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Sep29
4 Parties One Dress . . . Here’s How
4 Parties One Dress . . . Here’s How
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As the holiday season approaches it’s good to have some tricks to get the most out of your wardrobe.  Let’s...

Aug23
I didn’t go to Provence . . . What I won’t miss
I didn’t go to Provence . . . What I won’t miss
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There are so many things I miss about Provence when I’m not there, but lavender isn’t one of them....

Jul25
2 Dresses and a Wedding – What happened Next
2 Dresses and a Wedding – What happened Next
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Planning what to wear to a destination wedding, it turns out, was fun! The best part was wearing exactly...

Mar06
I have to Confess . . .
I have to Confess . . .
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    I have to confess.  After writing about the pros of  aging naturally vs. the cons of plastic...

Feb28
An Oscar Surprise – Not the One You Think
An Oscar Surprise – Not the One You Think
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An Oscar Surprise – Not the One You Think If you are like me and watched the Oscars’ to...

Jan05
Winter Blues . . . oh no not again!
Winter Blues . . . oh no not again!
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When January arrives the only thing I want to do, after wishing everyone a Happy New Year, is recover...

Sep29
Packing for a 6 Week Trip – Helped define my Style
Packing for a 6 Week Trip – Helped define my Style
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Coming home from 6 weeks in France is always an adjustment. Focusing on daily tasks helps me get back...

May03
See What Inspired my Spring 2016 Line
See What Inspired my Spring 2016 Line
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I find the transition from Winter to Spring so exhilarating. Watching the budding flowers with their vivid colors always...

Jun03
What am I going to Wear? Secret #3 of 4
What am I going to Wear? Secret #3 of 4
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Scanning through the clothes in my closet, I decide on a simple black dress. It’s hard to go wrong…

Apr07
What’s in Your Closet? Secret #2 of 4
What’s in Your Closet? Secret #2 of 4
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Water pouring through the ceiling of my closet was not good. The fact that my clothes were not ruined...

Apr02
Is it the woman or the dress?
Is it the woman or the dress?
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“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing...

Feb26
4 Secrets to French Style You Need to Know
4 Secrets to French Style You Need to Know
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Ever wonder what gives French women that indefinable style known as French style they are known for?  There are...

Feb18
Fingerless Gloves Can Dramaticly Change Your Look
Fingerless Gloves Can Dramaticly Change Your Look
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Do you want to make a big impact to your style without doing very much at all? See how...

Feb09
Long Fingerless Gloves are my new Passion!
Long Fingerless Gloves are my new Passion!
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Have you tried them yet?   They are practical, warm, stylish, and a bit sexy! What more can you...

Jan28
What Do You Think?
What Do You Think?
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When you walk into a room, or down the red carpet, what should be noticed first? You or your dress? Check...

Oct24
Do You Have What it Takes to wear Red Lipstick?
Do You Have What it Takes to wear Red Lipstick?
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    Wearing red lipstick requires confidence. If you’re hesitant, build up to it by wearing a lighter shade or...

Oct01
Stripes for Fall . . . 4 Easy Steps to go from Traditional to Trendy
Stripes for Fall . . . 4 Easy Steps to go from Traditional to Trendy
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I love Wearing Stripes!  Designing a new scarf is always a challenge.  One way I test the design is...

Jun24
DIFFA 2013 Dinner in le Boudoir de Madame Video
DIFFA 2013 Dinner in le Boudoir de Madame Video
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  I’ve always wanted to participate in DIFFA’s Dining by Design. Anyone who knows me knows that I love...

Jun06
Staying Connected is Sometimes Hard to Do
Staying Connected is Sometimes Hard to Do
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It is official; I cannot do 2 things at once! Actually, I never try just 2 things, I attempt...

Dec17
The Little Stitches That Make Up My Life
The Little Stitches That Make Up My Life
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As I work on getting an abundance of scarves ready for the two Trunk Shows I’m hosting next week,...

Jul19
Painted Chairs . . .
Painted Chairs . . .
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Perfect for the outdoors, the deck or the terrace! I love these chairs from grandinroad   These charming chairs...

Jul04
Happy 4th!
Happy 4th!
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Flag over Sonoma      

Jul02
Sonoma – The View from the House
Sonoma – The View from the House
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 As the sun came and went, the light off the vines of the Kistler vineyards, located next to the...

Jun30
Sonoma . . . Recipe for Fun or a Disaster
Sonoma . . . Recipe for Fun or a Disaster
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Renting a house sight unseen in Sonoma has its uncertainty, but vacationing with 3 other couples, friends from home,...

