The Fine Art of the Romantic Gesture [It Doesn’t Cost a Thing!]
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Nothing like my husband being gone the weekend before Valentine’s Day to make me feel nostalgic and sentimental. I’ve been in a mood to clear the clutter and organize this winter, so I dug into boxes of old photographs and … Want More?

Valentine’s Day Inspiration [Valentine NOT Required!]
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Valentine’s Day Inspiration [Valentine NOT Required!] Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and many of us are thinking about tokens of love and what to wear for a romantic dinner – going out or staying in (did you catch … Want More?

5 Romantic Places to Dine Like Star-Crossed Lovers
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5 Romantic Places to Dine  Let’s face it, sometimes we all need a little inspiration to bring the romance back into life. It’s so easy to let day-to-day stresses zap the life blood out of a relationship. If you are … Want More?

Style*Mind*Chic Life Turns 5!! [Reflections on Blogging]
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It’s hard to believe that StyleMindChic Life began 5 years ago today. I’ll never forget the excitement, and fear, of pushing the publish button on this tiny first post. I think it is safe to say it takes time to … Want More?

Double Date Night: A Sparkling New Year’s Wish!
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Thank goodness his favorite holiday is Christmas and mine is New Year’s Eve. Our opposites attract theory allows us to cover our holiday calendar with relative good spirits and cheer around here. How could we ever deny a holiday that … Want More?

Warm Wishes for the Holidays (+ My Husband’s Christmas Obsession!)
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WARM WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS! That’s my husband, Scott, tripping the ‘light fantastic’ at our house for the holidays. Every time I take a peek there seems to be a new element to his Christmas creativity. I can’t imagine what … Want More?

Decking the Halls + the Best Way to Find Christmas Cheer!
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Have you noticed? The holidays are a bit bittersweet for many of us. The longer we live more the reality of life – loss and heartbreak – seems to walk with us. This can add an extra layer to the … Want More?

Holiday Getaway + the Surprising Power of a Surprise!
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A Holiday Getaway We seem to have a number of family birthdays mixed in among the holidays. Though Scott’s birthday was a couple of days after Thanksgiving he suggested we celebrate on the holiday since we had a family dinner … Want More?

Girlfriends’ Getaway to San Francisco Holiday Style
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Girlfriends’ Getaway to San Francisco Holiday Style I enjoyed a holiday getaway to San Francisco with girlfriends recently. Though we were there on part business, part pleasure, we also celebrated 25 years of friendship. The three of us met the … Want More?

Kicking off the Holidays: A Blogger Meet-Up, Shopping and Magical Sunsets
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Janika Necklace| grayc glass Ring KICKING OFF THE HOLIDAYS!!! Hello friends! I’m just back from a girlfriends’ getaway to San Francisco and am quickly jumping into the Thanksgiving preparations as most of us are this season. I wore a few of … Want More?

Celebration 2016 Event – Celebrating Life Beyond Breast Cancer
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 Celebration 2016 Showcasing the beauty, grace and resilience of life beyond breast cancer. Appropriately, the showering skies cleared to offer a canopy of pink, puffy clouds to kick off the Celebration 2016 event in Chico, California, in late October. The community … Want More?

A Stylish Wedding at Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy
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A Stylish Wedding in Siena, Italy On the next leg of our summer in Italy, Scott and I found ourselves in Siena, the embodiment of a medieval city and jewel of Tuscany. This was another golden, cloudless day strolling the … Want More?

FEISTY – Lively*Courageous*Determined* – Are You FEISTY? Join Us!
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The one benefit to insomnia is the occasional brainstorm that hits you like a lightening bolt. I had one of those moments, in the wee hours of the morning, about a month ago. I was thinking about a need I … Want More?

5 Surprising Things I’ve Learned in Retirement [Pt. 5]
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5 Surprising Things I’ve Learned in Retirement 1 –  It’s surprising, I only need about 1/3 of the current wardrobe in my closet. Most of those pencil skirts, silk blouses, short jackets and mid-height heels are simply not as necessary … Want More?

The Life Changing Power of “I Do”…Happy 16th Anniversary, Baby!
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On a warm and sultry California evening, in a lush garden, we each said two simple words, “I Do”. That was sixteen years ago. Today, we look back and reflect on how much those two little words changed the course of … Want More?

Keep Your Eye on the Prize – Retirement [Pt. 4]
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Keep Your Eye on the Prize: Retirement I’ve heard that you truly feel retired on the first day you would have been back at work had you not retired. August 8th was that day for me. It felt a bit … Want More?

Date Night: Dinner High on the Mountainside in Positano
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Our new Italian friend and driver, Davide, recommended a family run trattoria for dinner “high on the mountainside” above Positano.  He knew we would love it. We agreed and Davide made all the arrangements. A van filled with several other … Want More?

How to Make a Limoncello Spritzer – A Taste of Positano
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Limoncello Spritzer One of my favorite discoveries of the liquid kind, on our trip to Italy, was the Limoncello spritzer.  Scott and I typically store a bottle of the velvety-sweet lemon liquor, Limoncello, in the freezer for the occasional after … Want More?

How I Made the Final Decision – Retirement [Pt. 3]
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How I Made the Decision to Retire I received this bouquet of lilies at my office on my last day of work. Though Scott was out of town at a conference, these beauties made a celebratory statement from him. My … Want More?

Feeling the Love…Another Step Towards Retirement! [Pt.2]
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It’s that time of year when spring shimmies into summer and celebrates its beautiful self with parties, proms, weddings, graduations and retirement celebrations. Beginnings and endings of all kinds… The end of the school year marks the end of a … Want More?

Date Night: Al Fresco Dinner At Home
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Date Night: Al Fresco Dinner  It’s been a busy month around here and I’m in need of calming my spirit. I just discovered images of a date night at home from way back on Valentine’s Day. Feels like I’m a bit behind the 8 ball but I’m … Want More?

Real Life: The Deepest Kind of Loss
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As a school psychologist, I’ve grown familiar with being a first responder to crisis and grief. We are well versed in the stages of grief and have the resources at hand whenever there is a crisis. When the deepest kind … Want More?

The Fine Art of Bold Decisions: Embracing a New Chapter of Life – My Retirement!!! [Pt. 1]
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 The Fine Art of Bold Decisions This year is a big one for me. In some ways, I would say, it’s epic. I’ve considered some major life changes since 2016 began, as I mentioned in this New Year’s post. Clarity and … Want More?

Real Life: Fire + Up in Smoke! 
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Yesterday was a typical morning at our house. I was up way before dawn, but even in my bleary state, I jumped out of bed to take in the predawn views. I never cease to revel in the view from … Want More?

Date Night: A Spring Picnic on Table Mountain
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This is more of an afternoon date than date night, but I’ll have to make an exception this time. Scott and I headed up to Table Mountain in  Oroville last weekend to view the wildflowers. I commute to Oroville for … Want More?

The Fine Art of Solitude (and Getting Reacquainted with Yourself)
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The fine art of solitude… stillness quiet peace The good news is that Scott’s back is feeling healthy enough that he was able to join his annual guys’ trip to the coast for a long weekend. The guys have made this … Want More?

Color Story: Rose Gold
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Rose Gold Is it just me or has the blushing, glowing shade of rose gold grown on us over the years? Rose gold plays equally well as a neutral or a shining accent shade. Rose gold seems to have a … Want More?

The Fine Art of Romance (His+Her Perspective)
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The Fine Art of Romance Is there such a thing?  I imagine romance is a bit different for each of us. What does it mean to you? For me, romance is not the sweeping gesture, the dripping of diamonds or … Want More?

