Outfit of the Week: No. 48


The holiday shopping season will kick off tomorrow, but some sites have already begun their discounts. Stop by Bluefly for the silk ombre skirt above and save money as well as welcome an item into your closet that will be a playful staple for evening work or play gatherings. Wait until Friday to save on Marissa Webb’s silk tie blouse and be sure to stop by Nordstrom where discounts are everywhere already. Simple color options turned up a notch to exude your signature style.


~Marissa Webb Classic Charlie Tie Blouse (on Black Friday save 35% with BLACKFRIDAY14)~

~Lafayette 148 New York shale dip dye silk slim skirt~

~Tibi Bee Mules~

~Argento Vivo bar pendant necklace~

~Michael Kors ‘Small Dillon’ satchel~

Thoughts from the Editor & Holiday Sales!


  For many today, the travel begins and for others work is put on pause while the family and friends arrive. For me, today, I'm rebooting prior to the big day with a massage, a bit of a spruce up and shopping for the last minute ingredients for tomorrow's grand meal. Here are a few other ways to enjoy Thanksgiving. And to get a head start if … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Touches & Splashes of Color


I don't know about everyone else, but while I love and need my go-to neutrals, I thoroughly enjoy adding a splash of color. Whether it's a silk blouse in a shade of cool turquoise or fuchsia, heels that beg to be noticed or a beautiful floral skirt that elevates a basic white button-up, there is something empowering when it comes to the proper … [Continue reading...]

8 Strategies to Prep for the Holidays


"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?" -Bob Hope  ~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode#14 Officially, the holiday season kicks off here in the states this week with Thursday's Thanksgiving, but for everyone else around the … [Continue reading...]

This & That: No. 134


~Book ~Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling While I am late to the party with this particular book, many readers have recommended it as well as a few of my friends, so it is now on my wish list. Reaching the status of a New York Times Best Seller, writer, comedian, and actress Mindy Kaling takes readers on a tour … [Continue reading...]

An Early Gift for TSLL Readers


Since the announcement this past summer of the launch of the book, I have been fine-tuning details and giving myself time to make sure everything was exactly as I had hoped it would be. Why? I want to guarantee that when you, the reader, finally has the opportunity to sit down and dive into Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman's … [Continue reading...]

Outfit of the Week: No. 47


Last weekend while I was typing away at my favorite cafe in Walla Walla, the winter weather styles of customers popping in for a hot cup of java or chocolate paired with a sweet treat entertained my stylist's eye. And one particular trend kept repeating itself - the puffer coat. Now I'm not talking the old-school, balloon puffer coats that have no … [Continue reading...]

Mid-Week Thoughts


Good Wednesday morning. It is Wednesday, yet for some reason it feels much later in the week, and I'm not exactly sure why. Perhaps because the first few days were full enough to make a full week - a glass of wine and a social outing is needed now to unwind pronto. Does anyone want to join me for a mid-week reboot? However, when I saw this image of … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Black, White & Warm


Style Inspiration has come early this week! A slight change to the weekly schedule. Starting this week, Tuesday's will be dedicated to this favorite of readers' weekly posts and Decor Inspiration will be posted intermittently when a simply luxurious interior is discovered and I can't wait to share. Again, the classic options take center stage … [Continue reading...]

8 Ways to Create Glowing Skin


 ~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #13 Here in the states, the cold weather has arrived, and as I live in a very arid part of Oregon, the lack of moisture has increased even more so. However, regardless of where we live and even if it's not winter, moisturizing our skin is crucial to not only looking our best, but also feeling our … [Continue reading...]