142: 9 Reasons Owning Your Style Will Change Your Life

Today’s episode is a top episode from Season 3 discussing how understanding what our signature style is and then owning it with confidence permeates all arenas of our lives. Ultimately, what we wear matters. Without saying a word we communicate our values, our confidence, our expertise, where we’ve been, where we are and where we […]

How to Make Change Happen and How to Make It Stick

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” —Socrates To move forward, we must walk forward. The present is in our control; conversely, the past is cemented, complete and cannot be changed. With January nearing its end, checking on our progress as […]

272: 8 Ways Tiny Habits Will Welcome the Grand Changes You Seek

The new year rolls around and there is much talk about resolutions and cultivation of a life we wish to live. It is old news to share that many resolutions are unfulfilled; however, BJ Fogg argues that perhaps we have had a faulty instruction manual to be successful in our pursue of lasting change. Released […]

6 Ways to Handle Unwanted Change Well

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”      —Victor Frankl When we fight the change that inevitably will occur in our lives — death – of ourselves, of others we love; a shift in our daily routines due to career changes, children growing up, etc. — we expend […]

241: Attaining the Change You Seek in the New Year

“In bringing about genuine inner transformation and change, the Dalai Lama emphasizes the importance of making a sustained effort. It is a gradual process.” —The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D. The resolutions whether you have concretely written them down or potential ideas of what […]

225: Trust the Transition: How to Step Through and Embrace the Change You Seek

“Times of transition are strenuous but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.” —Kristin Armstrong, three-time Olympic gold medalist – road cycling As September arrives I find myself torn between the schedule I love during the […]

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 . . . Read a Book That Changes Your Life?

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot Much like travel, reading provides the opportunity to open up our eyes to another world, another way of thinking, another way of living that brings us closer to our […]

Why Not . . . Use Simple Changes to Transform Your Kitchen?

Part of creating a simply luxurious life is building a sanctuary that is welcoming, comforting and tranquil. One of the highlights of my day is pulling into the garage and walking into my home where I can let my hair down, come a little undone and breathe a huge sigh of relief that I can […]

Accepting Unexpected Change

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C.S. Lewis Change can be absolutely exhilarating when we’ve initiated the process – applied for a new job and been accepted, said yes to a wedding proposal or simply decided […]

How to Create the Change You Want to See

  “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.” –Albert Einstein Take a moment and look around the world you live in – in your home, in your community, in your country, in the world. What do you see? Do you like what you see? Are there […]

Why Not. . . Recognize the Stages of Making a Lifestyle Change?

Over the past year, I have been witness to two different stages of the transformation process when it comes to changing someone’s way of living. Each person is someone I either work with or care deeply for, and so I have keenly observed what they were going through. What I have noticed was something I […]

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World

  As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to […]

10 Ways to Make Monday a Day to Get Excited About – Every Week

Mondays. Whether your work week begins on an actual Monday or whatever day of the week your work “Monday” is, shifting our mindset to look forward to this day plays a significant role in the overall quality of our everyday lives. Originating from the Middle English word monedai, from Old English mōndæg, contraction of mōnandæg “Monday,” literally “day […]

This & That: July 31, 2020

Books to encourage you to slow down and become more content and productive (seems impossible, but it’s not!), a new olive oil subscription service, simple decor items that offer great signature style and comfort as well as sales, articles and much more. Books —The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor The essential […]

17 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . .

July arrived before I knew it and flew past more quickly than I could have imagined. For a variety of reasons, celebratory and not so, the month was a speedy one, but thankfully, there were many things to celebrate, and thus moments and events that made me smile. This past Sunday I found myself sitting […]

This & That: July 24, 2020

A feel-good film, an inspiring new podcast, a French film festival to enjoy wherever you call home, summer sales on essential clothing and kitchen tools and table linens, a new cookbook to inspire you to gather, a book for gardeners, book-lovers and much more. Books —Fear is a Four-Letter Wodr: How to Develop the Unstoppable […]

Unbecoming Who You Are Not in order to Remember Who You Are

Sometimes when a rose that is just beginning to start the blooming process, if it has layers and layers of petals and is hit by a good long rain during the summer followed by subsequent burst of heat, it can become basically frozen for lack of a better word. Gardeners call it balling, but basically, […]

How to Continue to Strive Forward

“The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.” -—Kate Chopin, from her novel The Awakening Exhaustion and fatigue can prompt us to question our pursuit. Even when we know with certainty and a clear mind that the quest is just in its intention and long anticipated […]

7 Ideas for a Porch Swing Living Space for Luxurious Calm: TSLL’s House Tour

A book, a soft summer breeze and warm temperatures, plenty of pillows and my dogs sleeping and snoring nearby – a lovely way to spend many moments. Ah, then adding a porch swing would take it over the top. 🙂 When I purchased my home in my previous hometown, it was a French-Norman style architectural […]