The Curveball of Life
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I had planned to publish another post this morning, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I guess it’s time for real life interruptus which is a thing in blog world–I think. Life has thrown us a pretty big curveball around … Want More?

The Fine Art of Making It Personal
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The Fine Art of Making it Personal I’ve found that the best way to add a personal touch to gift giving is by personalizing it. Adding an initial, name or monogram is just the right detail to make your gift, … Want More?

Stylemindchic Life Celebrates a 4th Blog Birthday!
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Stylemindchic Life Celebrates a 4th Birthday! Four years ago today I hit “publish” for the first time on a blog post for Stylemindchic Life. That moment was filled with fizzy excitement, anticipation, a bit of nervousness and a bold sense … Want More?

The Fine Art of Diving Into a New Year
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Diving into a New Year As much as I love all the festivities and merriment of the holiday season, I deeply appreciate the clearer calendar, uncluttered living spaces and healthy start of diving into a new year. Do you feel … Want More?

Holiday Cheer & Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year! It’s time for holiday cheer and wishes for a happy new year. The holidays flew by, didn’t they? Our holidays were filled with merriment, festivities, and maybe a few too many indulgences here and there. Do you … Want More?

Holiday Cheer from Our Home to Yours!
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Wishing you holiday cheer from our home to yours on Christmas day. Well hello there and welcome to Stylemindchic Life. I can’t tell you how much it means that you’ve stopped by today. During this season of celebrating family, friendships … Want More?

Why Blog? Joining ‘By Invitation Only’ Blogger Linkup
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Why Blog? I started following blogs–specifically French themed blogs— as an escape. I discovered that evocative images and beautifully written posts could take me back to a favorite moment in time, such as my first trip to Paris. I found … Want More?

A Cure for the Holiday Blues
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 With all the hustle and bustle, merrymaking and cheer, I can’t help but remember that this season can be such a bittersweet time for many of us.  As time marches on, most of us experience loss, heartbreak and bittersweet memories,  made … Want More?

My Fantasy Dinner Party: Joining ‘By Invitation Only’
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My Fantasy Dinner Party I’ve been asked to share my fantasy dinner party. Who would I invite? My fantasy dinner party will be held in Italy and definitely somewhere near the water. I’d have to choose between Positano and Lake … Want More?

Wonderful News From Paris!
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It’s time for some wonderful news! I received an email this morning from my friend at the atelier of the French jewelry designer, Charly James, based in Paris. “Thank you for your message. We are very lucky that we and … Want More?

Paris On My Mind…today and always.
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Paris 2006 It’s a rainy Sunday morning here on the hill in Chico today. Normally, a steaming cup of coffee, with rain splashing on the window, creates a cozy feel, but my mind is on Paris–and her people–again today. That line from … Want More?

The Fine Art of Tender Loving Care #TLC
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We are 9 days in since my husband’s shoulder surgery and things have gone as well as possible. The best news is that Scott isn’t feeling any real pain! There has been lots of down time–icing, dozing, reading, catching up … Want More?

Hoping for a Speedy Recovery for My Favorite Guy! xx
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Tomorrow morning, bright and early, it’s shoulder surgery for my favorite guy. I’m somewhat dreading it. Scott flew to Chicago for four days last week, and though I prefer it when we fly together, I was relieved when he arrived … Want More?

Date Night: A Double Date and Meeting in the Middle
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When Scott and I started seeing each other, I lived in the San Francisco bay area and he lived in Chico, about 2 hours away. One Tuesday he called me and said, “I can’t wait until the weekend to see … Want More?

Lifestyle Linkup 6 #Stylefocus
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Happy October and welcome to the 6th installation of our Lifestyle Linkup #stylefocus!! I’m finding lifestyle inspiration from the beauty of an autumn sunset from our deck, the french inspired courtyard at my mother’s house, sunny gerber daisys and my sister, … Want More?

Date Night: 15th Wedding Anniversary and a Sparkling Surprise!
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15th Wedding Anniversary Our 15th wedding anniversary started as a typical day around the house. A quick kiss for luck and we were off to work. Scott and I had celebrated our 15th a bit early with a swanky summer vacation … Want More?

Creating a “Sunny Escape” for House Guests
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Scott and I had the pleasure of hosting house guests for the long weekend. It was late summer and the weather was picture perfect for poolside lounging and some outdoor fun in Chico. My sister, Dorie, and her guy Michael, … Want More?

Cooking Class: Ceviche from Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita and a Surprise Meet Up!
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Are you in the mood for something fresh, healthy and easy to make? Scott and I learned to make one of our favorite go-to summer dishes on our recent trip to Riviera Maya. We took a cooking class with chef Nicholas … Want More?

Does It Scare You? Reflections on Fear — Joining ‘By Invitation Only’ International Blog Party
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Reflections on FEAR….. What scares you? This was me in Yosemite Valley, rock climbing back in 1992, for the first and last time, up a seemingly endless sheer wall of granite. Roped and harnessed up I was fueled by the … Want More?

Lifestyle Linkup 5 #stylefocus and “So Long” to Summer
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Happy Labor Day Weekend and welcome to the 5th installment of our #stylefocus Lifestyle Linkup!! Wow–summer certainly flew by, didn’t it? Cooler temps have just arrived and it finally feels like the official end of summer. We have family coming … Want More?

Date Night: A Sunset Sail in a Tropical Paradise
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For the final evening of our vacation in Riviera Maya, we chose a sunset sail at our resort, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita. The turquoise waters, gentle tropical breezes, friendly service, bubbly champagne and new friends made it the best … Want More?

A Sweet Summer Wedding and a Walk in the Park #truelove
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It was the perfect June day in Chico, California. Warm, with a touch of cloud cover…. peaking between the clouds, the sky was brilliant blue. It was the kind of day made for a summer wedding. My dear friend Lily, … Want More?

Lifestyle Linkup #stylefocus #4
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  It’s the first Monday of the month and that means our #stylefocus Lifestyle Linkup is live!! Isn’t it hard to believe that August has already made it’s debut?  For me it means heading back to work in about a … Want More?

The Story of How We Met (and a walk down memory lane in San Francisco)
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The last thing I wanted to do that breezy fall day, back in 1997, was attend an early mental health conference in South San Francisco. I was going through a difficult time in life, a drawn out divorce, and I … Want More?

Lifestyle Linkup #stylefocus 3–What’s Your Style?
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Welcome back to our #stylefocus Lifestyle Linkup– now happening on the first Monday of each month! Ta-da!! I had to post this timely reminder, both my wise husband Scott and fabulous co-host Jennifer, shared it this week. This is our … Want More?

#StyleFocus Lifestyle Linkup #2 Highlights
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The fun continues with our #StyleFocus Lifestyle Linkups. I’m more than impressed with the inspiration, style and creativity of lifestyle bloggers. In case you missed out, catch our previous showcases Lifestyle Linkup #2 and Lifestyle Linkup #1. Our goal is to create … Want More?

Prosecco, Pretty Little Things and Girlfriends!
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What’s not to love about prosecco and pretty little things, right? I can’t seem to get enough of romance and weddings this month!  One of my dearest friends, Lily, is getting married soon so Melanie and I decided to throw … Want More?

Lifestyle Linkup-2- #Stylefocus
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#stylefocus Our second Lifestyle Linkup is live! Jennifer and I were so pleased with the positive response to the first one that we are at it again! Please add a link or two of your favorite lifestyle blog posts below and stop back … Want More?

