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Feasting Pretty: Ted’s Montana Grill

Ted's Montana Grill

I recently had the pleasure of dining at the new Ted’s Montana Grill in Maryland. The restaurant chain owned by Ted Turner opened the first location of the popular chain in Maryland. Ted’s Montana Grill is based on bison cuisine which is leaner and has more protein than beef. I had only had a bison burger before experiencing the deliciousness of a bison steak.

Now, I am hooked. The meat had so much flavor and I love that it only came with a pat of butter on the top. This is all you need on a good piece of meat. No sauce, just butter. My meal started with the smoked trout appetizer with homemade bread and tortilla chips. I had to stop myself from eating the entire dish because I needed room for my steak. This is worth going to Ted’s just to try.

If you don’t eat bison, don’t worry. Ted’s also sells meat and fish entrees. The restaurant has other great food options to try. I have to bring my husband back because the cedar-plank salmon looked worth trying as well. The restaurant cooks everything fresh and also freshly presses their lemons for the house lemonade.

Would I go back to Ted’s Montana Grill? Absolutely. I plan on taking my mother there when she visits next month because it’s just that delicious.


{Smoked trout appetizer}


{Bison steak served perfectly}


{Outdoor fire pit to enjoy}


Ted’s Montana Grill
105 Ellington Boulevard
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

My New Beauty Find: Folie Apothecary


I remember the minute I discovered Folie Apothecary. One of my good friends posted an interview with the creator on Facebook. I read the interview and everything about Nikisha Brunson and Folie spoke to me. I had recently decided to start making my own whipped shea butter and I watched Nikisha’s video on how to do. Super easy. But there was something else about her in the video. She was funny, warm, charming, and seemed like a girl I wanted to hang out with over wine, tacos or green juice. Balance is key people. I immediately decided to make a purchase.

I bought the Rose + Chamomile Face Scrub and I can tell you it’s going to be a repeat purchase. A sample of Folie’s serum and a bag of tea was included in my purchase. What really made this special was the hand-written thank you note. I’m a sucker for a thank you note. It could be my Southern upbringing, but there is something special in receiving a note in a world of electronics.

I let the scrub sit on my face a few minutes while I enjoyed the tea. Delightful, thoughtful, and lovely. I highly suggest you check out Folie and support Nikisha. She is definitely a woman who creates the pretty.


Le Weekend

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I’m currently in Fort Lauderdale at a blogger conference and I’m just overcome with how much fun this community and folk still are to me. Blogging has changed drastically in the last 9 years since I started, but I still enjoy it. I’ve learned some amazing insights and met some groovy people as Lou Rawls would say. I didn’t want you to miss out on all this week’s goodness so here are a few of my favorite finds. I hope you enjoy the weekend, stay safe and don’t eat too much candy.

  1. Lululemon has been having trouble for years due to the crazy ex-CEO and subpar materials. Hopefully, they can get back on track.
  2. Chanel bought a winery. I guess it’s time to get back to Napa.
  3. I’m an avid reader and as such there is something about the written word that I love. I recently had another disagreement with someone who only listens to audiobooks. I said, “they aren’t real books because you can’t get the nuisances of the book.” Of course, this is a constant debate. One of my favorite book podcasts doesn’t agree with me. What say you?
  4. I’m having surgery next month. I know I have to take it easy once the doctor releases me to workout, so I’m reading lots on how to come back to yoga after surgery. I’m a good patient and I like to be prepared.
  5. If you are going to eat tons of candy, you might as well enjoy it with wine. Wine + Halloween candy = sugar high.


Photo: Daily Paint Works

Reading Pretty: Love x Style x Life by Garance Doré

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment I discovered Garance Doré’s blog. It was around the time I started my blog and her blog focused on illustrations and fashion. I was hooked. As a Francophile, I loved her style and as an avid blog reader at the time I couldn’t get enough. Mind you this was 2006. Everything was about blogging. Instagram didn’t exist and not everyone had a smartphone.

The minute I discovered her book was coming out I had to pre-order it. Luckily, I was home to collect it and was actually stalking my mailman. I enjoyed the book with a cuppa tea while a pre-treatment hair oil, French, of course, was moisturizing my hair. I sat down to engage all my senses. No rushing. I took my time. There were moments I laughed out loud at her humor and the ability to laugh at herself and there were other times I’m like “I’m copying this exact look.”

