The Simply Luxurious Life® – Refined living on an everyday income
One skill that I am trying to improve upon is being creative with left-overs. In other words, entertaining my palate unexpectedly with recipes and dishes that it wouldn't expect without having to run to the market multiple times during the week. Last week, I picked up a loaf of whole wheat bread from a local bakery... Read More
Saturday January 14, 2017
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Friday January 13, 2017
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Thursday January 12, 2017
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Sometimes style is the vessel through which we learn one of life's most valuable lessons. Such a vessel, if indeed an accurate analogy, also reveals the accurate parallel details. Such a simple statement, Just be you, but for anyone whose self didn't align with the accepted norms, you know, as well as I, that it takes... Read More
Tuesday January 10, 2017
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Book —Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin I know, I know. Why share a three year old book? But hear me out. Drawn to a successful philosophy modeled by successful Berkshire-Hathaway Chairman Charles Munger that was simple and full of clarity, Peter Bevelin seeks out wisdom from those who have been there. From Darwin... Read More
Friday January 06, 2017
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Sunday January 01, 2017
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Wednesday December 28, 2016
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“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder--no matter how old you became and how much you'd seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.” ― Candace Bushnell in Lipstick Jungle The snow continues to fall, and from the images on IG, the snow was falling a little bit... Read More
Sunday January 08, 2017
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“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
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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
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As a hostess of a holiday soirée, the purpose for inviting friends and family over is to have a memorable time. Perhaps a time to don cocktail attire, or maybe a more casual setting to simply lose track of time and get lost in conversation swaying to the music in the background. Either way, the... Read More
Thursday December 22, 2016
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Ideal, picturesque, what a cottage dream entails when it dances in my mind's eye. Since pinning the New England cottage above more than six years ago, I have been looking for a tour of the interior, and finally I discovered it on Martha Stewart's website. Owned by antique seller and art gallery owner in New... Read More
Thursday January 12, 2017
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~Emma Stone in Valentino Haute Couture~ The 74th Golden Globes began with a song and dance number lead by a host who loves to sing and dance (thank you Jimmy Fallon!), included an unexpected glitch for the opening monologue, toss in a bit of political humor from Fallon and political straight talk from none other than lifetime... Read More
Monday January 09, 2017
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~Halston Heritage lizard-effect leather shoulder bag~ ~Chelsea Flower printed crepe de chine mini dress~ ~Noir Jewelry gold-tone earrings~ ~Halston Heritage 'Jennifer' suede knee boots~ ~Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour, Fantasy~ ~Rodin olio lusso Jasmine/Neroli luxury face oil~ ~SHOP the OUTFIT: ~View other Outfits of the Week here.... Read More
Thursday January 05, 2017
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Finished with rattan bistro chairs, a chaise lounge that beckons to be enjoyed with a throw and a book, as well as a soaking tub, dancer, judge and actor Julianne Hough's Hollywood home was curated just for her. Not to impress Architectural Digest or the curious eyes of her fans (however, her calm, personal choices... Read More
Thursday January 05, 2017
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"Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely, and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it, to stand there trembling not moving, assuming the worst that can happen or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant." —Grey's Anatomy, Cristina Yang's... Read More
Wednesday January 04, 2017
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Denim. Denim skirts, jeans, and tops. A classic material that continues to be played with by designers, and even more so in recent seasons. A reader  emailed me last month with a question about how to wear denim skirts that hit below the knee during the shoulder seasons, and it was fun to explore the... Read More
Tuesday January 03, 2017
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One more day remains in 2016. Before we know it, we'll be waking up to a new year and a new opportunity to refresh, press restart and cultivate even more of the life we wish to live each day. As 2016 wraps up, KATU-TV in Portland invited me to share tips on how to make 2017... Read More
Friday December 30, 2016
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