An Invitation to The Knot’s Dream Wedding in Wine Country
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A dream wedding in wine country? Yes!!  I felt excited as I read my invitation to attend the wedding of the year by the wedding website, The Knot. I had used The Knot website to plan my wedding back in 2000, … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…A Bucket List Concert & My Favorite Small World Story (Next Chapter)
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I’m seeing peonies everywhere this May so I had to show off this gorgeous photo from my sister, Dorie Swanson, owner of Broadway Botanicals. You will love the inspiration from her designs. #swoon It’s a busy week around our house. … Want More?

Our Lifestyle LinkUp is Live! Please Join Us #stylefocus
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Today’s the day… STYLEfocus our first Lifestyle LinkUp is live! Lifestyle…. What inspires us? Today I’m reflecting on the view….

We Are Hosting a Lifestyle LinkUp and YOU Are Invited!
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It starts with one link, then another, and another….  In the end we have an unending chain of style, connection, beauty and empowerment curated by Lifestyle Bloggers. Introducing our first Lifestyle LinkUp:  STYLEfocus STYLEfocus is all about what inspires your … Want More?

Date Night at 7 Seas Los Cabos-Surf’s Up!
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Date Night at 7 Seas Los Cabos-Surf’s Up! Every now and then Scott and I stumble onto a surreal experience during our travels. This was one of those times. It was the final evening of our trip to Los Cabos, … Want More?

How to Create a Style Board Out of Wine Corks
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Monday was a holiday for us and the power went out for several hours. What? No computer, WiFi, TV? I was grateful I didn’t have any appointments requiring a spit bath or dry shampoo for a jaunt downtown. I happily … Want More?

Happy Easter!
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 Happy Easter! We celebrated an early Easter with my family a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t resist sharing some of my mom’s beautiful decor and her tablescape for her brunch. Scott and I were flying in from Los Cabos to … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…Springing Forward!
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Welcome to the weekend! We are springing forward, with daylight savings time, as well as with mindset. I need it…It’s been a tough week here. I got a speeding ticket on my way to a meeting at work the other … Want More?

Date Night: Pack a Bag for Sacramento!
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Pack a Bag! My husband got a little creative a couple of weekends ago. It just so happened to be Valentine’s Day weekend, but this could be a lovely surprise anytime. He said, “Pack a Bag! We are going on … Want More?

Style Guide: Barbie
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The last time I asked my sister, Heidi, two years younger than me, to play Barbie dolls, she replied, “I’m too old for that!” Oops….Clearly she had outgrown the long, lean, perfectly tanned, stylish dress up sessions years before I … Want More?

Valentine’s Day Surprise!
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Scott said, “Pack a bag, darling! We’re going on an adventure for Valentine’s Day weekend!” He doesn’t actually call me darling, but it sounds like a romantic 40’s movie, doesn’t it? I always love a getaway, leaving our careers behind, … Want More?

How to Get Your Sexy Back (even if you’re not feeling it)!
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How to Get Your Sexy Back  It happened last Saturday morning, a phone call, about 90 minutes after my husband headed to the Sacramento Airport to catch a flight for an overnighter in Los Angeles. I had been feeling uneasy … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…(the Power of a Kind Word)
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I was busy preparing my upcoming post, a mix of travel and humor (two of my favorite things), when I decided to slow it down and write a “Welcome to the Weekend” post today. My Friday mornings, my day off … Want More?

Stylemindchic Lifestyle Blog Turns 3!
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It happened last week, Stylemindchic Lifestyle turned 3 years old!!  I mentioned it earlier this month, and received some congratulatory comments from readers, so I thought I would just let it pass by. Then I thought about how much effort … Want More?

Color Story: Hot Tips for Surviving Winter Blues
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Hot Tips for Surviving Winter Baby, it’s cold outside! It feels like full-blown winter almost everywhere in the northern hemisphere now. I know we have it pretty easy, here in Northern California with milder temps, but for those of you … Want More?

The Fine Art of Reflection
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Reflection Last weekend I found myself knee-deep in oogling my google calendar, making lists, setting some goals for myself and basically planning my year. When it came to my editorial calendar for the blog, I ended up with more questions … Want More?

A Fresh New Year!
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Happy New Year to you, gorgeous!! I hope you like the flowers. I spotted these beauties at a flower stand in San Francisco and just had to share them. I love a fresh new year, don’t you? Secretly, I may … Want More?

Reflecting on a Holiday in Paris
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The holidays are in full swing around the world and no doubt Paris, one of my favorite cities, is all dressed up for the season. Two years ago Scott and I spent the holidays in London and Paris. Today I’m … Want More?

From Our House to Yours…Merry! Merry!
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Merry, Merry from our house to yours! We are feeling the holiday spirit around our house this season. Are you feeling it too? I was so happy we remembered to take a family photo on Thanksgiving Day.  Here we are: … Want More?

The Fine Art of Generosity
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As she arrived at our house for a party, my stepdaughter, Briana, grabbed my arm and said, “We need to get a picture of this!”.  She was wearing the bracelet I had made for her and the ring we had … Want More?

Holiday Decor Inspiration
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 Holiday Decor Inspiration from Veranda Magazine Scott and I spent most of last weekend, and a couple of nights this week, zhushing up our holiday decor. He’s more of a tree lights/outdoor lighting expert than me, but since he is … Want More?

5 Secrets to Being Your Best Self
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Brimming with shopping, decorating, parties, celebrations, and endless errands that go with making it all happen, the holidays can be fraught with over indulgence and exhaustion. Many of us stretch ourselves too thin and it shows. I found myself in … Want More?

Giving Thanks
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We are giving thanks today……. for an unfiltered sunset, and a pre-Thanksgiving birthday celebration for my favorite guy, Scott… to kick off the holiday season. Family is on our mind and we are feeling thankful we were lucky enough to … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…Blogger Meet Up!
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Welcome to the weekend!  My day yesterday started bright and early with a super fun blogger meet up with Dale Janee. You may already know Dale of Savvy Spice Blog, and Savvy Sleepers. Dale, a fellow Northern California girl, went … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…Courage and Beauty
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Last Wednesday evening I attended a wrap party for the ‘Celebration’ event, held earlier this month, honoring the beauty and courage of breast cancer survivors. I was invited to assist with styling, photographing and writing a blog post covering the inspiring … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend and Date Night!
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It’s Friday and that means welcome to the weekend! It seems that October is simply flying by. I saw my first Christmas decorations out in a store yesterday and I wanted to shield my eyes. I’m not ready to even consider … Want More?

‘Celebration’ Life Beyond Breast Cancer
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‘Celebration’ life beyond breast cancer Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Celebration’, an event showcasing the beauty, grace and resiliency of life beyond breast cancer. Laughter mingled with tears as the community celebrated these extraordinary women, and … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…George Clooney’s Wedding Day!
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Venice 2003 Stylemindchic It’s happening this weekend and George Clooney is marrying Amal Alamuddin, in Venice, Italy. He’s our modern-day movie star, our charming, self-deprecating, seemingly accessible, tall dark and handsome fantasy man. For some of us, he’s our ‘back … Want More?

My ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Story
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I am a happily married woman but have spent the night with another man three times in the last three months. It’s true. I have packed an overnight bag in silence, with dark thoughts of the night ahead, and left my … Want More?

Happy Anniversary Baby!
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One of our first dates San Francisco, our wedding day in 2000, & our 10th anniversary (From top left) Last week my husband, Scott, and I celebrated our fourteenth wedding anniversary. It’s not a huge number, not even a milestone, and … Want More?

