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The Broken Spoke

The year was 1964 and James White opened the Broken Spoke out on South Lamar in Austin, Texas, in a dirt parking lot underneath a big oak tree. One of the last of the true Texas dance halls.  It has standard honky-tonk decor - rec checkered tablecloths, low ceilings, pool tables, neon lights (everywhere) and a dance floor right through the middle. Everyone comes to have a good time. Cowpokes, city clickers, hipsters, alternachicks, tourists, and techies. James White says it is all about showing people a good time in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. "It doesn't matter if you are a millionaire or a ditch digger, all can have a good time at the Spoke." Just remember to wear your boots. Honky Tonk - 2 Steppin' - Country Music - Read ... read more


Michael Gross is a fascinating man. But you don't need me to tell you that - the New York Times bestselling author, who has spent more than three decades covering fashion and fashion photography is adding another page turner to the stack: FOCUS (which hits stores July 5th), 740 Park, Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, Rogues' Gallery, House of Outrageous Fortune and Unreal Estate - all books that keep the reader mesmerized (the famous who are in the books and the rest of us who just love all things fabulous). I had a chance to to ask Michael a few fun facts: Does he have a favorite destination (considering he works as a travel writer). "My favorite place is an empty, medusa-free beach. And my favorite city is Rome."  A ... read more

Good Karmal

Good Karmal has my Seal of Approval The idea that a luscious, mouth watering, piece of candy could not only take me to my nirvana place but also do some good in this world .... well let's just say I order them constantly for friends, business gifts, and they were favors at my wedding. (Guests were hoarding them and taking them off tables.) Trust me - you will not be disappointed and if you share you will have a friend for life. These are that good. Forget fortune cookies, these have inspirational quotes that will have you smiling like the Buddha on the label.   Mahatma Gandhi said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” Our mission is to sell the most delicious caramel with the hope that the positive message ... read more

Halos For Paws

Stella suddenly went blind and we were at a loss to help her navigate. We soon learned through our wonderful vet that SARDS - Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome - was the cause of Stella's loss of site.We found Halos For Paws online and immediately ordered a vest for her. It was a miracle. The moment we put her in her couture made to measure vest she ran around like a puppy. The vest gives her confidence and protects her from everything. It is hard to not to laugh as she ping pongs her way around the world but she loves it.I encourage everyone who has or knows a dog that is partially or fully blind to contact Halos for Paws and order a vest for their family member. Tell them prunella darling sent you. HALOS FOR PAWS ... read more

Scooteroma Tours

My darling husband and I spent a few days in Rome and we wanted to experience Rome in a way that felt new, young, and vibrant. To see the historic city through the eyes of a resident. I found Scooteroma Tours via word of mouth. After reading about Annie (a native Minnesotan) and Giovanni (born and raised an hour from Rome in Fiuggi) I knew we had found kindred spirits. Annie had worked in NY in fashion and fell in love with Italy...you can ask her about their love story. We were picked up by two dashing young men from our hotel and immediately started racing around Rome and the countryside as if we were just another set of young (at heart) couples off to meet up with friends. We were seeing traditional sites but also sites not in the guide ... read more

Deborah Ehrlich Crystal

Deborah Ehrlich Crystal Champagne Glasses Champagne, Yes Please Deborah Ehrlich is an artist in spirit and form. She created these incredible hand-blown, hand ground, crystal champagne glasses drawing inspiration from her drawings of nature. Simple in stature and beautiful to hold, you will want to use them for cocktails everyday. I fell in love with these the first time I saw them in the wonderful department store Takashimaya in Tokyo, Japan. Great gift giving - Housewarming, Thank You, Weddings, Birthdays. Collect a dozen and use them everyday. Art should be part of every aspect of your life. SHOP   ... read more

Chef Robert Reynolds

Chef Robert Reynolds (1942-2012) was a truly inspiring individual - he made a difference in the lives of his students, community (San Francisco and Portland, Oregon), the South of France and around the globe. Helping them all to express themselves in all that they do with a joie de vivre and appreciation of the simple things in life. I will never forget my week in Provence with him and his French Chef (crazy Cowboy) Michele. (more on that trip this summer when I revisit my youth in France). Ahh to be able to live your passion and pass it on to others. He truly was an example of a well-lived life. He was trained by Madeleine Kamman in Annecy, France; mentored with Josephine Araldo, a chef de Cuisine certified from the Cordon Bleu in ... read more

My Stay at Solage in Calistoga, CA

Experience Solage Calistoga, where cosmopolitan luxuries take on a comfortable, enlightened attitude. Discover this premiere resort located at the northern end of the world-renowned Napa Valley wine country. With 89 eco-friendly studio accommodations where health and wellness are the focus and you can escape to a blissful nirvana. Did I mention wine? You must ask about the Calistoga mud and mineral water therapies at the SPA. Trust me you will thank me for this and want to stay another day to do it again. How incredibly gorgeous is this pool? I could live here all day! www.solagecalistoga.com ... read more

Good Karma Dog Toys from Jax & Bones

These adorable rope toys from Jax & Bones come in 2 sizes and are offered in a variety of animal shapes. The toys are made from 100% natural dyed cotton thread and are hand tied. Proven to improve dental health and guaranteed to provide hours of chewing and tugging fun. The company donates a portion of the proceeds to therescuetrain.org a 501c3 dedicated to eliminating animal suffering. Stella's favorite is Larry the Lion! ... read more

American Single Varietal Honeys by Bee Raw

Bee Raw single varietal honey is as unique as its floral source - it can be compared to wine, tea, and coffee in its variety and complexity. Both distinction and quality are becoming a rarity in our culture and Bee Raw's goal is to make high quality, varietal honeys more readily available to food lovers everywhere. We love the varietal pack. This is gift giving at its finest. Bees are responsible for pollinating one in every three bites of food we consume. Sadly, because of pesticides, parasites and malnutrition, bees are dying off --- jeopardizing the production of food that sustains human life. So, plant flowers, cultivate pesticide free gardens, donate to Save The Bees Fund beeraw.com/donate. ... read more