Comfort Begets Confidence

“Comfort is the root of confidence and not the other way around.” —Haley Mlotek in The New York Times Style Magazine ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #130 Confidence is attractive. Confidence can be deceiving. Confidence is however hard to fake. But the hard truth about confidence is that it is rooted in feeling comfortable with that […]

Confidence: How to Gain It & Why It’s Invaluable

~The Simple Sophisticate podcast – Episode #5  First of all, what exactly is confidence? Those who exude confidence seem to have this energy or this air about them that people are drawn to. Such people are neither arrogant nor do they have low self-esteem or appear to be insecure about themselves. Sometimes putting our finger […]

Self-Confidence Aids Financial Success

{A simply luxurious life, while full of the concept less is more, luxuriates in the decadence of high quality, complementary style and an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us in decor, fashion, nature and people themselves. One does not need to maintain a balance in the bank that one might associate with a millionaire, […]

Why Not . . . Exude Confidence?

Repeatedly, the confidence one possesses of themselves is noted as being one of the most attractive qualities one can acquire.  Whether it comes to attracting and holding someone’s attention in your love life, or convincing your future boss that you indeed are the one they should hire. How, you might be asking, do I achieve […]

This & That: June 30, 2017

Books —Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm & Happiness by Rick Hanson Whether we want to believe it or not, it is true: our brains are hard-wired to be pessimistic. Why? Survival. However, acclaimed clinical psychologist Rick Hanson offers ways to override this default setting. Mastering one’s mind takes work, and the key […]

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 […]

18 Ways to Define Your Classic Style in Life and within your Closet

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #159 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Style trickles into everything you do, who you are, and who and what you attract in life. Whittle down your style to what matters and project what’s meaningful to the world: Be the lighthouse. Be honest. Be real.” —Kate Schelter Settling on a style that is […]

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 […]

Dark Chocolate Truffles

As someone who enjoys a dark chocolate truffle each evening I haven’t had dessert, paired with a cup of tea, I have never made my own. To be entirely honest, I assumed it was an arduous task and best to simply let the experts work their magic. How wrong I was. The good news is […]

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 […]

10 Style Tips to Embrace the French Woman’s Approach to Effortless Chic

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #151 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “There is something about the French woman, a sense of freedom that must read and show in the way we dress.” —Marion Cotillard No one has yet pinpointed when the allure of French style came to epitomize the pinnacle of effortless, chic style, but nonetheless, the […]

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 […]

The Hygge Phenomenon and Living Simply Luxuriously

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #148 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or […]

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. […]

This & That: March 10, 2017

Book —How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett A new book written by psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett offers new insight into the power we have over our emotions. What if we have more control over our emotions than we thought and the universal understanding of a […]

A Woman Who Inspires Me: International Woman’s Day 2017

Yesterday, one of my closest friends texted me, describing me as an independent woman, complete with multiple exclamation points to celebrate the fact she was acknowledging. This dear friend is one of the most amazing independent women I know. Let me introduce you. She is intelligent. She is driven. She is a woman who invests […]

Responding vs. Reacting: The Difference

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #145 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “The act of responding requires one to look at the circumstance, identify the problem or situation, hear what is happening and reflect . . . What matters is that you stopped and put an effort to think and suspended judgment. It is a conscious act and […]

Enchanted Ivory

Sophisticated, yet simple. Statement making, yet subtle. Ivory, as seen in the outfits in today’s post, is often unexpected, yet the perfect choice to exude confidence and offer a go-to choice. Pair with denim? Check. Pair with a beautiful print blouse with hints of ivory? Check. In many ways ivory is the confident woman’s black. […]

9 Reasons Owning Your Style Will Change Your Life

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #142 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio   “Individuals can take hold of [style] and make it their own. Style is about an individual and fashion is about an industry and [fashion] runs on insecurity.” —Stacy London  New York Fashion Week motors on as I tape this week’s podcast, and for me, it […]

Why Not . . . Celebrate Valentine’s Day All Year?

“For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupery Let me begin by saying, I am not someone who completely dismisses Valentine’s Day. A day to celebrate […]

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. […]

An Everyday Necessity: Deliberate Rest

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #139 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “When we take the right to rest, when we make rest fulfilling, and when we practice rest through our days and years, we also make our lives richer and more fulfilling.” —Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of Rest: Why You Get More Done when You Work Less […]

6 Style Combinations That Always Work

Diane von Furstenberg in her silk shift paired with statement jewelry. Emmanuelle Alt’s go-to skinny jeans and pointed toe pumps. Cindy Crawford in her California bohemian blouses worn with white denim. And Emma Stone in crewnecks and color. For each individual, in time a signature style begins to be revealed. Sometimes it is conscious and […]