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Where It All Began

Beginning in 2009, The Simply Luxurious Life (TSLL) became an online destination sharing consistent weekly content to inspire readers from around the world to discover and cultivate contentment in their everyday lives.

In 2020, as the sole content creator of TSLL, Shannon Ables (me!) made the decision to deepen the quality of the content and experience offered to readers when they visit the blog while affording Shannon a bit more privacy by putting in place a soft paywall.

In an effort to be fully transparent with TSLL Community, 95% of what I earn from ads and blog revenue is reïnvested back into the blog (my accountant isn’t entirely thrilled with this, but I digress) from purchasing the books that inspire blog and podcast content, exploring products to experience first-hand before recommending them confidently to readers, paying for the monthly fees associated with website/podcast/newsletter hosting, investing in custom illustrations for the blog/podcast/books, traveling to France and Britain in order to experience first-hand the cultures that I and so many TSLL readers are fond of in order to inspire and inform readers of where and how they may want to travel, hiring a talented web design team who not only brings my vision to the screen but also maintains the site to make sure it continues to run smoothly along with designing each of my book covers, and lastly, as a self-published author, the upfront costs of bringing the books readers have asked for to your reading snugs, nooks and cozies to be enjoyed, perused, packed as reading material for travel or paired with a hot cuppa or digestif, include working with a seasoned, objective editor who works in the publishing industry, accomplished artists to create the illustrations that bring the ideas of living simply luxuriously to life and the many minute but significant details that ensure each book I bring to readers is a title that I am proud to have written.

All the Quality Content You Love,

To offset the cost of removing ads, members who choose the TOP Tier membership have the option to pay a monthly, quarterly (every three months) or annual fee (each are detailed below). However, I recognize that our budgets change as our life circumstances and circumstances in the world’s economy change, so I have also made available a reduced membership offering, the BASIC Tier, that will allow readers to enjoy unlimited content of the blog (a handful of categories will still be reserved solely for TOP Tier – see below) however with ads remaining. Both a monthly and an annual membership price are available for this tier (see below).

By removing the ads for TOP Tier members, not only will the reading experience improve, but the blog will continue to maintain the quality expected by readers and offer a more personal, engaging experience (the most intimate example of this new offering is the monthly video post addition – A Cuppa Moments with Shannon).

For non-members, each month you will be able to read five articles (with ads); however, a handful of categories will be permanently placed behind the paywall and only available to TOP Tier members (see below). Once you have read five articles, you will be prompted to become a member in order to read more posts or wait until a new month begins.

Have a look below at the regular content you can count on to spark new ideas, inspire you to cultivate your own true contentment as well as elevate the everyday.


• A Monday Motivational post to help begin the week inspired. Topics ranging from Contentment and Mindfulness to Lifestyle, Health and overall, living well.

• One Monday each month, gardeners’ delight! The monthly gardening post sharing Tasks & Contemplations I am pondering and considering as it relates to my gardening journey here at Le Papillon in my cottage garden/potager as we move through the seasons. (exclusive to TOP Tier Members beginning in February 2023)

• A new podcast episode every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, The Simple Sophisticate premiered in 2014 and earned the #4 ranking on the New & Noteworthy list. Topics include French-Inspired, British-Inspired, Contentment, Mindfulness, Recipes, Style Inspiration, Décor Inspiration, Gardening, Money, or Beauty and always conclude with a Petit Plaisir.
• Mid-month, on a Wednesday of each month, the Monthly Ponderings . . . post is shared (exclusive to TOP Tier)
• The last Wednesday of each month, the What Made Me Smile post is shared (exclusive to TOP Tier).

This & That, the most popular post of the week: a detailed post of upcoming book, film, television, play, art exhibit releases and openings, shopping sales and new item announcements, articles and short videos worth checking out, Francophile and British finds and much more.

