Spotlight – Everything Red

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Happy September! I hope that you all are having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! Can you believe that Summer has passed and it is now the start of Autumn?!

The changing of the seasons always welcomes some shopping! Lately I have worked hard to build a closet full of neutral basics and then adding pops of color. When buying colorful pieces for my closet I feel as though I constantly turn to shades of green or blue. But in the past few weeks I have noticed that I have been really drawn to red!

I barely have any red pieces in my closet, so this Madewell Dress (#8) and J.Crew Sweater (#3) will hopefully be great additions. It’s funny though, what colors you gravitate to and others that you almost always stay away from. It seems almost to be due to habit sometimes more than anything else. After having gone shopping and grabbed a few red pieces, I have seemed to been eyeing more and more that I love. I noticed that my Keep Account, where I keep track of all my shopping favorites and wish lists, was equally composed of more red than I am used to. But when you find so many great pieces like the ones above…how could you resist?

Do you all have go to colors and others that you often stay away from?

Final Weekend of the Summer

Final Summer Weekend Labor Day Weekend Inspiration

Final Summer Weekend Labor Day Weekend Inspiration

Final Summer Weekend Labor Day Weekend Inspiration

Final Summer Weekend Labor Day Weekend Inspiration

Wow, where has the summer gone?! Can you all beleve that it is already Labor Day weekend? Looking back on the last three months, it was another great summer. I hope that you all had a great summer as well!

I am sad that the summer is coming to a close, but I am starting to get excited about the beautiful Autumn weather. I love when there is that slight chill in the air, the fall foliage and we can get out all our fall layers (cozy sweaters yes please!) Check out what Fall clothes I have my eye on over at my Keep Account.

It might be a bit quite over here on the blog due to the long weekend and also my laptop is on the fritz, my trackpad stopped working. So I am without my computer for the next week while it is at the Apple store getting repaired. I can still check into the blog on my other devices…this means no photoshop and other applications…so it makes blogging a bit trickier. But don’t worry I am hoping to be back at by beginning or middle of next week.

This is my last full weekend until I head back to college next week, so I will be enjoying my final days of simply relaxing and spending time with my family. I am mixing my weekend between a few days in Boston and then up to Maine for the end of the weekend. What are you all up to on this long weekend? I hope that you all have a great final weekend of the summer!

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Paperless Post & Happy Menocal

Happy Meconal Watercolors, Happy Meconal for Paperless Post, Hand Illustrated Invitations

One of my all time favorite artists, Happy Menocal, just released a collection of work with Paperless Post. Her fun and whimsical watercolor paintings have constantly caught my eye over the years, and it is so exciting to see that Paperless Post is now giving a much wider audience accessibility to her work. You can see more of Happy’s work on the Stubbs & Wooton website, on Aerin Lauder’s site and in countless other locations around the web. Last year I spotted a wedding video from Vogue where Happy created the invitations and menu’s for the event, the video shows a fun sneak peak of Happy creating her work. Her paintings have such a wonderful hand drawn and personal feel.

Now if only I had a party where I could use one of these gorgeous invitations… For now, I think I will be perfectly happy to use the fun stationery, I am eyeing this flamingo option.  View all of Happy Meconal’s designs for Paperless Post, here. 

Happy Meconal Watercolors, Happy Meconal for Paperless Post, Hand Illustrated Invitations

Happy Meconal Watercolors, Happy Meconal for Paperless Post, Hand Illustrated Invitations- all images via Paperless Post, stationery designed by Happy Meconal - 


Summer Night in Maine

Simply Elegant Blog, Summer Night in Maine, Sunset over ocean

Simply Elegant Blog, Summer Night in Maine, Sunset over ocean- Wearing my favorite summer shoes, stripe espadrilles from Soludos.  -

Simply Elegant Blog, Summer Night in Maine, Sunset over ocean

 Happy Wednesday everyone!! Sorry for my absence from the blog the past few days..sometimes life just gets a bit busy.

This past weekend, while it was a beautiful Saturday night, I headed out to a classic Maine spot for dinner with some friends, The Lobster Shack at Two Lights. Sitting right on the coast of Maine, is a little shack that serves fresh lobster and other fried food ‘delicacies.’ While the food may not be much, just your simple classics, the view is simply breathtaking.  Throughout the evening the sky changed from blue to pink as the sun set and it was just beautiful to see it reflect across the water.

If you are ever in the Portland, Maine area I suggest heading out to the Lobster Shack to grab a lobster roll and take in the view. It is a classic local destination, right next to Two Lights (Cape Elizabeth’s Lighthouses.) We seem to end up going at least once a summer, it is a bit of a tradition.

Simply Elegant Blog, Summer Night in Maine, Sunset over ocean

Simply Elegant Blog, Summer Night in Maine, Sunset over ocean- all images taken by Nan for Simply Elegant Blog - 




I hope that you all are having a great start to the weekend! First of all I am so excited to announce the WINNER to our Gray Malin giveaway, Brittany Blake of According to Brittany Blake!  (Brittany you will receive an email with more details.) Thank you to all of your everyone who entered.

It was so fun to join up  with Katy from Designs By Katy, Ashley from Minck Co,  Maggie from Polished Closets, and Diana, Kali, and Sarah from 204 Park! To check out the rest of Gray Malin’s Prada Marfa series head over here. 


As I mentioned yesterday, I am going to be taking Bloshop Online this weekend. So it might be a little quite overhear this weekend..but I will be busy learning new tips and trick to implement on the blog. Enjoy the weekend!

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This & That

Simply elegant blog, Gray Malin Photography, Vrai and OroHappy Friday everyone! I hope that you all had a great week. With only a few more weeks till I head back to college I enjoyed a low key and relaxing week with my family up in Maine. It has been so nice to have simple and carefree days! I have been splitting my time between hanging out on the beach or just relaxing at home and sleeping in (or trying to…perpetual early riser right here!) It has definitely not been my most productive week..but I think it is good to just ‘veg’ for a bit before heading back to school.

This weekend I have signed up for Blogshop Online, so I am excited to see how that goes! I have always wanted to attend a Blogshop class but it has never been in Boston or worked with my schedule, so I thought Blogshop at Home would be the perfect way to make it work. I already know how to use Photoshop somewhat, but I am mainly self taugh,t so I am excited to see what tips and tricks I pick up. Stay posted, because I will plan to share a re-cap next week on the blog!

So anyway..back the post, here are some of my favorite Web Links from the past week. 

ONE    //     Artifact Uprising, a great resource for printing your own photo books or various items, is having a 10% off sale this week with the code, SUMMER. I am thinking about making a photobook of some of my favorite summer images or maybe also this wood clipboard calendar.

TWO    //    Today is the last day to enter our Gray Malin Prada Marfa photograph giveaway! Head over HERE to my post from earlier this week to enter.

THREE    //      Did you spot this article on Jenna Lyons this week? I not only loved learning her beauty favorites..but I also love the sneak peek of her office.

FOUR    //     I am eyeing this set of stacking rings from Vrai & Oro.

FIVE      //    Love this beautiful beach cottage that Savvy Home shared this week.

SIX      //      Cornia had a great post on her blog this week discussing and asking readers about the various ways that they go about blogging.


And then lastly, there are some great sales going on this weekend!

J.Crew is offering 25% off select items with code SHOPNOW.

Madewell is offering 20% off select items with code HOTANDCOOL.

Lo & Sons is having a sale of up to 30% off their  Catalina Bag…I have one in blue and use it constantly when I travel.

Julie Vos has added even more items to their Summer Sample Sale.