The long unofficial first weekend to kick off summer has just concluded, and with a stunning show of sunshine and warmth, the whites of denim, shoes, jackets and dresses are beginning to step out from the closets. Concurrently, the farmer's markets are beginning to open as well which means we all need a market basket.... Read More
Tuesday May 30, 2017
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Whether you are wearing blue and white nautical stripes, black and white nautical stripes or pairing solids of any of these three hues, you can rest assured you will always look pulled together and timeless. I especially am drawn to the midi length skirts which are transitioning ever so well into spring and summer with... Read More
Tuesday May 23, 2017
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Books —The Baker's Secret: A Novel by Stephen P. Kiernan Earlier this week I stopped by my local bookshop and picked up my order of Stephen P. Kiernan's new novel The Baker's Secret. Perhaps I should have placed this book in the Francophile Find section because it takes place in France and revolves around, well, you guessed... Read More
Friday May 19, 2017
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The time of year has arrived to take advantage of extremely low prices on quality designer wares. Net-a-porter's semi-annual clearance sale begins today with items reduced as much as 50%. While the discounts will continue to increase as the coming weeks pass, as we know, it's anyone's guess which items will still be available. Be sure to... Read More
Tuesday May 23, 2017
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“I have gone to [this bookshop] for years, always finding the one book I wanted - and then three more I hadn’t known I wanted.” ― Mary Ann Shaffer Whenever I walk into a bookstore by myself, upon crossing the threshold, I immediately feel surrounded by the most welcoming company. As a child I sincerely appreciated receiving a... Read More
Saturday November 26, 2016
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Weekly Finds

Twenty sixteen introduced the first TSLL French Week which took place in mid-August of this past year with great success. For an entire week, two posts went live each day that were inspired by or focused on something related to the French culture. Due to the positive response from readers, the annual event will be... Read More
Thursday December 29, 2016
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Spring desserts beg to involve rhubarb in some way or another. After all, the red stalk is only in season a short while, and it offers such a unique tart taste that pairs well with a variety of fruits. In the past, I have always only paired with strawberries , and in fact, a good... Read More
Saturday May 20, 2017
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Anyone who believes one's palace need be large and expansive should take a note from interior designer Shon Parker.  Refurbishing a small Atlanta, Georgia, cottage into a sanctuary that beckons the inhabitants to dine simply but well, read often and deeply as well as converse without note of the time, Parker demonstrates the power of... Read More
Thursday May 25, 2017
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One of the biggest challenges new cooks in the kitchen encounter is knowing which fresh ingredients to incorporate into their menu in order to ensure the most delicious flavor. Okay, maybe just new cooks in the kitchen named Shannon found this difficult, 😉 but I have a feeling I am not alone. Admittedly, it has taken... Read More
Sunday May 21, 2017
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Salmon in the Pacific Northwest is a staple, and fresh is always best, at least always make sure it is wild for the most nutritional benefits. Needless to say, we are a bit spoiled here on the west coast. And with ample salmon at our fingertips, I am always looking for new recipes, new sauces,... Read More
Thursday May 18, 2017
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~Tibi Floral Cami~ ~J.Crew Campbell blazer in linen~ ~Joseph Finley cropped stretch-garbadine slim leg pants, navy~ ~Stuart Weitzman City Suede sandals~ ~Mark + Graham Bamboo Handle Hobo~ ~Isabel Marant Enameled gold tone necklace~ ~France: Inspiration du Jour by Rae Dunn ~SHOP THE OUTFIT: ~Shop OUTFITS of the WEEK from the Archives here.  ... Read More
Thursday May 18, 2017
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While my list of what to see as well as what to return to see in Paris is long, a new destination has now been added: La Seine Musicale. Having opened officially on April 22 of this year at the cost of €170m, concerts, exhibition spaces, boutiques, recording studios and carefully manicured gardens have found a modern... Read More
Thursday May 18, 2017
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When the spring vegetables become available at the farmer's market, I just want to do a little happy dance. Usually the winters have been long, and so we all have been patiently waiting for the produce that is truly candy for the eyes. It becomes hard to choose which vegetables to purchase for the week,... Read More
Wednesday May 17, 2017
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Quality over quantity. Such an approach to living simply luxuriously is regularly adhered to here on the blog. Whether in clothing purchases, the relationships we choose to build or the food we put into our bodies, choosing quality over quantity plays a paramount role in the overall contentment of our lives. And so, as savvy... Read More
Wednesday May 17, 2017
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