Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Inspiration: Summertime in Italy

(Source, Photographer Amanda Pratt {Kate Ryan Inc.} via Simple Song.)

Today's Horoscope: Cancer, Leo & Virgo

(Cancer, June 22 to July 22: It's never easy giving out advice, whether it's asked for or unsolicited. Either way, chances are good that they won't actually take it, even after you've spent at least an hour reciting your best sales pitches. They'll listen, then they'll frown, shake their head and recite a long, drawn-out list of reasons why they can't possibly do what you're suggesting. Every now and then, however, you get lucky. Give them at least five minutes before you decide to call it quits.)

(Leo, July 23 to August 23: You have a knack for getting along with higher-ups, and it's only going to get better over the next couple of years. Yes, years. That said, if you need to talk with an authority figure about a problem, even if it's an embarrassing one, now is definitely the time to do it. You may not be able to solve the situation even with their help or advice, but you definitely won't feel competent to do it without them. At any rate, it's worth a shot.)

(Virgo, August 24 to September 22: Once you make up your mind about someone, it's tough to change it, especially if a long-term dispute is at the heart of that opinion. For now, it might be best for you to let all that go, no matter what it was, and try to let the past truly become the past. Of course, it all depends on whether the situation is something you can forgive. Horoscope via us.glamour.com. Photograph source, Hilary Rhoda, Heidi Mount, Jessica Stam, Angela Lindvall by Karl Lagerfeld for Bazaar US September 2008 via Fashion Victims. Tomorrow, July 1st's horoscope: Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius!)

Monday, June 29, 2009


(Just love the grouping of figure photographs. Source, Delight by Design.)

Today's Horoscope: Aries, Taurus & Gemini

(Aries, March 21 to April 19: our world's an orderly, balanced and bright one, and you're doing your part to keep it that way -- putting selfishness aside and enjoying giving just as much as you're delighting in receiving. This generous mood of yours also gives you an extra-sparkly charm factor, which won't go unnoticed by those around you (and may be noticed by one person in particular). Keep the cycle of good energy going, and get the most out of this special day.)

(Taurus, April 20 to May 20: Forget about your boring old routine -- today is special, so fill it with good cheer and lots of fun. If you have to squeeze in some last-minute errands, take care of them quickly. A big, indulgent brunch is in order, perhaps followed by a walk or a matinee with friends or family. Tonight, plan to be cozy with your favorite people, enjoying some favorite beverages and telling favorite stories.)

(Gemini, May 21 to June 21: Fun's definitely in the stars, and while others may be in a mellower mode, you're raring to go. Find a friend or two who can keep up with you, and choose something great to do. A daytime adventure of roller-skating might be about your speed, or the hustle and bustle of shopping for a new summer outfit, or a special lunch at an interesting ethnic restaurant. Start a new tradition and enjoy every minute -- these are the days that memories are made of. Horoscope via Marie Claire.com. Photograph Source, Kayt Jones Photography. Tomorrow, June 30th's horoscope: Cancer, Leo & Virgo.)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Weekend Signoff :)

(In keeping with my previous lakeside water-themed post, I couldn't resist sharing this adorable picture. I wish you all a beautiful, sunny happy weekend! Source, Flickr.)

A Summer by the Lake

("... in the cathedral hush of a Quebec Indian summer with the lake drawing into its mirror the fire of the maples, it came to me that to be able to love the mystery surrounding us is the final and only sanction of human existence." ~ Canadian author, Hugh MacLennan, in "The Watch That Ends the Night." Water, an essential element of our existence; most appreciated in summer. Source, Icon_ology.)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Inspiration: Free Spirits

(the lovely Emma Watson has turned out to be quite the stylish fashionista!)

(Source, Faded to Pretend; Vs. Magazine)

(Model Angela Lindvall exudes glam simply and effortlessly (shown with her two adorable sons above). Photographer, David Mushegain via British Vogue.)

Today's Horoscope: Capricorn, Aquarius & Pisces

(Capricorn, December 22 to January 19: Business matters haven't exactly been difficult lately, have they? In fact, isn't it more accurate to say that everything's been coming up roses? Well, there's another sweet deal en route -- maybe even sweeter than the last, if you can believe that. So once you're sure that Lady Luck has once again smiled on you, why not share the wealth? You don't have to start a foundation, but taking someone special out for an elegant dinner wouldn't hurt. Photograph Source, Flickr.)

