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Designing Specialty Cocktails: The Greg Allman Cocktail And Other Creative Drinks

I find the name of cocktails so intriguing.  We created the The Greg Allman. When Greg Allman died, we wanted to create a drink in his honor.  Naturally, we started with peaches and bourbon.  Listening to his bluesy voice sing Melissa in the backyard, we swirled the cocktail stick and nibbled the peaches, time stamping a summer evening with other boomers....

Stylish Matching Sweatsuits for Every Body

If you haven't already, it might be time to retire some of your seen-better-days baggy sweatpants and stretched out hoodies to make shelf space for today's stylish matching sweatsuits. Made of innovative fabrics and available in so many color options, this new crop of sweats are lighter, softer, and more breathable than our old standbys. Here are my edited selections of sweatsuits to suit all styles and budgets....
Birkenstock Arizona Genuine Shearling Slide Sandal $149.95

Cheery Slippers to Slip your Feet into at Home

With most of us spending way more time at home these days, it's no wonder that shoe retailers have released lots of fashionable new slipper styles to wet our appetites. Many include plush fabrics like real or faux shearling which make us feel like we are walking on a cloud. Here are my pics for fun, fashionable slippers to add some cheer to your days and nights....
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The Shit Fairy

My chest hurt, so to be safe, I did a quick body scan to make sure I wasn’t having a heart attack. No arm pain. No back pain. No shoulder pain. No indigestion. ...
Felice Shapiro

No More Excuses: Writer’s Block and Other Issues

The feelings of loss have been huge this month. The loss of freedom to travel, to breathe, to feel that my vote will be counted, the civil unrest and the death of RBG who represented what I care about most on the Supreme Court suddenly left me paralyzed. But, here's some irony. The doomsday dark cloud lifted from my morning when I least expected it. Last Friday, September 25th, would have been my Mom's 88th birthday and as I sat with her photos, videos and memories all day, something shifted. It was the first time in years I wouldn't be with her on her birthday....
BLANKNYC Nightingale Faux Leather Blazer $98

Better than Pleather: Fabulous Faux Leather Clothing and Accessories

Faux leather has come a long way from the uncomfortable "pleather" we all knew in the '90s. With technological innovations, today's faux leather often has a luxurious feel and more closely resembles the real thing. In recent years, as many fashion designers have committed to becoming more sustainable, faux leather has shed its bad reputation and become more desirable....

Sherpa Jackets and Vests to Keep you Warm and Cozy

Retailers are offering warm sherpa jackets and vests this fall in updated styles, including cropped, oversized and full-length varieties, all of which will be great to layer over your favorite looks. While sherpas are traditionally thought of as being very sporty, some of the latest offerings, especially those in sophisticated colors like camel and cream or in animal print, can be dressed up a bit....