Summer is here…

Summer has officially arrived and that means the flat summer sandal is a must have item! It does not matter if it is day or evening, a yogurt run or a trip to the pool…your summer staple is the cute, flat  and whimsical sandal.  IT IS A MUST HAVE.  As much as I LOVE my heels, and that is an understatement, I adore the time of year when I can wear cute strappy flats.



Metallics and embellished sandals are the shiny addition to any summer wardrobe no matter what age. Metallics are neutral in color so they will match most any summer gear!  Just because these are flats does not mean they don’t have personality. – See more at: http://fearoffashion.com/?p=135#sthash.CTASK8cX.dpuf


Strappy flats are fun and casual but ankle straps and strappy sandals that are higher on the instep and ankle are not best for streamlining the leg. These cute pieces of footwear can cut the look and your legs may appear shorter. When wearing shorter dresses and shorts the cleaner the line the longer the leg.  I have several styles of Gladiator Sandals and just adore them…but try to wear them with the longer skirt, capri or skinny. – See more at: http://fearoffashion.com/?p=135#sthash.CTASK8cX.dpuf


Colors! Colors! Colors! Who doesn’t like bright and cheerful colors, especially when your legs are tan and toned! When purchasing your ‘out of the box’ colors for summer, look for your trend. What colors are you wearing? Is Emerald Green, African Violet or Nectarine your color of choice? You can mix and match but still have personality!  Don’t worry, animal print is not just for fall anymore. – See more at: http://fearoffashion.com/?p=135#sthash.CTASK8cX.dpuf



I enjoyed the mix of color, texture and personality so much, this picture had to be included…even thought it is not a flat! One final item, ladies and it may be the most important part…don’t forget your summer pedicure. Nothing enhances your sandals the way a fresh pedicure does! – See more at: http://fearoffashion.com/?p=135#sthash.CTASK8cX.dpuf


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Zintastic Que

It’s Barbeque time in Tennessee. I’m talking about a “low and slow” Southern version of Barbeque. And that usually means strong, spicy sauces whether we are talking dry rub or wet rub. It’s the smell of Summer, outdoor cooking in the South.


When grilling you want a wine that will not just accompany the barbeque but enhance the grilled extravaganza. Zinfandel is a marvelous pairing with barbeque.


The big bold flavors of Zinfandel pair up nicely with just about anything on the grill. Zinfandel is the quintessential California wine with descriptors such as blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry, cherry as well as black pepper, cloves, anise and herbs. These characteristics make Zinfandel a great partner for grilled and herbed meats.


Avoid pairing Zinfandel with sweeter BBQ sauces. Doing so would violate a fundamental rule: never serve a food that is sweeter than your wine! So, find a sweeter wine if you are making a sauce with lots of sugar.  Zinfandel can also pair well with grilled lamb chops, marinated baby back ribs, open-fire grilled pizza, chorizo sausage and hamburgers as well as roquefort, cheddar and gruyere cheeses. Some of my favorite Zinfandels at the shop include the Ridge Three Valley– beautiful lush like blackberry pie, Four Vines– every zinfandel they make is great and the entry level old vine zin is a good place to start, Folie a Deux– from Sonoma, makers of Menage a Trois, Saini- family vineyard, more fruit forward style, Hendry- Dr. Hendry makes a big zin with lots of structure and good tannins and Castoro Cellars- Their Zinfusion is a truly unique wine experience. Rosenblum– Rockpile Road is like blackberry pie in a bottle These are all varied examples of California zin at different price points. Fire up the Weber and break out the Zinfandel. Your ribs will never be lonely again.

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Raising taxes may or may not be the solution

I’m may catch a lot of negative heat for what I’m about to write, but I’m a big girl and I can take it.


The City of Lebanon is in a financial pinch, and I’m not sure what the solution is. I do believe that city department heads and employees have cut as steep as they can and still provide the services citizens have grown accustom to over the years.

Does the city need a property tax increase to accomplish this? Maybe. Do they need one as large as what is being proposed? Maybe. I’m honestly not sure.