My Mother’s Wedding Video (Happy First Anniversary Jeri & Hal!)
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My radiant Mom, Jeri, on her wedding day, with my beautiful sister, Heidi, and me last September. There is nothing that makes a daughter happier than knowing her mother is enjoying life and love to the fullest.  My mom, Jeri, … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…The Highs and Lows of Life
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How was your week? I hope you enjoyed a leisurely Labor Day weekend. It’s hard to believe how quickly summer has flown by. We spent the holiday weekend luxuriating in the golden moments of summer with family. Isn’t this a … Want More?

Love is in the Air (video of the helicopter proposal at our house)!
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Love is in the air, literally! You may remember that I created a post on the helicopter proposal by Scott’s nephew, Dana, to his now fiancée, Lauren, over our home in July here. We have the video!! We were thrilled to host this … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…Rose Gold Days of Summer
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A rose gold summer sunset from the deck We made the most out of our summer relaxation time last weekend, absorbing every moment of the sun, floating, reading, napping on the deck, warm fresh tomatoes from farmers market, fresh cooking … Want More?

A Helicopter Proposal at Our House and Flying High!!
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We hosted a helicopter proposal at our house on Sunday. This is not our typical weekend BBQ by any means. Many of Scott’s family were in town for a family gathering and a surprise ‘fly over’ helicopter proposal. We had … Want More?

The Power of Friendship and Best Friends!
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On this, my 300th post on Stylemindchic LIfe, I want to share a personal story of someone near and dear to me and the power of friendship in my life. I tend to have many friendly acquaintances and only a … Want More?

Creating a Stylish Bar Cart at Home
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Stylish bar carts, trays and set ups have caught my eye and I enjoy creating a stylish bar at home. With the end of school year celebrations, graduations, retirements and Father’s Day, there have been parties galore, and we’ve all been … Want More?

The Love of a Father
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I’ve learned about the love of a father from my extraordinary dad, James Curtis Orr. My dad cared for me, his first-born adopted baby girl, with tenderness, generosity, humor, faith, and unconditional love. He passed away five years ago, but … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend….Memorial Day Reflections
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 Memorial Day weekend came just in the nick of time in my book. Do you feel it too? In the usual balance of life, I’ve been experiencing some highs and lows in my school psychology career recently. Last week started with news that a … Want More?

I’m Still Hot…it just comes in flashes now!
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I’m still hot….. it just comes in flashes now. As I was commuting to work this week, I read this on a bumper sticker and laughed out loud. It had been awhile since I’d thought about being ‘hot’. At this … Want More?

Napa Valley Getaway ‘Joie de Vivre’
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Napa Valley getaway is a surefire way to restore your ‘Joie de Vivre’. Joy of life  Stylemindchic Life Instagram Bubbly  Kick off your wine country getaway at the French-inspired chateau at Domaine Carneros Winery with sparkling wine.   Views Pause … Want More?

A Sweet Mother’s Day and a Giveaway Winner!
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It was a sweet Mother’s Day and we celebrated mom with this Mother’s Day table. Celebrating Mother’s Day is a sweet affair.  It falls in spring, my favorite season, and the weather is generally perfect in May. It’s become a tradition … Want More?

Motherhood Day and Celebrating Us
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Happy ‘Motherhood’ Day to all! If you have birthed a baby, adopted a baby, fallen in love and became an ‘insta’ stepparent, been a nurturing auntie, or stepped in as a grandparent to care for your grandchild, you are part … Want More?

A Letter to George Clooney
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  George Clooney Vanity Fair You’ve already heard the news that George Clooney is engaged (updated: and now getting married). Some of you have probably been expecting me to hold a press conference, or at least make a statement about … Want More?

The Language of Bloggers
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Do you speak the language of bloggers?  If you are a blogger you are probably fluent and may not even know it. On my recent trip to meet with blogger friends in Napa Valley we commented on this several times. … Want More?

Bloggers in Napa Valley – A Sparkling Adventure
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Terrace at Domaine Carneros After months of anticipation our #Bloggers in Napa Valley getaway day had finally arrived. I was beyond excited as I drove the nearly three hours to the Napa Valley. The first stop on our itinerary was the … Want More?

Reflections on Life in Napa Valley Wine Country
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The wine country of Napa Valley is simply spectacular in the spring time. Driving north I was smitten, yet again, with the vibrant colors-sunny mustard, emerald vines, citrus shades of poppies and brilliant blue skies. The scene melds into a … Want More?

Packing for a Girlfriends’ Getaway #Bloggers in Napa Valley!
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Relaxing at the Andaz Napa (February 2013) After months of anticipation, it’s time for the girlfriends’ getaway and ‘Bloggers in Napa Valley’. Napa/Sonoma Wine Country is one of my favorite escapes and a place near and dear to my heart. … Want More?

Stylemindchic Life and a New Address!
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Welcome to the shiny, new version of the Stylemindchic Life. I am so happy we’ve found each other (again)! I feel like I’m welcoming you into my new ‘blog home’ with this first post on my new wordpress.org site.  Come on in and let me … Want More?

Running in Heels and Finding Balance
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As I dashed through the office, following an emergency call from one of my Special Ed. classrooms, my secretaries laughed about my “running in heels”. They are right, there are many days where I do run in heels. For those … Want More?

Tweeting with My Style Crush Kelly Wearstler (and the power of a genuine thank you)
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When was the last time you had a moment that made you want to do a happy dance? Mine was earlier this week. My cell phone dinged and I looked over to see a twitter notification that my favorite designer/ … Want More?

‘How I Wear My’ Boots Fashion Series and Change is in the Air!
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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of joining the monthly series of  ‘How I Wear My’ created by my blogger friends Adrienne and Jill. The theme this month is boots. I almost skipped the series since I had been … Want More?

Life Lessons Learned from Princess Diana (Revisited)
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Princess Diana photographed by Patrick Demarchelier I’ve been reviewing my early Stylemindchic posts in preparation for making some exciting changes in my blogging platform. It’s been fun to look back and see what what was on my mind a year … Want More?

A Sunny Escape…(why I became a blogger)
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I first started reading blogs several years ago as a sunny escape, a moment away from a dreary winter afternoon, or some beautiful inspiration before a challenging work day as a School Psychologist. Blogs could transport me to a cafe … Want More?

Musings on Friendship and Loss…….for Rita Hoshino
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via Technology can be our best friend or our worst nightmare. Facebook brought a love story to someone very special to me here,and it announced the passing of an extraordinary friend of mine for 35 years on my iPhone lock screen … Want More?

Tips for Lighting the Spark-His/Her Perspective
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Venice 2003 There we were, practically newlyweds, visiting Italy and France, for the first time together. Our happy smiles don’t reveal that we had recently suffered a devastating miscarriage, and were clumsily attempting to co-parent 3 teenage girls (Scott’s daughters) … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend and We Have A Winner!
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It’s finally Friday (hasn’t it been a long week?) and we have a winner on the Stylemindchic Blog Two Year Birthday Bash Giveaway. First off I want to thank my Stylemindchic friends and readers for the lovely comments and encouragement … Want More?

Stylemindchic Blog Turns 2 Years Old!!!
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via I’m blowing out the candles and sipping a little bubbly as my Stylemindchic blog turns 2 years old today!! via I’m amazed at how quickly these 2 years have passed. A kaleidoscope of images, memories, travels and conversations with friends- … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend: Sea Views and Dance
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When I started my blog nearly two years ago I assumed my focus would primarily be on travel and decor. It’s funny how ideas take shape and eventually find their own organic path. Though Stylemindchic has grown into more of … Want More?

