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Decorating with Books

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I’ve always been wary of people who don’t own many books.  Full disclosure: if I visit someone’s home for the first time and I see no books around, I’m always a bit suspicious.  Do… Continue reading

Good Cheap Wine: Beyond the Two Buck Chuck

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Good cheap wine:  an oxymoron?  Perhaps.  A reality?  Sure, but only if you know what you are doing.  Now, I’m not talking about the Two Buck Chuck (Charles Krug) from Trader Joe’s.  There is… Continue reading

Capsule Wardrobe 101

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The concept of the capsule wardrobe has been around for a while now. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential clothing pieces that are interchangeable, and can be varied to create different… Continue reading

This Summer’s Swimsuit Trends

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It’s fascinating to consider how much swimwear trends can change from season to season…particularly since there is so little fabric associated with swimsuits.  Perhaps due to the festival-season fashion movement, swimwear-as-clothing has gained… Continue reading

EASY Homemade Salad Dressing

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While I understand the need to cut a few corners in the kitchen to save time and efficiency, there is one constant in most kitchens that should absolutely never, ever be store-bought.  NEVER.… Continue reading

How to Style Women’s Oxfords

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Ellen DeGeneres could be considered the mother of the oxford shoe.  In fact, Ellen is now selling a line of footwear, including oxfords, as a part of her ED by Ellen’s lifestyle brand… Continue reading

Deck Decor

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If you live in a state that experiences the four seasons, you understand the innate, almost carnal desire to spend every moment outdoors soaking in the sunshine and summer nights. Here are a… Continue reading

Trending Now: 1940’s Fashion

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This summer, expect to see some street style nods to 1940’s fashion.  This fascinating decade’s fashion silhouette sported a nipped waist, padded shoulders, a-line shape, and tea-length skirting. This being a classic and universally flattering look, it’s… Continue reading

To Do This Weekend: Host a Walking Dinner

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Get ready to think small.  You will see the words “small,” “little,” and “mini” many times in this post as we learn the art of the Walking Dinner. It’s fun to host a… Continue reading

Graduating From The Ubiquitous & Ridiculous Flip-Flop

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I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of over the whole flip-flop thing.  Sure, they’re easy, casual, inexpensive and all of those things.  But they’re also just…blehhh.  Noisy, unattractive, unflattering, and really,… Continue reading