Outfit of the Week: Pants to Love

~Theory linen-blend straight-leg navy pants~

~Iris & Ink striped silk shirt~

~Elsie suede d’Orsay pump (other colors available)~

~Kenneth Jay Lane hammered gold-tone circle earrings~

~HOBO vintage Monika satchel handbag (other colors available)~

~OUTFITS OF THE WEEK from the Archives:

~The Blazer

~Black & Brown

~High-Wasited & Fabulous


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Style Inspiration: Clémence Poésy

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While I have noticed Clémence Poésy here and there on fashion and street style blogs, it wasn't until I watched her performance in Last Love with Michael Cain that I took a serious notice of her style. At the age of 32 and standing 5'7", she looks far younger than her age, but her knowledge of style speaks to her wisdom. The willowy French style … [Continue reading...]

The Blazer: A Fall Staple

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The Simple Sophisticate, episode #58 September begins tomorrow and with it the fall season seems to unofficially begin in many ways. Much of Oregon is already back in school, vacations are winding down and the long Labor Day weekend in the states is just a few days away which for quite a few is the true marker of the fall season. Tomorrow TSLL … [Continue reading...]

Au Courant Weekly: August 29, 2015

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The Simple Sophisticate, episode #57 International ~Three Americans, one Briton and one French-American received France's highest honor, the Legion of Honor on Monday in Paris from President Francois Hollande for their heroic thwarting of a terrorist attack last Friday on a high-speed train traveling to Paris from Amsterdam.  Mark … [Continue reading...]

This & That: No. 173

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App ~HousePad App Whether you live with others or live on your own, the HousePad app is a way to keep your home looking and running smoothly and with each item folded, shelved and placed where it should as well as each chore completed. After all, one of the best simple luxuries is coming home after a long day at work to a clean and tidy … [Continue reading...]

Word of the Week: No. 14

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Click below for pronunciation:  ~WORDS OF THE WEEK FROM THE ARCHIVES: ~No. 13 - propinquity ~No. 12 - ebullience ~No. 11 - aplomb … [Continue reading...]

Outfit of the Week: The Blazer

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A confession: When it comes to the essentials, I have always loved blazers, but have struggled to find a cut that not only looked appropriate on my body (broad shoulders), but also would last from season to season. Well, my searching has FINALLY ceased. After trying on a couple of different brands, Theory's Blazers fit as though they are tailored … [Continue reading...]

Decor Inspiration: Candace Bushnell’s NYC Apartment

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For $2.65 million, Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell will sell you her Greenwich Village apartment. Complete with Mr. Big. Well, sort of. Chris Noth actually lives in the building. But back to the apartment itself, the soft touches of color immediately captured my attention as it is inviting, rather than being overpowering.   The ample light … [Continue reading...]

Style Inspiration: Amal Clooney

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When it comes to style a new, but undoubtedly permanent face that will be referred to for many years to come, deservedly, for her understanding of chic, timeless style is Amal Clooney. A London-based Lebanese-British lawyer, activist, and author, she specializes in international law, criminal law, human rights, and extradition, and clearly knows … [Continue reading...]

Life, Love & Decor: My Interview with Frances Schultz

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"The house, whether cottage or castle, stands for who we are, how we live, and how we love ourselves and others." -Frances Schultz, author of The Bee Cottage Story The Simple Sophisticate, episode #56 The entire interview with author and blogger Frances Schultz is available exclusively on audio this week, so do be sure to tune in as we … [Continue reading...]