What I do know is this. There is $9 million sitting in reserves or in the rainy day fund. For the past three years money from the reserves has been budgeted to balance the city’s budget. However, very little was ever used.

At Wednesday night’s budget meeting, the question came up about decreasing property taxes after they are raised. They can’t be done in the middle of the budget year, but they could be increased for the upcoming fiscal year 2013-2014 and then decreased for FY 2014-2015.

However, Mayor Philip Craighead said the problem with that is there are roads to be paved, 20-year-old vehicles needing replaced, buildings that need maintenance, additional drainage issues, etc. In other words, any increase could be utilized.

Here’s where I may ruffle some feathers. Those types of comments are what a lot of us find problematic with government today. Government seeks and gets more money, and then they never seem to find a way to give any back, claiming they need every dollar.

While I will agree with the obvious fact that Lebanon has grown since the last hike in property taxes some 21 years ago (1992), I’m not so sure there is not a way to minimize any proposed property tax increase even more than they’ve already done.

(I must digress here a moment and say I think the job they have done so far in finding ways to whittle the amount of any increase is admirable on the part of Finance Commissioner Russell Lee, the mayor and the entire council.)

Now, back to the point of this column. Most of what Mayor Craighead mentioned regarding needs that could be paid for by keeping the property tax at the level of the proposed increase were capital expenditure items, meaning one-time expenses.

Why not pull the majority of capital expenditure items out of the city’s operating budget and pay for them out of the reserves up to a certain limit? Say $4 million? That would leave the city with a still healthy reserve of $5 million. While reducing the reserves may impact the city’s bond rating in the short run, I have to ask, is the city in any position to borrow money anyway?

In addition, the city would implement a plan to pay X percentage of the money back into the reserves each year that city’s revenues exceed its projections by Y percentage.

In other words, operate the city like many folks do their household budgets (when they can.) They establish a savings account to pay for those big, one-time expenses such as household repairs, replacing an appliance, an unexpected health crisis, etc. Then, when things get back on an even keel, they replenish their savings account.

For far too many years, the city prospered because of a growing sales tax base, without anyone giving much thought to the idea that hard economic times could hit. They forgot the Six P’s – Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.

Today, our city’s leaders are paying for that lack of foresight, and I’ll be the first to say, I don’t envy them one little bit. However, long-term solutions require thinking out of the box. Raising taxes or fees aren’t the only answers. There are other solutions out there, provided our city’s leaders are willing to find them.

So, to those who disagree, let me have it. Leave a comment. Give me a call. I’m a big girl. I can take it.


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Table Of Contents – July Aug 13


         July / Aug 2013 Features

6       Notes From Founders  

6       Founder’s Favorites

8       Sabrina Out Of Town

9       Calendar of Events
12     Meet Your Neighbor
 Home of the Free, because of the Brave

16     Dining With Doc
         A local favorite comes back home 
19     Hometown Heroes
         Build them up now

24     City Between the Lakes
Encore offers high quality Community Theatre

26     Good Things
 Summer in the South     

         July  / Aug 2013 Features

28     WLM Special Feature
Meet the Real Housewives of Middle Tennessee 

         Styles and Trends
37     Summer Style – Sunglasses Styles 
Skincare for Teens
40     Mom Jeans No More  

41     Coming Home
Sweet Summertime

43     Reflections
Keeping IT together

44     Around the Bend
 Remembering Rome Ferry

50     DownHome Politics
The Three C’s of Politics

51     Piece Of The Good Life
         It takes a Village to find the Good Life    


The Real Housewives of Middle Tennessee – find out how they tackle parenthood.. one laugh at a time

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Founders Notes – July Aug 13


Summer is in full swing and we have been busy, busy, busy at WLM. From cover shoots to events to expanding our blogs and adding more videos to our website, www.wilsonlivingmagazine.com, to meeting all our new friends and readers in Smith, Trousdale and Macon counties, we haven’t had a chance to sit for even a minute! But that’s just how we like it, enjoying every fun minute of it.

