We all like to imagine that we have 'good' taste. For many, it's a true statement; and for some, not so much. There are, however, people who have passed through this world and are the definition of arbiter of good taste: Rachel Lambert Mellon, known as 'Bunny,' was one of those people.
In the realm of wedding planning, there is nothing more beautiful or exciting to be a part of than a well-done Christmas wedding. The romance of a wedding, and the awe and majesty of Christmas combine to provide memories that are unequaled.
The animal control department of Peoria, Illinois, found Dixie, a 4-year-old basset hound, on the streets with a litter of puppies. They took her in, but during the procedure to have her spayed, something went wrong and she became very ill.
Story: War is raging in Europe, but novelist Charles Condomine enjoys the good life at his English country estate. Wishing to include an element of the occult in his next book, he invites Madame Arcati, a local eccentric who claims she is a medium to the spirit world, to his home.
Story: When last we visited the Armadillo Acres trailer park in Starke, Florida, Donna (“Pickles”) was convinced she was pregnant, even though everyone else thought she was experiencing hysterical pregnancy. Guess what? Pickles was right, much to the surprise of her friends Betty and Linoleum (“Lin”).
At Advanced Heart and Vascular, patients with heart blockages are benefiting from a relatively new, rarely used procedure: radial arterial cardiac catheterization.
What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
Kelley Barr says she was always a concoctor at heart. Growing up, she dissected her makeup and melted it to create new things, and learned early on about botanicals from her mom’s involvement in a garden club. That tinkering spirit paid off: Today, she co-owns K. Hall Designs with her husband, John Barr. The local company just opened its first location outside St. Louis, and is gearing up for a bustling holiday season.
Story: Joe McCandless has lived a tortured life. Forty years ago, as a kid he witnessed the deaths of his two older brothers, Andy and Jack, at the family cabin on the shores of Lake Belle Rive, Mississippi. Jealousy over a woman named Jenna fueled the escalating tension between the brothers, which ended with all three adults dying there.
Ample living space, good flow, fun outdoor areas, bountiful storage… The perfect family home has many qualifiers and can be hard to find. Payne Family Homes has spent years perfecting the design of the family home; and its final layout and design concepts—a group of home plans called the Louis Collection—will be built and customized in the Vintage Grove neighborhood in Wildwood and The Forest at Pevely Farms in Eureka.
A couple of weeks ago, LN editor Trish Muyco-Tobin emailed me a thought-provoking question: In today’s society, what does it mean to be tough? And, in particular, what does this mean for our children? As the father of two boys, these questions hit home. I want my children to be resilient, but I also don’t want them to be arrogant.
St. Louis is nothing if not tradition-heavy around the holidays, and though some practices have fallen to the wayside, many others are here to stay. John Oldani has literally written the book on local traditions, aptly titled Christmas in St. Louis.
As we surround ourselves with family and friends this holiday season, we also take the time to enhance our homes with beautiful touches to make these cherished moments even more memorable.
The holidays are a romantic time—who would argue that? After all, the season’s gatherings are filled with good cheer, a few drinks and a healthy dose of mistletoe. But whether you’re planning your office holiday party—or just planning to attend—it’s worth a reminder that real life is not like Love Actually or When Harry Met Sally. Local attorneys shared with LN their advice for avoiding the pitfalls of too much holiday magic in the workplace.
Remarkably, if you were to come across a wish list from 2013, many of the items would not be found on this year’s list. In one year, the technology/gadget landscape changed.
Sometimes, dreams do come true. And sometimes, it's not wildly difficult to make that happen. Gardeners, once they learn of it, dream about the Chelsea Flower Show. So do some of us who just love the beauty of botany. This year, I was able to go.
Q: Chef, I love scallops. I always order them when I'm out at restaurants. I'd like to prepare them at home. Do you have a recipe that I can try?
I still can’t figure out exactly how Michael Henderson did it. It is one of the most incredible pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, never-say-die, never-surrender, life-changing stories I’ve ever heard.
Schlafly Bottleworks has been an anchor for the revitalization of Maplewood, and it is home to a top-notch neighborhood eatery with an underrated menu of fine, creative fare.
Donna Heckler interviewed for a fantastic job and felt great about her prospects. Later that day, the St. Louis woman learned she had breast cancer. “The question became, Do I stay home and focus on fighting the cancer? Or do I go out, work at a job with considerable travel, and live my life? I chose to work. I chose to live my life. I tried to live like a lady every step of the way,” she writes in the introduction to her book, Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer.
There’s no better word to describe Lusso than its Italian-slang translation: luxury, good stuff or sparkly things.