A Date with George Clooney and My First Colonoscopy
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via (Full disclosure-I was recovering from anesthesia when I wrote this post) Just last week a contest was announced to ‘Win a date with George Clooney‘. It only takes $10 to enter to win and it’s for a cause close … Want More?

A Stylish Day with Upgraded Living Magazine
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  In December I had the pleasure of working with Upgraded Living Magazine on the annual makeover edition. It was a busy day filled with make-up, hair color, fashion styling, spa treatments and sharing of life stories. As with us … Want More?

My Only Resolution #it’s enough
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via My Only Resolution I have a confession to make…….. New Year’s Day has already passed and I haven’t sent out my holiday cards yet. I convinced my husband to make them New Year’s cards rather than Christmas cards but … Want More?

Creating a Sparkling New Year’s Eve
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As I write this we are road tripping from Chico to Southern California to ring in the New Year. We will be spending a few days in Los Angeles/Santa Monica for a Stylemindchic feature and then on to Newport Beach … Want More?

Creating a Home for the Holidays and Merry Wishes
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I must start by sharing my heartfelt thanks to you, my dear blog readers, for your kind and supportive comments during my recent adventure in the ER. Your genuine care is humbling and very touching.  It speaks to the quality … Want More?

Sometimes a Day Takes a Different Turn Than You Expect……..the bitter and the sweet.
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As I dressed for a merry day at work yesterday, filled with delivering Christmas gifts and attending a holiday party, I didn’t expect to end up in the Emergency Room at the hospital. I had experienced some shortness of breath … Want More?

Holiday Inspirations #sharing the joy
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via via via via This is one of my favorite holiday inspiration photos. It reminds me  to share the joy of the holidays with others. Find more festive images on my Pinterest Boards. Follow Heather Lindstrom @ Stylemindchic’s board Holiday Style … Want More?

Capturing Memories
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Union Square November 2012 One of my favorite Christmas trees lives part time at Union Square in San Francisco. I remember this magnificent conifer as a highlight of city visits with my family when I was a child. My husband and I had one of our … Want More?

Seeing Red at Stylemindchic
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via For years I didn’t own anything red. I think I’ve mentioned this before. This year I’m embracing many forms of red and enjoying the fresh pop of color. Mecca Salon in Chico Recently I attended an ‘Enchanted Holiday’ at … Want More?

A Few of My Favorite Things…Edit 1 #holiday
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Can you feel it?  We are knee deep in the holiday season and it’s feeling pretty festive around here. These sparkly little gifts I wrapped up for an order to be given to a Book Club in New York and … Want More?

Holidays: Making the Lists and Checking Them Twice?
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Are you making the lists? This time last year I was making lists of the packing variety for that trip to London and Paris. This holiday season we are sticking much closer to home in California so my lists are more … Want More?

Thoughts on Thankfulness
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The view from here It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the states and it’s one of my favorite holidays. I’m anticipating some wonderful family time without the frenzy of shopping, gift wrapping and checking off the lists. Shhhhh-don’t tell anyone but … Want More?

Succulent Crush at the OC Mix in Orange County
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While visiting in Newport Beach last month my sister, Dorie, whisked me away to a place she knew I would love. It’s called the OC Mix, at the SoCo Collection, a group of locally owned boutiques and specialty food bites all wrapped … Want More?

Let’s Makeup! #Bloggers in the city
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During my recent trip to San Francisco with blogger friends, Adrienne Rich Life (on a budget) and Kim Northern California Style, I enjoyed some memorable makeup moments at Neiman Marcus. It’s fun to play with the shading, colors and fragrances, especially with … Want More?

Bloggers in the City: Girlfriends’ Getaway
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Kim, Heather, Adrienne It was the perfect day for a road trip and I was up bright and early to drive the 3+ hours from Chico to San Francisco to meet up with my blogger friends. My bags were packed to … Want More?

How to Pack for a Girlfriends’ Getaway #Bloggersinthecity
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I’m packing for a short getaway to San Francisco with girlfriends* (see below) so I’m making a list in advance for myself so I remember everything.  I’m a big list person are you? Here are a few of my must-haves: … Want More?

A Long Weekend…in the nick of time!
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It’s a long weekend and it’s just in the nick of time in my book. It’s been a very busy week around here with my school psychology workdays, social events in the evenings and getting my Stylemindchic Boutique all primped … Want More?

Girlfriends for a Lifetime and My Small World Story
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The Small World story that made me laugh  and cry all at the same time….. One of my dearest friends, Kathryn, rang me up and said, “Sit down!  I have the best story to tell you!”. Her daughter, Isabel had just … Want More?

Our Breasts (The Well-Rounded Truth?)
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via Our breasts…. nourishing, comforting and enticing. I recently went to the appointment for my annual mammogram. As I sat in my dressing cubicle, following my ‘squeeze’ of an exam, I heard my technician leave the examination room for a consultation … Want More?

A Sparkling Afternoon with Tamera Beardsley
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An invitation to brunch with Tamera Beardsley and her husband Jeff, at their enchanting Southern California ‘villa’, is beyond a treat. Some things in life simply speak for themselves. Come join us…. you are in for a visual feast of … Want More?

A ‘Surprise’ Branch of My Family Tree
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Rod, Heather and Dorie-the ‘sibs’- I am a surprise branch of my family tree. Last weekend Scott and I made our annual trip to Newport Beach to see a  surprise ‘branch’ of my family tree. This side of my family, … Want More?

Stepfamily Life Comes Full Circle
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Stepfamily life comes full circle over time……… A party was planned, at her mother’s house, the charming family home where the girls were raised. Invitations were made and for me, as the step-mom, it was a first. I was invited … Want More?

What To Do When Your Dinner Party Gets Rained Out……
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What to do when your dinner party gets rained out?  You simply bring it indoors of course. With sun and heat here in Chico, for months on end, we felt safe in planning a dinner party poolside for some of … Want More?

My Mother’s Wedding and a Love Story
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My Mother’s Wedding… The wedding day had finally arrived. Mom and Hal, ageless, are getting married! Each element of beauty has been carefully selected for the special day. Mom, Heidi (my sister) and Me Laughter and luck and love…….. Jeri’s … Want More?

Love is in the Air…Our Lucky 13th Wedding Anniversary!!
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Love is in the air around here with my mother’s wedding just last weekend (more to come on my next post – I promise!). It seems that my husband Scott and I both had Paris on our minds as we selected … Want More?

Introvert or Extrovert?
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A perfect memento from my mother’s wedding, a lovely bowl of floating flowers,  on my desk at home. We celebrated a monumental weekend, and the opening of a new chapter in our family life, at the wedding of my mother … Want More?

Dressing for a Special Occasion…Daughter of the Bride
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Dressing for a special occasion A wedding is on the horizon…… In a twist of luck, and a twist of life, and my mother is betrothedhere and we are planning for a wedding day. My dress had been already purchased (with a … Want More?

The Best Reason to Be a Blogger
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During our trip to wine country last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting, and spending the afternoon, with one of my favorite bloggers, Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) here. Adrienne lives in Kenwood, California in the … Want More?

Wine Country Favorites
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 It was a quick weekend getaway to wine country for us and we made the most out of every minute.  Here is a quick peek at a few of our favorites in Napa and Sonoma Valleys through instagram.  Our first stop … Want More?

