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Holiday Shopping with Joanna Avant

So, I thought it would be fun to hit some local favorites with personal stylist and TSG Richmond participant Joanna Avant to get her point of view when looking for a holiday outfit or a gift.  We had an absolute ball on the corner of Libbie and Grove popping in on TSG participants Nellie George, CCH collection, Fraiche on the Avenues and Wardrobe!  Let’s start with party outfits.  Joanna really knows how to put an outfit together ! First stop, Wardrobe!  At Wardrobe clothing is beautifully displayed and very easy to see.  It is an impeccable store.  After browsing around, Joanna ended up at the SALE rack and found this amazing skirt with beautiful detailing at the waistband.  She wanted to show how to dress it up or down, both looks extremely sophisticated and elegant.  Pair this skirt with a chunky sweater or a very tailored top and the look is just gorgeous and all on sale!!!!!   wardrobe outfit

wardrobe outfit details wardrobe sweater Next stop, Nellie George.  Nellie George has EVERYTHING you need for one stop shopping.  From sleepwear to shoes to jewelry to gifts.  NG has it all. Here Joanna found a darling sparkly party dress and added a few gold jewelry pieces for a little punch.   party sparkle dress This Haute Hippe blazer would be so great in anyone’s closet and perfect to throw on over a little black dress during the holiday season.  HH party blazer And then there is my favorite.  I couldn’t take my eyes off this amazing Haute Hippie feather skirt, a NYE showstopper for sure!   haute hippie feathers  If you are traveling for the holidays. CCH Collection is showing this cute look to get us into the resort spirit.  Joanna and I loved the Safari look!   safari CCH Joanna was a big fan of CCH Collection’s Twine and Twig necklaces.  This one on Joanna just looked awesome.  Joanna at CCH Now on to gifts for others or maybe yourself!  At Wardrobe Joanna loved this necklace which has an aztec look and is very reasonably priced.  aztec necklace At CCH Collection there aren’t just beautiful clothes to be had but Twine and Twig and Tocca perfumes too!   Tocca at CCH   Joanna loves these beautiful knits and pastels available and Nellie George knits and pastels Plus furs and leather!!!  fur and leather I am a HUGE fan of these bib necklaces which could make any t-shirt look like a million bucks.  NG bib necklaces NG Gold necklace This amazing clutch would make someone very very happy!     NG clutch  Oh, and Joanna’s favorite candles are at Nellie George too!  capri candles If your shopping for someone not inspired by fashion and clothing who might go gaga for tablescapes and home goods head to Fraiche on the Avenues where Joanna and I coveted everything inside!  Look at these cute angels with crystal trees.  fraiche angels And look at this table setting. We just adored the napkin, napkin ring and the placemat!   fraiche xmas table These knives would make an extra special gift for someone who might love to set a christmas table with RED knives!   fraiche knives Trim your Christmas table with Caspari crackers and napkins.  Fraiche has a great display. fraiche caspari  Oh, and just look at this amazing mantlepiece.  Not only is the mirror fabulous but the flat silver vessels are truly AMAZING!  We couldn’t walk out of the store without noticing how different and wonderful they are!   fraiche mantle arrangements So whatever you are in need of this holiday season, Libbie and Grove shopping is bound to have it.  Party outfits, jewelry, resort wear, gifts and baubles.  Shopping with TSG participant Joanna Avant was an absolute blast.  Joanna is stylish, practical and has extremely good taste.  Call her and she will style you up and help you out!   TELL HER SCOUT SENT YOU!  —CHENEY


Happier Holidays with Sophisticated Soirees

The holidays can be very stressful especially if you are the host/hostess to houseguests, party goers, dinner party guests or all of the above.  Make your meal/party easier with Sophisticated Soirees!  Andrea Huntjens knows exactly what to do to make your party, small or large, PERFECT!   Andrea and Fritz Whether you are feeding people for a sit down dinner or feeding people who are mingling throughout the house Sophisticated Soirees will make everything easier on you and your guests will rave!  andrea caviar Try a festive Andrea table for NYE like this one.  People love to be spoiled and this table does just that with such attention to detail. It is both sophisticated and festive!   andrea nye table You can also carry out items from Andrea just to have on hand to help with feeding houseguests during the holidays. Using the freshest local ingredients Andrea has created a gorgeous holiday menu!  You could even have a whole meal prepared and ready to go in your fridge!   andrea fresh herbs Make things easier on yourself so that you can enjoy your loved ones and not stress trying to do too much.  Take a look at Sophisticated Soirees Holiday Menu!

Holiday Offerings 2014….


For all your Holiday Culinary Delights

Leave the Details to us!

