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 […]

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, […]

184: 16 Ways to Simplify & Make the Holiday Season Pleasurable

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #184 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio ~Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London~ The holidays can be glorious and overwhelming at the same time, magnificent and demanding, joy-filled and draining. And since the holidays of Thanksgiving for Americans and a handful of religious and non-religious commemorations will take place in December for people […]

181: The Importance of Finding Contentment

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #181 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.” —Swami Sivananda Recently I overheard someone describe their weekend as boring, using the descriptor in a negative tone (remember this post on my thoughts about being boring?). Being […]

Why Not . . . Extinquish Self-Doubt?

“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” —Mary Kay Ash Welcoming the quality, one month at a time, is the focus of TSLL blog each month in 2017. Now, noticably, the topics of the summer months were not addressed until now, but […]

This & That: September 29, 2017

Books —The Address: The Novel by Fiona Davis Author of The Dollhouse, Fiona Davis, returns with now a national best-seller, The Address. With two stories set one hundred years apart intertwining for a most lovely tale of love, life and rising from the stumbles, the history of New York is offered in rich detail and […]

This & That: September 22, 2017

Cookbook —Simple Fare: Fall and Winter by Karen Mordechai As I shared last spring, Karen Mordechai’s spring and summer cookbook for simple fare was released. Offering a cookbook for everyday cooking and eating, the fall and winter edition was just released this past week. The woman behind the blog and cooking website Sunday Suppers shares beautiful […]

175: 14 Ways to Eat Like the French — Savor Good Food, Don’t Fear It

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #175 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “How you eat, when you eat, for how long you eat, and with whom you eat might be more important than what you eat. Eating and enjoying real food is what matters, not tracking calories.” —Johnny Adamic As reported by Time magazine last year, while the United States […]

This & That: September 8, 2017

Book —The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher The 50th anniversary edition came out in 2004 and the stellar reviews remind us why M.F.K. Fisher’s book The Art of Eating is worth reading. With praises from Julia Child, Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl, Fisher’s collection of essays on dining, savoring and preparing food will allow […]

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 […]

173: The Benefits of Having a Mission Statement & How to Create Your Own

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #173 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio  “To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.” —Oprah Winfrey’s mission statement The first time I sat down to write my personal mission statement after reading Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly […]

Why Not . . . Gradually Prep for La Rentrée?

La Rentrée, meaning “at the return”, however understood in France to mean the return to school and work as we knew it before the summer holiday. In 2012, I shared 12 ways to celebrate La Rentrée, and today I’d like to share with you 11 tasks to do now to gradually ease you into the […]

My 10 All-Time Favorite French Books

Shelves of French-inspired books, novels, historical fiction and culture do I have in my office, and this does not include all of the cookbooks in my kitchen. Needless to say, new readers to the blog have been asking for my go-to, most recommended French reading material, so I pulled together a list of my top […]

This & That: July 14, 2017

Books —Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever by Kelly LeVeque Released last month, celebrity health and wellness consultant Kelly LeVeque shares specific approaches along with 88 recipes to become more attuned with your body and improve your overall health. With clients such as Molly Sims, Jessica Alba, […]

10 Tips to Evolve Into Your Signature Style

Our signature style is quite personal as it reveals to the world multiple layers of information about who we are, what we value, what frustrates us, what we are confident about, and I believe what we understand about ourselves physically. Over the past two years, my attention to my own personal signature style has shifted […]

This & That: July 7, 2017

Book —Wine All the Time by Marissa A. Ross Released this past June (27th), the official wine columnist of Bon Appétit magazine shares an accessible book about wine and the culture of France’s drink of choice. Discover how to find the best wine on your budget, accurately describe what you are tasting thereby being able […]

162: From Seeking Happiness to Cultivating Contentment: A Shift in Pursuit

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #162 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Focusing on happiness as our ultimate goal is self-defeating; being in a constant state of happiness is, simply put, impossible.”—Paul Hudson Place the word happiness on the cover of a self-help book and it will sell more times than it won’t (Amazon has over 40,000 book […]

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 […]

The Butterfly Moment in Life: Don’t Wait, Just Live Well

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #160 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “‘How does one become a butterfly?’ she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”  —Trina Paulus In a blink of an eye, in an unexpected, ordinary moment, the unimaginable can materialize before our eyes. […]