilt Free

Coconut + Coffee, yes please! Hope you enjoy- happy weekend! blog_COCOCOFFEE

Chai Gingerbread Shake

I have always been in love with Gwenyth Paltrow’s lifestyle. And now there there is a way to follow her closer.  Her is my latest obsession for: recipes, shopping, fitness, well-being. Thanks, Gwen, for this enticing holiday shake recipe!

goop gingerbread


Alas, my favorite holiday. Nothing says Thanksgiving except being surrounded by the ones you love and of course an abundant amount on FOOD. Of course I love the staple Thanksgiving menu, but there is something fun about trying something fresh.  This year, I have my eye on the fig.  This recipe from The White Ramekins, sounds so delish. And of course I love that they served it on a slate of wood.  Go ahead, indulge yourself this week!


Start Your Day With Q

Q as in Quinoa! I have the tendency to think about quinoa for savory dinner dishes, but not so fast.. it is equally delish in the AM.  I’m thinking of trying a quinoa bowl along side my latte tomorrow.





Winter Sun Cocktail

Warm up this weekend with the winter sun.

winter sun cocktail


juice of 2 clementines (about 1/4 cup)

juice of 1/2 small lemon (1/2 oz)

.5 oz triple sec

1.5 oz vodka

sprig of rosemary

lemon zest


1. Moisten the rim of your glass with some fruit juice. (The juice helps the sugar to adhere better than water does.) Combine zest and sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Turn the glass over onto plate and coat with sugar.

2. Pour juices, triple sec, and vodka into a shaker. Shake and then pour over ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig. (Makes 1.)  But they’re so much better in pairs!

On the Road: Desperately Seeking Donuts

A wise person once said, “all things in moderation.” And, an even wiser person (A.K.A. smart aleck) added, “even moderation.” Bikinis and short shorts have hung like an axe over our collective heads all summer long. With fall in the crystal ball, I’m thinking layers. And donuts! If you’re feeling a little splurgy , choose one of these decadent donut treats. Here are some of my favorite haunts. (Get a to-go order for me.)


hidden donut spots: britts is in carolina beach, nc. spudnuts & carpe donut are in charlottesville, virginia.

Suddenly, Last Summer: Lisa Styles a Beach Party for Coastal Living

What a treat to pick up this month’s Coastal Living magazine and be transported back to a super fun, super swanky beach party from last summer. You may remember LSI BFF Farina Kingsley from a Conversations with Friends blog a few months back.

As a refresher, Farina is the hostess with the mostess: an inspired cook and entertainer. I was delighted to style one of Farina’s famous Bald Head Island beach parties for the pages of Coastal Living last summer. Our styles are very simpatico. Farina and I both love the posh pillows (go ahead: wiggle your toes in sand). And, quirky juxtapositions (like the introduction of a chandelier to supplement twinkling starlight). Presto: teak loungers (from Kingsley Bates, naturally) become low beach tables.  Add Farina’s amazing spring rolls, made-for-the-occasion cocktails, true friends and sparkling conversation … and call it day!


Farina Kingsley

Coastal Living


Easter Bubbly

Let’s shake up Easter brunch this year. While I love a traditional (and spicy) Bloody Mary, this year I’m mixing up pitchers of something new:  the oh-so delish sangria recipe below. It’s from one of my favorite food blogs, spoon fork bacon. While they have never led me astray, how can I serve guests something  I’ve not personally sampled and endorsed??  So cheers to you. Let the bubbly weekend commence!

For Comfort Food Aficionados: Skillet Mac & Cheese

Tell the truth: did we have you at “skillet?” If you’re fretting tonight’s Friday night supper, consider one of our favorite mac-and-cheese concoctions. It’s perfect Friday night fare for a winter’s night. Happy weekend ahead!

recipe via.

Yellowfin & Pomegranate Goodness

Do you say sashimi, sushi or crudo? I say yum! But when in Rome, the term would be crudo, raw fish served at the peak of freshness and perfectly finished with simple ingredients. Enter the beloved pomegranate. Julienne a radish for good measure. What are you cooking this weekend?

recipe via.