Eat          Drink        Be Fabulous


~ Soups 9.95 per Quart ~ 

 (serves 2~3)

Roasted Butternut Squash w. Poached Pears (V) (K)

Split Pea (V) (K)

Creamy Tomato Basil

Roasted Red Pepper & Dill (K)

Navy Bean & Pork Belly Cracklins’

Potato & Leek (V) (K)

~ 10.95 per Quart ~

Roasted Corn & Crab Chowder

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Lobster Bisque


~ Sides 8.95 per pound ~

(serves 3~4)

Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes w. Shallots (K)

Traditional Cornbread Stuffing (K)

Savory Brioche & Sage Stuffing

Sweet Potato Mash with Molasses Chili Glaze

Braised Local Greens

Haricot Verts with Sauteed Shrooms & Onions


Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Braised Brussels Sprouts

Baby Carrots

Corn Pudding w. Pork Belly Cracklins’

Cranberry Orange Relish

Giblet Gravy

Vegetarian Gravy (V)


~ Sweet Surrender ~

Pumpkin Pie (serves 6)     13.95 

Virginia Bourbon Pecan Pie (serves 6)    14.95 

Virginia Apple Strudel (serves 6)    14.95 

Whiskey Bread Pudding  (Serves 6)     16.95

Caramel & Praline Cheesecake (serves 8~10)    24.95


Fresh Baked Rolls (by the doz. 6.95)

Flour Garden Baguette  3.95ea


You can order online @ andrea@sophisticatedsoirees.com

Call in your order:  804.357.3093 and  TELL Them SCOUT SENT YOU!  —CHENEY



Page Bond Gallery Holiday Gift Guide

Check out the art lover’s gift guide from Page Bond Gallery.  Try something different this year and give the gift that keeps on giving, year after year.  A piece of artwork will last a lot longer than some of the things you are thinking about buying this year!  Keep it local and head to Page Bond Gallery.  Below Page Bond offers a Holiday Gift Guide which breaks out pieces of work available at different price levels. I am a sucker for watercolor but there is something here for every art lover!

Under $500

Holly Morrison

Holly Morrison 
HCA, West of WestCargo (Artist proof)
Archival pigment inkjet print
17 1/2 x 17 inches  Robert Walz Robert Walz 
Gladiolus, 2014
Pinhole photograph dye infusion on aluminum
Edition of 5
8 x 8 inches  kristi hager Kristi Hager
Gilardia, 2007
Archival pigment print
11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches Lee Piechocki Lee Piechocki
Prospect Park, 2013
Watercolor on paper
8 x 10 1/2 inches

Under $1500

Alison Cooley Alison Cooley
Lilassalt, 2012
Mixed media on paper
38 x 42 inches Dragana Crnjak Dragana Crnjak
Interiors 3, 2007
Charcoal, pastel on paper
25 x 25 inches David Halliday

David Halliday
Tomatoes & Parmesan, 2007
Archival pigment print
Edition of 25
18 x 22 inches

Tim O'Kane Tim O’Kane
Asparagus and Film Box, 2009
Oil on board
9 x 11 inches

Under $2000

Kazaan Viveiros Kazaan Viveiros
Cabbage & Persimmon, 2005
Acrylic on panel
20 x 16 inches Frederic Crist Frederic Crist
Capriccio 1, 2012
Forged steel
24 x 29 x 12 inches Fiona Rose Fiona Ross
Small Bowl, Green Interior, 2014
Acrylic on yupo
17 x 22 inches Isabelle Abbot  Isabelle Abbot
Fresh Cutting, 2013
Oi on canvas
18 x 28 inches

804 359 3633

10 TO 5PM

Call or stop by and  TELL Them SCOUT SENT YOU!  —CHENEY



Chef Walter Bundy’s Peanut Crusted Chesapeake Bay Oysters

If you have ever been to Lemaire, you know how wonderfully yummy the food is.  Lemaire is one of Richmond’s very best restaurants. Lemaire_Richmond2014



I absolutely love dinner parties and entertaining for my family and friends.  This time of year gets me so excited.  Starting tomorrow, I will be hosting 20 family members for 4 days and what I am most excited about is the Wednesday night dinner before we stuff ourselves with turkey and gravy on Thursday.  The Wednesday night dinner is more elegant and occurs on the day the family arrives.  I set the table days in advance.  I set the menu weeks in advance and look forward to the minute that everyone sits down to eat!  I reached out to Lemaire this year in order to find something extra special that would WOW my family.  Chef Walter Bundy suggested Peanut Crusted Chesapeake Oysters!  PERFECT.  Oysters this time of year are a must.  Champagne and oysters for appetizer is what I will be doing tomorrow night when my loved ones arrive!  Chef Bundy shared this awesome (very Local) oyster recipe that is sure not to disappoint.  Try it!!!!!!!