The Simply Luxurious Kitchen cooking show – a cooking video series taped in Shannon’s kitchen at Le Papillon. One season each year beginning each September – 6-10 episodes each season.
Seasonally / Annually:

• TSLL’s Seasonal Shopping Guide: released semi-annually on September 1st and March 1st
TSLL’s Annual French Week: The second full week in August (two posts each day, multiple giveaways, special podcast guests and more)
TSLL’s Annual British Week: The third full week in May (two posts each day, multiple giveaways, special podcast guests and more)
• Holiday Gift Guide: shared in early to mid-November TSLL shares Francophile, Anglophile and all simply luxurious holiday shopping finds for those on your gift list (and we don’t forget you, the giver/shopper, either ☺️)
A glimpse into the monthly A Cuppa Moments with Shannon and Testimonials from TOP Tier Members.
“I’ve been so happy with my membership! The price is on par with the cost of a monthly magazine, but the content is frequently updated and I get to support one of my favorite creators.”
— Victoria


“Bonjour Shannon, I thoroughly enjoy all that my TSLL membership offers and I have benefited so much from everything that I’ve read, listened to, watched, etc, and re-read, re-listened, re-watched 🙂 Your membership is the only one I have found that is worth my money to subscribe to. Merci beaucoup for all the great content you produce!” xx


“Shannon! I subscribed to your blog a little over a year ago. I am beyond impressed and grateful! The cost is minuscule based on the level of research and information you provide your subscribers. I have followed many book recommendations and made purchases based on your recommendation (currently awaiting my Msant slippers :)) and I have been thrilled with them all! Your attention to detail is amazing. I just cannot thank you enough for making a TOP Tier Membership so affordable. Your books, your blog and your podcast are 1st class. Thank you again.”
— Donna P.

“I am a new member. I was turned on to you and your podcast via another podcast and I have been devouring your content since. I just ordered both of your books, became a TOP Tier Member, and I can’t wait to read all of your past content. You have helped me to realize that I am worth it and my life can be luxurious and fulfilling at any budget or stage – it’s all about my mindset. Thank you.”
— Tuesday T.

“I’ve enjoyed being a top tier member from the start of your paywall system. And to me it is worth every penny of the (I would say small) subscription fee. I would spend that on magazines every month likely anyway, and from TSLL offers so much more to my lifestyle. Plus a community of like minded people who all enjoy the quality in every day and looking for enjoyment in the simple things. I feel that TSLL reminds me that how I spend every day is what makes my life time, and I want to enjoy as much as possible.”
Sarah H.

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“Thank you for sharing the tours of the museum, restaurants and gardens with us. I have never had the delight of visiting either place, so I enjoyed them immensely. Now, I am anxiously awaiting the reinvention of the meal you had at Le Café Lignac! It sounds splendid. You’re time in England sounds just as magical as France.”

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While in Paris! Watch this A Cuppa Moments.

“I had been a basic tier member but now have upped the game to tier (the ads were driving me nuts). Anyway, I was always so interested in your A Cuppa Moments. [November 2021] is my first one and wow so worth the upgrade. So happy to be a long-time follower and now top tier supporter. I so enjoy your posts, podcasts and now A Cuppa Moments too.”
— Pauline M

“I am so glad to have something very special to look forward to each month with Cuppa Moments. As a top tier member I love not having the advertisements but I really love the fact that it seems like we are all just a group of friends having a positive informative conversation. I appreciate the upbeat discussions and book recommendations, recipe ideas, and generally how you are such a positive person.”


“This month’s conversation is so lovely and you can feel the community growing. I like to imagine us all together chatting with a cuppa.”

“I must admit, when the subscription option was first available, I was hesitant. It was not the thought of paying for the content, it was justifying my paying for the content. Did I really read it enough? Did I really learn that much? Then, I found myself month after month wishing I had more access, and missing out on articles of interest. After a few months, I could no longer resist and made the leap. I am so glad that I did! I find myself pursuing the site several times a week, and looking forward each month to A Cuppa Moments where I feel as though I am visiting with a dear friend.”
— Michelle W

“I first ‘met’ you back in 2016. I cannot remember which I came across first, the website, The Simply Luxurious Life or your first book, Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life. But I know it was during a time when I was needing a lifestyle change.”

