Mission Statement

The Simply Luxurious Life is something that I believe every one of us can attain if indeed we are seeking quality rather than quantity, sensibility rather than frivolity, personal style instead of trendy fashions and a truly fulfilling life instead of being led around by the nose; thereby, creating a life of true contentment.

If you are someone who is trying to live their best life, reach their full potential if only you could figure out which one of your many strengths to tap into, all the while love and appreciate simplicity, but a welcoming home and well-stocked kitchen are a must, oh and don't forget the style quotient: if you are someone who loves to dress well, but could do without the fuss and confusion with the trends, let's just say it, if you could dress like the French women that appear effortlessly chic, yep, life would be complete, then this blog is for you.

Living simply luxuriously is for you if you are seeking a life of quality over quantity in every arena of your life, and if by chance you are a Francophile, just as I am, you are going to be in for a very special treat, as much of my inspiration comes from my time traveling and studying in France. But don't worry, you don't have to be enamored by France to live simply luxuriously. If you simply want to live a life that eliminates what is unnecessary and elevates what is a priority all the while doing it on an everyday income, you have found your home. Welcome to The Simply Luxurious Life. The Simply Luxurious Life came into fruition in 2009 when I realized the life I enjoy living – a life full of luxuries, but at the same time very simplistic so as not to detract from the beauty — was something I wanted to explore more fully due to the immense contentment it brought into my life. In fact, I needed to explore it more fully because while many people didn’t understand how I could live well on the everyday income I had (teaching for 20 years in public schools, retiring in 2021), I had a curiosity for the world, especially the French culture, that wasn’t entirely being satiated by working in the classroom. And this is an example of our lives speaking to us.

Thankfully I listened, and I decided to share my passions, approaches and ideas as a way to help others find their passion in life by clearing out the clutter (figurative and literal) and bringing in the luxurious necessities that can enliven and inspire each day no matter what one’s income, age, location or relationship status.

But what exactly does a simply luxurious life look like, you may be wondering? Well, the good news is there is not one “way” to live the simply luxurious life. However, there are core principles that when tended to will enable you to reach your full potential and live the life of your dreams. Have a look at the video above to see what I’m talking about.

Where it All Began

I had the good fortune of growing up in a dream of a small country town at the base of what many call the mini-Swiss Alps in Wallowa County, Oregon. And while this beautiful, yet simple way of living certainly played a role in my appreciation for living well without excess, it has innately always been an interest of mine to ask questions and see life as a treasure hunt as I sought to reach my full potential.

Much more of how I came to love and appreciate simplicity are in the introduction and first chapter of my first book Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide. And I will let you know in advance, my life and much of my inspiration has indirectly or directly come from the dogs in my life. My two current companions Oscar and Norman, an English Cocker Spaniel and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel respectively, are seen in the photos on this page. But the book, which sold 10,000 copies in its first year of publication purely by word-of-mouth and genuine interest from readers of TSLL blog, lays the groundwork in great detail and in a very easy-to-follow manner that will reveal to you how you too can create an amazing simply luxurious life of your very own.

Studying Abroad in Angers, France

While attending Western Oregon University and then University of Oregon for graduate school, I had the fortunate opportunity to study abroad in Angers, France, which whetted my appetite for all things French and has instilled in me a passion for curating a more refined, stylish, simple, and pleasure-filled way of living that I regularly try to incorporate wherever I may be living. Since my first experience, I have returned a handful of times. You can take a look at my trips here, here, here, and here. (And for all of my posts inspired by my fascination with the French culture, click here.) I have also continued to humble myself by continually trying to improve my French language skills. Take a look at what I learned so far in my French classes in these two posts: here and here.

A Discovery Found While Driving on the Left Side of the Road

As is often the case with travel, so long as we remain open to what the universe would like to reveal to us, we discover awesome insights about ourselves and instructions about the direction of our life moving forward. It was a spontaneous trip to Devon, England, during the week of Thanksgiving 2017, staying in a hilltop cottage with a beckoning soaking tub overlooking the Bristol Channel where I recognized my unconsciously long-led affinity for the British countryside and culture. From the oft-common rainy days that I deeply savor, the predilection to enjoy a cup of tea for comfort and conversation, and the opportunity to stroll on the terra firma of the country I had studied so much about in undergrad as I attained my literature and history major and minor, I found a sanctuary unexpected (and I must not neglect to mention the deep affection for dogs in Britain spoke to me quite immediately as well). In fact, I was so inspired that I taped the pilot episode of my vodcast The Simply Luxurious Kitchen while staying in my vacation rental. Read more about my many aha moments in Devon here.

