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))

Style Inspiration: Summer Style

{Style Inspiration: Summer Style}


Summer style always offers an opportunity to experiment, choose less traditional options and play with what works with our signature style all the while having a bit of fun. Whether it’s trying a romper or jumpsuit, donning a summer straw hat or throwing on a beautiful sheer beach cover-up, there are so many wonderful options. Have a look at today’s round-up and pick your favorite to be shopped…

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Why Not … Avoid Unnecessary Stress?

{Why Not … Avoid Unnecessary Stress?}


Stress. Upon reading the word, often a negative connotation is understood, but all that the body is doing in a state of stress is releasing adrenaline to allow us to push through an evanescent time in such a away to be successful. It is when we perpetually place our body in this state that stress takes a negative toll – breaking down our immune system and leaving our bodies more susceptible to…

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This quote speaks to my English teacher predilections. #speakingmylanguage
Hercules Battling Archelous as Serpent (1824) bronze sculpture - Tuileries Garden exhibit #portland  (at Portland Museum Of Art)

Decor Inspiration: Livable & Stylish

{Decor Inspiration: Livable & Stylish}


A home that is thoughtfully laid out and styled and livable for its inhabitants, interior design company Jute,based out of California, integrates natural elements of simple style to create homes clients can live in and love. The primary interior designer Ali Davin designed this San Francisco home to create a space that is modern, yet classic – I love the chevron lay-out of the white backsplash…

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Self-Acceptance: A Powerful Tool

Self-Acceptance: A Powerful Tool


“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you- the first time around.” –Oprah Winfrey

The pressure to succeed, to pursue happiness, is at the very core of who Americans are, as well as millions of people around the globe, but at what cost to themselves are people trying to reach success?

For many, the belief that in order to change…

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