Happy Thanksgiving! 

One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving is the ability to take a step back from our daily routine and look at our life with a fresh perspective. We all have so much to be thankful for and I think that we often don't remember that enough. So hug your friends and family a little bit tighter today and let them know how much they mean to you. Sending lots of love to you all today. xx Nan

Apple Pie photograph by Nan for Simply Elegant



Can every Sunday be like this? Cozy at home, cuddled up in a soft bathrobe with a hot cup of tea? Perfection. However, sadly, this was how I spent last weekend and instead today I am in the library. Sundays in college where almost all day is spend in the library...such a joy. Because I am working on my senior thesis, the library is even more fun....Cue the multiple cups of coffee. But with every long work day, a little break is also needed, so I thought I would pop in and share some of my favorite links from around the web this past week. 

  • One of our favorite restaurants in Maine, Central Provisions, has the most amazing appetizer that is roasted cauliflower and chick-peas. It is heavenly! So when I spotted this recipe for Roasted Cauliflower I bookmarked it right away. I can't wait to make this once I am back home next week. (I head home to Florida next week for Thanksgiving, I can't wait!) 
  • Speaking of Thanksgiving, even though it is still more than a week away, I am already starting to listen to Christmas music! We posted a Holiday Playlist on the Tata Harper Blog and I have been listening to it on repeat. 
  • I just spotted Lake Pajamas on instagram and I think I need to add their Prima Short Set to my wish-list. There is nothing I love more than a good stripe or comfortable pajamas, so a win win! 
  • Have you all seen that Garance Dore released a book, Love x Life x Style.  I am always such a fan of her photographs and work, and the book looks like nothing less than perfection. 
  • One of my best friends just found this beautiful Navy Shearling Coat by See by Chloe on the Outnet. It is beautiful and such a great price, I almost want one for myself!
  • For anyone else who loves instagram as much as I do, than you have to check out It is an amazing new app that helps you schedule your instagrams and look at how your instagram feed will look with all your images side by side. I try not to put too much thought into my instagram account and have it be as accessible as possible, but on busy days it is sometimes helpful to schedule some of my posts in advance.  
  • How delicious does this cocktail look? Pear and Thyme Mimosa - yes please! 
  • The great fashion and lifestyle site, Glitter Guide, just published a brand new site redesign and it is amazing! Their rebranding is such a good reminder of how much the design and aesthetic of a site can influence a viewer. 
  • I have been on the hunt for a new iPhone case, one that is simple but also unique. And I think I found the perfect one from Native Union, this White Marble case,  it is just the type of look I was hoping to find. 

Autumn Layers

IRO Beverly Coat,    Splendid Grey Cotton T-Shirt,     Frame Cable Knit Sweater (or a budget friendly version,)   Frame Le Skinny White Jeans,     Iron Curtain Press Blue Notebook,    Julia Kostreva Tortoise Shell iPhone Case,     Truffle Everyday Tote,   Sorel Slim Boot Pull On Leather. 

Do you follow the 'fashion rule' and stop wearing your white denim after Labor Day? I have never been one for fashion rules or I say, who cares?! Sometimes I think white denim can look so chic in the winter, especially in the fall when you pair white with other autumn colors like tan or green. Day to day, I tend to stick to neutral pieces but this becomes even more prevalent in the fall as I continually wear sweaters, jeans and boots. Most of my sweaters are solid colors, such as a classic cream cable knit, a key piece for any closet (splurge or save.)

With simple and classic outfits I am starting to think that an eye catching jacket might be necessary. I have a wonderful grey wool coat from Vince that I love but my newest obsession is anything from IRO. Do you all have anything from the french brand? My friend Caroline loves their leather jackets, Abby is eyeing one of their burgundy jackets and Julia from Gal Meets Glam looks wonderful in this fuzzy version.  While Vince has been my go-to for outwear and leather jackets historically, I think it is time I add IRO into the mix. 

Boots... It is that time of year, boots all day, every day. I am constantly switching between this brown pair, this suede pair or these classic black boots. But somedays I need a pair that are a bit more comfortable and also functional. These Sorel boots have been life savers so far this season, I always reach for them any time it is rainy or muddy (which is often in Vermont..) And how could you not love the forest green hue. Do you have a favorite boot for the fall weather?

Wise Words #2

After the success of last week's quote, I am thinking I might make this a semi-regular thing. What do you all think? Would you like that? This quote from the fashion blogger who could be credited with leading the success of this whole blog world after starting The Man Repeller. Though my clothing taste is no where near as eccentric or adventurous as Leandra's, I can support this view. 

November Favorites



Happy November! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. I thought I would start off the month sharing some of my favorite items that I wear and use non stop as we transition from autumn to the winter. From cozy t-shirts and sweaters to the perfect nail polish. 

  1. Autumn in Maine. I have been home in Maine the past two weekends, and while it is so much colder then the summer it is still just as beautiful! The ocean is just as blue. Simple perfection. 
  2. Dry skin saviors = Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub and Revitalizing Body Oil. While I have been using Tata Harper skincare for more than a year of so now, I just just started using their body products. And they do not disappoint! My legs always get really dry in the winter and by using the body scrub and then following up with the body oil after showering makes a world of difference. They are a must as the weather gets chillier. 
  3. Cozy T-Shirts. Current/Elliot is my go-to destination for solid t-shirts for every day. They are a bit of a splurge but so worth it! When I'm totally lazy and don't officially get dressed for the day (aka half my life in college) I reach for my Good H-you-man t-shirts. Oh my gosh they are so soft and cozy, and every once and a while I'm game for the cheesy sayings. 
  4. I am all about switching up my nail polish in the winter so I am starting to move to darker colors. Right now I am loving this shade from Deborah Lippmann and this red from OPI. 
  5. This everyday tote is my go-to back at school, it is the perfect size and style. I have an Annabel Ingall Large Tote in a light blue but I love the idea of a tan for the fall and winter. 
  6. Warm Layers: one less so. Both are some of my favorite go-tos. At college in Vermont, Patagonia's are almost the uniform..but for good reason! I could wear one of their snap fleeces every day. Or if I am not wearing my Patagonia, I will probably wearing my Vince turtleneck, another favorite. 

What are your go-tos for November? Do you have pieces or products that you swear by? Let me know, because maybe I need to add them to my list also!! 

Final Month of Fall

Happy November! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend (and Halloween!) I thought we would start off the new month with some good old fashioned Pinterest inspiration.

Let's bring on the layers, the turtlenecks, the wool coats and beautiful hats.

Let's soak up the final warm days before December arrives.

Let's enjoy family and friends when we celebrate Thanksgiving at the end of the month. 

Let's be thankful for everything we have and everything that is possible!

View more of my favorite images and inspiration for the month over on my Pinterest page.  

Image 1: Instagram photo of Nan, wearing Cuyana Cape, J.Crew Leggings, & Frye Boots. Images 2-8: via Pinterest.