5 Summertime Favorites!
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(photo from trip to Zoetry in Punta Cana, D.R.) I hope that you are still enjoying some lazy days of summer. It’s been a pretty relaxing summer around here and I’m sorry to say it’s officially coming to a close. #sayitaintso A career … Want More?

I Get By…with a little help from my friends!
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I feel compelled to share my deep and heartfelt appreciation for those of you who wrote kind and compassionate comments on my last post here about my first miscarriage. Your understanding and care means more to me than I can … Want More?

Breathless…Miscarriage and a Loss Remembered
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Breathless…. a loss remembered. It was just a flash, out of the corner of my eye, as they walked passed the end of the aisle of the Target store yesterday. A mother and daughter, arms casually entwined, sharing a laugh. A … Want More?

Birthday in Paradise at Zoetry in Dominican Republic!
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I’ve always been secretly happy that my birthday is on July 15th and smack dab in the middle of summer. It means I’ve never had to go to school and usually not to work on my birthday. This year the timing … Want More?

Simply Ageless…..Sipping at the Fountain of Youth
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Is it just  me or does time seem to fly by faster and faster each year? I’m thinking let’s slow this train down a bit. #whirlwind It’s inevitable that we age, and it’s better than the alternative, butwhat is it about … Want More?

A Sparkling Day Sneaks Up On You Sometimes……..
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Sometimes those sparkling days in life just sneak up on you…I had a one of those day earlier this week.  Some major computer problems, a late start, and a little dry shampoo (saved the day again), and I was finally on … Want More?

Keeping the Spark Alive…{tips for real romance}
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Our wedding Day, September 2000 I absolutely adore it when a lovely reader of Stylemindchic writes in with a question. I was thinking of an entirely different post today when I received this question via email, “Have you posted about … Want More?

Hello Summer……We’re Going to Get Along Just Fine!
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And just like that, I finished my last day of work,  breathed a big sigh of relief, drove home,  and my seven week summer had begun…..finally. I think I may have shed one happy tear.  It’s been an incredibly busy year and, … Want More?

Creating a Welcoming Guest Room
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  Creating a Welcoming Guest Room Be my guest………………     It’s finally the summer season which means many of us will be doing some travel of some variety. It may be a luxury resort, a tour, a road trip, … Want More?

Bikini Beach…do you dare?
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via Are you still rocking it????  Oh, of course you are…….   I mean rocking the bikini?  via via via via In an effort to be authentic and keep it real…….. My last bikini shot,  on the beach on St. … Want More?

Without Our Dads Where Would We Be?
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My Dad, James Curtis Orr           I thought I would be fine…..              as I opened up the Father’s Day post I wrote last year.  I thought I would be fine…… but … Want More?

It’s More About the Girlfriends than the Sex
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via  Carrie Bradshaw and her girlfriends from NYC……… Did you watch back in the day? I know it may seem fluffy, a little shallow, but I’ll admit it……….. I miss the girls. It would be fun to see how they … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend….(Summer Favorites!)
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Slim Aarons Palm Springs Poolside here It’ a quick morning post for me today. This afternoon I’m hosting an End of the Year Bash for my teachers, clinicians/counselors and administrators of my programs for students with Emotional Disabilities. Today is the … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…..{blogging block!}
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Claudia Schiffer via I want to go where she’s going! When I was too pressed for time lazy to scan my pre-digital camera photos for a  French Party post a couple of weeks ago I let Claudia Schiffer play the role … Want More?

What Do Women Want?
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 What do women want? I’m not talking about the needs here- those are vast and deeply individual and deserve more than a quick blog post. I’m talking about the little things in life~  the simplicity of a peaceful moment, a sweet memory … Want More?

A Touch of Spring Fever…{are you feeling it}?
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What is it about spring? Some of us feel more alive… More curious…. More adventurous…. More playful… More romantic sexy… “Spring fever is a term applied to several sets of physical and psychological symptoms associated with the arrival of spring……an increase in energy, … Want More?

We Love Moms…..(and a giveaway announcement!)
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 My grandmother, Edith, and my mother, Jeri  Mom with my sister, Heidi, and me on Mother’s Day 2012 Mother’s Day falls on Sunday and I know that many of us are busy making plans. We will be celebrating the ‘moms’ in … Want More?

A Love Story for the Ages
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A Love Story… Do you ever have the sense that some things in life are just ‘meant to be’?  Looking back you realize that if one element, in a sequence of events, hadn’t happened, the course of life would be … Want More?

Spring Style
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It was a simple but lovely weekend around the home front. A highlight was dinner with dear friends, a couple that I’ve known through several chapters of life, and who embrace my husband as if they have known him just … Want More?

The Fine Art of Making Your Dreams Come True
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Rome 2011 The fine art of making your dreams come true………   Are you a dreamer?   Can you see it? Can you feel it? Can you say it?   Or does it all feel a bit  blurry? Paris 2006 … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…..Easter & Bunches of Brunches!
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via  Welcome to the Weekend! Spring is my favorite season. Colorful, fragrant spring flowers abound and I see bright green where there was lifeless brown. Spring also brings some wonderful opportunities for gathering with family and friends. Life feels fresh … Want More?

One Simple Tool Can Change Your Life!
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Secrets Marquis Los Cabos 2005  One Simple Tool Can Change Your Life Ahhhhhhh, take a deep breath…….. That’s it…… Place your feet flat on the floor Breathe through your nose~inhale deeply all the way into your belly (shallow breathing not … Want More?

Springing Forward!
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It’s set the clocks forward an hour this weekend in the U.S. With all the ‘spring forward’ business I could use that hour but I will gladly take the longer days, more sunshine and the feeling that spring is on … Want More?

Be Mine, Valentine!
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To Scott, my one and only, be mine, Valentine! xx, Images 1/2/3 Style for your life at my Stylemindchic Boutique!

Hot Tips for a Little Romance
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                                                                                … Want More?

Valentine’s Day is for Amateurs {revisited}
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Oh, hello there… have I mentioned how much I love it when you stop by, gorgeous? ******* Sorry, that was from me, not George, but since he has a fantastic sense of humor, I really don’t think he’d mind……It’s been a … Want More?

A Jewel In San Francisco
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My original San Francisco Getaway Guide  quickly became my most popular travel post. My second post on San Francisco, ‘Welcome to the Weekend…{Anniversary Getaway to SF}’ is now my most popular post. There seems to be lots of  interest in this fabulous … Want More?

Stylemindchic and Upgraded Living Magazine Makeovers!
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In December I had the extreme pleasure of  teaming up with Upgraded Living Magazine on style makeovers for a few of their most worthy readers in Chico.  Upgraded Living is a local magazine that has become a top-notch publication offering … Want More?

Stylemindchic Turns One!!
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via It’s a little, bitty milestone, but since we believe in the right to celebrate absolutely everything (you’ll always find a chilled bottle of champagne in the fridge), it’s time to break out the bubbly! As I sit here, at my white parson’s … Want More?

Welcome to the weekend…{reflections}
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   Christmas Flowers in Paris 2012 Finally…..it’s the weekend! My “cat’s” away {aka Scott} for an annual trip to the beach with his buddies, so that leaves me with a nearly free weekend.  Some years, on this same weekend, I … Want More?

Things I learned from my first ‘How I Wore Mine’ post ….help needed!
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I finally tried it…one of those ‘what I wore’ kind of fashion photo shoots.  Adrienne, at The Rich Life on a Budget, is involved in a fun series of posts called ‘How I Wore Mine’. As you can see on … Want More?

