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Scout is Out party at Piedmont!


The annual arrival of the most recent issue of The Scout Guide was celebrated at Piedmont in downtown Durham.  Chef Ben Adams of Piedmont and Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods collaborated on the menu, making it a notable foodie affair, with each bringing their own expertise and finesse to wonderful, locally sourced foods to create some pretty spectacular dishes.  The pièce de résistance was a whole pig cooked by The Pig Whistle‘s Wyatt Dickson, the best barbecue I have had in a long, long while!  Bella Bean Organics, an online organic food delivery service, provided wonderful local honey and cheese!  Rise Biscuits & Donuts capped off the evening with an assortment of donut holes.  And of course, not to be forgotten was the selection of libations brought to you by Piedmont’s GM, Crawford Leavoy, with two fun signature drinks:  Dirty Durham Punch and Scout Punch.  Dirty Durham Punch was a take on a holiday favorite of mine, Milk Punch.  The Scout Punch was equally delightful in that it was an amber-apple-ginger ditty that was refreshing and fitting for a chilly fall evening!  I promise to reveal the recipes in another post… {gotta keep readin’!}

Beautiful flowers were provided by Purple Puddle, they were chic and not too fussy, perfect for this downtown venue that boasts local, farm to table food.  The mix of pink lilies and winter cabbages was a perfect interpretation of what the evening was about, elevated yet accessible.

Boo Hanks, a venerable Piedmont Blues musician played the guitar and sang, providing wonderful entertainment.  I love that Boo is from the Piedmont region of NC- made it perfect!!  Boo was delightful and it was hard to believe an 86 year old could crank out the tunes like he did, and for so long, playing well past his two sets!  I had the great pleasure of working with Music Maker Relief Foundation, a local non-profit that helps preserve music of the south by helping find gigs for musicians.  Russell Lacy Music very kindly helped in providing sound- to be noted- Russell operates a music instruction studio and is not really a “sound man,” or in the business of providing sound for events!  And last but not least, since we do love our eye candy, event photography by Alexandrea Thomsen of Dtown Perspective!

It was a fun and lively night as it was the first time I did the “great reveal” of The Scout Guide at the actual event.  In years past I have delivered the books and then had the party a few weeks later, usually the week after Thanksgiving.  This year the books arrived one day prior and so lots of excitement was built up!  Everyone enjoyed seeing their pages in the rhodamine-hued volume and members hobnobbed with each other.  What a special evening of going “whole-hog,” filled with amazing food, flowers and drink, a great mix of the Triangle’s top business owners and operators.

So check out The Scout Guide, Volume 3 online, and go visit these businesses to pick up your copy!  I hope that you will use The Scout Guide over the course of the year and add it to your collection along with Volume 1 and Volume 2!

Happy Scouting!