This issue we decided to celebrate all things Americana! Think about it, of all the places in the world you could be living right now, you are in the land of the free, home of the brave where everyone has the right to vote, to be educated, to practice their faith and to speak their mind. So many places around the world don’t have our advantages and we owe a debt of gratitude to our Veterans who preserve this country for all of us.

In that respect we were honored to be asked to be a Sponsor for the Inaugural Wounded Warriors Project Run in Watertown, scheduled for July 27th. This event honors not only our local men and women who are out there fighting for our liberties each and every day, but also the families and friends who stay behind praying for their safe return. Be sure to read all about the Run and come out on July 27th to be part of this important event.

The sun is shining, the pools are open, the kids are smiling and it’s hot, hot, hot! This issue Elizabeth Scruggs, Stacey Meadows and Erin Brown have you covered on all things summer – from fun activities for the kids, to great outdoor adventures for the family to the best skin care products to protect you while you are out and about.

And you won’t want to miss Anna-Lee Cockrill’s “Finding Your Piece of the Good Life.” Anna-Lee is a good friend of ours and she put a new spin on our most-loved column. It will inspire you!

We also need to say a big THANK-YOU to our gorgeous cover models. We had a blast working with these ladies and our amazing photographer Jana Pastors.

Until next time, keep reading!

Angel Kane
Becky Andrews

Email Angel at angel@wilsonlivingmagazine.com or Becky at becky@wilsonlivingmagazine.com

Check out all our new blogs and bloggers each week online at wilsonlivingmagazine.com

  • Angel Kane & Becky Andrews – Co-Editors
  • Erin Brown, Ginny Bond & Denise Moore – Advertising Consultants
  • Jana Pastors & Amy Rich Photography
  • Shannon Hargis – Creative Art Design & Production
  • Mary Anne Ferrell – Advertising Design
  • Donna Neely, Sam Hatcher & Shelley Satterfield – Consultants
  • Ken Beck, Roy Harris, Stacey Meadows, Randy Rudder, Sue Siens, Tiffany Cunningham, Amelia Morrison Hipps, Dr. John Gallaher, Brody Kane, Sabrina Garrett, Elizabeth Scruggs, & Erin Brown – Contributing Writers
  • MainStreet Media, LLC – Publisher

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Life After The Cow that is Never Lonely

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is big in town. Once Robert Lipman started importing a certain wine with a catchy name things would never be the same. But, where do we go from here?  We can’t drink the same wine forever. Or can we? Ok Let’s say we do want some variety. Sauv Blanc is one of the greatest food wines ever. There are so many ways to enjoy this native grape to the Loire Valley in France. Described as grassy, grapefruity, acidic, the nose can range from fresh, fruity to ammonia.

My go to wine for salad and seafood for summer lately has been sauv blanc. I love to start a meal with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc as the acidity works well to prepare the saliva glands for food. It literally makes your mouth water! We have a couple of new ones in the shop. That we think are nice options to branch out from your old favorite. These are value wines priced under $15.00.


From Spain, Inurrieta Orchidea is a lovely example.  Highly attractive thanks to its unique blend of aromas combining tropical fruit with citrus and vegetal notes. This is a Sauvignon Blanc that shows daring. It is an outstanding, bright, crystalline yellow-green color. Delicious varietal aromas, in a frank, very complex nose —pineapples, passion fruit, grapefruit and boxwood— reinforced by a tremendously creamy mouth. Tank aging over fine lees for 4 months heightens the sensations of creaminess and smoothness in the mouth.


It’s no secret that many of the World’s best Sauvignon Blancs are from Marlborough, New Zealand. The Secret Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2012 is only secret for now because as soon as you taste it you’ll be telling everyone about it. With the trademark grassiness that New Zealand Sauv Blancs are known for, bright acidity, and the other trademark from New Zealand grapefruit – this is a zesty summer quaff. Plus, there’s a little kiwi in this Kiwi.


Whatever you do decide to enjoy with dinner please enjoy responsibly!