Jun26
Sonoma, an assault on my senses and I could not have been happier
Sonoma, an assault on my senses and I could not have been happier
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Traveling to an unknown place I always try to imagine what that first glimpse will look like. I know...

Jun21
Red Nails . . . Gel? The Verdict is in!
Red Nails . . . Gel? The Verdict is in!
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Before I tell you about my trip to Sonoma, C.A. I thought I should tell you what I did...

Jun14
Gone Fishing, not Really . . .
Gone Fishing, not Really . . .
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I’ve always loved the signs that say; Gone Fishing Nothing more needs to be said. I don’t fish so...

Jun07
Please Don’t Get Up Just because Dinner is Over
Please Don’t Get Up Just because Dinner is Over
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The best part of the evening, when I entertain, is after dinner.              ...

Jun04
I Learned the Importance of Setting a Table from my Mother
I Learned the Importance of Setting a Table from my Mother
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It doesn’t take much to create the mood, she explained, but it’s essential to making your guests feel special....

May30
Garden Help . . . I Highly Recommend this link!
Garden Help . . . I Highly Recommend this link!
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I found this resource  recently and couldn’t believe how much information it had to offer. One of the many...

May25
Easy Foods for Entertaining
Easy Foods for Entertaining
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I love eating foods that are in season especially when you don’t need to do much to enjoy them.In...

May23
French-Secret of the Week . . . Entertaining
French-Secret of the Week . . . Entertaining
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The definition of entertaining in France is gathering with friends and lingering for hours at the dinner table having...

May17
Plants, Plants and More Plants!
Plants, Plants and More Plants!
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French-Secret of the week: Staying connected to the earth is vital to the French One way they do that...

May15
Look What Else I Found in My Garden . . .
Look What Else I Found in My Garden . . .
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When I took the picture I didn’t even notice the Blue Jay—what can I say . . .

May11
I Found Myself Face to Face with an Angry Bird
I Found Myself Face to Face with an Angry Bird
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An American Robin made her nest under my deck and next to the stairs. When I spotted her, we...

May09
It’s Time for me to Stop . . .
It’s Time for me to Stop . . .
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French-Secret of the week:                      Living well is not optional Stopping to savor the moment is essential for the...

May04
There is Something About Dresses and Skirts . . .
There is Something About Dresses and Skirts . . .
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I am a sucker for skirts and dresses, wearing them makes me feel feminine. They are not for everyday,...

May02
Inspired by Blazers . . . or Vests, or the Classic Trench Coat
Inspired by Blazers . . . or Vests, or the Classic Trench Coat
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French-Secret of the week  (If you forgot here is the link to previous post) This is where I get...

Apr29
Deciding What to Wear . . . Don’t go to Your Closet
Deciding What to Wear . . . Don’t go to Your Closet
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French-Secret of the week: French women do not copy style, they find inspiration from runways, magazines and from what...

Apr27
Accessories Layers and Colors . . . Wow!
Accessories Layers and Colors . . . Wow!
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I thought I’d share a great look using the bold colors of Spring. Instead of using tee shirts use layers of...

Apr23
What to wear for Spring and Summer . . .
What to wear for Spring and Summer . . .
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You don’t need to be French to have French Style you just need to know the their secrets ....

Apr20
If You Love Stripe Tees . . . Don’t Miss This!
If You Love Stripe Tees . . . Don’t Miss This!
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 French Sailor’s shirts from L.L.Bean $29.95  100% cotton and there are no shipping charges!          ...

Apr18
You don’t have to be French to have French style . . .
You don’t have to be French to have French style . . .
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  What you need is to know the secrets.           It is not what you...

Apr14
Is Sugar Toxic?
Is Sugar Toxic?
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Sometimes you hear something that you know is true even without knowing all the facts. I felt that way...

Apr10
Sometimes I don’t Follow my own Directions
Sometimes I don’t Follow my own Directions
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I made a decision partway through the cooking of my lamb that it might not be done in time....

Apr06
It’s Time to Talk About Dessert!
It’s Time to Talk About Dessert!
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  Yes those are jellybeans on the branches . . . they add the perfect touch of color and...

Apr03
What’s for Easter Dinner?
What’s for Easter Dinner?
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  Roast leg of lamb was traditional Easter fare growing up. It was made with rosemary and garlic as...

Mar28
Smile . . .
Smile . . .
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  When a smile comes across my face, I know my table decor is on the right track. I...

Mar26
As Cute as Peeps Are…
As Cute as Peeps Are…
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My Easter table is about eggs . . .    real eggs, chocolate eggs, and of course jellybeans  ...

Mar16
I Wish I had Thought of This!
I Wish I had Thought of This!
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  I LOVE this!! This simple and unexpected way of storing and displaying your collection of shoes is wonderful....