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B. Couleur Living

An Q & A with Swimwear Designer AZ Araujo: On His Homeland Brazil,The Real Housewives of Atlanta & On His Love of Old Luxury

azSensual, feminine, chic, classic and ultimately glamorous are only a few words to describe the new collection of women's swimwear by designer A.Z Araujo. Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, A.Z has become a staple in the fashion world with a unique vision that captures pure elegance and aesthetic, making his creations not only luxurious, but stunningly sexy. His designs have graced international publications and have been donned by such celebrities such as the winners of the Miss Universe Organization from 2009 and 2010, Adrienne Bailon, Aylín Mújica, Wendy Raquel Robison and Natalia Castro. He has featured Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta and Miami in his runway shows.

Just back from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami, I got the...

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Adding a Touch of Fresh Air to Your Green Interior

magenta-orchidsWe all know that using real house plants is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add life to a room. They can be nested in groups and used to fill in blank spaces between pieces of furniture. They add color and texture to bland rooms and provide a touch of nature to your space. What many don’t know however, is that the biggest benefit to “greening your interiors”  is not only a newly-decorated home, but clean air quality.

Studies have shown that house plants absorb pollutants like...

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The McBride Sisters and Eco.Love Wines: Saving the Planet One Sip at a Time

Robin-and-Andrea-McBridelowresArticleA satisfying note of sweetness lingers when two sisters tell a story of destiny. It begins with the little girls growing up separated by the Pacific Ocean, one in New Zealand and the other in California. Each thought she was an only child until their biological father revealed a life changing link.

"We hadn't had a lot of contact with our father. Prior to him passing away, he reached out to me and said it is really important that you know you have a sister, and you meet your sister," says...

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Jamawn J. Woods: Winner of America's Next Great Restaurant Serves Up a Taste of Success

Jamawn_WoodsGrowing up with soul food dishes on the dinner table, nourishes the love many people have for such traditional dishes as fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, greens with ham hocks, candied sweet potatoes and buttery biscuits.

Unfortunately, the levels of fat and sugar content in traditional recipes has inspired many a soul food cook to think about healthier ways to make southern cuisine. A former Detroit autoworker and self-taught cook now has the chance to turn his ideas for lighter soul...

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Sugarleaf Vineyards: Vintner Turns Her Vision into a Dream Destination

sugarleafvineyardA golden light glows through the vertical rows of grapes as the sun begins to set on the Blue Ridge Mountains. The fruit is almost near peak in the cooling breeze that blows through the 800-foot elevation along the Monticello Wine Trail. Harvest time at Sugarleaf Vineyards renews a powerful bond between the grapes and the people who turn them into handcrafted American wines.

“It’s very intense. There’s a real hardworking passion to the actual day of harvesting, processing and throwing...

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30 Minute Makeover: Using African Textiles

imanimageNow that winter’s over and spring has officially begun, it is the perfect time to reflect a change to the look of your living space.Not sure where to start?  Well, this may not be the time to do something pricey like buy a new sofa (besides, aren’t we all supposed to be saving more?). Instead of spending money on a big purchase, you’d be better off accessorizing what you already have. And using textiles is a great way to change the look of your space quickly and inexpensively.I’ve...

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If Painting is a Problem Then Borrowed Artwork is the Answer

Mandala_Framed_RoomIt is never an excuse NOT to paint a wall or two in your space.  You may have a myriad of reasons on why you have not started painting--you do not have the budget, just too busy, sick of staring at countless swatches at Home Depot or maybe your property owners simply will not allow it.  

 Therefore, I offer a frugal solution to your painting dilemma: Borrowed Artwork.  You can find affordable high quality posters and prints online, use old photos or even old license...

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Just Desserts: A Top Chef's Great Passion

top-chef-just-desserts-erika-davisLong before she put on her first chef’s jacket, Erika Davis learned to add a pinch or two of passion to her dishes. Her grandmother and mother taught her to bake “from scratch” and to make jelly from the strawberry patches she played in on the family farm. By age 12, Davis was baking cookies and selling them in middle school.

“I chose this career because there was nothing else I ever wanted to do. I wanted to be Wonder Woman, but pastries have been my passion since I was a little...

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A California Family's Wine Business Grows Finer with Time

Everett_RidgeWhen strolling down the aisles of a wine store, you might find the name Esterlina Vineyards & Winery missing from the shelves. Looking over the selections at a fine-dining restaurant, you might not see a bottle from the Everett Ridge Winery. That could change once more people who appreciate quality find out about the wines made by the Sterling family in California.

“People don’t take the quality of our wines seriously until they taste them,” explains Stephen Sterling, Vice...

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