My Aha Moment

Having had the opportunity to live in, teach in and explore metropolitan, suburban and rural environments, I began to realize that it is what an individual brings to each scenario that creates a simply luxurious life.

Now living in beautiful Bend, Oregon, I am constantly seeking ways to enjoy the luxuries in life on an everyday income. A self-described introvert and HSP (highly sensitive person), my simply luxurious life is tailored to my personality and strengths, but what readers will discover is that living simply luxuriously is about designing a life that will bring forth your best self and help each one of us reach our full potential.

Having initially (and mistakenly) assumed that I had to live in France or live in a particular locale to live simply luxuriously, I have since come to realize that luxury is always in our proximity if only we know where to look, regardless of where we might be living as long as we are willing to be selective and realize that more is simply more, not something that will increase the quality of life. Whether it be found in wine, food, fashion, travel, home decor, gardening, or entertainment, contentment, pleasure and a stylishly fulfilling life can be cultivated with careful attention. Here's to cultivating the art of living well!

How to Get Started

  1. Tune in to the first episode of my weekly podcast The Simple Sophisticate. I discuss the 8 Pillars of Living a Simply Luxurious Life, define them and give examples.
    Then check out the Archives to explore which topics are most of interest to you. Four posts readers especially have enjoyed reading on the topic of living the simply luxurious life are How to Become the Woman You’ve Always Wanted to Be, Why Not . . . Create Your Own Style Commandments, Why Not . . . Discover Your Purpose? and 11 Simple Ways to Create a Simply Luxurious Life).

  2. Subscribe to the monthly newsletter that is delivered to your inbox on the last Friday morning of each month (Pacific time), to receive the latest blog posts and podcast episodes from the entire month. As well, newsletter subscribers receive an extra dose of inspiration and alerts to discounts, sales, and news regarding TSLL brand. For example, subscribers were the first to know about an upcoming, limited time discount on TSLL book during a special anniversary, a discount on shipping costs when TSLL Notepads were first launched and a sneak peak of TSLL Planner Templates prior to their release on New Year’s Day.

  3. Read TSLL’s first book Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide which lays the foundation of living a life of quality over quantity, and then be sure to check out TSLL’s second book Living The Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everydays Extraordinary & Discovering Your Best Self which will enable you to cultivate a unique simply luxurious life by taking you along the deeper journey to discovering your best self as you begin to trust your intuition and listen to your curiosity.

  4. Once you have taken some time to explore TSLL blog, learn more about becoming a subscriber to enjoy more than the 5-post limit/per month for non-subscribers. TSLL has become a community of international readers of all ages and genders who are consciously curating their own unique simply luxurious life tailored to their talents, passions and value of living a life of quality over quantity in every arena of their lives. Becoming a TOP Tier subscriber enables you to enjoy unlimited ad-free content whenever you visit TSLL blog as well as have access to exclusive content such as tours of Shannon’s Home and Garden, access to the monthly A Cuppa Moments w/Shannon video chat (the first of each month), Shannon’s Journey posts (Saturday Ponderings and What Made Me Smile This Month) as well as the ability to enter all Giveaways (which are offered during TSLL’s annual British and French weeks - in May and August respectively). Learn more about each tier, payment options, discounts and subscriber benefits here

What is Living Simply Luxurious

Read this post as I share 17 specific concepts of what your life will embody and the specific feelings you will experience. As well, discover why living simply luxuriously requires us each to live consciously every day, and when we do, the journey is quite sweet. Absolutely as sweet, satiating and decadent as Julia Child’s Reine de Saba cake. (Yes, it really is that good, and it’s Julia’s magic that makes it so, but you can make it to enjoy tonight. Trust me, it is worth it and 99% fool-proof.)

The Beauty is in the Details

Living simply luxurious involves every arena of our lives which includes: food, travel, style, beauty, health, relationships, entertaining, finances, decor and embracing our femininity in such a way that feels comfortable to each of us. Below are a few samples of posts from each of these categories:


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On one of Bend, Oregon’s many trails,
walking with Oscar.


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