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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Good morning my friends! I hope each of you had a lovely weekend and Mother's Day celebration. We enjoyed the beautiful weather by heading to the Farmers Market on Saturday morning, a routine that feels almost medicinal to me. If you...

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Christen Benat-Horse Portraiture

Christen Benat-Horse Portraiture

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Portrait artist Christen Benat’s love of horses stems from childhood during her rides each summer at camp and visiting her grandfather, a horse breeder in West Texas. She recalls the times spent in Abilene on horseback with her cousins:...

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Christen Benat Portraiture

Christen Benat Portraiture

From the desk of Lauren Palmer “I think not having kids of my own allows me to see children from a different perspective — free of all the responsibility that comes with being a parent.” —Christen Benat Capturing the likeness of a child through portraiture is the art...

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Meet Christen Benat-portrait artist

Meet Christen Benat-portrait artist

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Well, I’m going to need an art studio and a horse, thought portrait artist Christen Benat while gazing out at the expansive pastures Rich Benat, her soon-to-be-husband, showed her in Celeste, Texas. This was back in the early 2000s. The...

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Gifts for Mom at Karadise

Gifts for Mom at Karadise

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Friends! Mother's Day is just a few short days away, and if this quarantine has your people confused about what month it is, let alone the day, I'm happy to share some wonderful gift ideas from a local boutique that will deliver...

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Quarantine Daily: Favorite Quarantine Movies

Quarantine Daily: Favorite Quarantine Movies

From the desk of Lauren Palmer I am not a huge tv watcher, but I am someone who loves to get lost in a story, both movies and books. Below I've rounded up some of my favorite movies that transport me abroad every time I watch them...and don't we all need to be...

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Quarantine Daily: Favorite Spicy Bruschetta

Quarantine Daily: Favorite Spicy Bruschetta

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Several years ago, I was hanging out with my dear friend, Patrizia Montanari, who is a photographer and fashion designer and used to live in McKinney. We were working on a photoshoot together for The Art of Living Beautifully and it was...

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Quarantine Daily: Wallpaper

Quarantine Daily: Wallpaper

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Has this quarantine given anyone else the major itch to redecorate? Sheeeeeesh. Everyday it seems I'm moving something else around or redesigning the configuration of a room. In our Spring magazine, Home Editor Ashley Pate gave 5 simple...

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Quarantine Daily: Opalens Beauty

Quarantine Daily: Opalens Beauty

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Mornin'! Today I want to tell you about the self-tanner I'm using that I absolutely LOVE! And isn't this the perfect time of year for self-tanner. We obviously aren't going anywhere + the weather is back and forth between rainy and...

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My thoughts on Quarantine with Elizabeth Justice

My thoughts on Quarantine with Elizabeth Justice

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Local cinematographer, Elizabeth Justice, began conducting interviews to preserve the memories of this time in quarantine, and to understand how different people are coping. I was honored that she selected me to interview and enjoyed our...

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