Lengthy & Lovely

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~Recipe for Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby~

 

Weekends, especially long weekends, allow for grand leisure, breakfasts in bed and reading with abandon anything the work week abbreviated far too quickly. Such a long weekend has arrived, and with the intermittent rain showers, spring blooms and birds chirping when the sun shines, I am reveling in the extra time to complete projects, spend time with family during the Easter weekend and begin the shopping at nurseries to style my yard.

If you haven’t stopped by Monday’s post this week, you may want to take a look at what readers’ overwhelmingly made their favorite as specific tips and ideas were shared on how to maintain the unique simply luxurious life each of us have created for ourselves.

Also, for your weekend reading pleasure, a few posts to jumpstart your decor and style muses as well as a thoughtful opinion piece on the women and equal pay discussion.

~Life Lessons with Iris Apfel . . . style really is ageless and Iris shows us how she does it.

~New York Times columnist Frank Bruni shares his thoughts on Women’s Unequal Lot inspired by observing his sister

~Take a tour of Jenna Lyons’ former home in Brooklyn. The new owners have imprinted their own signature style in a beautiful new-to-them space. Compare with Jenna Lyons’ decor of the space here.

~The Bletchley Circle on PBS has returned for its second season. And while last Sunday was the premiere, don’t miss it this Sunday, April 20th. Have a look at the trailer below:

Whether you celebrate Easter this weekend or not, eggs as art has caught my attention, and I thought I’d share a few impressive pics. Enjoy, and until this weekend’s Petit Plaisir, bonjour.

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Kate Middleton Travels in Style Down Under

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The Duchess of Cambridge has been keeping the fashion curious enthralled with her daily outfits as she travels Down Under with Prince George on his first official international outing these past week and Prince William. From Diane von Furstenberg to Alexander McQueen, she continues to remind us that simple, classic style reigns supreme and an … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Whites, Brights & Florals

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While I am not particularly a fan of floral prints, there is something eye-catching about just the right amount of a spring print that resembles the most-awaited blooms of the season. Whether in a structured skirt, scarf, or ankle pants paired with a simple neutral separate, they can make a very strong, modern feminine statement. And of course … [Continue reading...]

Why Not . . . Master the Television?

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Technology has allowed viewers to become ever more in control of the time they spend in front of the television. As an idealist, I once desired to get rid of my television completely. And as I began pursuing this goal, I shared my determination  three years ago to watch fewer hours of television and begin to reduce the number of televisions in my … [Continue reading...]

Decor Inspiration: The Old Made New

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     Perhaps you are traveling to Australia or perhaps you live Down Under and are in eager need of getting to the country. Well, have I found luxurious accommodations that I believe you might enjoy. Tucked away along the border of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, Vintage House Daylesford offers guests a country getaway that is not lacking in style … [Continue reading...]

This & That: No. 104

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A nostalgic look back, a sale worth waiting for, Frances Mayes latest book and Kate Middleton works her magic on the style community once again . . . ~Article to Read ~'Say Anything' at 25: Nothing Bought, Sold or Processed  Cameron Crowe, the master of teenage angst movies in the 80s, created a film 25 years ago that is worth watching … [Continue reading...]

How to Maintain a Simply Luxurious Life

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“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar." -Victoria Moran Just as one … [Continue reading...]

Le Week-end Petit Plaisir: No. 15

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 ~illustration by Inslee for TSLL~   Spring is hands down my favorite season which is tough to do since fall ranks pretty high on my list, but I think it has something to do with the season that precedes it. Don't get me wrong, winter is wonderful for cozying inside, and so much more time to read by the fire, but as someone who grew up with the … [Continue reading...]

Lilacs & Leisure

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  ~Recipe for Raw Meyer Lemon, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake~ A beautiful spring week has brightened moods, skies and wardrobes, and so I am thinking of the blooms of the season - lilacs especially are soon to be enjoyed and I cannot wait. And of course, with spring's arrival, farmers' markets begin to open bringing scrumptious fresh produce that … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Colorful Spring Style

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Just as the spring flowers begin to appear in yards, at markets and street vendors, so too do the color sandals, pumps and flats. There is something cheerful about the addition of color to one's wardrobe especially when we can refrain from covering it up with a coat and unabashedly strolling in stylish color. In this week's Style Inspiration, color … [Continue reading...]