Decor Inspiration: Clooney’s English Sanctuary


When George Clooney wed human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin last month in Venice, it was hard to be envious that such a coveted bachelor was off the market as Amal’s accomplishments, sense of quiet self-assurance and we can’t forget her impeccable style seem to be an ideal match. And so, as the rumors begin about their potential real estate purchase just 37 miles from London, I wanted to have a glimpse inside.  Located along the Thames, this 10 bedroom 17th century Georgian mansion is on its own private island of 5.5 acres and with a recently remodeled kitchen, it is the grounds that surround the architecture that I am smitten with.

What could be a better place to get away from the cameras and the public with your new beloved? Well done. Enjoy the tour and a few of my favorite pics of the couple as well.






Images: Elle Decor

6 Ways to Live Fully Each Day


~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #9 Last week it was announced by the CDC that the average life expectancy for a woman in the United States is 81.2 years (2012). Now having the opportunity to live to 81+ is a wonderful opportunity, and to exceed it, often an even greater blessing if one is in good health. However, simply because the … [Continue reading...]

TSLL Expands!


The beauty of blogging is that readers don't have to wait for the mail carrier to arrive with the most recent posts, but rather can read the content they choose whenever their schedule allows.  However, as more and more of us are turning from our computers and solely reading content on our tablets and smart phones, I began to realize TSLL needed to … [Continue reading...]

This & That: No. 129


~Book ~The Woman I Wanted to Be Hands down, Diane von Furstenberg is one of my favorite designers; her wrap dresses are what I would live in if I wore a dress everyday. In her new book, being released on October 28th, she takes readers back through her childhood in Brussels and along her journey to becoming the uber successful businesswoman. One … [Continue reading...]

Outfit of the Week: No. 42


Mixing up a handful of basic, timeless essentials today. And the good news is that the leather jacket and pumps are reduced 25% today (Thursday) only, so do be sure to use the promo code below to take advantage of this steal. Whether you prefer height or comfort, either shoe will provide style and an elongated leg. The cropped pant hits just above … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Shades of Black & Tan


One can never go wrong with basic hues, and as fall is upon us, reaching for shades of black and tan will always be a good choice. Whether it's black pumps, a camel cape, a khaki trench or a black over-the-knee boots, wear each item with confidence. It will work, and it will work wonderfully.   Images: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) … [Continue reading...]

Decor Inspiration: Ellen Pompeo’s Exquisite Remodel


Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, with the interior design expertise of Martyn Lawrence Bullard have remodeled her 1930s Los Angeles villa into a spacious sanctuary. (You may remember that they also paired up on her previous home for Elle Decor, and it is still one of my favorites. Have a look here.) I immediately was drawn to the large kitchen and … [Continue reading...]

Thoughts from the Editor: Imperfection and Occurrences Unexpected


"I think when the world gives you more than you bargained for, you usually end up glad you got it." - Shonda Rhimes, Grey's Anatomy I wanted to write an extra post this week as I've had the blog, the podcast and you, the readers and listeners on my mind. As each week now begins with a podcast, I am missing my opportunity to share a bit more … [Continue reading...]

Love Food, Love Your Body – 10 Simple Tips


~The Simple Sophisticate Podcast - Episode #8 The idea of eating flavorful covetous food all the while maintaining a healthy body initially seems impossible, but indeed it can be your reality. After reading more than a handful of books full or research and scientific studies, as well as consulting my own doctor and making my own attempts … [Continue reading...]

This & That: No. 128


  ~Article to Read ~We Want Privacy, But We Can't Stop Sharing via The New York Times A worthwhile article appeared in The New York Times "Sunday Review" section last week dealing with our culture's lack of privacy, and how feeling as though we have a lack of privacy can actually lead to lower self-esteem, depression and anxiety. As a result of … [Continue reading...]