12 Ways to Celebrate La Rentrée

{12 Ways to Celebrate La Rentrée}


“The French have a special word for it, La Rentrée; in English it is simply referred to as ‘Back to school’. However we choose to call the September post-vacation return, and no matter how far our schooldays are behind us, few would deny that this really is the moment in the year that shouts ‘new beginnings’, ushering in a renewed sense of resolve and purpose that has far more potency than any…

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On the horizon. The excitement of what awaits …
A morning walk leads us here, light drizzle of rain and all. Bliss. #simpleluxuries #wallowacounty #mtjoseph #mynorman #myoscar

This & That: No. 122

Monet, a cozy mystery series, and shopping sales not to miss! {This & That: No. 122}


Tools for stylish organization, a cozy mystery series set in France (yes, another one!), a documentary full of art, France and food and so much more …

~Article ~Searching for Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island

As a young girl, I grew up with Anne Shirley as my mom had read each of the novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and introduced them to me as well as each of the movies that…

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Style Inspiration: Simply Chic

{Style Inspiration: Simply Chic}


To dress in a manner that is chic begins with understanding your comfort level with fashion paired with an understanding of style basics. After all, you can only look effortlessly chic if you’re comfortable with what you are wearing. What you will notice in each of these images is that very few pieces complete the look – a skirt, a blouse, heels and a handbag – four pieces and done. Accessories…

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Why Not … Enjoy a Farm-to-Table Evening?

{Why Not … Enjoy a Farm-to-Table Evening?}


Just imagine yourself in the scene above – a calm late summer evening, low to mid-seventy temperatures (Fahrenheit) without a cloud or breeze present, wine that is seemingly infinite in its pours, yet isn’t in excess, and food that is harvested just feet away from the table, and with the talents of a local chef, masterfully turned into a four course meal.

Such is the evening I had the…

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An evening of outdoor unwinding with a little cheese and wine. #isenhowervino #salmurierocesario #Englishcheddar #cabfrancrose #simpleluxuries

Super Savings - Matches 72 Hour Sale

Super Savings – Matches 72 Hour Sale


Matches Fashions is a wonderful online resource for designer items (brick and mortar shops are in London0, similar to Net-a-Porter; however, sometimes the prices are more than a bit out of reach … until now. For 72 hours (thursday Friday August 29th), all of the “Style Steals” are reduced 25% further with promo code EXTRA20. And if you are located in the United States, receive free shipping…

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Decor Inspiration: A Contemporary Cabin

{Decor Inspiration: A Contemporary Cabin}


If you’ve ever wondered if remodeling is worth it, even if it is a slow process, look to Sarah Sherman Samuel’s blog Smitten Studio as your motivation as she takes readers on the journey of renovating a cabin on the west shores of Lake Michigan room by room, detail by detail. With DIY tips and advice, readers can see for themselves how taking an IKEA oak butcher’s block can be turned into…

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Remember to Embrace Your Unique Journey

{Remember to Embrace Your Unique Journey}


“And though we would both agree it is a wonderful and precious thing to find true love – and a rare one – there are a number of excellent ways for a person to make her way through the world. ‘You must hold out for the right one. And make sure that the life you’re living in the meantime is a full one.’” – Joyce Maynard

Often it is advised to impatient travelers advancing toward any desired…

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