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 […]

93: 15 Everyday Habits to Live a Life of Contentment (top episode from Season 2)

While it may appear that everyone outside of ourselves is living lives full of amazing, surreal moments from distant lands or dining out at amazing restaurants, even wearing the perfect item of clothing or experiencing bucket list events with every scroll on our social media apps, the reality is that we too are living an […]

3 Crucial Components to Acquiring New Habits in 2018

“Success is sequential, not simultaneous. No one actually has the discipline to acquire more than one powerful new habit at a time. Super-successful people aren’t superhuman at all; they’ve just used selected discipline to develop a few significant habits. One at a time. Over time.” —Gary Keller & Jay Papasan from their best-selling book The ONE Thing: […]

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 […]

15 Everyday Habits to Live a Life of Contentment

“The best way to conquer self-doubt is to follow your dream and work your ‘bass’ off.” – CBS Sunday Morning speaking of musician Meghan Trainor ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #93 The highs in life that we each experience from landing the job we’ve been coveting for years, celebrating a hard-earned diploma, signing the papers on […]

15 Habits for Timeless Style

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #69 Seeing effortless style in-person can be quite powerful, and part of the impactful punch is how the person carries themselves in the clothes they wear. In mere minutes it is evident if the clothes are wearing the person or visa versa. Having the opportunity to have worked and currently work […]

17 Habits to Become More Charismatic

“A knife can be used both to heal and to hurt. Whether in the hands of a surgeon or the hands of a criminal it’s the same instrument. Tools are seldom good or bad per se. It’s what you do with your charisma that matters.” -Olivia Fox Cabane, The Charisma Myth The Simple Sophisticate, episode […]

17: 4 Healthy Habits for Continual Self-Growth

~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #17 One of the popular maxims when it comes to life advice is that lessons repeat themselves until they are learned. And while I’ve heard this before, I always felt there was a negative tone to the reappearance of a life lesson that we had experienced before. As if to […]

11 Tips to Cultivate Good Habits

 “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle With all of the bits and pieces of information we have to remember on a daily basis, relying on habits that require our minds to “just go with it” is a relief – that is of course if the […]

Financial Food For Thought – 5 Good Habits

{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, […]

This & That: October 22, 2021

Are you ready for an abundance of culture, ideas, beauty, and just great items to explore on a Friday? Because here is a full T & T. ☺️ The final season of an award-winning series debuts, a much-anticipated autobiography is released, escape to a French chalet, two French films, sit back and listen to a […]

This & That: October 15, 2021

All sorts of new cookbooks, décor books, cozy reads, cozy scarves, an international film I cannot wait to watch set in Sweden, two theatre productions highly praised, clothing sales and fall finds and much, much more. Books —Beautifully Organized At Work: Bring Order and Joy to Your Work Life So You Can Stay Calm, Relieve […]

The Need to Let Go of Distraction

“To be creative, one should simply unwind mindlessly.” —Craig Wright, Ph.D, author of The Hidden Habits of Genius The mind wanders into discovery. Whether while we sleep and our decision making and logical thought parts of our brain turn off freeing up the hippocampus, amygdala and visual-spatial cortex to have free range, while walking (without […]

This & That: September 24, 2021

A new television series to watch adapted from a favorite from the past, a film with Dan Stevens that will make you laugh as much as it will make you think, a new release from an author whose first title was a smashing success for cosy murder mystery lovers, a new streaming service for Francophiles, […]

La Rentrée of 2021: A Start to A New You Like Never Before

“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” —Oprah Winfrey Officially in France, Le Rentrée for most universities begins on Thursday, jeudi 2 Septembre 2021. For some schools, la rentrée is on vendredi 3 September. While the French have held this annual event […]

Unwanted Moments Reveal What Is Needed

Maybe this has happened to you. You long for a vacation, a getaway, even just a day away somewhere other than what you are muddling through at the moment, so you book it, you reserve it, you plan to do just that, but upon arriving, one thing or many things cause more stress and discomfort […]

Cultivating a Great Day: 7 Key Components of My Morning Routine

“The more of the details of our daily life we can hand over to the effortless custody of automatism, the more our higher powers of mind will be set free for their own proper work. There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom . […]

This & That: July 30, 2021

A new British series adapted by Emily Mortimer arrives for viewing in the U.S., simple, timeless terracotta décor, Martin Short and Steve Martin pair up with Selena Gomez in a film to watch, fantastic sales on items for the upcoming fall season, a new novel critics are raving about and bibliophiles as well as Anglophiles […]

This & That: July 23, 2021

The return of a favorite comedy series, a sale on the classic French Breton stripes, a new film inspired by a true story, the kick-off of the Olympics, books for décor guidance, working with Mother Nature in your backyard, inspiration for living well, and a simple, yet must-have beauty item for your daily routine. Yep, […]

This & That: July 9, 2021

Sales for summer clothing, and a dress I just bought and LOVE, but also THE annual sale many have been patiently waiting for, a playful series all about wine, a bestselling novel in France and Italy in 2020, now translated for English-readers to enjoy as well, a new summer romance film premiering this month, a […]

This & That: July 2, 2021

Summer cool and simple style ideas, two, three, actually FOUR laugh-out-loud series to enjoy (two are in French), sales for clothing and décor not to miss, a new documentary critics are in agreement is quite awesome, books for living a more productive and peace-filled life as well as a unique memoir involving dogs and London, […]

How to Transition into a Better (more fulfilling) ‘Normal’

“The pandemic represents a rare but narrow opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.” —Klaus Schwab, author of The Great Reset (July 2020) While a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the global population of today, pandemics are not new, and therefore, have been studied to mine many insights whether socially, economically, culturally and of course medically. […]