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Fourth Annual Sale Starts Today

Hurray! It’s time for my yearly sale! I’m celebrating Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Let’s embrace them all! Why not? After all, I am nothing if not a small cyber business that loves to slip into a little black dress.

I see this weekend as my time to say thank you, or better yet, MERCI to all of you for another great year. Use the code merci at checkout today through Monday for 20% off orders of 2 items or more.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend of shopping!

Have a Simply Luxurious Thanksgiving Week

I know. You’re freaking out. I am too.

There’s copper pots AND a cavalier AND blue gingham AND wine AND she looks just like you!!!!

This was just one of those sketches that I knew – before the paint had dried – that I was going to love. It has only happened about ten times in my life. I usually find a reason to pick apart everything I paint, but I really like this one!

Shannon Ables of Simply Luxurious Life commissioned this lovely piece as well as  this, and this and this. She has such good taste, right?

Hope you are preparing your favorite old recipes and stretchiest pants for a relaxing week of being grateful!

Beyond The Pencil Skirt

If you’re looking for a little light reading about… yes, you guessed it… me! Head on over to the Levo League site to read today’s Beyond the Pencil (Skirt) article about Inslee By Design

Happy Friday!

Julia, bridal portrait

I love bridal portraits. Have I mentioned this lately? Love them. This one was one of my recent favorites. Congratulations Julia, I hope the day was as beautiful as you are!

2014 Calendar + Piperlime OMGifts

How fun is this!? Piperlime has launched a new holiday product called the OMGift. It’s a carefully curated, wrapped box filled with amazing little gifts and my 2014 calendar is one of them!

It’s like a birchbox for giving presents, genius right? There’s one for the hostess, for the office pal and for your BFF. And while my calendar is obviously the perfect gift for these three (and all other) categories, you can find it in the Office Pal box.

What do you say, pretty neat right? It’s just another example of what having zero PR can get you. Just keep working hard, doing what you love and a brief ten years later, one of your products will be included in a small group of products featured on a nationally acclaimed shopping site for a limited time only. Total fairytale rise to stardom, I know. I’m blowing up right now… ¬†People often say things to me like “you are blowing up right now” and I always chuckle inside because if someone from the past heard that, they’d go hide behind something to avoid the impending explosion.

I’m also chuckling because, “blowing up right now” is such an exaggeration. Blowing up is what Skinny Girl Margaritas did. Blowing up is One Direction, Silly Bands and SPANX tights. What I’m doing is really slowly heating to a nice rolling simmer over the course of a decade of hard work and a lifetime of sketching on scrap paper. It’s not exactly a Harvard Business School case study, but it’s a success I can be proud of.

So here’s to this latest milestone – thank you, Piperlime for this fun feature!

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