1 of 34 Photo: Annie Schlechter 1. Retro Figure Eight Island Retreat A collection of seashells in faded shades of purple, blue, pink, cream, and tan was like a fresh-off-the-beach mood board for interior designer Barrie Benson. "My client dumped the shells into my hands and said, "I want the home to look like this,"" she recalls of the early inspiration for a two-story house on Figure Eight Island, a barrier island off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Just like you don’t want to show up to the church bake sale with shortbread cookies only to see that Mary Margaret already has a few batches on the table, we Southerners don’t like settling for the same old-same old when it comes to the snacks we give to Santa. What kind of hostesses would we be if we left out a sorry mess of sugar cookies for Jolly St. Nick when he’s been eating more of the same all over the rest of the world? No, no, no. That simply will not do.
Growing up, we had only one rule at my house regarding our letters to Santa: You can ask for three things. Our parents’ reasoning was simple. “If three gifts were enough for Jesus, then three are certainly enough for you!” Granted, Santa usually surprised us with gifts numbering far beyond what we’d asked for, but when it came to what we could actually put on our wish lists, well, that number was limited to three.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".