5T0A3298 flowers by Purple Puddle 5T0A3400 fun detail to sign your page! 5T0A3454 - Copy Since we live in Durham, and Piedmont is so close, I simply could not resist inviting my children! 5T0A3831 Vermillion ladies in the house! 5T0A3491 Piedmont’s signature pickled shrimp 5T0A3473 Fun William Travis Jewelry crew 5T0A3828 with Sarah Parker of Durham Catering 5T0A3484 Jim and Melissa Miller of Woodward Financial Advisors 5T0A3404 cheese + honey by Bella Bean Organics 5T0A3694 Margaret of MA Allen Interiors flanked by Katie and Betsy of Betsy Anderson Interiors 5T0A3647 140 Salon & Blow Dry Bar babes 5T0A3519 Boo Hanks performing 5T0A3490 21c Museum Hotel gang 5T0A3502 Marshall Price of the Nasher Museum with artist Mary Carter Taub  5T0A3789 Wyatt Dickson of The Pig Whistle, Chef Ben Adams of Piedmont and Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods 5T0A3546 5T0A3581 going whole hog! 5T0A3572 we used “cast-off” pages for placemats rise donut holes from RISE 5T0A3604 cocktail maestro, Crawford Leavoy with Richard Holcomb and Jamie DeMent of Bella Bean Organics and Coon Rock Farm 5T0A3630 5T0A3666 with Anne of Anne Wagoner Interiors 5T0A3695 with publicist Jen Noble Kelly and Emily Egge of SEEDS 5T0A3701 Monkee’s of Raleigh gals 5T0A3807 Julia Kerr of Vermillion, Dr. Andrew Wagoner, Theo Highsmith and Meredith Ladd of Dogwood Properties and M.A. of MA Allen Interiors 5T0A3814 wonderful neighbors, just for fun, every year our friend Chad sees a friend he grew up with in Eastern NC in TSG!!  This year it was Taylor Spruill in Standard Foods spread! 5T0A3834 with Travis of William Travis Jewelry and Elise Bruce of Ride Cycle Studio 5T0A3871 Margaret and M.A. of MA Allen Interiors 5T0A3487 Dr. Paul Coggins with Kristi and Ben Koren (he’s also a dentist!) 5T0A3472 Alicia Butler of Green Button Farm (they supplied the hog!) and Krissy Anderson of Mill & Bird 5T0A3721 John Holmes of Standard Foods and Dr. Wendy Brewster 5T0A3820 5T0A3760 Delicious Dirty Durham Punch, love that it was made with Larry’s Beans– my husband worked with them when he was getting his MBA at Carolina! 5T0A3646 Party revelers! 5T0A3648 5T0A3459 Will Johnson Building Company checking out thier spread! 5T0A3649 5T0A3675 5T0A3716 Scout photographer, Nick Pironio with his wife, Chelley 5T0A3790 Casual yet elevated, culinary dream team, thank you!! {it’s all about having some FUN! and eating good food, too!} 5T0A3830



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The Scout Guide’s Gift Guide

You simply must check out The Scout Guide’s Gift Guide


Take a look at this gorgeous, premiere edition of the Gift Guide by Scout.

Like me, you will be excited to see a few of our own Triangle Scout members included in !  It’s topnotch and typical Scout fashion (and why I fell in love with Scout in the first place) it’s thoughtfully designed, beautifully curated and just, oh so very easy on the eyes!

Gobble up the eye candy and if you must chase down these wares (I mean!!!), do tell them Scout sent you!


A recipe from The Umstead!

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The holidays are a time to embrace traditions, and the best place to make memories is over a meal. For those seeking an alternative (or addition!) to traditional pies and pastries to dazzle their dessert table this year, Pastry Chef Evan Sheridan of Herons, the Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C., shares his own family recipe for a Caramel Apple Crumb Cake. Featuring sweet seasonal flavors, this family-favorite is one worth saving room for.

Caramel Apple Crumb Cake (Serves 8)


  • 5 ounces All Purpose Flour
  • 3 ounces Light Brown Sugar
  • 4  ounces Melted Butter
  • Pinch Kosher Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  • 9 ounces Sugar
  • 5 ounces Vegetable Oil
  • 1teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 9 ounces Grated Apple (Do not worry about peeling them)
  • 2 ounces Pecan Pieces (Roasted)
  • 9 ½ ounces All  Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¾ ounces Dried Currants

For the Crumb

  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl or stand mixer.
  • Slowly add in melted butter and mix either by hand or at a low speed until it forms the shape of “pea gravel.”
  • Spread out on a sheet pan and refrigerate.

For the Cake

  • Paddle the whole eggs with the sugar at a medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Slowly add in oil being sure not to break the “emulsion.”
  • Alternate additions of whole milk and sifted dry ingredients.
  • Add in Grated Apples with Currants and Pecans and mix until combined.
  • Allow batter to rest 8-12 hours for best results.

 To Finish

  • Pour batter into a well-oiled/sprayed baking pan.
  • Sprinkle Crumb over the top of the cake and bake at 350F for 20-40 minutes or until the cake is set and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Other than eating this, and of course the joy of baking, I think my favorite part is the “don’t worry about grating the apple.”  A break at holiday-time!

Happy Baking!


Oprah’s Favorite Things List: Moon & Lola Cuff links!

M&L Oprah List Signage Mens image 1      M&L Oprah 2014 Banner

Scout Volume 3 is out of the gates and what more exciting news than to hear one of its newest members, Moon & Lola has landed a spot on Oprah’s coveted “Favorite Things” list for holiday!