Paris for the Holidays…
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Our holiday 2012 getaway to London & Paris continues. To see more click on my Stylemindchic: London Getaway or my previous Paris Getaway Guide.  Ahhhh, Paris….you always makes me swoon. This visit we arrived in Paris, via the Eurostar Terminal after taking the … Want More?

A Fresh New Year: A Grateful Heart
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A Grateful Heart I have a confession to make…Though I enjoy the holidays~ all the decorations, twinkling lights, shiny ornaments, pretty packages and festive trimmings~I also get excited about January arriving. There is something about stashing the decorations and getting … Want More?

New Year’s Eve Sparkle!
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via It’s almost New Year’s Eve……are you in the mood for a little sparkle? I am!  via And a few of my current favorite sparkles~perfect for dressing up! Cocktail Dresses Platforms  Cocktail Dresses Platforms When the merry making of Christmas … Want More?

Just a glimpse of Paris!
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Each season in Paris has unique beauty….. the holidays add a dash of sparkle! See my instagram feed for other glimpses of London and Paris as we travel the festive cities for the holidays. Cheers, Heather – Posted using BlogPress … Want More?

Heading to London & Paris for the Holidays!
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As you read this my husband and I will be winging our way to London and Paris for a special holiday trip with my family. One of my favorite things about leaving on a holiday is that the busy planning, prepping … Want More?

Christmas in Paris
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The halls are decked, the parties are winding down, packing is almost done and I have one more work day until we catch that plane. Restoring a bit of joy and celebration as we look towards the holidays and the … Want More?

Hearts Break……….
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Truly, there are no words……Sending wishes for comfort, love, prayers, peace and hope; I feel so hollow in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, yesterday. Precious young children and selfless educators were taken……………….absolutely, hideous, horrific and senseless. If it can happen there….it can … Want More?

Baby It’s Cold Outside!
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Baby it’s cold outside! Which is exactly why I think we should stay in…… and light the fire! How about some winter white flowers to set the mood? The Style Room   Stay warm, xx Heather    Shop the Stylemindchic … Want More?

Running on empty…
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I suppose it was bound to happen…..all the planning, shopping, prepping, dashing, cooking, celebrating, late nights, hosting of Thanksgiving, PLUS a whirlwind family trip to San Francisco for the weekend to celebrate my husband’s ‘Big Birthday’. It was right back … Want More?

Celebrating My Man and a ‘Big Birthday’ in San Francisco
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Somebody is celebrating a ‘Big Birthday’ today…… To my favorite guy……….  traveling companion…. bold adventurer……… and family man. You take the cake birthday boy!!   Cheers and big love, xx It’s Cyber Monday!! Shop the Stylemindchic Boutique!

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving
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I have grown to appreciate Thanksgiving Day more and more each year. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate with family without the gift giving frenzy.  On Thanksgiving day I always take a look back on my year and give thanks for the good slices of … Want More?

Liebster Award—-A perfect surprise!
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It was the perfect start to my day to see that my blog, Stylemindchic, has been given the Liebster Award from an incredibly stylish blogger, Cindy, at Rough Luxe. Check out her lovely blog. The Liebster Award is given to … Want More?

Heartfelt Thank You for Your Service
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A heartfelt thank you for your military service.  Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Dixon, California To my dad, Dr. James Curtis Orr, who served as an Army Captain.  To Mark Emory Chamberlain, my dear friend Deborah’s husband, who is also buried … Want More?

Welcome to the weekend…….{make a difference}!
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Welcome to the weekend!  I am absolutely bursting with ideas, exciting news and a zillion things on my ‘to do’ list. This is absolutely the perfect timing for a nice loooooong weekend in my book. This last week on Stylemindchic started with … Want More?

Celebrity Stylist Anya Sarre Guest Blogger
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via This has been a fantastic week around Stylemindchic and I am beyond excited.  Today I am announcing the first Celebrity Stylist Guest Post and  the winner of our Stylemindchic Giveaway.  My heart be still……  I was recently contacted by … Want More?

Visiting My Birth Family (and the gift of adoption)
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Scott and I flew to Newport Beach last weekend for some long awaited time with my Newport Beach family, who are also my birth family. I’m still smiling (and resting up!) from all the fun. We stayed at the home … Want More?

Mad Dash Monday….(Hot tips!)
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Following a whirlwind weekend trip to Newport Beach last weekend, it was straight back to work this morning at my day job. From balmy Southern California to a major rain storm here in Northern California it’s a bit of a … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…..{inspire me with bravery}
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via Have you ever had one of those weeks that feels simply endless? By Tuesday I was thinking the week should be winding down already……no such luck! I guess that’s why they call it ‘the grind’ sometimes. Finally, the weekend … Want More?

Can I quit my job and start a blog? (hot photos)
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via *Blog Tip #1-Catchy, creative blog titles (a little sex appeal rarely hurts) (I just added ‘blogging tips’ and ‘hot photos’ to my title -let’s see if I get a bump in hits from my original title of  “Can I … Want More?

There are no words…just pretty!
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Just a fun photo from some old tear sheets I shot on my iPhone. Aren’t they pretty (the shoes I mean)?   xx, Heather       Shop the Stylemindchic Boutique!

Welcome to the weekend……{look at life with fresh eyes}!
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Welcome to the weekend! I’m not sure why this happens, but one of my favorite things about traveling, is arriving home with renewed appreciation for the simple things and simpler life of home. We had a wonderful Anniversary trip to … Want More?

I {still} do……..Happy 12th!
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Scott Curtis Lindstrom, my guy…………… that smile still makes me melt! Today is our 12th wedding anniversary, so please indulge me in a bit of nostalgia. As I look back on these blissfully happy images I can’t help but think … Want More?

Anniversary Getaway to San Francisco!
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Our Wedding Day September 2000 Welcome to the weekend! Scott and I are heading out for a quick getaway to San Francisco to celebrate our 12th Wedding Anniversary……seriously, where has the time gone? Never ones to shy away from a … Want More?

Welcome to the weekend…Style It Simply!
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Sunset from our deck Our golden summer is starting to fade just a bit…….  The lazy days of summer will soon start to settle into a more structured routine with back to school and a fresh new work year for … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…Summer Bounty
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In our charming university town of Chico, in Northern California, we are experiencing an abundance of luscious fruits, vegetables and gorgeous flowers. The farmers’ markets are bursting with color and all sorts of  garden fresh goodness. These cheerful sunflowers are summer on … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend {Get your float on}!
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via Happy Friday and can somebody please slow this summer down just a bit??  We are in the throes of summer celebrations, birthday parties, BBQs, a wedding reception, family dinners and trying to squeeze in a few more days of … Want More?

Girlfriends’ Getaway to the Beach
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I’m prepping for a girlfriends’ getaway to the beach in California. It’s early……and, thankfully, the coffee is brewing.  I’m finishing my packing for the trip, with two of my nearest and dearest girlfriends from graduate school. There has been the recent … Want More?

Advice for Our 20-Year-Old Selves
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As I was leafing through my old photo albums the other day, I came across a few images of my carefree 20-year-old self.  Glimpsing the bright eyes, boundless energy and the ‘sky is the limit’ kind of attitude got me … Want More?

Rest in Peace Dear Dad
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This is by far the most difficult (read tear-stained) post I have written. Father’s Day is just around the corner and I’m missing my dad more than words can say.  We lost him over three years ago and somehow, today, … Want More?

