I have heard it said that a good rain shower is equivalent to offering a fresh start. As if the showers are washing away what was and offering an opportunity to become anew. Now, it may just be the pluviophile in me, but I took this interpretation to heart especially with the timing of our all-weekend long rainy extravaganza in Bend and the ending of my old blog design of three years, kicking off the revealing of the new home for all things simply luxurious.
It just so happened that I found myself downtown early Saturday morning with my two dogs Norman and Oscar that we spontaneously jumped out of the car and took a walk amongst the vibrant leaves. The above image of Norman took my breath away as not a filter was used and the eclectic mix of leaves that had congregated in one spot was truly surreal and spectacular.
Now I am getting a little off track, but actually not really.
Naguib Mantouz once shared about the finding of one’s authentic home to be the place “not where you are born, but where all your attempts to escape cease.” Such was the case when I arrived in Bend 15 months ago, and so is the case with TSLL’s new home online that you see today.
With the addition of the podcast, the release of the book and the growing interest to share my ardent affection for the French culture, TSLL’s audience has grown. And in doing has required of me to ask, “Am I offering my readers the best experience?”.
The result of how I answered that question and subequently chose to offer every TSLL reader the best experience I could imagine is now in front of you today.
The new TSLL is a place where you can come for regular, frequent or intermittent, inspiration, ideas and information. A destination where what you seek is easy to find, share and become involved with. A destination that is easy on the eyes and consistent in its offerings. For example, there will always be the most recent French-Inspired post just below the “Weekly Finds” scroll, just as you will always be able to see what was in the most recently weekly Style Inspiration and This & That post without having to scroll or click endlessly (the fourth and fifth post from the top – always).
There are so many new, user-friendly aspects that I cannot wait to share with you which is why for this entire Grand Reveal week, two posts will go live each day. And each day beginning on Tuesday at 1pm (pacific time), the second post of the day, a Petite Post will share more specific information about where you can find what on the new blog design.
Who is behind this new design you may be wondering? It is made entirely possible with the talent and creativity of the Dash Creative team. For more than five months they have listened to what I hoped TSLL could become and have surpassed my expectations. I was inspired to reach out to them after appreciating what they designed for a decor and lifestyle blogger whose blog I have been regularly visiting and been inspired by for years. Needless to say, the life lesson of surrounding yourself with people who are smart and dedicated has never been more true, and I am deeply grateful.
Inslee Fariss was as well involved with the new look of TSLL. Her illustration in the header fully embodies the many different, yet each vitally important, parts of living simply luxuriously: a quiet confidence to forge a path that is in alignment with our passions, values and purpose, simple, chic, yet thoughtful style, enjoying everyday pleasures and routines, letting go of perfect, always being curious and surrounding ourselves with love. A few have asked why only one of my pups is in the illustration, and to be honest, while this blog is my passion, much like my black English cocker spaniel Oscar, not everything about my life is revealed on TSLL blog. Yes, you do see glimpses of him from time to time on IG (and here on the blog, as seen below), but as Oscar is more of a behind-the-scenes kind of gentleman, he is just fine letting his brother have the limelight. 😉
Take some time and explore the new site. Stop by as often as you can this week as there will be more posts to come on what the new blog has for you to enjoy and inspire you to live your very own unique simply luxurious life as well as a few surprises. AND at the end of the week, you might just see me in front of the camera. Not something I typically do, but this opportunity was hard to pass up. Stay tuned.
~If you’re looking for this week’s show notes for the most recent episode of the podcast, look just below the most recent post which is at the top of the page. You’ll see “The Simple Sophisticate Podcast: Every Monday“. Click on the link next to “Current Episode” to be taken to the Show Notes.
~Drake Park in Bend, Oregon, on a rainy October morning~