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Samantha Bates, AIFD – Thinking Beyond The Bouquet

WHAT MUSE BECKONS from the lush landscape of Louisiana to Samantha Bates? What creations does it call forth and what sense of home does it offer to her? As a decorated artist with growing national acclaim, Samantha could live anywhere and utilize her range of extraordinary talents in a variety of ways, but expressing herself …

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Wicked Concoctions for Witches and Warlocks

Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls all come a knockin’ when it’s time to get your trick-or-treat rockin’. From perfectly spooky potions to bubbling cauldrons of cocktails, these Halloween-themed drinks are sure to get your blood boiling. Don’t be afraid to try them all! Don’t Fear The Reaper   1½ ounces cherry flavor-infused vodka ½ ounce lime juice 4 …

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Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

INGREDIENTS Soup: 1 teaspoon coconut oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 cup carrots, chopped 3 cups chicken broth 4 cups butternut squash, peeled & cubed 2/3 cup canned coconut milk 3/4 teaspoon mild curry powde Spiderweb Topping: 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 2-1/2 tablespoons canned coconut milk   DIRECTIONS 1. Heat a medium-large pot to …

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Sophisticated Weddings – The Things We Do For Love

As tradition would have it, Fall is the time that Sophisticated Woman releases our Sophisticated Weddings bridal issue and holds our annual Bridal Expo. But as 2020 would have it, all things have changed. But we like to think of it as a challenge and not a road block. Just like the rest of the …

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Love Will Find A Way

While Covid-19 saw the postponement or cancellation of many wedding plans amidst stay-at-home orders, social distancing and safe-practices guidelines for hospitality venues, other hopeful couples and creative business owners had faith that love would find a way. When our feature story couple, Amber Whiteside and Eli Murphy, got engaged in February of 2019, they had …

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You Night: Empowering Women To Embrace Life Beyond Cancer

There are over 15 million cancer survivors in the United States. In growing numbers, women in our communities are struggling with the emotional and physical aftermath of cancer. This includes everything from depression, lack of concentration and low energy, to psychological issues such as fear of recurrence or lack of self esteem due to the …

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Enterprising Woman Ellen Creel – Natural Born Leader

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Creel describes a childhood lacking in wealth but not spirit. “Our parents instilled in us two things – maintaining a strong faith and the necessity of college education. Mom’s question wasn’t if we were going, but where. Excelling was our way out.” And excel she did. Creel earned a National Merit …

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Gardening Clean-Up Tips: Getting Ready For Fall

Think the weather outside is too hot for gardening? Think again! Hopefully by now kids have returned to school as have you to the garden. Consider this clean-up checklist:   1. Hurricane season is still a concern. Stow any lawn ornaments that may float away, blow over or become air-borne. 2. Lawn fertilizing is finally …

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And Justice For All

OUR SEPTEMBER ISSUE highlights top legal professionals in our area who work to ethically and professionally represent the best interests of their clients. From family matters to corporate concerns, law firm personnel provide assistance and guidance through everything from momentous milestones to difficult life events.  In keeping with that theme, we’d like to take the …

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