2015 January Market Trends

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As always, my last trip to Atlanta Market did not disappoint.  It's true, going to Market IS fun, but make no mistake - it's NOT a vacation or pleasure trip.  It's hard WORK.  I try to throw in a couple of great dinners to make it seem more fun and relaxing than it really is, but for me, Market is all about the finds. Going from showroom to showroom for five days, I started to notice a few trends.  Trend-spotting is important in retail - when you really pay attention, you can predict what will … [Continue reading...]

Dinner in the ATL

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One of my highlights of visiting Atlanta for Market is the variety of incredible restaurants within a stone's throw.  Being in West Texas, I don't have many opportunities for interesting cuisine, so I rely on my travels to get adventurous - especially with seafood.  On this trip, I was bound and determined to try The Optimist (and I'm really glad I did). I started with the oysters (of course).  I've had great oysters on the East Coast (New York and such), but these were unbelievably fresh … [Continue reading...]

New Year’s Day Brunch

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This year, on a bit of a whim, I decided to throw together a New Year’s Day Brunch with my girlfriends.  I had the day off, I still had plenty of food in my fridge from Christmas, and I haven’t had much time with my favorite girls since the busy season hit. Since it was […]

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3 Ways to Give Better Gifts

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With Christmas around the corner, a lot of people stress about trying to find the “perfect” gift for their loved ones.  In retail, I see the panic on our shopper’s faces when December 23rd rolls around.  They’re in a tizzy, blindly grabbing items off the shelf (not even caring WHAT the item is) just to […]

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5 Reasons to Shop Small

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Today is Small Business Saturday, and we’ve got 5 reasons why you should “shop small” with businesses like ours {Barque}! 1.  Sometimes Less is More No need to drive all over town or stroll down aisles and aisles in a big store to find the perfect gift.  We’ve already hand-picked a great selection of gifts […]

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Happy Howl-o-ween

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From my Correctional Facility to yours, hope your weekend is Spooktacular! {I love doing a Halloween card with the pupalups every year.  This year, their costumes perfectly fit their personalities!}  

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Halloween Details

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I must admit, I’m a bit of a Fraidy Cat.  I can’t watch horror movies {accidentally saw 5 minutes of Children of the Corn when I was a kid and it haunted me for years}, and I’ve never been to a haunted house {no thank you, very much}… but I do love decorating for Halloween […]

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5 Minutes or Less Hostess Gift

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Do you need a cute, quick Halloween hostess gift  (or something for a friend or neighbor)?  This is the EASIEST idea (seriously, it takes less than 5 minutes).  Just keep in mind to pick up a pair of striped children’s tights when you head to the costume store this month! You will need: – a […]

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Biscuit Bar Brunch

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When it comes to brunch, you can almost always bet I’m going to go for something savory (and probably with eggs), but I know not everyone feels the same way.  This weekend, my family was in town, so I thought it might be fun to whip up a last minute brunch.  I wanted a savory […]

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Football Mantle

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As soon as September arrived, I felt an itch to put up festive mantle decorations, but I wasn’t quite ready to deck it out for Halloween… so I went with a football theme! For this project,  I started with the framed artwork on the mantle- normally, it’s a painting of bicycles – but since I […]

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