TSLL Celebrates 5 Years
Friday December 26, 2014

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 “If you trust in life, unexpected awesomeness will come your way.” -Anonymous

Every once in awhile, we need to celebrate those milestones that while they may not be entirely understood by others, are quite significant to us. Such is the case on this day each year for me – December 26th. And per my preference, especially after enjoying the holidays with loved ones, I carve this day out for myself (and my dogs).

Each year on this day I count myself very fortunate, blessed and indebted to you, my readers. Five years ago today The Simply Luxurious Life blog began without one ounce of an idea of where it would lead. And the most important place it led me was on a journey to curate a life that is uniquely my own allowing me to feel comfortable being myself as each day’s journey prompts me to feel giddy to get out of bed. And isn’t that what we all seek? To be excited to wake up and live each day?

On the blog’s two year anniversary, I posted these thoughts, and I must admit, my admiration and gratitude while at the top of my list still has only multiplied. It is the readers of TSLL that continue to humble me, to teach me and remind me that life is as beautiful and amazing as we wish to make it. And the good news is, we can make it absolutely magnificent with the everyday choices we make, the relationships we build and the activities we pursue as we fill our days.

With the culmination of the blog being turned into a book this year, a tremendous goal has been reached, but as I’ve said before, with the publication of Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide  it is my primary hope to give you the tools to build the life of your dreams. While the foundation of a strong sense of self, financial astuteness, a clear purpose and direction will be common components for everyone, each of us will continue to build a life that is unique to us. And that is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves.

So what will year six bring on the blog? To be honest, that is why I’m excited, I know, but at the same time, I don’t know. A mirroring of life, no? So I will share with you a glimpse that I spotlighted on Instagram yesterday. Simply a quote, but a reminder that it is an examined life and choosing to be brave that will leave us most fulfilled at the end of our days.


And now, a day of private celebration. I must admit, I do love such days. What will mine look like? Have a look, and be sure to carve out time for those moments of celebration you no doubt have achieved as well.


A tidying and freshening up of the sanctuary so as to relax and mosey about the house as I please waiting for any inspiration to blossom (or perhaps just a nice nap). 

A refusal to look at the clock and lose myself in a book (or two).

Enjoying a long, leisurely morning with the newspaper and my calendar making plans with friends for the days ahead and planning, planning, planning . . . 

Contemplating taking advantage of the many after-Christmas sales to replenish my lingerie wardrobe as well as other capsule wardrobe items (try these destinations for great sales: DVF 50% off, Ann Taylor use code ANN60 for 60% off, Lord & Taylor use code AFTER to save an additional 20% after sale reductions, Nordstrom’s end of season clearance, Matches Fashion an extra 10% off sale items for today only EXTRA10E, lingerie from Net-a-Porter, J.Crew use HOLIDAYTIME to save 30%, and Joie use code HOLIDAY25 to save 25%.

Melting into a bathtub full of warmth and bubbles and perhaps sipping a glass of wine as well.  

A feeling of hope and gratitude as 2015 prepares to unfold. 

Here’s to living a simply luxurious life, each in our very own way. Bonjour.

13 thoughts on “TSLL Celebrates 5 Years

  1. Congratulations five years is such an amazing milestone! I am using today to reflect on the last three months of my blogging career and feeling excited about the new year ahead. Perhaps December 26th could be declared the National Day of Blogger Nurturing. I am hopping into a tub and new lingerie is a great idea. Thanks for the beautiful photos and writing that never fails to inspire.

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  2. Happy birthday! I wish you 5 more beautiful and more. Taking a bath is a good idea but not with Carla Bruni ( ah, ah!) . Ah la trêve des confiseurs! between Christmas and the new year , it’s a really good time for sleeping , reading or just taking good time with friends. So have good time with yours and happy holidays from France.

    1. Florence, Thank you for the well wishes! Ah, definitely no bath with Carla Bruni, but I like her leisurely approach :). Such a time to rest up and rejuvenate is ideal for kickstarting the new year in the right direction, no? Have a beautiful 2015!

  3. Congratulations! I am new to your work but am inspired daily. On January 1st I will be celebrating a milestone birthday and in the coming weeks downsizing my home. This past year has not been kind so I look forward to turning the page to my new circumstances and your blog and book will help me to travel on this new path with betters tools than I am currently using. Thank you for your rich words and images to bring hope and clarity. We are all seekers of that authentic life and you are a precious guide.

    1. Holly, Thank you for your comment. With your optimistic attitude, I have no doubt, 2015 will bring you much better memories, events and experiences. Thank you for picking up the book. If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  4. Hi Shannon,

    Just wondering how to order the paperback version of your book? It is only available through Chapters/Indigo here in Canada on a Kindle version. I see it is on Amazon.ca but it says it takes 1-2 months to ship. Any faster way to get a copy?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


    1. Denise,
      Thank you for your interest! You can actually buy a paperback copy through me (the blog) via the link on the menu for “the book” page. It will cost a bit more for shipping, but you will receive it in less than 2 weeks. In fact, I can ship it tomorrow. If you have any other questions, just let me know.

  5. Congratulations!!!!! Surely you deserve to celebrate as your blog is the most amazing, complete, wonderful, unique blog for women who care for a better living and lifestyle!! Your blog ‘teach’ us alll about everything that´s most important for women to know and to learn: style, fashion, beauty (inner and outer), books, news, movies, thoughts…. but also about the best way to live an independ, free, and thouthful life! I think you cover every single aspect of our lifes that are meaningful for us!!! At least for me – and in my opinion – you are the most relevant blogger for women that I know!!!!!! And I’m SO happy that you have been there for us for 5 years, and should be for many, many more years to come!!!! Congratulations, again, not only for you and your blog, but for us alll women that want and need to live a better life!!! THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Shannon, congratulations! I have been meaning to go back through the early archives and this post has reminded me to do so — how delicious that there are probably two years of TSLL posts for me to dig in. Your posts are always an enjoyable read, often prompting me to dig further or think more on an issue you raise, your take of luxury on an ordinary budget is — well, simply luxurious. 🙂

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