Style Inspiration: Monochromatic Mastery


Over the weekend I had an hours drive home, so I tuned in to Garance Doré’s podcast, Pardon my French. I was especially looking forward to her most recent episode because she was interviewing the successful beauty business woman Linda Rodin, who has lived it seems many amazing lives: model, stylist, a top photographer’s assistant, but most importantly, a life on her own terms. It is a fantastic episode about independence, feeling comfortable being yourself and living by rules that work for you. I highly recommend you tune it.

Listening to Linda Rodin speak, you would have no idea she was 66. Her smooth voice is vibrant, curious and confident, and it shows in what she wears. Inspired by how a simple single palette can be quite powerful if combined well with other materials and fabrics, I found the image of Linda Rodin above from this interview in which style and simplicity is discussed to spur my investigation to find other monochromatic outfits that work wonderfully. Enjoy today’s Style Inspiration, and remember to keep it simple.








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16 Benefits of Self-Reliance


"Fortune helps them that help themselves." -English proverb ~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #113 As the owner of a curious mind, there is nothing I enjoy more than conversations with other individuals about ideas, concepts and the civilized banter that from time to time manifests about how or why certain things occur or come to be. … [Continue reading...]

This & That: July 22, 2016


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Outfit of the Week: Chic Mariniére Comfort


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Simply Luxurious Linens & Decor: Nicole Michelle Decor


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Why Not . . . Eat in Courses?


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Style Inspiration: Sagacious Taste


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Thoughts from the Editor: The Playground Metaphor

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I have a picture in my office of myself at three or four years of age, swinging on the playground swing set that was created for public enjoyment in the small town that I grew up in. I honestly cannot remember this moment, but I look rather content. No one is trying to take the swing away from me, no one is saying I'm not swinging correctly, and I … [Continue reading...]

11 Ways to be Happy Right Now

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