Why Not . . . Find Pleasure in the Essentials of Life?

” . . . To learn the habit of finding pleasure in the essentials of life and feeling gratitude for them. We’d like to think that, when they strike out on their own someday, they’ll have a clear sense of what they really need.” —Ben Sasse, author of The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis–and How […]

How to Build a Life for Ladybugs: Choosing Hope over Fear

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #154 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” —Nelson Mandela Amelia Earhart, at the age of 23, had a dream awoken within her that she could not explain. Filled with both fear and pleasure, she “knew she had to fly”. Julia Child was determined to […]

21 Life Lessons Learned in South Korea

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen ~Note: A new episode of The Simple Sophisticate podcast did not go live on Monday (4/10) due to my loss of voice. Argh! However, I do hope you enjoy today’s post as I reflect on my recent week-long trip […]

How to Cultivate Your True Style All Year Long

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #149 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “What’s true style? Knowing how to mix the right combinations of ingredients.” —Ines de la Fressange, author of Parisian Chic Look Book: What Should I Wear Today? Most of us have heard of and are incorporating into our lives a capsule wardrobe, but as much as […]

10 Truths About The Independent Woman & Love

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #147 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “And you, you scare people because you are whole all by yourself.” —Lauren Alex Hooper The twenty-first century woman, she has been called on this blog the modern woman, is an independent woman. And while there are many different shades, rhythms and ways of living independently, […]

11 Worthwhile Life Skills That Are Easier Than They Appear

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ― Confucius Having never experienced a particular event, feeling or sensation, it can be hard to trust that attaining what we have marked as our goal as something other than difficult to achieve. After all, if it were easy, we would have experienced it by now. […]

20 Ways to Incorporate Your Love for the French Culture into Your Everyday

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #144 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio Recently a good friend of mine who is learning French as well, and inspires me with her advanced abilities, asked how my learning was progressing. Disappointed even to say it out loud, I stated I haven’t been studying regularly. And while that is entirely true, I […]

11 Life Truths About Contentment That Seem Impossible Until We Experience Them

As children and young adults, and possibly even as adults, we hear from innumerable persons the axioms of living a happy life: marry your best friend, live like today is your last, or life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Okay, seriously? Didn’t Diane von Furstenberg tell us to be […]

Emotional Intelligence: A Crucial Tool for Enhanced Quality in Work and Life

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #140 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Life circumstances have little to do with happiness because much happiness is under your control — the product of your habits and your outlook on life. Happiness is synthetic — you either create it, or you don’t.” —Life Altering Awareness The uncertainties in life are vast. […]

Money: How to Know If You Have Enough

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #138 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Enough is the quality of having everything you need and want but nothing in excess, nothing that burdens you.” —Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life While numerically, there isn’t a magic number equated to having enough money due to a myriad of variables, […]

Why Not . . . Give Your Life an Annual Appraisal?

“The first months of the year are the perfect time to take stock of one’s life. I usually begin by making a short trip around the house to see what needs doing and make appointments, filling the calendar for the year.” —Mrs. Minerva from The English Home A much anticipated and habitually celebrated arrival in […]

Learn How to Love: 26 Ways to Love Fully

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #136 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “It’s never too late to learn anything for which you have a potential . . . and the limitless potential of love within each person [is] eager to be recognized, waiting to be developed, yearning to grow . . . If you want to learn to […]

10 Life Lessons 2016 Taught Me

“It is within the boundaries of reflection we are able to become aware of insights that can lead us to understanding.”  ― Kat Lahr ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #135 On the first of January with each new year, twelve months stretch before us full of potential to progress and evolve and to observe the magic that […]

11 Skills Worth Practicing No Matter What Your Age

Before Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam tennis final in 1999 at the age of 18, she had been practicing and finessing her game since the age of 3.  Fifteen years of practice. Success not only in our careers but in our daily lives comes from intentionally choosing to improve, to grow, again and again […]

The Myth Hindering an Amazing Love Life

“We need to replace the Romantic template with a psychologically-mature vision of love we might call Classical, which encourages in us a range of unfamiliar but hopefully effective attitudes: – that it is normal that love and sex may not always belong together – that discussing money early on, upfront in a serious way is […]

Make Your Own Life Rules: How & Why

“The older you get, the easier it becomes to follow your own rules.” —Linda Rodin ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #116 At age 66, beauty business mogul Linda Rodin is a force of vitality, independence and femininity, all according to her own rules of how to live her best life. As I mentioned a few weeks […]

Time Management: 13 Habits that Make My Life Run More Productively

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #114 One of the most popular requests from readers for topics to discuss here on TSLL blog and the podcast is time management, especially my approach to time management.  And while I do not profess to have figured it out, as I am regularly tweaking it and the onset of unnecessary […]

What Does a Simply Luxurious Life Look & Feel Like?

Just imagine, waking up with excitement, going through your day with clarity and unwinding in the evening with peace of mind and a dose of pleasure and extraordinary comfort. In a very succinct way, this is what living a simply luxurious life is about each and every day. But how does each of us reach […]

Relax: 21 Ways to Know You’re Doing Just Fine in This Thing Called Life

“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” —Bob Goff ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #107 It sometimes happens when we’ve been giving it our all plus an extra 10% for quite some time that when we finally take our foot off of the accelerator, even […]

11 Ways to Make Any Home Your Sanctuary

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #105 The moment of relief. The moment that signifies to your worries to wait at the door while you step inside and let yourself unwind. Knowing we have a home to walk into each evening, afternoon and wake up to each morning is an amazing blessing that fulfills a powerful cornerstone […]

Simple Rules for a Good Life

“In many areas of our lives — both professional and personal — we face an apparently unpalatable choice between the simplicity we crave and the complicated solutions that seem necessary. This tradeoff is false. For many of our most important activities and decisions, simple rules are both more desirable and more effective than complicated solutions.” […]

Why Not . . . Determine Your Destiny?

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson As a child and even as a young adult, and admittedly, during times of angst and frustration in my thirties, I would look to others and seek out similarities in them as a means to try and […]

Why Not . . . Savor Life?

From the infancy of TSLL back in 2009, the premise of living simply luxuriously has always been about appreciating the powerful joy in the everyday moments, cultivating a life of quality found within and then sharing and expressing what we discover to the world and those around us in such a way that is authentic […]

Why Not . . . Build a Capsule Swimwear Wardrobe?

With warmer days becoming more common and fewer nights with the temperatures dropping below freezing, the change of seasons indicates a change in what we choose to wear as well. Which means, swimsuit season is nearly upon us, but no longer does this realization have to strike fear or cause us to refuse to update […]