Easy & Elegant

{Easy & Elegant}

5.16.14a 5.16.14b

 ~recipe for Honey Apple Tart~

As quickly as the week began, it has wrapped up. Barely, it seems, before I was able to step out the front door. Perhaps, though, this is a good sign. A sign that projects are keeping me busy, progress is being made and good things have the potential to occur. A weekend with my dogs is planned and eagerly anticipated, as the next few days will hopefully be a bit…

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Inspired by this week’s Why Not …? post to sit down and relax with a cup of tea … #howmuchlongertohouseofcardsseason3 (at www.thesimplyluxuriouslife.com)

Style Inspiration: Blue and White

{Style Inspiration: Blue and White}


Maybe all of the sunshine this week has been my muse, but blue and white have been catching my eye as of late. From white ankle jeans, to blue linen shirts, there is something about these colors that just begs to be worn during the warm, breezy days of spring and summer. Something so simple, yet utterly chic and seemingly effortless couldn’t be more attractive to pull on in the morning before…

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Why Not … Drink Tea?

10 amazing health benefits of tea {Why Not … Drink Tea?}


While coffee may be American’s beverage of choice with the ubiquitous Starbucks and local coffee shops at every corner, it is tea that is the most consumed beverage following water around the world. Originating in China as a medicinal drink, Ireland interestingly enough holds the title as the highest number of tea drinkers per capita. And while Americans tend to prefer their tea cold (iced tea),…

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This & That: No. 108

Thrive, the world’s library, a sale on classics and more! {This & That: No. 108}


Summer style, ocean living, a sale on classics and a motivational book to set our lives on track …

~Books ~Book Crossing

If you are a lover of books and have a penchant for travel, the world can be your library with Book Crossing. Free to sign up and use, simply label the books you love and no longer want to sit on your shelves and beginning sharing with the rest of the world. In fact,…

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Decor Inspiration: Paris Neutrals

{Decor Inspiration: Paris Neutrals}


Paris apartments seem to innately know how to enliven white walls. Such is the way of Parisian decor to take something so simple – a seemingly basic white wash – and electrify a room. The dance that occurs is one of elegance, yet simplicity. Something I can never seem to get enough as is evidence in my own home. Last May, an article in The Wall Street Journaltackled just this subject – searching…

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How to Become a Woman Comfortable in Her Own Skin

{How to Become a Woman Comfortable in Her Own Skin}


“The moment will arrive when you are comfortable with who you are, and what you are– bald or old or fat or poor, successful or struggling- when you don’t feel the need to apologize for anything or to deny anything. To be comfortable in your own skin is the beginning of strength.” 
― Charles B. Handy

The ironies of life never cease to amaze me. As a child I grew up believing that the relationships…

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Petit Plaisir: No. 19 - Time with Mom

{Petit Plaisir: No. 19 - Time with Mom}

mompic ~my mom, taking the cruiser for a tour~

This week’s Petit Plaisir is a little bit different as I have stepped away from my computer for a weekend to be with my mom.

Mother’s Day is a time I have the opportunity to spend with my own mother, and it is something I savor each year. It’s not that I don’t see her throughout the year or talk to her on the phone nearly every week, but it’s time to let…

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Carefree & Venturing

{Carefree & Venturing}

5.9.14b tea5.9.14 5.9.14c

~Recipe for Slow Cooked Salmon with Meyer Lemon Relish~

After much patience, I am excited to get away for the weekend, enjoy delightful company, and toast to their hard work on the recent completion of a tremendous project. My journey will also be, most importantly, to spend time with my mom this weekend as it is Mother’s Day here in the states this Sunday.

As the weather begins to shift from…

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Style Inspiration: Stripes of All Colors

{Style Inspiration: Stripes of All Colors}


Stripes, stripes and more stripes. My closet can’t seem to get enough of them, but in particular, when spring arrives and the wardrobe is prepped for the summer leisure attire, stripes are always a staple I reach for. Found in dresses, tops, layered, dressed up or down, stripes really are a versatile neutral to keep in your closet. Have a look at the selection. (Oh, and I slipped in one…

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