January 7, 2011

What I'm Loving Today

(Image via here and here)


Happy Friday, everyone!

 Today I want to feature the amazing author behind the blog The Simply Luxurious Life. Shannon writes a gorgeous lifestyle blog and weekly and quarterly newsletter. She puts everything she has into what she does and the final product is just breathtaking, inspiring, and beautiful. Her weekly newsletter features highlights from her blog, luxurious products, reader spotlight, upcoming magazines, fabulous fashions, and whatever other gorgeous things strike her fancy.

Her quarterly newsletter for January, February and March focuses on creating a simply luxurious 2011. When I read that that was going to be the theme, I couldn't wait! I've already printed out her instructions for January and am trying my hardest to create a simply luxurious 2011 right from the beginning.

Without completely rewriting the newsletter I want to give you a little preview of 'January' and encourage you to click on over to Shannon's blog and sign up for her newsletters. You will be endlessly uplifted and inspired, I promise!


For January Shannon's suggests:

 List one simple luxury
Get at lease 6-8 hours of sleep each night


Make at least two home-cooked meals
Aerobic exercise at least three times
Strength training at least once
Stretching at lease once


Once a Month:
Balance your budget
Contribute to your future
One week of no spending


Once a Year:
Create your dream life

(Images via 1, 2, 3)

I know Shannon would love for you to visit her! I also know that you won't be able to resist her incredible posts packed with fashion, food, and suggestions for living a simply luxurious life! Who doesn't want to have a simply luxurious 2011?!

Thank you, Shannon for bringing me daily inspiration!


One final note, here are some Kate Spade lovelies that I've come across lately that just make me insanely happy! I think they're the perfect way to close out this amazing first week of 2011!

(Images via Kate Spade)


Hope you have a colorful Friday, sweets!


Glee Cast- "Valerie"


Stacey said...

I love this post-gorgeous! Off to visit Shannon!

Blissfully Enamored said...

what a pretty post!!! i will def. be visiting her blog! i love all of her ideas for making 2011 luxurious!!! thanks for sharing!

MCW said...

Love the sunglasses in that very first picture. Need to try on that style...

Young and Fabulous said...

love your post! gorgeous blog and photos! will have to try some of those daily/weekly things!


Natasha said...

what great inspiration from shannon about what to do daily, weekly, etc--love this!!

Val said...

I love all of the yellow! I'm so addicted to that color these days! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Unknown said...

She sounds just my cup ot tea, will check her blog out now Julie, thanks for the recommendation :)

And I'm loving the Great Gatsby cover - so cute!!

Happy New Year lovely girl! xx

Vannessa@Luxuria said...

I've just read Shannon's newsletter, and you are SO right. She puts her heart and soul into her writings and it shows every time.You can't help but come away feeling inspired and appreciative of all the small things around us.

Aren't you a sweetie for putting the spotlight on her.

Lorin Fairweather said...

oooh. Kate Spade + Great Gatsby = winner winner chicken dinner.

Thanks for the Friday inspiration!


Trish {Pink Preppy Lilly Lover} said...

Happy Friday my lovely belle! Of course I am dancing in my seat listening to Valerie - I LOVED Glee's performance of this song! EEEE!! LOVING the bloggy spotlight of Shannon, I must go check her out! Oh and isn't that new Kate Spade ad just plain fabulous? Just like you beautiful! Have a great weekend, can't wait to talk on Sunday!! :) xoxo Love you!

Carmen said...

Happy Friday, Hun! I Love Shannon's blog....I am so glad I found her last year. Her posts are so inspirational and beautiful to look at. Love the idea boards. Beautiful! And the journals ....reminds me I need to hurry off this weekend and pick up my 2011 journal. Have a great weekend!
P.S. Opening up the blog page and hearing Valerie...makes me want to get up and dance!

Carroll said...

Thanks for introducing us to Shannon! What fabulous tips!! Happy weekend!

Anonymous said...

I really want to rock a skirt, knee high socks and heels. Everyone around here would look at me like I'm crazy.

Kori said...

Great post Julie honey! I headed over there right away and am following her fabulous blog now. Those Kate Spade Gatsby accessories are to die for. I will have to check them out right away. Have a fab weekend darling. Kori xoxo

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

I went and thanks for the heads up as I am now following ;) Your posts are just as hip and I love to visit :) Oooh the one week every month of no spending....that which doesn't kill us only makes our wallets stronger!! XO, Kelly

Brittany said...

Just wanted to stop by and say hello! I've been out of the blog world for quite sometime. Hope you're doing well :) :)

The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Julie - what a fun and very gracious post. You are too kind. Thank you for introducing me to so many of your wonderful readers. I've included this post as a link on my homepage under "Newsletter Review!" Thank you again. I am overwhelmed with your generosity and very grateful for your time in pulling together such an amazing post. :)

Alleen said...

What an inspirational post...will have to visit Shannon and thank you for the intro!!! Have a wonderful weekend, xoxo

Julie Leah said...

Thank you all for the amazing feedback for Miss Shannon!! I know you will just LOVE her like I do!

Anonymous said...

Shannon is a great inspiration. I will have to go visit her blog...haven't been by in a bit. Love the Kate Spade images...she is the queen of happy products. xo

Daily Cup of Couture said...

Love this post!! Thank you for introducing me to Shannon's blog!


Anna @ IHOD said...

So much color and inspiration. Absolutely love this post:) The Kate Spade Books and planner are on my favorites list.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend Julie!

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Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Hi Julie! As my life has gotten busier and busier, I have less and less time to visit all of my favorite blogs as often as I would like. I love the fact that Shannon has a fabulous newsletter so that if I miss a couple posts, I don't feel as if all is lost ... I can catch up!! I usually do this while lying in bed before even getting up! Hope you had a lovely, lovely weekend, sweetie. xo

Screen Door Prep said...

Love all this glam&gorgeousness! Thank you for sharing - I'll be checking her out, for sure! =)

Unknown said...

Hi Julie,
I just hopped over from Shannon's blog. Love who we can all connect so quickly! I adore your blog....newest follower.

Happy Weekend!
~ Elizabeth

Yan said...

can i ask, what is the brand of the brown bag you had under the "once a month"section?


Yan said...

can i ask what is the brand of that brown bag under the "once a month" section! thanks x