Welcome to The Classy Simple Life! I’m Michelle Summerfield. A fashionista, writer and photographer striving for a simpler life. I own The Classy Simple Life, a women’s lifestyle blog dedicated to creating happiness every day through an intentional, classy, simpler lifestyle. On this blog I’ll share thoughts, ideas, experiments and projects, as well as tidbits of my life in Toronto, Canada.
So here’s to destroying your debt, rocking your finances, always learning, failing big, dreaming big, enjoying the small, quiet moments, staying classy and above all else, embracing simplicity. Life’s best when its Simply Classy, Simple Living.
The Journey Here
While I never set out to be minimalist or a proponent of that lifestyle, I found that life has led me in that direction. I was constantly battling the madness and chaos of the frenetic world around me and wanted it to slow down. After visiting Hawaii several times, I found peace and joy in the slower pace of living. I would spend a month in the winter living with family in a small home with rainwater and very little amenities far away from any major city. It was heaven! The simplicity and slowness of life was addicting and my heart called out for more. I found I didn’t crave shopping, my smartphone, wanting stuff or needing to go to Starbucks every day. I slowed right down. Of course, it was always a shock coming back to mainland North America and I actually cried once on the commute to work when I came back. 🙁
While I don’t subscribe to the extremist mindset of minimalism with empty rooms and zero possessions, I do believe in living with less. Simple living or slow living is the focus for this blog, with the top priority being of course on simplifying your life and finances. I believe that if you simplify your life, you’ll get your debt and financial situation under control.
I’m Michelle and I’m the content creator and photographer behind The Classy Simple Life. Since I can’t stand talking about myself in the 3rd person, let’s do 1st person narrating here. I’m 100% introvert (no, this does not mean I’m shy), 60% writer, 40% photographer and 20% digital marketing geek. I’m horrible at math (failed the entry exam to Computer Programming) and am a personal finance expert who can’t stand excel spreadsheets. How on earth do I budget? 😉 I channel Jane Austen, Audrey Hepburn and Angelina Jolie on a regular basis, they’re my go-to ladies for the epitome of Classy.
I’ve been blogging in some form since 2010 and somewhere in the process reignited my love for writing, poetry, and photography. I’m a fashion addict, exercise junkie, and aspiring wine aficionado. My one weakness is an Iced Soy Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks which I have in moderation. Too much coffee equals hyper, cranky, anxiety ridden Michelle – uh oh!
I live in Halton Hills just outside of Toronto, Canada with my furry feline Maggie. After divorce, I moved in with my parents to get back on my feet. It’s been six years and I’m still working on that.
This is more or less my online journal; a record of thoughts, feelings, experiments in simple living, passport of travels, financial fails and successes and a place where happiness, simplicity, and abundance reign supreme.
Let’s be Friends!
(You’ll like it, I promise)
If you like, you can:
- Be Insta-Friends (I started a 365Project on August 1st where I post every day).
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Because us classy ladies have to be 100% honest at all times.
You’ll sometimes find sponsored content here – always clearly disclosed, with any free samples I received clearly indicated. Links will sometimes be via affiliate sites, which means I receive a small amount of revenue per click. I work to maintain integrity and honesty in my posts, and only feature brands that align to my own values & beliefs. Keeping it classy and simple here. 🙂