From Chef Walter Bundy of Lemaire Restaurant at TheJefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA

In this recipe, I use local Chesapeake Bay Shucked oysters in their liquor. I fry these guys up and they are a great appetizer for friends or family when entertaining at home. In addition to being a local delicacy, I have incorporated Virginia peanuts to this dish. My favorite peanuts are Hubs from Sedley, Virginia located in Southampton county. At Lemaire, I have served them “P.B.J.” style (with Kite’s country ham and a grape jelly sauce). At home, I tend to serve them just flash fried with a quick “remoulade” sauce.

I first drain the oysters in a colander in the sink. Then I dust them in seasoned flour, dredge them in an egg/buttermilk wash, and finally coat them with panko bread crumbs (Japanese style) and chopped peanuts. The result is outstanding!


1 Pint Freshly Shucked Select Oysters

3 cups A.P. Flour

2 Whole Eggs

2 C. Buttermilk

1 Can 8 oz. Panko Japanese Style Plain Breadcrumbs (Crush in hand a few times to grind slightly)

10 oz. Hubs Peanuts, roughly chopped

1 1/4 C. Dukes Mayonnaise

¼ C. Heinz Ketchup

1 T. Sriracha Sauce (Chili Paste-Can be found in most grocery stores)

1 Lemon, cut in half and juiced

1/2 t. black pepper

¼ t. salt


1 Quart Peanut Oil

I Large Pot (maybe 1-2 gallons or larger with tall sides)

1 Paper Bag

1 Pair Tongs

1 Candy Thermometer



Combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, sriracha sauce, lemon juice, and black pepper. Season the sauce with salt to taste.


Create a breading station.

a. Place the flour in a fairly large Tupperware container and season with salt.

b. In another medium sized Tupperware container, combine the eggs and the buttermilk. Whisk together.

c. In yet another Tupperware container, combine the panko breadcrumbs and the chopped peanuts.


Carefully, place an oyster in the all purpose flour and thoroughly coat. Lift it out and shake off the excess flour. Then, drop the oyster into the buttermilk/egg mixture and remove it. Let some of the egg wash slide off. Then drop the oyster into the bread crumbs/peanut mixture and thoroughly coat. Lay the breaded oysters on a plate and place in the refrigerator briefly until ready to use. Fry in peanut oil @ 350 degrees until golden brown. Drain on brown paper bags and serve immediately with the “remoulade” sauce. Enjoy!


If you are looking for something extra special this holiday season,  this recipe is spot on!  If you are not that adventurous, then head to Lemaire this holiday season and TELL Them SCOUT SENT YOU!  —CHENEY


That Time Of Year!

It is that time of year! I have already received my first holiday card in the mail and feel totally panicked now to get mine done.  I usually end up cutting it very close to Christmas and have even had to push to a New Year’s card.  Whether you are like me and wait until the last minute or you are one to plan ahead, Wendell Powell Studios has you covered.  Here are some ideas from Wendell Powell for your holiday cards.   holiday cards Once you have that very special picture taken it is so important to frame it properly.  Nowadays, people barely print pictures anymore.  Most people’s pictures are stored on their computers or are made into a book sent by Apple. I for one absolutely cherish my pictures and try very hard to frame the extra special ones.  When I was married I received my first Elias frame as a gift.  Today I have at least 10 and my very favorite pictures are shown in these frames in my living room.   Wendell Powell Studio is offering these three dimensional art metal frames handmade in the US by American artisans.  These classic frames are made from extra fine pewter, pure silver and 18 K gold patinas.  Originally crafted to represent the great historical art movement, these unique and beautiful frames are made with a fine cast metal aisle leg and are a fully functional piece of art.   WPS frames detail of frame   back of frames Such pretty frames for your most special pictures, the perfect gift for the holidays!  Stop by Wendell Powell Studio and TELL Them SCOUT SENT YOU!  —CHENEY


Smile for The Camera!

The Scout Guide Richmond Volume 3 released last week here in Richmond and featured the lovely and talented Kim Brundage of Kim Brundage Photography.  Her spread is beautiful and shows her before and after transformations of what she refers to as a beauty session. KimBrundage_Richmond2014  Women should absolutely take time to do this and let Kim pull their inner beauty out.  Holly applies gorgeous makeup and just makes you feel oh so special.  PERFECT gift for the hubby for the holidays!  Beyond Beauty sessions Kim is an absolute pro at head shots.  Call Kim if you are looking to update your headshot and really show YOU and not a stiff corporate version of you, which is what often happens. Just look at the difference here.  edmunds_cheney_2310 KimBrundagePhotography_RichmondVA_Edmunds

It is also that special time of the year for Holiday Cards.  Kim can capture your family in a sweet and special way just like she did for this family. Perfect for a Christmas card!   KimBrundagePhotography_RichmondVA_Jessup KimBrundagePhotography_RichmondVA_Jessup  Call Kim Brundage Photography for your photography needs and TELL Her SCOUT SENT YOU!  —CHENEY