Simple Living With Leah

Here’s to changing the way we VIEW ourselves…»

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Recently, in a large city in Australia ,
a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym.
It said, “This summer,
do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

A middle-aged woman,
whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster,
responded publicly to the question
posed by the gym.
To Whom It May Concern,
Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans.)
They have an active sex life,
get pregnant and have adorable baby whales.
They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp.
They play and swim in the seas,
seeing wonderful places like Patagonia ,
the Bering Sea
and the coral reefs of Polynesia .
Whales are wonderful singers
and have even recorded CDs.
They are incredible creatures
and virtually have no predators
other than humans.
They are loved, protected and admired
by almost everyone in the world.
Mermaids don’t exist.
If they did exist,
they would be lining up outside the offices
of Argentinean psychoanalysts
due to identity crisis. Fish or human?
They don’t have a sex life
because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex?
Just look at them … where is IT?
Therefore, they don’t have kids either..
Not to mention,
who wants to get close to a girl who smells
like a fish store?
The choice is perfectly clear to me:
I want to be a whale.
P..S. We are in an age
when media puts into our heads
the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a glass of wine with my friends.

With time, we gain weight
because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads
that when there is no more room,
it distributes out to the rest of our bodies.
So we aren’t heavy,
we are enormously cultured,
educated and happy.
Beginning today,
when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, ¨Good grief, look how smart I am!¨

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Introduction to Belle Blanc Simple Living – Clothing – Sylvia Pant»

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

WOW! It’s amazing how quickly time flies. We thought that the best way to tell you about Belle Blanc clothes is to show you the Belle Blanc line. Before we do, we feel obligated to tell you a little about the production and materials used by Belle Blanc.

We are proud to be completely  MADE IN THE U.S.A. Production is right here in Portland, Oregon.  Our materials are all 100% natural cotton and a cotton/lycra blend.

Today we’re going to introduce you to the Sylvia Pant.

Shown here with the Debbie Coat

This is a great shot of our ever popular Karen top, Signature Cami and Sylvia Pant…notice the great detail of the two tier pant leg…the little details on this pant and the slimming qualities make this a definite favorite.


Oh!  We did have fun that day! … Unexpected walk on the beach? No problem, just pull up the bottoms and attach them to beautiful hand sewn shell buttons.

Here’s the same Sylvia Pant in black. The Sylvia Pant is  available in black and white. They are 100% linen with a  waistband made out of a heavy weight cotton/lycra and a drawstring closure. They are a little sheer in some areas and not in others…we feel this only adds to the sexy feel of these incredible pants. Super comfortable and never worn without being noticed.

Here’s our great Belle Blanc model and George… our Belle Blanc mascot… we hope you enjoyed getting to know the Sylvia Pant

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Belle Blanc Lifestyle»

Friday, April 1st, 2011
It’s difficult to know where to start when you’ve never “blogged” before, so I hope you will be patient with me …. If I sit and think to long about what to say or what not to say my fear is that I’ll not say anything…so here it goes!!!  



Belle Blanc

We might as well start at the beginning. I’m sure I’ll say things that I probably shouldn’t (that’s the usual case for me…the proverbial “foot in mouth” syndrome…or “I can’t believe you said that” syndrome). It would be expected that I talk about clothes but I think Belle Blanc is more than just clothes. To me Belle Blanc has always been about  ”lifestyle”;  a way of living that nurtures our senses.


It’s about paying attention to how our surroundings affect us.

One of the biggest misconceptions about me is that I only LOVE WHITE….people think that I won’t appreciate decor or clothing unless it’s white. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I decorate and love to be surrounded by white in my home because of who I am. I have always been a somewhat (okay! maybe more than just somewhat!!!) “scattered” person who’s mind is constantly on and working. For me white calms me and helps me relax, it allows me to be surrounded by beautiful things while still allowing the overall feeling of calm and serene to prevail.

It’s about living life as uncomplicated as I can. It’s about embracing family, friends and animals in a setting that allows everyone to feel comfortable and at home.

It’s about creating an atmosphere where people feel safe .


I would love to hear about how your surroundings affect you.

Do you want your surroundings to stimulate your mind?  Or, are you looking for an escape, for a place that quiets the mind?


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The Love Affair Begins»

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
The love affair….
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Preparing for the Catalogue»

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Girls being bossy! This is a photo we took while preparing for our Look Book photo-shoot. What do you think?
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Thank You, Flea Market Style!»

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

The second issue of Flea Market Style is out now and we’re excited to be a part of it!

What originally started as a blog featuring home style decorating, ways to modify your home and spaces and clothing, interviews with various bloggers, writing contributors, artists and designers, has Flea Market Style has now made it’s way to print with bi-annual publications.
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We Are Just Getting Started!»

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Currently, Belle Blanc is only available at Silkwood in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Also, you may contact us directly with questions on our product. We are just getting started! Please sign our guest book and we will e-mail you as Belle Blanc expands.

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