If you are obsessed with style and love a good mix of both. This is your book. Garance is French by way of Corsica, so her perspective on the Paris and New York fashion aesthetic comes with a fresh set of eyes.

Also, it was the first time I looked at a style book and saw women who looked like me throughout. Go get this book now.

On My Travel Radar: Seven Secrets Resort & Wellness Retreat

I don’t know what I was googling or even the topic I was researching, because once I laid eyes on the Seven Secrets Resort and Wellness Retreat in Lombak, Indonesia all common sense went out of my head. I mean, really? All I could think of was white sandy beaches, yoga, delicious and healthy food, plus luxury. Luxury. All. Damn. Day. I’m a goner. A wellness retreat in this setting. Bring it. I seriously suggest you take a gander and look at these photos.

You know you want to go, right?

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Le Weekend

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It’s been such an amazing and profound week. You know the saying when one door closes, one door opens. That has been my week and it was the best week ever. With that being said, there are a few things I’m loving this week.

  1. If you have not watched Drake’s new video, how are we friends. I love it for reaffirming my belief Drake is a nerd and I love him.
  2. Downton Abbey is starting its final season. I seriously need to spend the next few weeks catching up.
  3. I love a good statement piece of jewelry and these earrings are calling me. Big. Bold and so Julia.
  4. Apple and fashion are coming together. I can’t wait to see what they create.
  5. I love a good hat for winter and this one is on its way to me. I can’t wait to wear it on a cold day out with friends.

Image: Daily Paint Works

Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil


I woke up this morning and had to really ask myself if it’s still autumn because it is cold. I mean coat cold. I had to put the lightweight jacket away this morning and put on the puffy coat. It’s too soon for this in my mind.

Cleansing oils have been very popular over the past few years and I like them a lot. I mainly use them as a makeup remover because they melt everything off. One problem I have if the oils are too heavy and then they just sit on your face. Also, I don’t like oils that need cajoling to wipe off. I don’t have to worry about this with the Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil. It is so light and cleansing that one pump cleans my entire face. The beauty of this product is there is no oily residue on your face. That’s why I don’t use coconut oil to cleanse my face. Too greasy even after multiple washes.

If you are on the fence about cleansing oils I highly recommend this one. It’s great for the lovely winter we are having this fall.

P.S. I”m obsessed with this essentia alkaline water. I buy it by the case at grocery store and it is so good for your body.

Le Weekend

Keep Calm and love Autumn

I’m so excited to go apple picking tomorrow, visiting a local winery, and having multiple laughs that I hope I sleep well tonight. I’m excited to make my apple and blue cheese galette. It’s one of the things I look forward to this time of year. The weather is crisp and the leaves are getting the beautiful orange and plum hue that signals fall.

  1. I love whipped body butter, but I realized I could just make it myself with a little elbow grease. I watched this video, gathered my ingredients, and now you can’t stop me. My skin is going to be so soft that I actually want to pet it like a puppy. Also, I like that the scent isn’t over-powering. I combined lavender and Madagascar rose essential oils, but only a little bit. Divine. I put mine in glass sixteen-ounce jars I picked up at Homegoods because they make my beauty shelf look purr-ty.
  2. I love Rihanna and her unapologetic love of herself. I think she is smart and badass at the same time. This article reaffirms why I love her. Some people on these interwebs were made that the writer focused on herself more than Rihanna. Tell me what you think.
  3. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction was just announced and I was ecstatic to hear Marlon James won for a Brief History of Seven Killings. The book is so good, but it is very violent. I mean it’s tough. But, if you can get past that it is worth reading.
  4. Every year Neiman Marcus comes out with their annual Christmas Book of ridiculously crazy expensive things that I would buy if I won the lottery. It’s hilarious to look at. I take the time with a cup of tea and laugh out loud. Sometimes, there are a few gems in my price point but not many. It’s an anthropological study in how the other half lives.
  5. On most Fridays, I’m exhausted from the week and normally I’m on the couch watching documentaries on Netflix. Tonight I plan to watch them from the bath because my new ISUN ORMUS bath salts have arrived and plan on soaking until I’m as wrinkled as a raisin.

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