Simply …….Ageless!
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 via I’ve been mulling this post around in my mind for quite sometime now. I have questions, but not necessarily all the answers. What is it about certain people that conveys an ageless quality? Is it the way they carry themselves? … Want More?

Glamping and a Campy Confession
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I have a confession to make…..I don’t love camping. There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, I actually found it adventurous and exciting as a kid. Maybe it was the ever present nosing around of the bears at Yosemite … Want More?

White Wedding Day!
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The perfect day for a perfect wedding. True love is alive and well…….. Christina and Danny we loved sharing your special day with you! Love and best wishes to the Newlyweds…thanks for sharing your special day with us!  Welcome to … Want More?

A Wedding and Love is in the Air!
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 Love is in the air! It was the perfect day for a white wedding……. and all of their dreams came true! Christina and Danny The Newlyweds! My husband’s gorgeous niece and her handsome groom. Their joy was overflowing.  A festive and … Want More?

Happy Mother’s Day!
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Image It’s Mother’s Day 2012. I’m up at the crack of this gorgeous dawn looking forward to hosting brunch for two of my favorite moms~my mother, Jeri, and my sister, Heidi.  My nephews, Jordan and Jared, will be here and … Want More?

A Mix of Emotions for Mother’s Day
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via It happened again this year. Foraging through the greeting card aisle looking for just the right Mother’s Day cards for the women I adore. I’ll admit it, Mother’s Day is not a simple holiday for me. It is a one … Want More?

Morning Monday!
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Monday from home  Spring is always my favorite time of year. The sun rises early enough so I don’t feel as though I’m getting up before the crack of dawn. The birds fill the air with their cheery tunes and the air is fresh … Want More?

Walking On Sunshine….
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 via It took only a few moments in the sun today to remind me how essential just a few rays of pure sunshine can be.  There’s alot to be said for careful, short term sunshine exposure, with appropriate sunscreen, of course (and … Want More?

On My Dressing Table…White
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Why not mix it up? I’m certainly guilty of setting up a space, my dressing table, a niche, a bookcase, to my liking and then leaving it the same for far too long.  It get’s boring…yawn. With a little creativity it’s fun to mix it up … Want More?

Meeting Corey Amaro of Tongue in Cheek Blog
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Last evening, at the very stylish Nantucket Home in Chico, I met my first blogger, in person. Corey Amaro of the very popular ‘Tongue in Cheek’ blog was an absolute delight. She grew up with a wonderful life in Willows … Want More?

Travel on my mind….
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There is much to look forward to this week. Wednesday night, at Nantucket Home, the very stylish home furnishings store in Chico, there will be a special event. Tongue in Cheek blogger, Corey Amaro, local girl who now lives in Provence, will … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…Adventure
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Just stopping in to share a little inspiration for your weekend. This is one of my favorite quotes. Here’s to a little adventure this weekend everybody. Cheers! Heather

Well hello Spring!
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Hello Spring! Though it’s been a mild winter here, I’ve missed you. Hearing your name gets me to thinking~ bright spring flowers, brilliant sunshine and trees in bloom everywhere. A picnic may be in order soon to celebrate. Welcome Back…… … Want More?

Style Guide: Jeri (My Mom)
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Style Guide My mother, Jeri Orr, is my first and favorite Style icon.  I’ll never forget watching her dress, for a party or dinner out with my dad, when I was a young girl. In her dressing room she created … Want More?

Foodie Files {Blue Cheese and Pear Tart}
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One of my favorite go to hors d’oeuvres, the Blue Cheese and Pear Tart, I pulled from Sunset magazine. It’s actually made from puff pastry, easily stored in the freezer, and I often use a gorgonzola rather than blue cheese. Either … Want More?

Welcome to the Weekend…Celebrate!
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If you read my previous post,  You Inspire, you will understand when I say it’s been an emotional and bittersweet week. There have been some sweet moments, moments of reflection and a finally, a renewed sense of peace.  As we take … Want More?

You Inspire…Margie
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Venice, artist Margie Lindstrom A year ago today, we lost Margie States Lindstrom, my gracious and spirited mother-in-law. To be sure, each one of her 6 men~husband, Dean, 5 sons, and their families, will be taking a moment to remember … Want More?

Style Guide: Dorie Swanson
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Style Guide Dorie Swanson is a stylish influence on many. She is a fashion designer and a lead  designer for the luxury brand, St.John, for 20 +  years, in her hometown of Newport Beach.  More recently she has embarked on her … Want More?

You Inspire {part 4} Nicole
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As I’ve already confessed, I enjoy design,style, travel, fashion and a well-designed stiletto from time to time.  I may find inspiration in a gorgeous fabric or flower arrangement, but I am deeply inspired by the women around me.  My friend … Want More?

Take a Leap…..
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It’s February 29th~must be a Leap Year!! What does this extra day really mean to you? A day to treat yourself to something special? A day to play hooky?  Doesn’t this mean extra value on bills like cable, insurance, mortgage?  Maybe try … Want More?

Chef’s Dinner Event at Our House
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On a sun drenched afternoon last June, my husband and I were honored to host a Chef’s Dinner and Wine-tasting event at our home. It was a silent auction benefit to raise transportation funds to the Special Olympics for our students in … Want More?

Foodie Files
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I’m not a fantastic cook, I’ll admit that. Better said, I’m not a confident cook……(pssst-don’t tell, I entertain frequently and enjoy it).  When I married my husband and started cooking for him, and my three teenage step-daughters, I found it … Want More?

Style Guide: Andrea
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I seem to learn my best tips for life in conversation with other women.  A good friend (or sista) is always willing to dish…….. When it comes to style, I turn to a few of my favorite  style inspirations.  Andrea Swanson,  Newport … Want More?

You inspire {part 2} Elizabeth
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My lovely friend from grade school, Elizabeth Russo-Ugarkovich, is an inspiration. We haven’t seen each other in years, but I’ve always remembered her warmth, laughter and gorgeous smile. It’s been fun to reconnect over Facebook and now Pinterest. We share some … Want More?

How to Be Your Own Valentine
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It’s Valentine’s Day, ahhhhhh, the romance, candlelit dinners, boxes of chocolates and roses; amour is in the air…..I’m a romantic at I’m a romantic at heart~go figure.  My post yesterday was a nod to putting some romance into the day and why … Want More?

Getting in the Mood…Noir
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A little inspiration for setting the mood for Valentine’s Day …. (and everything looks sexier in black and white) Getting in the mood…Noir Gorgeous film~noir “For Lovers Only” A Polish Brothers Picture And for my Personal Valentine, Scott…. my heart, still, skips … Want More?

How to Make Your Love Interest Swoon [From Scott’s Perspective]
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 How to Make Your Love Interest Swoon [Heather] If our house were burning down one of the first things I would grab is my beloved drawer of cards from my husband. I always say he gives great card….and usually gets a tear … Want More?

You inspire (part 1) Jeri
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I love a gorgeous color, design, photograph, musical riff, sunset or even a fabulous stiletto, but I am most inspired by the incredible women in my life.  There is something about a meeting of the minds, sharing a stream of ideas,  that ‘I get it’ … Want More?

Rise and shine lovelies!
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It’s time to get in gear for a fresh new week. Some of us are racing off to work, but if you are one of the fortunate ones to have a more relaxed start today~ enjoy.  That’s a nice bonus … Want More?

Let’s Get it Started in Here (my first blog post)!
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Let’s get it started in here with sunset from our deck tonight. It all begins with that first step, being the water baby I am, I’ll plunge right in. Today I’m inspired by the color yellow, so fresh and cheery, … Want More?