Oprah has deemed Moon & Lola’s cuff links THE gift for this holiday season.  I love cuff links, as it strikes a chord with moi– I went through a big french cuff phase not-so-long ago (not sure why I gave up that look- it was so smart and tidy!  Maybe because I had kids and the wrinkled shirt look took over…?!)

Alas, here are some great images of the cuff links and be sure to pick up O the Oprah Magazine and check out North Carolina’s own, Moon & Lola.

Moon & Lola is known for their bright and fun take on jewelry classics:  the monogram!  But not just any monogram, snazzy monograms with color and pop and never to be taken too seriously.  Moon & Lola combines metal with lucite + color enamel effects that hearken (for me!) that favorite monogram sweater from 1984 but mixed with a modern splash of color.  You will be brightened by whimsical motifs of things we love:  anchors (my fave!), dogs and a cut-out of our great state, to name a few.

Stop by the Moon & Lola shops –you will be instantly cheered with the bright, colorful and stylish feel of the store and their great selection of vintage inspired jewelry designs, accessories and even wonderful books!  Three shop locations include:

Downtown Raleigh at 208 S. Wilmington Street

Downtown Apex at 219 N. Salem Street, No. 100

(or if you are down in fabulous Charleston, check out their location at 322 King Street!)

Tell them The Scout Guide sent you!!


It’s Printin’ Time!

2013 Fall 529 If it seems a little quieter than usual in blog-land and social media-ville, it’s because it’s printing time for Volume 3 of The Scout Guide!  My edition of TSG Triangle is literally about to hit the press any day now!  Here are some snaps to show you the process of going to the printers…. These pics are from last year, the archives if you will.  I round up all my books with colors I like and begin honing in on the right color!  2013 Fall 670

As I wrap up photography + design production with the latest Volume, I start to seriously think about what color I am “feeling” for the next edition– it actually begins much earlier, I try to visualize all “season” long, while I am in the development phase of the book, what the next edition’s color will be.

2013 Fall 530 I pull out a nifty color wheel book my husband got for me one holiday– I am a confessed and obsessed color freak– I love it!  {Before I left my job in design in San Francisco, I had the Color Department test me and I scored “superior” on the Farnsworth-Munsell Color test.  I only missed one color and she even let me take it twice–  and I missed it both times– consistent!}  I am pretty sure one Christmas, I gave everyone The Interaction of Color by Josef Albers (a beautiful, sweet book!).  Like I said, it’s important to me that I get it right…. 2013 Fall 1124 Suddenly it hits me!  Inspired by the least suspecting color, a “neutral” bright… chartreuse, like this beautiful lamp!

photo 1 Swatches arrive and I start color mixing with swatches… 2013 Fall 1093 The hard-proof arrives, a mock up of the real-deal… see Volume 1 peeking trhough?  They need to pair off nice visually… Next up a road trip ensues, to the printers I go! 2013 Fall 1095 How can I resist the excuse to see my adorable godson?? 2013 Fall 1098 keek  and see the rest of the fairy god-family for a night and half a day, until I go to the printers!   2013 Fall 1102

IMG_0327 With Christy Ford, co-founder and creative director of The Scout Guide.  Christy meets me at the printers and there we obsessively compare cover color options that the printer has prepared.  The chartreuse has a little too much black, the blue has a little too much red, we take it outside in natural daylight to see how it looks, knowing once it dries it will also be a little darker.  Voilà, we get it where we want it!  Cover color perfection has been achieved! 2013 Fall 1104  We see other Scout Guides are further along in the printing process, this bound book is having the finshing touch of rounding the corners.  So fancy!  It’s all about the details.   photo 2 IMG_4080 photo 3 2013 Fall 1103  pallet after pallet is filled with printed Scout pages…  IMG_6346 Hot off the press! IMG_5226 freshly bound! IMG_5228 The finished product atop beautiful spreads… note the corners are still square… one more thing to do!  And then the hardest thing to for me is to wait for the truck to show up with my “baby.”

Feb2014 1046 2013 Fall 1243 The playroom is righteously filled with 10,000 books…  the wagon is loaded, my mission is clear:  artisanally place Scout Guides all over the Triangle!  2013 Fall 1245


If it’s quiet it means I have taken off to the printers and the new book will be here soon.

