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BEAUTY MATTERS : Très Jolie TrèsStiQue

Adore this line. 

My introduction was the lip crayon and it was love at first use. I wore the "Tuscan Wine" shade on my wedding day for a timeless shade that had great staying power lasting from photos out in the snow to the ceremony to dancing at the reception. I soon discovered that smart entrepreneurs behind the product line were set on creating a simplified solution to your makeup routine. trèStiQue offers a synergistic approach to customize makeup. This solution simplifies the way you use, carry and apply makeup for easy everyday routine. 
Dare you not to fall in love. 

CLICK HERE to discover the brilliance. 
New customers receive 15% off their first order with code TRELOV3

Spokane Summer : PIG OUT IN THE PARK!

It's an Inland Northwest tradition.  Pig Out In the Park has returned to Spokane Riverfront Park for its 40th year!
The food and music festival, happening now through Monday, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

The event offers 57 booths with 245 menu items, and 4 alcohol gardens.Special Hours with $4 bites run from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. daily. 

A free music festival runs every day, with headliners ranging from local artists to big names in music, like rapper Coolio taking the stage at 8:30 p.m. on Friday

The full music line-up is available on the Pig Out in the Park website.


Booze for Breakfast

Marys and Mimosas

Both the Bloody Mary and Mimosa make it socially acceptable to drink before noon.  While this can be a problem if the drinking continues all day, on its own, a Mary or a Mimosa is a beautiful thing.
The Bloody Mary can be a meal in itself - a healthy sounding one at that with a slightly morbid name. Bloody Marys traditionally are made with vodka and tomato juice which is then heavily spiced and garnished. Some say this drink was conceived in Paris in the roaring 20's.  Others trace it back to the 30's as a cure to the dreaded hangover. Either way, this breakfast cocktail has evolved with many twists being added along the way.
The Mimosa, on the other hand, is a mainstay of the classy champagne brunch with a straightforward recipe: champagne or sparkling wine and orange juice. Yes, this is a drink you can make yourself. It was supposedly invented in back in 1925 at a Parisian Hotel. As with most cocktails, there are Mimosa variations such as switching up the juic…

Mid Century Marvelous

I’ve written about this vintage style many times. Mid-century modern (MCM) is the design movement in interior, product, graphic design, architecture, and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. A one-of-a-kind mid century modern homes that has almost all original feature and details are in demand. Expect large open rooms, beamed cathedral ceilings, and well planned built ins. MCM homes are sprinkled throughout Spokane and if they could speak they’d tell a story of family values and good manners. 
My interest in are MCM homes accelerated when a started helping a historical preservationist and architect couple scour our region for MCM masterpieces that hopefully were not yet updated. I’m now a raving fan of this understandable floor plan and iconic style.  
The following is a interior design article I wrote about this everything old is new again style. 
THE MOD SQUAD Mastering the MCM obsession Laurie Allen 
It has often been said if you wait long enough, everything will come bac…

For the love of Washington Wine

For the LOVE of Washington Wine by Laurie Allen

Note: This article was originally published in 2014. Besides the growing number of Washington Wineries (960 to now well over 1000) having to edited this article rings true. Wine is the answer, What was the question?
Wine is more than a liquid libation. Most locapours (lovers of local wine) will claim Washington wine has meaning, depth and even truth in every glass. Wine is an experience, sometimes even a ritual that’s meant to be shared and from there the truth often flows. Vino Veritas is a Latin phrase that translates "in wine [there is the] truth." Wine, wine, and more wine. Lucky for residents and visitors alike, Washington has numerous opportunities to partake in the fermented juice. The local wine scene exploded in the mid 90s making Washington the second largest wine region in the United States. Compared to 1981, when there were only 19 official wineries, Washington State is now drenched in wine boasting more than 1000 offi…

That’s so very Audrey of you. 

Dionne brought us all a little somethin’ from NYC. It’s a print of some pretty amazing public art by Tristan Eaton.
It’s entitled Audrey of Mulberry (NYC). This piece was painted in August or 2013, for The Little Italy Street Project and The Little Italy Merchants Association. Located at the corner of Broome & Mulberry at the entrance of Little Italy.

As a writer, I connect with someone’s words more than anything else. Audrey had some good one that resonate with my soul, so like so many others, I’ve collected hers.
*Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
*Paris is always a good idea.
*For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
*The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters.
*The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
*As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hand…