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GOOP gift guide for red magazine

redcoverlarge A special thank you to Gwyneth and her team at GOOP for including me in their book gift guide for Red Magazine. You can see the transformation they mentioned of Gwyneth’s Nashville home right here. I am beyond excited to be in such great company! What a treat.

Speaking of all things glamourous, I’m going to be at Woo Skin Care next thursday for a very fun event. During my book signing for Picture Perfect Parties, Trish McEvoy makeup artists will be on hand working their magic to give you picture perfect makeup. Plan a girls night out! See you there!

* Woo Skincare and Cosmetics Atlanta also have locations in Nashville and Charlotte.

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The day has finally arrived- POP that cork and Light that sparkler!

2013-09-30_12-11-29 As all of you know, I have been waiting for this day to come. If any of you have written a book, you know that this is a very BIG day. The day that your vision, blood sweat and tears, and all the long hours and work days come to fruition. It’s the moment that your literary baby is released to the world! TODAY, October 1st, 2013, is that day. Just know that all the support from my family and friends, clients and assistants, art directors and editors, offered along the way did not go unnoticed. Thank you.

Picture Perfect Parties

A special thank you to my darling husband Frank, my chief advisor, cheerleader and hand holder through out this process. He is simply the best. A huge thank you to my kids for telling me along the way that I could do this. To my photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn … thank you. Deborah is brilliant and humble, the best combination. None of this would have been possible without my sweet and smart editor Chris at Rizzoli, their fantastic PR and Sales team and of course the leader of the whole circus… Janice Shay. She’s the best in the business and of course I can’t forget my right hand man Justin. Thank you. 76371df987e9fe269f800c24c7335b37 It’s been a labor of love. This is the part where I tell you to buy my book here. In the book I offer menus with detailed party planning notes and recipes for special holidays and gatherings. It is chock full of all of my secrets from styling for over 20+ years. Read more about the book here. Can’t wait to see you reap the rewards of your newfound expert party planning skills. Please let me know how it goes! I want to see your pics. Also, I would love for you to tweet me and send me messages… I want to hear from you! Your feedback and thoughts mean so much. POP that cork and come on everybody “Let’s Party”! xx

Here’s a little Champagne cocktail recipe from the book to make and toast along with me, cheers!

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*Special thanks to Hugh Acheson for writing a kick ass foreword and Gwyneth Paltrow for her ever so sweet support. She’s an amazing lady.

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Cookbook 6: My Father’s Daughter

As some of you might know I had the great pleasure of designing a temporary home for Gwyneth Paltrow a few years back in Nashville while she was filming Country Strong. You can see it on Goop here.At that time I had the pleasure of meeting her chef friend and her food partner in crime Julia Turshen. Julia and I hit it off like a house on fire, it did not hurt that we were snowed in while putting the finishing touches on Gwyneth’s kitchen together. Julia informed me that Gwyneth was indeed an accomplished chef and that she really did cook alot, in fact she was working on her first cookbook “My Father’s Daughter” a book inspired by her childhood in the kitchen with her very accomplished father, Bruce Paltrow.

Since then Julia and I remain friends, exchange emails and dine out together when we can and mainly talk about food. Once I picked up a copy of Gwyneth’s book I fell in love with many of the recipes. One of our family favorites is Gwyneth’s Father’s pancakes. They are the best pancakes we’ve ever had and are my daughter’s go-to pancake recipe. I suggest you add this cookbook your own collection. You won’t be disappointed because as I mentioned, this lady can cook!

Bruce Paltrow’s Pancakes


  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more butter for cooking
  • 6 organic large eggs
  • Up to 1 cup milk, as needed, to thin batter
  • Real Vermont maple syrup, warmed, for serving

Yields: Yield: 3 Dozen 5-inch pancakes


Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk the buttermilk, butter and eggs together in another bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, whisking just enough to combine (small lumps are okay). Let the batter sit, covered, overnight. The next morning, heat up your griddle or favorite non-stick pan and slick it with a little butter. Add enough milk to the batter to thin it to the right consistency- the thicker the batter, the thicker and heavier your pancakes- neither is wrong. Cook the pancakes on the griddle, flipping them after bubbles appear on the surface of the uncooked side. Let cook for 2-3 minutes more, the remove, and eat with lots of warm maple syrup.

Buy My Father’s Daughter here

I have already ordered her second book, which she wrote with Julia Turshen, It’s All Good. Get it!


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Julia Turshen’s Cocktail of the Week

photo by Lauren Volo

We’re in a Kentucky bourbon kind of mood around here. It was almost too perfect when my friend, Julia, sent me her recipe. Julia Turshen is a food writer, producer and private chef who was born and bred in Manhattan. I met Julia when I was tricking out Gwyneth Paltrow’s flat in Nashville while she was filming the movie “Country Strong”, Julia and I instantly had a bond, our love of food! Over the last few years we have had the pleasure of sharing several stellar meals and lively conversations. Julia is older and wiser than her years, I am happy to call her a friend. Although she’s young, she’s extremely accomplished and most notably, she co-authored Spain: A Culinary Road Trip with Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow, assisted Ms. Paltrow on My Father’s Daughter and co-authored the The Kimchi Chronicles with Marja Vongerichten.  Julia has also written extensively for Food & Wine, epicurious, GOOP, interviewmagazine.com and Rue.

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  • Ice
  • A few generous dashes Angostura bitters
  • Juice of half a fresh lemon
  • 1 shot good Kentucky bourbon
  • Seltzer water

Fill a shaker with ice and hand full of ice or an over sized ice cube like shown above.  Add bitters, lemon juice and bourbon and shake vigorously.  Pour the entire contents of the shaker (ice and all) into a highball and top with a splash of seltzer.

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