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Butterfly on spring flowers

Why is Healing After Divorce so Hard?

If your divorce is finished, you might be kicking yourself. I know I was. Back in 2011, my year-long divorce was finalized, but I wasn’t jumping up and down and doing cartwheels. I felt stuck. But the fact that you’re having those feelings means you’re actually growing. Because you’re now looking back on the painful stuff, seeing what lessons you can learn from it. So you can heal. So you can move on....
Kayak

Summer Travel Itineraries in the Good Ole USA

Competition for the best accommodations or even a campsite in a national park may also sway travelers to tour companies. At Yellowstone National Park, for example, visitation in 2020 outpaced 2019 every month from July through December. “Last year was more spontaneous, but this year I’m seeing a return to preplanning,” said Aaron Bailey, who offers his guiding services in the Yellowstone region through ToursByLocals, including a three-day trip for up to four people priced at $4,200. “They’re going for a guide because they want a good experience and don’t want to be caught up in the race.” While there’s a perennial summer rush on national park accommodations, the difference this year, “is that campgrounds and cabins are going first versus hotel rooms,” said Betsy O’Rourke, the chief marketing officer for the Xanterra Travel Collection, which manages several national park accommodations, including El Tovar Hotel and Bright Angel Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park. Many lodges are already sold out for much of the summer....
Slub Cotton-Modal Tank $24.50

Tees and Tanks for Spring and Summer

Each spring, I go through my tee and tank collection and part with the ones that have lost their shape, become stained or discolored, or no longer look polished. Tees and tanks are one of the foundations of my spring and summer wardrobe, and their importance can't be overstated. They go with everything and when I find a style that flatters me, I buy it in multiples....
Giant blue door in Paris

Turning a Profit on Your Passion: An Interview With Founder of Girls Guide To Paris

Belau joked that her encore career has been an overnight sensation, 50+ years in the making. Doni Belau’s third career is in the Happiness business. The founder of Girls Guide to Paris believes travel leads to a sense of discovery and better understanding. She calls it her ministry. “I wanted to do something I loved and meeting women from all over the world feeds my soul,” she said in a recent interview....

Digitally Challenged After All These Years

I wish Safari could help me find everything on my phone. “Show me how to connect to WiFi again?” my younger self would ask my kids. “Here, I’ll do it,” they’d respond, taking the phone from my hand without showing me how, leading me to a bad pattern of helplessness. I now feel like a bird with clipped wings that cannot fly. “You still don’t know how to do this Mom? Scroll down, no just scroll down, keep going,” my daughter says trying to help me find the right setting. Frustrated, I look up at her. “Did I stand behind you and say, ‘Just step, just start stepping,’ when you were learning how to walk?”...
Kiss and lipstick

When a Kiss is Easier than Saying ‘No Thank You.’

When I left the coffee shop with Jonathan, I had reached that moment on the date when I had to make a decision: how would I graciously end this? We had matched on Bumble. We’d both attended Cornell and knew some of the same people. Before we met, we had a hilarious phone conversation. I had looked forward to the date, but when we met, he wasn’t exactly what I expected. He was overwhelmingly big in personality…and underwhelming in stature....
Felice Shapiro

I Glanced At My Reflection and Paused…Am I Ready For This?

My suitcases lay empty and open, waiting for content. I was reluctant. After 3 months of hunkering down in the mountains of Park City, our rental was up. I had left myself 3 days to pack up. But each day I found a reason to bypass the empty suitcases and take another walk, read my book, and write a bit more. Anything but fill that nylon zippered void.......
Floral Tie Dress $448

There’s a New Dress in Town and it’s Called “The Nap Dress”

New this season is an updated style of a house dress called "The Nap Dress." Trademarked by lifestyle brand Hill House, the Nap Dress is feminine and flowy and can be worn almost anywhere. As we come out of our Covid bubbles and shed our loungewear, these comfy-yet-stylish dresses might be the perfect dressing solution this spring and summer! ...

Featured on Relationship Thursday

Butterfly on spring flowers

Why is Healing After Divorce so Hard?

If your divorce is finished, you might be kicking yourself. I know I was. Back in 2011, my year-long divorce was finalized, but I wasn’t jumping up and down and doing cartwheels. I felt stuck. But the fact that you’re having those feelings means you’re actually growing. Because you’re now looking back on the painful stuff, seeing what lessons you can learn from it. So you can heal. So you can move on....
Kiss and lipstick

When a Kiss is Easier than Saying ‘No Thank You.’

When I left the coffee shop with Jonathan, I had reached that moment on the date when I had to make a decision: how would I graciously end this? We had matched on Bumble. We’d both attended Cornell and knew some of the same people. Before we met, we had a hilarious phone conversation. I had looked forward to the date, but when we met, he wasn’t exactly what I expected. He was overwhelmingly big in personality…and underwhelming in stature....
Felice Shapiro

I Glanced At My Reflection and Paused…Am I Ready For This?

My suitcases lay empty and open, waiting for content. I was reluctant. After 3 months of hunkering down in the mountains of Park City, our rental was up. I had left myself 3 days to pack up. But each day I found a reason to bypass the empty suitcases and take another walk, read my book, and write a bit more. Anything but fill that nylon zippered void.......

Featured on Fashion Friday

Easy Breezy Floral Tops For Effortless Style

Florals remind us of nice weather in spring and summer, when the colors of nature are mimicked in feminine shirts and blouses. Simply pair a floral top with any bottom, and you can skip jewelry and other accessories and still look effortlessly put together. I found so many great floral tops when researching for this article that I had trouble containing myself.... so check out my top 17 (yes, 17) below!!! ...
Slub Cotton-Modal Tank $24.50

Tees and Tanks for Spring and Summer

Each spring, I go through my tee and tank collection and part with the ones that have lost their shape, become stained or discolored, or no longer look polished. Tees and tanks are one of the foundations of my spring and summer wardrobe, and their importance can't be overstated. They go with everything and when I find a style that flatters me, I buy it in multiples....