Books —Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World by Iddo LandouI was reading my daily Wall Street Journal and came across a review of Iddo Landou's new book Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World. I am curious to read it as much of what he is asserting has to do with letting go of perfectionism as it destroys... Read More
Friday October 20, 2017

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A common fall essential I have been seeing on many of my go-to street style bloggers (here, here and here) almost without exception over the past six weeks is the classic plaid blazer worn in an over-sized style. And if plaid isn't your preferred look, with the over-sized blazers in general all the trend (which... Read More
Tuesday October 17, 2017
Books —A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Wolf by Emily Midorikawa adn Emma Claire SweeneyTwo friends author the book A Secret Sisterhood to reveal what many didn't know regarding the friendships of the famed female writers in history. Based on findings in journals and letters revealing the friendships, the... Read More
Friday October 13, 2017
Wednesday September 20, 2017

The first full weekend of October and some are enjoying a long three day weekend with the observance of Columbus Day on Monday. With time to peruse and explore as we begin to nestle into our sanctuaries and fine-tune our fall wardrobes, the sales have arrived at an opportune time. As I shared yesterday on the... Read More
Saturday October 07, 2017
With Labor Day weekend coming up, I know many Oregonians will be venturing to Bend for one last summer hurrah. As well, whenever you might have the opportunity to visit our central Oregon outdoor, foodie, health-focused, beer-making, dog-loving community haven, I wanted to share with you a simple list of ideas when you begin creating... Read More
Wednesday August 30, 2017
Strength and intelligence, composure and courage, free-thinkers and style makers. French women from history and today offer in today's post words to ponder about the subject of women and the journey we all are on: life. It is how we choose to live it that will make all the difference, and the awareness that indeed refusing... Read More
Wednesday October 04, 2017
Last week while walking through our local farmer's market, I found a stand offering melons. Melons of all types, sizes, names and flavors. The gentleman was from Red Hat Melons located in Corvallis, Oregon, and he was as delightfully memorable as the melons he was selling. Available for purchase were heirloom melons, crane melons, Tuscan... Read More
Sunday September 24, 2017
Mixing old with the new, a couple in Texas had Provence on their mind when they envisioned the decor for their new home. With interior decorator Meg Lonergan to pull everything together, even bring 18th century tiles from Lyon to blend with 21st century glass coors, the clean neutral hues offer an escape to France upon stepping... Read More
Thursday October 19, 2017
"Trying to be sexy is hopeless, so wearing something that shows off your sensuality is the secret . . . it's the way it feels against your body and how soft it feels to someone else when they touch you. A silk blouse makes everyone look great because it hangs so nicely; it brings you... Read More
Wednesday October 18, 2017
~L'Agence Ryan Washed Silk Blouse, Sea Mist (quartz is also available)~ ~P.a.r.o.s.h. Fitted Pencil Skirt~ ~Jimmy Choo Blue Romy 85 Pumps~ ~Scribble 9K Gold Egg Necklace by Sarah & Sebastian~ ~Jimmy Choo Elaphe-trimmed textured-leather tote~ ~The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermister~   ~SHOP THE OUTFIT: ... Read More
Thursday October 12, 2017
"The real challenge is that we grow. Partner choice is a self-developemtn journey, driving us to learn more baout ourselves, about other people, about life and the way we want to live it." —Susan Quilliam, How to Choose a Partner At the core of living simply luxuriously is figuring out how to live life to each... Read More
Wednesday October 11, 2017
Growth is sometimes not comfortable, but paradoxically, the temporary discomfort is exactly what we need to feel and then move through to attain what we seek. And the key is to understand it will be temporary so long as we strive through it. On Monday I had the opportunity while in Portland, to sit down again... Read More
Tuesday October 10, 2017
As fall begins to roll at full speed, sometimes the simple routines we love and enjoyed during the summer unconsciously slip away due to busy schedules or more responsibilities. But such simplicity need not be let go. Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Emmy winner Tra'Renee Chambers, host of Portland's Afternoon Live talk... Read More
Tuesday October 10, 2017
Fall is here and the crisp chill sends shivers up spines, encouraging requiring warmth to be added to our layers. From sweaters of wool and cashmere, scarves, body encompassing wrap coats to boots to cover our ankles, the fall asks of us to adorn ourselves with warmth and to do so well.  And the dressing... Read More
Tuesday October 10, 2017