An authorized biography about the much loved author of America’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird - Nelle Harper Lee - The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee (released July 15th)

An authorized biography about the much loved author of America’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird - Nelle Harper Lee - The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee (released July 15th)

This & That: No. 115

Harper Lee opens up, Downton Abbey exhibit and more! {This & That: No. 115}


A book I never thought readers would get a chance to read, decor that readers have been emailing me about, and two exhibits I have a feeling you might be interested in …

~Books ~Eyes on You: A Novel of Suspense by Kate White

Summer is a wonderful opportunity to take pleasure in novels of mystery, and Kate White’s latest suspense page-turner might be just what you are looking for. Having…

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Good morning from Oregon! Everything seems possible when a brand new day begins. #nofilter

Style Inspiration: High & Low

{Style Inspiration: High & Low}


As I was watching the Wimbledon Gentleman’s Championship match this past Sunday, I couldn’t help but adore the bodice of Victoria Beckham’s navy dress, and I was oh so curious to see the entire dress. Come to find out, it’s classic with a touch of modern pop from her spring 2014 collection.

One of the sartorial reasons I am drawn to tennis, but always to Wimbledon each year, is the crowd’s…

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Why Not … Discover the Power of Style?

{Why Not … Discover the Power of Style?}

7.9.14a “Style is the way you to speak to the world without words.”

-Bobbie Thomas, author of The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow

Compared to decades past, the twenty-first century offers women and men better access and more affordable choices when it comes to dressing well. Times used to dictate that in order to own a beautiful frock, it would either cost an…

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Decor Inspiration: Beachside Simplicity

{Decor Inspiration: Beachside Simplicity}


A shower with a view, hues that mimic beachside Mother Nature, and a respite away from the hustle and bustle. Designer Rob Southern decorated this Long Island, New York, beach home with the goal of keeping the location at the forefront. Furniture was chosen to not obstruct the views out any window, the fabrics and textures are simple, yet stylish and not meant to compete with the colors seen…

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15 Ways to Be A Friend Worth Having

{15 Ways to Be A Friend Worth Having}


“Good friends help you find important things when you have lost them … your smile, your hope and your courage.” -Doe Zantamata

The word friend appears to have been diluted in our world of social media and Facebook. After all, any one of us can be “friends” with more than 800 people and only have met a handful in person, and smaller still, trust a fraction in our most trying times. As someone…

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Getting busy in the kitchen this afternoon - fruit tarts. Evening nosh time. #simpleluxuries #tsllrecipe

Independence & Celebration

{Independence & Celebration}


A long weekend in the states has arrived, and with it delightful warm weather for dipping toes into the water, taking a nap in the shade or nibbling on all of the wonderful food that no doubt will be made in abundance to celebrate the 4th of July.

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the readers for their well wishes. After too many long days (10) of being sick, I am finally back on my feet…

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Checking out the new eating establishment in Wallowa County. Two Thumbs Up! Congrats Lynne Curry on blending great flavor with a great industrial country space.  (at Lostine Tavern (LT))