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Father’s Day and Daddy’s Little Girl

A father love is ever lasting…

It is true that Fathers influence their daughters fashion…and I don’t mean “that skirt should be longer” or “that top is too tight”.  Fathers have a wonderful influence on their daughters thru decision making, leadership, guidance but more importantly, a fathers influence starts from day one!  Remember, your father is the first man in your life that tells you how beautiful you are no matter what you are doing.
Thanks Dad!!
Now, my fathers influence goes much deeper than this.  I BLAME (lovingly) my sweet daddy on my Shoe Addiction (there I said it, I have a problem…)  Growing up in a retail family, we were in the rag business from way back…but wait!  Dad had a shoe store…yes, retail nirvana for any young lady.  I was about 15 when my parents decided the clothing business was the new path to take.  So think about it, I had the best of all worlds!!
All access to all shoes all the time!!
Oh my!  I did start wearing high heels at a young age (do you suppose that is why I can stand in 6 inch heels all day?).  I have always said that I wear a size 9, but and 8 feels so good, I will wear a 10.  (yes, I stole that line and made it my own from Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias, but it is the truth)  Shoes!  Shoes!  Shoes!  Thanks dad!
I am a very fortunate business owner and daughter.  My dad (well, both my parents really) are a huge part of my business and personal life.  They come to work and help us with the future of our family business.  It is the guidance, the love and support that I (both myself and my sister) have received from Daddy all of our lives that allows us to be the women we are today.

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Miami in Nashville



“Have you been to Husk?”

“Our relationship is as rare as a reservation at Husk”

“We waited six months to eat at the Catbird Seat!”


With so many new restaurants popping up all over Nashville it is difficult to discern where you want to spend your money and impress your honey. And when the price of the main course ranges from $30.00 to $50.00 you want to make sure the food is better than Stauffer’s Lasagna. Recently we decided to try Sardinia on 25th Avenue right across from Centennial Park off of Elliston Place. You can definitely tell that this is a Miami based restaurant judging from the decor alone. Yes, I did say Miami in Nashville. It’s a large, clean and modern space; big enough not to echo or be too loud, which we enjoyed. In fact as it was a Tuesday night we practically had the place to ourselves. The waitstaff was prompt and reasonably knowledgable. The olive oil and parmesan butter they bring out with an assortment of bread was outstanding. Sardinia touts authentic Italian cuisine, specialties from the Island of Sardinia,  an extensive wine list and a wood burning oven where most of the meats and fishes are cooked. The menu seemed a bit overwhelming so I ordered the special which was Halibut. It was cooked perfectly crispy on the outside and just done on the inside. The waiter recommended  a lovely Vermentino by the glass. This crisp white wine aptly from Sardinia was perfect with my dish as well as Will’s dish which was an Italian paella with pearl couscous. We enjoyed the wine so much that we are currently selling it in the shop. From the reviews I have read online the tasting menu is fantastic as well as the brunch. In addition they have some house made cheese that is supposed to be terrific. This restaurant definitely makes you feel like you are not in Tennessee but not in Italy either, maybe Miami. This place delivers as a nice option in Nashville that you want to try before everyone else finds out about it. Big plus: you can get reservations.







There are tons of tables, squeezed a tad too close for comfort (I was afraid I would knock into our neighbors trying to exit).  The wine list was good, nothing screamed out at me, but I enjoyed what I ordered.



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And another thing…


And Another Thing……




Since my post last week was about floating artwork and how it makes me crazy, I felt the need to continue with the most common decorating mistakes I see.  These are the ones I see most in my day to day adventures, and the ones that really make me nuts.  And oddly enough, they are also the easiest and least expensive to remedy.



Number one would be the floating artwork.  If you missed that post, see last week.  Take notes.  Highlight.  There will be a test.


Number two is this:




BAD. Lighting.  Horrible lighting.  This almost hurts my eyes as bad as the floating artwork.  Let me begin by saying I hate overhead lighting.  That is an understatement.  There is almost NO good overhead lighting in my opinion. 


To learn how you can have the best lighting in your home and how it can look the best, let’s have a little lighting 101. 


There are three types of lighting:  general (also referred to as ambient) lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.


·        Overhead lighting falls into the general lighting category.  This is lighting that is used to illuminate the room and walk ways.  Did I mention I don’t like overhead lighting?


