Books —The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy A TSLL reader recommended Charlie Mackesy new book to me, and as a fan of The Alchemist, I quickly put it on my "to-read-sooner-rather-than-later" list. Released this past October and already a bestseller on The New York Times book list, Wall Street Journal's list Read More
Friday December 06, 2019


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“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” —Amelia Earhart It is easier to be kind when all is going well in our life. After all, the initial, unconscious understanding of kindness is extending something to someone else, thus reducing what we have or... Read More
Wednesday December 04, 2019
If there is one traditional color that when worn by Jennifer Aniston reminds style watchers of the power of basic monochromatic hues, it is black. Throughout her entire career Aniston has defaulted to black in many different high-profile red carpet and press junket occasions. Never one to choose extravagant, gauche, excessively trendy pieces, Aniston reminds us... Read More
Tuesday December 03, 2019
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During the last weekend of October, I traveled across the state to visit my parents in their country home in Wallowa County where the golden leaves were hanging one for just a few more days. The brilliance on that Friday during my weekend stay epitomized a quintessential dream of a fall day - bright sunshine,... Read More
Tuesday November 05, 2019

Weekly Finds

Joyeux Noël! There are three common ways to wish a merry Christmas in French, and my go-to French language expert Géraldine of Comme une Française will teach you easily what and how to pronounce each. But in the meantime, today I would like to share with you the first annual TSLL Francophile Holiday Gift Guide (or... Read More
Wednesday November 27, 2019
As is well-known by Nancy Meyers fans and more specifically the fans of film The Holiday, Iris (Kate Winslet)'s Rosehill Cottage only never actually existed. The interiors at least were only ever enjoyed on a sound stage and "the exteriors were built from scratch in a field and the interiors are sets", but I will... Read More
Thursday November 28, 2019
The sales are in an abundance. Much like the chocolate shown above, Cyber Monday is offering no shortage of goodness, aka savings, and often the sales extend site-wide, which has not always the case in years past. Having watched and shared here on the blog information about Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales for the Read More
Monday December 02, 2019
British Find —An English Murder by Cyril Hare Perhaps a murder mystery is not what you would think of during the holidays, but Cyril Hare's An English Murder is set just before the end of the year in the wintery English countryside. A cozy mystery in which a "party find themselves snowed-in on Christmas Eve with a Read More
Friday November 29, 2019
TSLL would not be what it is today and every day leading up to this moment without you, the readers. Thank you for choosing to stop by, to engage and to discover ways to curate your unique simply luxurious life. Thanksgiving 2019 is full of reasons to be grateful. It is my hope that you Read More
Thursday November 28, 2019
Scarves are fun. It is as simple as that (admittedly, with so many other sartorial details, but how simple are scarves?!). Perhaps that is why I love fashion and clothes and communicating with the sartorial choices I have the opportunity to play with as much as I do. It is sincerely fun to express oneself Read More
Tuesday November 26, 2019
"It is difficult to bring people to goodness with lessons, but it is easy to do so by example." —Lucius Annaeus Seneca I was recently pondering the idea of how we teach students best, but as well how we move any person at any age to act. Seneca's quote crossed my path and gave me pause. Read More
Monday November 25, 2019
"The time to ponder is a luxury indeed, evidenced by the time made open and comfort to just be with one's mind well." Have you ever been so eager for a day to begin even though on the calendar there is not one scheduled "have to" on the list? Today (and tomorrow, yeah!) is such a Read More
Saturday November 23, 2019
Books —Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers by Jo Boaler Author Jo Boaler, a professor of education at Stanford University and acclaimed math educator who has spent decades studying the impact of beliefs and bias on education, reveals the six keys to unlocking learning potential, based on the latest scientific findings. I must admit, this Read More
Friday November 22, 2019