164: The Importance of a Daily Routine & How to Create One You Love

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #164 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio   “With a healthy lifestyle, it’s not at all unreasonable to expect ninety or one hundred exceptionally healthy years of life, years in which we will be of sound body, mind and spirit.” —Dr. John D. Day, author of The Longevity Plan: 7 Life-Transforming Lessons from […]

10 Tips to Evolve Into Your Signature Style

Our signature style is quite personal as it reveals to the world multiple layers of information about who we are, what we value, what frustrates us, what we are confident about, and I believe what we understand about ourselves physically. Over the past two years, my attention to my own personal signature style has shifted […]

7 More Signs You’re Moving in the Right Direction

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” —Zora Neale Hurston, from her book Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) Each year, much like each individual we encounter in life, has a different purpose, a different personality, something different for us to observe, absorb and experience. Since January’s arrival, it has at times […]

The Butterfly Moment in Life: Don’t Wait, Just Live Well

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #160 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “‘How does one become a butterfly?’ she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”  —Trina Paulus In a blink of an eye, in an unexpected, ordinary moment, the unimaginable can materialize before our eyes. […]

Why Not . . . Elevate the Quality of What You Consume?

In the most recent issue of Porter magazine, cookbook author and philanthropist Jessica Seinfeld shared her golden rules for life, and one especially caught my attention: Elevate the Quality of Consumption. Since January here on TSLL, on a monthly basis, the focus has been to discuss a different arena in life in which to welcome […]

10 Things You Will Be Thankful You Never Did

So much of living well is focused on what we do, and so often we are reminded that the only regrets we will have are the things we do not do. In context, the latter is certainly correct as is the former as in order to build a life we enjoy living, we must be […]

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 Quest for a Soulmate: 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 […]