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50 ways to live like a free-spirited French woman

October 31, 2012 --


by Shannon Ables
Eastern Oregon writer
The Simply Luxurious Life

I can’t help it, I’m an admitted Francophile. How about yourself? I’m already getting excited about returning next year for another week in Paris and am making my list of things to enjoy, see and do. Like many of you, even when I’m going about my day here in the states, I try to incorporate ideas that I appreciate and reveled in after reading the many French inspired lifestyle, style and cooking books (a list is at the end of the post). So today, based on my time in France and all that I’ve read, I’d like to share with you a list of 51 ways you too can indulge your inner Francophile no matter where you live, what your budget or whether or not you’ve stepped on the terre firma of France.

And as a bit of a heads up, be sure to stop by to enter the giveaway here on The Simply Luxurious Life where a lucky winner will win their very own copy of Jennifer L. Scott’s much anticipated book Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living In Paris (release date – Tuesday, November 6th).

1. Build a capsule wardrobe for each season (fall & spring).

2. Buy few clothes, but higher quality items

3. Enjoy a croissant with homemade jam on the weekends

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My Vertigo scare

October 30, 2012 --


Carolyn J. Rose
Oregon writer
Deadly Duo Duh Blog

On October 27th, the earth tilted and spun.

At least it seemed to from where I was sitting. For the record, that was (thankfully) in the passenger seat as Mike drove down Main Street in Vancouver, Washington.

It took all my will power not to seize his arm when the street in front of us lifted and rippled and the car lurched from side to side. Somehow, while screaming, “Stop the car! Pull over!” I recognized that jerking his arm—and the steering wheel—would make things worse.

By the time he was able to pull into a parking lot—three to five seconds later—the vertigo had passed. I was shaking with jolts of adrenaline and anxiety, but my mind seemed clear.

I raised my hands above my head and asked Mike, “Can I smile with both sides of my mouth? Are both of my eyebrows going up? Is my speech slurred?”

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Raising smart kids in a world full of stupid…

October 29, 2012 --

by Gena, Silver Nest Designs
Oregon Blog Earth Monkey Moms

{Let me preface this post with the fact that I have just had one of the most completely stupid, and irritating nights in a LOOOONG time…I apologize, and may regret in the morning what I am about to write 😉 }

I have played some form of softball for around 15 years.  It started in little league as a peanut, moved into high school, still as a peanut ;), and moved into my adult years, and has reached a point where my body barely keeps up with my still overly competitive drive.  Tonight, we played a team that lets just say was excited to talk about the “jello shots” they were taking (really, jello shots…Im sorry, I thought we were playing rec softball as adults!) and started to celebrate the number of cars they were able to hit because of “home runs” while using illegal bats….(I’m sorry, I thought we were playing rec softball here!)  So nice of them to take into consideration that several cars were damaged, a group of people were almost hit, and not to mention our players that could have been hurt by balls moving 1000 miles faster than they should!

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5 outlandish pregnant Halloween costumes

A Girl’s Got to have her Boots!

October 26, 2012 --


by Lani Grass
Backstage with Lani
Is it my imagination, but the minute the weather turns colder, do you see 80% of the female population walking around in boots? With the huge popularity of boots and the confusing and countless array of styles you have to choose from, it’s no wonder you need a little hand-holding.

But never fear; you have me, your personal and loyal stylist to the rescue! Check out the styles below and instructions on how and what to wear with them.

1.  The high boot- From heeled dress boots to Equestrian styles, the high boot is a must-have for adding versatility and extending your dress and skirt season into the cold.  Equestrian boots are widely popular this year and come in many shades with cool epaulets and straps galore. Wear them with long (to the calf) fuller style skirts, leggings, and skinny jeans. You can wear any long boot with fitted skirts, but leave a few inches between your hem and the boot. Choose a flat-heeled style to wear with a mini skirt and tights.

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“Thanks, Girlfriend!” Writing Contest

October 25, 2012 --

 “Thanks, Girlfriend!” Writing Contest

3 Prizes:  $50, $35 & $25.
Student Prize: $40

Previously written or published material gladly accepted!!!

Wouldn’t you love to honor a special friendship and win a cash prize?  Maybe even take your “winning” friend out to lunch!  Here’s your chance…now you can put your friendship into words and share it with thousands of readers at Oregon Women’s Report.  Your friend will feel loved and appreciated when she sees your article online.  You will encourage girlfriends everywhere.  This is a uniquely close-to-home opportunity for Oregon women writers to reach a local audience.  If you are already a local author and/or blogger, we will promote your blog, book or website if your article is chosen.  Good luck!

Word Count: Under 450 words (suggested).

 Deadline: December 6th, 2012, 5:00pm

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Today, I’m confessing my secret love

October 24, 2012 --


by Jen Rouse
The Short Years
Oregon writer

I have a secret love.

I don’t often speak its name, because it is not a glamorous love. It is not hip, and neither is it urban, edgy, or cool.

This love I have, is for a store. This store’s name is Bi-Mart.

I know that suburban mothers like me are supposed to be in love with Target. After all: cute cheap clothes! Knock-off designer furniture! Wine with pretty labels! And don’t get me wrong. I also love Target. I spread my love around.

But Bi-Mart, people. Bi-Mart.

If you’re not from Oregon, you might be confused. Or perhaps, if you are from Oregon, but you’re a Portlandia, hipster, foodie kind of Oregonian, you might also be confused. Bi-Mart is a store. A locally-owned, regional to the Northwest, mini-department store chain. And it is as down-home and non-fancy as you can get.

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7 things when having that difficult conversation

October 23, 2012 --


by Shannon Ables
Eastern Oregon writer
The Simply Luxurious Life

Over the past year, one of the common requests I have received is to share strategies on how to effectively and compassionately have a difficult conversation with a friend, partner, colleague, boss or family member.

Such conversations are not easy and understandably something that inspires dread and often avoidance all together. But when we avoid speaking up for ourselves, we rob ourselves of the potential to build strong, quality relationships either with the people we are currently involved with or the chance to break free and move on to find people who we can build strong, healthy relationships with.

So whether you have a friend who you care about but is incessantly draining your time by complaining about her life without choosing to do something to change it for the better, are involved with someone in a romantic relationship who continues to make you feel unimportant, are desiring to set firmer boundaries with your family so they will respect your space and time, or work with a colleague who doesn’t allow you to contribute to group work or respect your ideas, I’ve created a seven step checklist that will help you clarify exactly what it is you want to change, how to have a conversation that has the highest potential for positive results and how to move forward successfully. Have a look.

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The day my boy didn’t hug me

October 22, 2012 --


By Rebekah Schneiter,
Out Numbered Blog

 The first blatant sign happened this fall when my oldest, B, walked off the bus and crossed the road to the safety my arms…except he didn’t walk into my arms.  That was the sign.   For the last two years I have always gotten an exuberant, best-mommy-ever-hug each and every afternoon as the big, yellow, bus delivered my oldest to me.  I still get a hug from the middle brother, C, who almost knocks me over like a lab puppy, but not from B.  He made it clear on that first day when he shrugged his shoulders and said, “I think I’m too old to hug you anymore.”

I smiled and touched his hair, probably totally embarrassing, “OK, maybe we can give each other a hug later when no one is watching.”

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Photo: 5 wild kids Halloween costumes!

October 21, 2012 --

I love this photo!

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