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 […]

Tory Burch’s Haven of Prints in Southampton

New York Fashion Week kicked off earlier this week and one detail that is fairly consistent each season (spring or fall) is designer Tory Burch’s collections will involve some sort of print. Creatively chosen, expertly designed to enable the woman to outshine the clothes, prints, mixing and matching or solitary mono detail are a signature […]

The Beauty & Make-up Products I Use & Love Daily

“Glowing skin is a result of proper skincare. It means you can wear less makeup and let your skin shine through.” —Michel Coulombe, make-up artist for Laura Mercier A few weeks ago, a reader of TSLL commented on this segment shown on KATU in Portland regarding my makeup and skincare and asked a couple of questions […]

TSLL Fall Shopping Guide 2017

  Unofficially the fall season is upon us, and as I step into my closet I smile with appreciation a bit more readily. Why? Each year it seems I am culling my wardrobe more and more, and what remains are items I love to wear. Last week I had the opportunity to share my Fall […]

172: How to Refine Your Style: In Your Wardrobe & Life

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #172 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “For me, style is zee whole package: how you dress, talk, move and behave. It all goes together into that first-impression equation. It shouldn’t be confused with chic; an extremely chic or well-dressed woman may have zero sense of style. Style is definitely more about who […]

This & That: August 25, 2017

Book —How to Choose a Partner (School of Life) by Suan Quilliam Perhaps you’ve heard of The School of Life series with books focused on topics such as how to be alone, how to be a leader, how to age, how to stay sane and how to find fulfilling work, just to name a few. […]

My Fall Capsule Wardrobe and How to Create Your Own: My Appearance on AM Northwest

The fall fashion season is just about to begin, and fine-tuning or beginning to curate your own capsule wardrobe is a wonderful way of welcoming the season as a means to simplify your everyday routine, bolster your confidence and in the long run, save your pennies. This morning I was invited to be a guest […]

Season-less Scarves

Scarves. Neck scarves, rectangular silk or modal scarves, wool or cashmere scarves. To choose to wear a scarf is a statement of confidence when worn well. What does worn well mean? Owning your signature style. There are a myriad of ways to tie and wear a scarf as Hermès shares in their free app, Silk […]

15 Kitchen Tools to Cook Anything Like a Pro

“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” —Julia Child Keeping it simple and still being able to cook just about anything your tastebuds and curiosity call for may seem impossible, but actual is very doable.  Recently, a reader of TSLL’s book asked the question, what is a simple list of supplies […]

Effortlessly French

While effortless does indeed take time to conceptualize for each individual, once you understand what works well together on your body and for your life, the decisions are fairly simple. As seen in the outfits compiled in today’s Style Inspiration post, there are no overt labels, no excessive accessorizing, but rather beautiful individuals exhibiting ease […]

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. […]