Hi!  I'm Michelle and I would like to welcome you to
Simply Santa Barbara.

I am a wife, mother, teacher, and blogger.
When I was younger, I studied English at the
University of California, Santa Barbara.
At that time, I fell head-over-heels in love with the beach and the Santa Barbara lifestyle.
Life took me away from Santa Barbara for two decades,
but I was fortunate enough to be able to return to a place which I consider to be my "true home".

This blog is a place for me to combine my love of writing and photography.  It is also a place where I can share my adventures in decorating, party planning, thrifting, cooking, shopping, and traveling.  My goal is to live a simple and authentic life - and this blog chronicles my journey as I seek to achieve this goal.

I have been married to my wonderful hubby for 2 decades.
Together, we have 3 fantastic kids: 1 boy and 2 girls.
They are the world to me.

Random facts:
I am a "bag lady" - I love purses, totes, and bags of all sorts.
Sunflowers are my fave!
Purple is my favorite color - but I never decorate with it.
I adore a good theme - and I have a great time planning themed parties.
I am a huge francophile.  I devour books (fiction and nonfiction) about France and the French lifestyle.
Speaking of books, I am huge reader!
I love art history and love going to art museums.
I am passionate about travel, but I don't get to do it very often.

Thanks for stopping by.
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