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Snow Show

My neighborhood looks beautiful in the snow. It was fun to walk around it yesterday, taking pics and stopping for brunch at the one place that was open and generally doing anything possible to postpone going home and shoveling out the four feet of snow drifts blanketing my driveway.Then yesterday evening I left the warm confines of the couch to…

RI Runway

Now that "Top Chef" is over, I have to admit I’m missing reality TV. A little. So I was thrilled to learn that not only is the new season of "Project Runway" starting January 14, but that Jonathan Peters from Woonsocket !!! is on the show.The "Project Runway" website has all the details on the 29-year-old womenswear designer. There you can check out Peter’s portfolio, watch his over-the-top…

A Bottle for the Host, A Bottle for Me

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a handful of holiday get-togethers slated for the next couple of weeks. I always like to bring a bottle (or four) with me — one for the host, the rest to pop open on the spot and drink with friends. In search of something interesting (pass on the pinot grigio) but still…

Odds and Ends

1. I believe in owning at least one travel guide for the place where you live. The new eat.shop new england is the perfect size, fun to read, has great photos and features some very neat locally owned shops and restaurants in the five coolest little cities in New England: Newport, Providence, Portsmouth, Burlington and Portland. It made me want…

Three Things to Like

Sunday after the Patriots win, you can click over to Cox Sports Television (channel 3) to check out the annual TV auction to benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island. They’ve got some very neat stuff so far this year (friendly advice to golfers and Newport buffs: tune in!). Three things I like about this auction:1. It’s fun to snap up hot…

YES Closes its Doors

I was sad to read (via Facebook — news travels crazy fast that way) that Yes Gallery + Studio in Warren is closing up shop at the end of this month. The art gallery, housed in a super cute historic space on Water Street in Warren had built up quite a following, thanks to an ever changing assortment of pretty…

Twilight update

Well, friends and I packed ourselves tightly in the corner of the South County Commons movie theater for New Moon’s opening night. We toppled over most of the other patrons and felt embarrassed to be excited about the tween saga. But I have to say, the movie mostly delivered, in a cartoonish Romeo-and-Juliet kind of way. There’s lots of nice…

Building Your Nest

For those of us who, in the past year, have become increasingly recession-minded, but still can’t resist the occasion bout of retail therapy, it seems to make sense to focus our efforts on sprucing up our home (you know, instead of our wardrobes). It’s the place where we spend time with family and escape the chaos of life (hopefully). But…

Turkey Talk

Our cover story this month is on the Big Feast, and since it’s been years since I got to host a Thanksgiving (not that I’m really complaining – it’s pretty nice to just go to my brother’s and lazily ride herd on the kids from the couch), I decided to cook a turkey last week. If I were a more…

The Twilight Obsession

When I first heard about the Twilight saga a  year and a half ago, I at first felt a little squeamish. The idea of a vampire love story sounded childish , so I deflected the novel’s enticing advances. However, in the fall of 2008, my friends convinced me to see the film version of the first novel. While watching the…