·        Task lighting is lighting that is designed with a specific task in mind.  An example of this would be under cabinet lighting in the kitchen.  Task lighting is very useful, and is usually small and focused lighting.    


·        Accent lighting is lighting that is used to accent certain features of a room, or to accent the overall design scheme of the room. An example of this type of lighting would be an art lamp over a piece of art, table lamps or decorative outside lighting.  This is my favorite type of lighting.


To achieve the best lighting “look” in your room, here are a few tips.  Add a dimmer switch to any overhead lighting you may have, use lower wattage bulbs, and use lamps. 


A dimmer can be added to just about any light fixture switch and can change the lighting instantly.  That way when you must use your overhead lighting, you can adjust it accordingly and it is not glaring as in the picture above. 


I almost never use my overhead lighting.   In fact, there is one room in my house that has not one light fixture in the ceiling.  It is my favorite room.  But I do use lamps, and lots of them.  By adding low wattage bulbs in the lamps, it gives a nice warm glow with no glare.  Of course if you are using a lamp for task lighting, such as on a desk for reading or writing, you want to have a bit higher wattage. 


By understanding the different types of lighting and making a few inexpensive changes with bulbs and a lamp or two, you can completely change the look of your room.  Please, please, please get rid of those 100 watt bulbs!  If you can’t and must use them in your lighting, please don’t flip that switch if I ever visit you.  I might notice your floating artwork.




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Walk down the aisle

A Walk Down the Aisle of Wedding Dress Style

Walk down the aisle


(First left) – In the 1950s, wedding dresses tended to cover the bride from top to toe. It was extremely rare to see a bride in a strapless gown. The dresses tended to be quite plain with few accessories added, but the styles were very flouncy and tight at the waist. Toward the middle and end of the 1950s, it became the style to make gowns from heavier fabrics, with longer and more luxurious trains. Famous brides like Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy wore dresses that took months to create and were made with hundreds of yards of lace and other luxurious fabrics.

This special dress was worn by Mary Ann Brown on her wedding day in 1952. Mary Ann worked in Nashville at National Life Insurance Company to save up for her dream wedding gown. She bought her luxurious satin wedding dress with a train, at Cain Sloan in Nashville for $50.


(Second left) – This dress was worn by Lebanon resident, Ann McElroy. Ann wore the gown when she married Don on August 14, 1965 at Aklen Hall on the Belmont University campus. A friend that Ann met while going to Belmont gave her the gown to wear on her wedding day. As far as Ann knows the dress was purchased at a dress shop in Lebanon. The empire line style wedding gown is typical of the silhouette line. It marked important changes in dresses in fashion history terms. It’s a beautiful Regency style gown that has parallel lines of faux tucks to the Empire bodice and broadly detailing the A-line hem. Feminine lines of wandering floral lace outline the tucked panels and trail the front of the gown. The back skirt has tight gathers into the waist seam and a lovely self-bow completes the look.


(Third left) – This cute little frock practically screams 1970. The A-line mini was a staple of any sophisticated woman’s wardrobe in the 1960’s and 70’s. Some even took the look a step further by choosing the style for a wedding dress. That’s what my motherin- law, Barbara Andrews of Lebanon, did when she married in July 1970. She purchased it at The Prissy Hen Dress Shop, one of Lebanon’s hottest little dress shops at the time. This pale cream lace A-line cocktail mini has a fitted bodice and slightly flared skirt along with flared sleeves.


(Right) – With shoulder pads being a popular clothing trend of the era, the style of accenting the shoulders and arms was not lost on the bridal fashion of the day. Puffy sleeves, which famously can be seen on Princess Diana’s wedding dress, were another popular trend. The sleeves tended to be voluminous and exaggerated on the shoulder and bicep area and then tapered in to fit around the forearms. www.eHow.com

“October 12, 1985 was the date of my fairy tale wedding. After months of planning and decision making, I walked down the aisle in the dress of my dreams, created by myself and my precious mother who hand-sewed the entire gown herself. What you see is a combination of at least 5 different gowns and patterns, mixed with lots of love and skill.” — Sally Queener

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