Why Not . . . Let Go of the Busy Mentality?

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living […]

Why Not . . . Let Go?: 27 Things to Bid Adieu

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”– Raymond Lindquist I can remember quite vividly the first time I rode my bike without training wheels. I was four or five years old, and we were bicycling in our neighbors long drive-way. I don’t remember how long I rode with training wheels, but the […]

4 Reasons to Let Go of Cynicism

 “Do not allow any negativity or ugliness in your surroundings, or anybody at all, [to] destroy your confidence or affect your growth as a blooming flower. It is very normal for one ugly weed to not want to stand alone.”  ― Suzy Kassem ~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #67 The beauty of self-reflection is that it […]

6 Fixed Life Ideas to Let Go

“‘Letting go’ obviously has several meanings. Letting go of the past; letting go of grief. But surely the most resistant is letting go of fixed ideas. Keeping our minds open to a future we can’t see.” -Kathy Horyn  ~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #16 Often with our good intentions to set goals for our life, […]

How to Let Go of What Other People Think

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who […]

Let Go And Elevate Your Life

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” ~Havelock Ellis I write this post as someone who for quite some time believed that having control was the path to happiness. Thankful, I have learned there is a much better and much more satisfying way to achieve fulfillment […]

Why Stereotypes Should Be Let Go

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.” –Paul Coelho As humans, we like to know things.  We are comforted by certainties, […]

Letting Go of the Skinny: Authentic Vintage

The skinny jean cut has been in style since 2010 and has hung around for a reason, creating a curvy silhouette, when wore with heels they elongate the body and allow fun to be played with large over-sized tops without looking sloppy. While I will always have a pair or two (okay, maybe three or […]

Thoughts from the Editor: Letting Go of Stuff

Letting go (per the focus of this week’s episode of the podcast) and paring down have been at the forefront of my mind lately as I contemplate the reality of packing up not only my house, but my classroom full of 13 years of teaching. And so I found it to be quite serendipitous when […]

Letting Go & Hanging On: What Falls Where?

“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”– Joseph Campbell The Simple Sophisticate, episode #41 While the undeniable life truth remains that change is inevitable, even when we seek change, fervently pursue it, letting go of certain aspects of the […]

Letting Go

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” -The Tao Te Ching It always seems funny to me how life has a way of forcing us to be honest with ourselves even when we try, unsuccessfully, […]

A Simple French Breakfast: Soft Boiled Œufs et Mouillettes Pour Deux

I can remember vividly the first time I ordered œufs et mouillettes. It was the summer of 2013 and I was in Paris for a week. I walked to Poilâne from my apartment in the Marais after already scouting it out as one of my favorite neighborhood bakeries. Along with their famed sourdough rounds, croissants, pain […]

The Golden Globes’ Red Carpet – TSLL’s Top 8 Picks

~Emma Stone in Valentino Haute Couture~ The 74th Golden Globes began with a song and dance number lead by a host who loves to sing and dance (thank you Jimmy Fallon!), included an unexpected glitch for the opening monologue, toss in a bit of political humor from Fallon and political straight talk from none other than […]

Top 5 ‘Letters from the Editor’ from the Weekly Newsletter

Each of our lives is full in its own way. Each of our lives has, if we have been consciously paying attention to what we need, what we wish to achieve and what type of relationships we hope to cultivate, has been designing a life that works and works well. Sometimes we will have to […]

Where to Go, What to See: TSLL City Guides

Travel has always been a necessity in my life. It wasn’t until I hadn’t traveled in quite some time during my twenties as I began working as a teacher and was merely happy to pay all my bills each month that when I did finally take my first official vacation by myself, with my own […]

The Importance of Good Service

“If we aren’t aware that these stories are being told — both internally and externally — if we do not even know that they are stories, then we are unwittingly at their mercy and we miss an opportunity to mature.” —Gangaji ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #125 As fewer and fewer people have landlines as the […]

Why Never Giving Up Is a Very Good Idea

“To the question of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life, you are the only solution.” —Jo Coudert, Advice From A Failure ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #119   It happened this summer that I stayed put but I traveled a million miles. Impossible in actuality, but absolutely possible figuratively when […]

Ina Garten’s Gorgeous Garden

Good things take time and persistence pays off. These are two lessons derived from the profile article of Ina Garten (aka the Barefoot Contessa) in Elle Decor‘s July/August 2016 issue. As The Barefoot Contessa series evolved, they began to include her jaunts out to her garden at her East Hampton’s home, and oh, her garden […]

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.” […]

Decor Inspiration: A Go-To Kitchen

The light-fixtures alone are the icing on the cake that complete interior designer Melinda Faranetta’s kitchen remodel. Inspired by Levi’s worn-in feel, she began with the idea to create a space that beckoned to be enjoyed much like a go-to outfit. From the oblong hexagonal tile backsplash to the leather upholstered kitchenette seats, I know which […]

Good Grammar Is . . . : Dashes & the Hyphen

~Altuzarra Spring 2015 collection from last year’s Spring 2015 NYFW~ ~A movie worth watching, The Way We Were~ The confusion with the three “dashes” can be confusing, but after viewing grammar expert Mary Norris of The New Yorker in her regular “Comma Queen” series (view the video below), it became much clearer. Also, if you […]

Good Grammar Is . . . : Good vs. Well

One of the most significant faux pas I have made as an English teacher occurred during my year of student teaching. My mentor teacher, thankfully, was not above correcting how I spoke, and I honestly took no offense as I had never been taught the difference between “good” and “well”. Needless to say, it’s a […]

Good Grammar Is . . .

“Your grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. And like all impressions, you are in total control.” –Jeffrey Gitomer I can still remember my mom correcting  me as a child about the proper order of a noun and the first person pronoun in the subject, “Sophia and […]