Style Inspiration: Spring Turns into Summer

{Style Inspiration: And Spring Turns to Summer}


And so it begins, summer. Unofficially of course, but the temperatures are set to rise this weekend, and this week’s Style Inspiration offers a few suggestions on how to layer and transition from spring to summer heat. Whether it’s a  breathable belted shift or a cotton blazer over a beautiful camisole, choose your colors (neutral or wow) and feel confident that you are dressed for a handful of…

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"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart." -Maya Angelou      A great loss can only be felt if their presence was profoundly powerful. Such is the case with the announced passing last night of beloved poet, author, humanitarian Maya Angelou.

Why Not … Build a Summer Reading List?

{Why Not … Build a Summer Reading List?}

As a student and as a teacher, one of the luxuries that summer ushered in is the ability to read anything that piques my interest. While now the blog offers this opportunity year-round as I am able to share devoured and loved books weekly, I still long for the lengthy days of more leisure during the summer months to get lost on vacation, while traveling or at home with time on my hands, in the…

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This & That: No. 110

Lessons from Madame Chic for the home, canvas totes for summer travel, a black dress you will love and more - {This & That: No. 110}


A book I cannot wait to read, a black dress that is ideal for so many occasions, classic premier canvas totes and more …

~App ~Thyme

For your culinary needs, if you are someone who is regularly creating meals with a full stove top, this is the app that will help ensure that each pan of sizzling brilliance and pot of boiling water is cooked to time. For $0.99, with five kitchen timers, Thyme…

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Decor Inspiration: Chic Chevron

{Decor Inspiration: Chic Chevron}


Spanish interior designer Katty Schiebeck, who resides in Barcelona, has an uncanny ability to blend modern with classic comforts, grand textures such as marble with stunning chevron hardwoods as well as style a room without excess so that the design shines. I fell for the bathroom in this particular corner apartment initially, but upon discovering the entire home, fell for the simple, open…

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Why Asking is Better Than Waiting

{Why Asking is Better Than Waiting}


“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee, it blossoms and the bee comes.” -Mark Nepo

Actions, not words are what encourage people to reach out to us and opportunity to cross our path. Just as every two years cities vie for the opportunity to be the city to host the Olympic games, they must put forth the designs in order to win the bid and upon earning it, they must build and mold their city to hold…

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Vogue arrives and the first peonies from the yard - Saturday’s simple pleasures. #simpleluxuries @voguemagazine  (at www.thesimplyluxuriouslife.com)

Petit Plaisir: No. 21 - Classic Jack Lemmon

Petit Plaisir: No. 21 – Classic Jack Lemmon


There are moments, okay, many moments, when I can’t help but wonder if I was born in the wrong generation. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t take for granted the progress I appreciate every day, but my preference in music and films often takes me back more than a few decades.

One of my most beloved actors is Jack Lemmon. As a child I was introduced to him paired alongside Walter Matthau in Grumpy Old…

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The Weekend …

The Weekend . . .

5.23.14a 5.23.14b~recipe for Rhubarb Raspberry Meringues with Pistachio Crumble~

Ah, the weekend arrives, a long weekend here in the states, and I am eager for it to begin. Bring on the sunshine, the leisure, the freedom and time for long walks with my dogs. Perhaps time to make the above meringue dessert – doesn’t it look delicious?

After the lawn has been mowed, the house cleaned and the work week put behind…

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Charlize Theron - Vogue US June 2014 cover girl - wearing Adidas by Stella McCartney mesh jacket