(Aquarius, January 20 to February 18: If anyone is ready for romance, it's you. And the universe agrees, too -- so much so that you've been chosen to receive one of those wonderful evenings that only come along a few times a year. Think of it as having your own personal concierge fairy show up on your doorstep with cash, tickets for two to the event of your choice and a limo -- oh, and the person you'd love to share it all with. Photography source, Etsy.)

(Pisces, February 19 to March 20: Some rumors are fun to hear -- so much fun that when you hear them, you start thinking about making one up to send back via the same messenger. Something along those lines is about to reach you now, regarding a certain someone you'd be hard pressed to deny your attraction to. Don't even bother trying to deny it. You're sweet on them, and apparently the feelings are mutual. Now what are you going to do about it? Photograph source, Flickr discovered via Automatism.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tip of the Week

(Dear lovely readers: Did you know that to lose those last few pounds, Dr. Joey Shulman, author of The Last 15 - A Weight Loss Breakthrough suggests: eating breakfast; stop eating at 7 p.m. five nights per week; drink three cups of green tea per day; eat low glycemic index carbohydrates (yes, you can and should have bread, but make it whole grain); eat protein at every meal; be like the French and watch your portion size; and eat slowly (it takes 20 minutes for the brain to register a "full" sensation. Photograph source, Carli Burni by Dewey Nicks via Tatielle.)

Today's Horoscope: Libra, Scorpio & Sagittarius

(Sorry if I'm a bit late in posting today...it is a holiday here in Québec and so I slept in... as you may know these horoscopes are only available the day of posting!)

(Libra, September 23 to October 22: When it comes to dramatic displays of affection, you're far more familiar with being on the giving side. Right about now, however, a loved one has decided it's time for you to have a taste of what it's like to be lavished with attention. This will probably arrive as a surprise, so don't let it be known that you have an inkling of what's about to happen. Let them have their fun, too. It's only fair.)

(Scorpio, October 23 to November 21: You're nothing if not a reluctant celebrity -- even when you know you deserve some public recognition. At the moment, however, you've done something that just can't be passed over -- something that a simple nod won't cover. Prepare yourself for a bit of the fanfare you've never been fond of. Oh, you can force yourself to enjoy it for a little while, can't you? Especially since it will mean so much to those who care for you.)

(Sagittarius, November 22 to December 21: Even if you were halfway across the world just weeks ago, by your standards, that's still probably far too long. So when the chance to travel arrives, you'll jump on it -- and why not? Everyone deserves the chance to do what they love as often as possible during their brief time here on the third planet. Besides, when they've had their fill, it makes them ever so much easier to get along with. That goes double for you. Horoscopes via Glamour.com. Photograph source from the talented and lovely, Record the Day. Tomorrow, June 25th's horoscope: Capricorn, Aquarius & Pisces!)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Inspiration: Quotes

("Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you have made peace with the imperfections." ~ unknown. Photograph Source, We Heart It.)

Today's Horoscope: Cancer, Leo & Virgo

(Cancer, June 22 to July 22: Everything you think and feel is rapidly tumbling out of your mouth, virtually unfiltered. That's kind of scary for a creature as sensitive as you, but if you spend as much time as possible with people you love and trust, it will turn out to be a positive thing. After all, what could possibly be better than exchanging words of love with those you're closest to -- other than the wonderful, warm hugs that follow those declarations of affection, of course. )

(Leo, July 23 to August 23: Speaking of charm, stick-to-itiveness and making changes at work, don't underestimate yourself -- or your coworkers. The powers-that-be are seemingly omnipotent, but they weren't born with your talent for organizing the masses, and they can't run the show without the cast. Keep everyone calm and come up with a battle plan for the future. In one day, you've probably already made some progress in convincing the higher-ups. Imagine what you can all do in a month.)