Volume 3 is set to launch the first couple of weeks of November!

Now, what color do you think it will be??


Scouted: Styling at Dovecote

We love Fearrington because it has so much to offer! And now there is even more–Dovecote, their retail gift shop has expanded to have a fabulous assortment of women’s clothing.  Recently Dovecote hosted a fabulous trunk show for Anarkh, a really cool couture + ready to wear line out of Brooklyn.

I met with Marta, the chief stylist and she explained how their team works, they guide you to try on clothes that you may not choose ordinarily, as they are familiar with the fit and know what will look good on you.  Their idea is to have key pieces that you can layer in and are timeless but also with some fashion zing- love that!

I met the designers, Ana and Cee, of Anarkh and they quickly set me up with a zillion beautiful clothes to try.  Anarkh had brought to town Fall, ready to buy and also pre-order for Spring 2015.  Ana and Cee had just embarked on their multi-week trunk show tour where they will end up in Santa Fe in a few weeks! (read:  super fun road trip!)  We caught up on New York and chitter chattered about the fashion world, since I used to work in that industry.  I loved hearing that they are part of the revival of the garment district in New York, as all of their clothing is produced right in Manhattan!  Ana is originally from Georgia (Republic of!) and Cee hails from Chicago, they were so nice and had a breadth of experience and were fun to have as a sounding board as I tried on a bevy of gorgeous clothes.

The task at hand was to find something “editor-ly,” or something I can wear all day long and be comfy + chic and pop on a pair of heels to attend an event or have a date night with my husband.  (When I worked in Design, we called it “Day to Date,” genius!)  Best of all, the goal was to end up with great, interchangeable pieces that will work perfectly with pieces I already own.  Let me give you a quick tour– d (2) Cee, Marta and Ana d (1) beautiful clothes, look at that pleating on that 100% cotton dress, right up my alley! Pleats, please! anarkh4 I tried on a great boxy, on-trend sweater and the most amazing pair of pants that were a stretchy, washable leather in the front panels and a knit, fitted (and shaping!) in the back.  Total party in the front, carpool-line appropriate in the back!  I loved them, but somehow they just did not quite fit my daily agenda of running around, meeting with people and ending up on the soccer field or a field trip!  They would be a splurge, slightly more fabulous than my regular, practical self… so fab!  And I am still thinking about that sweater…   d (4) Next up, I tried on this cool cotton modal top that had multi-functional draping features by way of buttons, so cool, again, a convertible, comfy, so soft top that would be great with denim, leggings or in this case, stretchy leather pants! d (5) First, let me take a #selfie!  I tried on a precious puffed-sleeve turtleneck (mock-turtleneck, maybe even, I kinda feel like I am ready for a mock turtle…are you?) with the most amazing black leggings that had all sorts of features… The Leggings were not ordinary in that they have a fin and were extra long, in the theme of fins, I looked like a SCUBA diver when I pulled them long.  You could scrunch the fin and give a little twist for a ruffle effect.  I am not sure what I love more– a puffed sleeve, a ruffle effect or the color combo of black and navy… We were getting somewhere! anarkh3 So then Marta, Dovecote’s chief stylist, insisted I try on this one-of-a-kind tunic with said amazing finned leggings with a beautiful cashmere wrap.  It was a cashmiracle!  The wrap made it day-timey with flats… remove sweater and ….  anarkh2  slip on imaginary heels and it’s a date!  (sometimes, ok, often times, I wear flats on dates, love my comfort, love my flatties!)  I was sold and was taking these home.  Marta explained how interchangeable the leggings were, scrunched up or down, a little sci-fi, downtown cool girl, or fem with a ruffle, the tunic was perfect and was “pan-seasonal” in that it could go from fall to winter with layers to spring with shed layers… I could see a cool denim or leather jacket thrown atop…  d (3) cutie bootie wedges  d (6) beautiful tops for layering for Fall. d (7) TDF necklace with fringe benefits!

d (8) Gorgeous teal wrap with DTM  (dyed to match!) peacock blue fur collar…

These caught my eye– there is so much more!

Call Fearrington’s Dovecote to have Marta and her team of stylists set you on your way for the season–

(919) 542-4000

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Fearrington is located just eight miles south of Chapel Hill.