black white and blue in Chicago

Predictably one of my favorite color palettes is black, white, and shades of blue, (hello Caroline). For touring around the beautiful city of Chicago wore a black silk maxi dress, white sneakers, and carried a white bag, it felt right for a summer city look. That long dress endured 17k steps, up and down and […]

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let’s speak French

Exactly as I was feeling somewhat confident third week in with my super simple French conversations, boom, we packed up and flew to Spain. Super thankful sixth child is French fluent, and four of our other kids can speak Spanish. Me, not so much, and definitely felt challenged and my brain had to work overtime.  […]

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Ethel’s 80th

Birthdays in our world are most often celebrated with a scratch baked cake and dinner at home with family and maybe a few close friends. Mom turns eighty late August, and we gathered for a barn dinner last week to celebrate as my dear sister and her family were visiting from San Francisco, CA.  It’s […]

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day on the water

Most of the last three weeks have been countryside Provence yet we did break code and booked a boat outing, highly recommend. We brought plenty of alcohol, obviously, should have packed a picnic as we had to buy sandwiches and chips from the gas station, not one of my best culinary feats. It was a […]

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duty free pick-up

I’m not much of a regimented beauty routine devotee, one of my things is washing my face at the kitchen sink with dish soap and then drying it with the towel that’s attached to my apron.  A few things that I do love are a black kohl eye pencil, black mascara, and a good eye […]

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eating and drinking in France

Yesterday morning I broke a piece of baguette and smeared it with French butter and then soft ripe cheese and then topped it with local honey, it was sublime. I’m drinking small cups of espresso, forgoing the tall American coffee, and usually indulging again at half past three.  Second son’s girlfriend says le vin rosé is […]

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soft florals, brilliant light

Now in Eygalières, and we’re settling in to life in the French countryside.  First morning I took these photographs of the garden before anyone else was awake, and then did an hour of exercise, it was divine.  Of course, I’m up to my usual, buying linens and candles, and these I picked up in nearby Saint […]

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dress, sweater, sneaker

Oh, packing and what to wear. A safe bet is a dress, and a sweater. I like to now wear a sneaker with a dress.  It’s taken years to get here, wearing a sneaker with a dress, and now it feels right. This dress is a two-year-old, or is it three, DVF. The print sometimes […]

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