(Virgo, August 24 to September 22: You're well known for more than your common sense and sound judgment, but right about now, you'll definitely need the use of both those qualities. A loved one you were thinking of confiding in may beat you to the punch -- in other words, before you have a chance to ask for their opinion, they'll ask for yours. There's only one thing to do: take turns telling your stories. This could end up being mutually beneficial in more ways than one. Horoscope via Marie Claire.com. Photograph source, Life discovered via the ever-inspiring Ruby Press. Tomorrow, June 24th's horoscope: Libra, Scorpio & Sagittarius!)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Inspiration: Gorgeous Bedroom

(Ooh. There are so many elements of this room I love... the ornate period bed juxtaposed against a modern mirrored armoire, black no less... and the large window; a necessity in a bedroom! Source, Design Corner.)

Today's Horoscope: Aries, Taurus & Gemini

(Aries, March 21 to April 19: It's time to handle a family matter that's been making you crazy. If the issue is money, you'll need to put your foot down right away and be nothing but firm with all parties concerned. If it's strictly an emotional situation, the same holds true, but you may need to do some fancy footwork too -- in addition to handing out all your solid, grounded advice. Oh, and here's a tip: Either way, speak from your heart.)

(Taurus, April 20 to May 20: You've put your own personal goals on hold for far too long. It's now officially time to go after them with the same determination you usually only display when someone you love needs help or advice. The good news is that the heavens have arranged for an envoy to arrive at your door -- someone who just so happens to possess the skills, knowledge and experience you need to help you along the way. Expect a mystery guest and keep an eye out.)

(Gemini, May 21 to June 21: In your opinion, the astrological weather today is fine. Couldn't be better. There are scattered periods of change on the agenda, followed by even more change -- just the way you like it. Of course, while you're looking forward to the next surprise the universe has up its sleeve, your friend, sibling or neighbor is probably skulking around as far under cover as they can possibly get, worried about the unknown. Be nice. Draw them out and let them know that change is the only constant. Horoscope via Marie Claire.com. Photograph source via Models.com Feed. Tomorrow, June 23rd's horoscope: Cancer, Leo & Virgo.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Weekend Signoff :)

(Don't you just love the french language... "L'été, la bouche rouge se porte mouillée, un peu irrégulière comme tachée après avoir trempé ses lèvres dans un verre de vin rouge" ... Thank you for dropping by this week and a warm welcome, new readers/followers of Simply Seductive! To everyone, if you haven't noticed I've started a new weekly post, entitled "Tip of the Week", so look forward to some really informative tips to come, once a week! Have a great weekend! Source, Flickr.)

Illustrator, Bella Foster

(Source, The Art Department.)

Decor Therapy

(love the striking dark blue chair, upholstered ottoman and mix match of pillows...)

(a simple focal point...)

(one colour, only one colour (in different tones) makes a strong statement)

(a lovely grouping of white and black objects)

(and my favourite, an inviting pale powder blue carpet and matching chair juxtaposed against a mirrored side table. Source, Ellen Silverman; discovered via JuBella.)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Shoe Love

(Source, Le Fashion.)

A Ring Collection

(If only! This is what I dream for... so pretty. Source, We Heart It.)

Today's Horoscope: Capricorn, Aquarius & Pisces

(Capricorn, December 22 to January 19: Regardless of the time spent together, there are ups and downs in every relationship. You, of course, know that. You understand the importance of time spent, so you're less likely than most to leave a relationship when times are tough. Now, then, when times are anything but tough, you're also more likely to express your gratitude and appreciation in a wonderful, thoughtful yet practical way. Just don't be too practical. A nice long hug can't be priced, but it also can't be bought.)

(Aquarius, January 20 to February 18: Change is necessary for several reasons, and you completely understand that. After all, change is second nature to you -- the more sudden the better. Still, even you occasionally have a problem adapting to something startling that's handed down from on high -- especially if it happens without your input. Fortunately, everything that's going on now was more or less personally orchestrated by you. Count your blessings and resolve to be patient if it's not always this way.)

(Pisces, February 19 to March 20: You've never been especially fond of idle chatter. It's not that you don't like chatting with friends. You just don't like wasting your time on conversation that means nothing at all. In fact, you don't like participating in anything that doesn't have a meaningful ending. You've been dealing with that type of thing for days and you're tired of it, but there's light at the end of this tunnel now, and you know it -- the kind that will actually show you something. Horoscope via us.glamour.com. Photograph source, Canadian Photographer Mark Olson via Desire to Inspire.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A moment in time

(Source, Elisa Sednaoui by Wendy Bevan. Marie Claire Italia May 2009.)
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