There is so much content of all sorts available online, social media, streaming, etc. much which provides information along with a fair amount of angst. At TSLL I have found a platform that is not just informative, but provides the knowledge and guidance with calm and great intention. Quite simply it is lovely to read, listen and watch! 
Cheers to you Shannon for all you do for this community.


“[November 2023’s A Cuppa set in England] is one of your best. The ambiance of the English countryside and the serenity of your own home made it so special. Add some gingerbread and some sweet puppies, well, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

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While in the English countryside. Watch this A Cuppa Moments.

“I cannot wait to start my New Year’s Day tomorrow. Early. Sitting by my garden windows, with a cup of tea and your new A Cuppa Moments in peace.”
Sarah H.

“I upgraded and love it!”
— Marlene

“I discovered you in 2009 and have enjoyed following the development of the TSLL brand—you! I finally treated myself to a Top Tier membership because I wanted to see your home renovations, view A Cuppa of Moments, and read more than five posts per month.

Part of living simply luxuriously is knowing when an expenditure should be added to the budget, and the monthly subscription is well worth it. I might not visit everyday, but when I do I find myself on a binge of the diverse posts. I also adore your podcast, and find myself replaying favorite episodes.

Thank you for sharing your journey, it is an inspiration and a stress reliever.”


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For whomever is reading this, the TOP TIER membership will not disappoint. Shannon offers so much to us and is of top quality. Don’t hesitate–well worth it!”


“I canceled all my other subscriptions and decided to become a Top Tier member instead. This is currently the only membership I pay for, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! Thank you, Shannon!”
— Dr. Alisa Chatpra

Membership Tier Levels

Basic Tier

  • With Advertisements
  • Unlimited Reading of TSLL Blog
  • Save favorite TSLL posts/episodes in your personal TSLL library
  • No Access to the Following Content:
    • Shannon’s Home & Garden Tours (Le Papillon)
    • Shannon’s Journey
      • Saturday Ponderings . . . posts
      • What Made Me Smile This Month posts
      • Additional more personal posts
    • Giveaways
    • A Cuppa Moments w/Shannon (monthly video chat post with Shannon)
  • Automated payment
  • Grandfather/mothered price once a member. Your price will never increase so long as you do not cancel your membership.
  • Pause at anytime (and retain your price and Library when you return)
  • Cancel at anytime

Top Tier

  • Enjoy Ad-Free Reading throughout the Entire Blog*
  • Connect, engage and be inspired by fellow TSLL Members from around the globe living their own simply luxurious life.
  • Save favorite TSLL posts/episodes in your personal TSLL library
  • Unlimited Access to ALL of TSLL’s Content
  • Exclusive Access to enter all British & French Week Giveaways
  • Access to A Cuppa Moments w/Shannon (shared the 1st day of each month)
  • Exclusive opportunities to join Shannon at in-person gatherings in Britain and London (announced during British and French Weeks respectively) such as an Afternoon Tea or a meal at Michelin starred restaurant.
  • Discounts on TSLL’s online courses and limited-time TSLL Shop items (such as Royal Sussex Trugs, TSLL’s notepads, etc.)
  • Automated payment
  • Grandfather/mothered price once a member. Your price will never increase so long as you do not cancel your membership.
  • Pause at anytime (and retain your price and Library when you return)
  • Cancel at anytime

*one video ad will precede each episode of TSLK cooking show and A Cuppa Moments videos.

Gift Memberships

Gift/Non-Recurring Memberships

  • Give the gift of Simply Luxurious living inspiration with no obligation to continue after the first payment.
  • Explore the benefits of being a TOP Tier Member of TSLL Community without obligation to renew.
  • Ads are included until you choose to become an automated TOP Tier paying member.
  • Connect, engage and be inspired by fellow TSLL Members from around the globe living their own simply luxurious life.
  • Save favorite TSLL posts/episodes in your personal TSLL library
  • Unlimited Access to ALL of TSLL’s Content
  • Exclusive Access to enter all British & French Week Giveaways
  • Access to A Cuppa Moments w/Shannon (shared the 1st day of each month)
  • Membership and all exclusive access shared above ends at the end of the payment period (month/quarter/year). Upgrade to Automated payments and save up to 30% (see above options under Membership Tiers).