The Simply Luxurious Life® – Refined living on an everyday income
Books —Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat: festive Table Settings, Favorite Recipes and Design Inspiration by Joan Osofsky & Abby Adams After great success with their first book Love Where You Live, authors Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams released this past Tuesday Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat. Inside discover seasonal dinner parties offering the... Read More
Friday March 24, 2017


Every Monday

The first full day of spring is today and blue skies are coming if they aren't already here. Shades of blue beginning with navy and running the spectrum to light bluebird blue are vast and can as easily be a neutral as a signature pop of color piece in a outfit. And of course denim... Read More
Tuesday March 21, 2017
Book —The Idiot by Elif Batuman Elif Batuman's new novel The Idiot is receiving ubiquitous praise from critics for offering the journey of a young woman beginning into adulthood. Set in 1995, Selin arrives at Harvard, the daughter of Turkish immigrant parents and as she enters her first summer after college, she goes abroad to teach English... Read More
Friday March 17, 2017

The first month of the year has wrapped up which means it is time to check in to see how the singular small change each of us made went as the Year of Welcoming in Quality and Reducing the Quantity began: Reduce or eliminate entirely one food or food type that does not serve you well. As... Read More
Wednesday February 01, 2017
“I have gone to [this bookshop] for years, always finding the one book I wanted - and then three more I hadn’t known I wanted.” ― Mary Ann Shaffer Whenever I walk into a bookstore by myself, upon crossing the threshold, I immediately feel surrounded by the most welcoming company. As a child I sincerely appreciated receiving a... Read More
Saturday November 26, 2016

Weekly Finds

Twenty sixteen introduced the first TSLL French Week which took place in mid-August of this past year with great success. For an entire week, two posts went live each day that were inspired by or focused on something related to the French culture. Due to the positive response from readers, the annual event will be... Read More
Thursday December 29, 2016
Spring arrives tomorrow! And I thought, what recipe could I share that would be simple, delicious and welcome the fresh start of the seasonal new year? As I began poking around I discovered a simple French snack that requires minimal time and very little skills. Simply slice, spread and savor. As the farmers' markets begin to... Read More
Sunday March 19, 2017
  ~Vanessa Seward jacquard silk printed jumpsuit~ —Tumi 19 Degree Aluminum Luggage (20% off thru 3/21 - other sizes available)~ ~Oscar de la Renta gem patented leather-trimmed embellished mesh flippers~ ~Mark  & Graham Brooklyn leather tote (other colors)~ ~J.Crew Tassel Chain Necklace~ ~SLIP silk eye mask (many other colors available)~ ~Only in Naples: Lessons in Food & Famiglia from my Italian Mother-in-Law by... Read More
Thursday March 16, 2017
From an entirely raw space in Tribeca to a modern loft renovated with touches of retro comfort, an Australian family finds their home in a fresh new space. The kitchen instantly caught my attention with warm woods and a lofty original tin ceiling, and the floating soaking tub set atop a unique mosaic of hexagonal... Read More
Thursday March 16, 2017
It's so simple, it's sometimes hard to step away. Creating a slimming silhouette, hiding all of the not-so-favorite-parts and accentuating our favorites. Whether with a classic black silk blouse, a black dress or pointed black flats, black is a necessity in every person's closet, man or woman. Black is a comfort choice in many ways... Read More
Tuesday March 14, 2017
Book —How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett A new book written by psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett offers new insight into the power we have over our emotions. What if we have more control over our emotions than we thought and the universal understanding of a collective reason... Read More
Friday March 10, 2017
—Marissa Webb Wesley Top in Lilia Navy (on sale), more here~ —Badgley Mischka Faux Leather Trim Long Trench (other colors available)~ —Jimmy Choo 'Romy' pointy toe flat or L.K. Bennett 'Thea' ballet flat (other colors available)~ ~L.K. Bennett Regan dark pink saffiano leather tote~ ~Leah Alexandra Skinny Collar Necklace~ ~Coach 'Tatum' Crystal Bezel Bracelet Watch~ ~My Master Recipes by Patricia Wells~ ~SHOP THE... Read More
Thursday March 09, 2017
Yesterday, one of my closest friends texted me, describing me as an independent woman, complete with multiple exclamation points to celebrate the fact she was acknowledging. This dear friend is one of the most amazing independent women I know. Let me introduce you. She is intelligent. She is driven. She is a woman who invests in her career,... Read More
Wednesday March 08, 2017
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living... Read More
Wednesday March 08, 2017