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Sacrificial Salt

Oysters purify the sea, filtering gallons and gallons or water through their small, slinky, sacrificial systems. When oysters are full of toxins, it’s because they have filtered these poisons out of the water, purifying the oceanby absorbing...
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This Is Not Your Life

Let’s rearrange the messiness of our lives to be like a set: color-coded and choreographed, staging our mistakes to music and tragedies with deliberate visual design. We will always have soft light and enter on queue from stage right. Our daily...
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Runaway Retreat

Sometimes there are places you go that you never want to leave. Or rather, we find ourselves in certain scenes and feel as if we belong amongst the objects there. For me, these are often places where everything seems perfectly considered, objects...
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Stilettos Click Here

Roger Vivier invented the stiletto. While the pointy heel was around prior, the addition of the metal within the heel allowed us to prance to new heights. He also designed other iconic shoe shapes, such as the comma heel and the pilgrim...
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Queen of Ices

 Nothing is more classic than an ice cream parlor. I loved the thought of my family walking together on a summer evening to  a nitro ice cream parlor housed in a rehabbed corner store in South St. Louis. It seemed so fitting for the birthplace...
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The Great American Shoe

The perfect summertime shoe is Minnetonka’s Thunderbird Moccasin. Cute and quirky, released in 1960 and still going strong, the shoe is as classic as Winnie Cooper in cut-offs on a banana-seat Schwinn. Think barbeques, beach houses, sundresses on...
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In Pursuit of Light

A little girl runs around the yard on a sticky summer evening snatching at the air trying to grab the fleeting flashes of light dancing in the dark. ...
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Classic Parcel

Good tea comes in good packaging. I should write about a glamorous search for the finest quality tea leaves from a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, all wide-brimmed hat and white linen – and maybe someday I will–but for me, I honestly derive more...
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Green Girls

American girls are just like avocados. The explanatory quote that comes at the end of this short novel is even more brilliant, considering that the title is The Dud Avocado. I want to so badly, but I just can't spoil it for you. The book was...
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SoCal Sweden

Salsa and lingonberries, same thing, right? Elin Kling’s new line, Totême – recently released in the U.S. – was described in the WSJ. article where I first saw the line as “European preppy.” If what they meant was precise but unfussy tailoring…

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