How To Live A French-Inspired Life: podcast episode bundle #2

A daily practice of savoring the everyday. Reveling in the seasonal produce and regional availability, slowing down, making time to engage with others, to debate, to contemplate, to celebrate being alive. Idyllic? Yes. Unrealistic? Actually, not at all. If my handful of trips to France – both the city of Paris and the countrysides in […]

Why Not . . . Shop at Chairish for your next Home Décor Project?

Over the past year, I have visited, shopped and welcomed home new-to-me items from Chairish (get it? sounds like ‘cherish’?:)). As second-hand, vintage, and even brocante treasure-hunting was put on hold during the pandemic, Chairish became a treat for inspiration and sometimes a discovery perfect for customizing my home. Chairish, self-described as “a platform where […]

303: 33 Ways to Live Your Fullest Life, as taught by Norma Kamali

“Living your purpose will make it possible to do all the things you need to do to reach the goals you need to reach in order to fulfill your dreams, which are as big as the world and as optimistic as your mind can imagine.” —Norma Kamali, author of I Am Invincible Change is inevitable, […]

15 Ideas for a Strong Life Approach to the New Fall Season

“September is the chosen month for everything that flowers a second time: the month of the second flower; the month of the ripening wine. All these are mysterious advantages for the month September, full of deeper meaning; and above all, it is the month when the earth opens so that we can plant again!” —Karel […]

10 Favorite French Cookbooks for Your Kitchen Library

A well-written novel, many classic novels and contemporary highly acclaimed novels, share a human story revealing the journey of struggle, discovery, awakening, undeserved or unwanted pain and navigation to a larger truth that humans of all generations can connect with in some way. A good cookbook, a classic, one that is and will be pulled […]

Podcast Episodes to Suit Your Mood

Just this morning a TSLL reader and listener of the podcast, who works in the healthcare system, asked that I pulled together a list of podcast episodes from the archives to help us all navigate through this time of self-containment and uncertainty, as well as more time at home with available time to be outside […]

10 Tips for Prepping Your Signature Yard & Garden

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10 Steps to Help You Begin Customizing Your Home

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Why Not . . . Make Lists? 20 Lists to Keep in Your Everyday Life

“The secret to success is not just about what you put on your list but what you intentionally leave off. Less is more. Leading with intention and how you’d like your life to feel is key.” —Paula Rizzo, author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed As someone […]

255: 34 Inspiring Daily Rituals to Ignite Your Creativity

We talk quite often about the importance of routine, and how by having a routine, we actually set ourselves free, especially our minds. And it is in that vein that Mason Curry shares his two books Daily Rituals. His second is focused entirely on Women at Work, sharing the routines and preferences of creative women […]

246: Why Not . . . Tailor Your Life to Fit You?

“A well-designed life is a life that makes sense . . . a marvelous portfolio of experiences, of adventures, of failures that taught you important lessons, of hardships that made you stronger and helped you know yourself better, and of achievements and satisfactions.” —Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans At the heart of choosing and the actively living a simply luxurious […]

245: 10 Ways Resilence During Good Times Can Elevate Your Everydays

“Resilence is more than bouncing back from adversity. People who are resilient keep pursuing their goals in the face of challenges. Consequently, learning how to regulate your brain’s motivational machinery is a key aspect of resilence.” —Rick Hanson, Ph. D, author of Resilient: How to Grown an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness Living […]

226: Understand This Tricky Paradox of Control In Order to Improve Your Life

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #226~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube | Spotify Imagine you are walking upon a balance beam in a gymnastics center. Imagine your core is tight, your shoulders are back, your chin is parallel with the beam and your legs are engaged. And your eyes are focused not down, but at your desired destination – the […]

195: How to Make Your Dream Come True: 5 “Bills” to Expect

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #195 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube The 43rd time was the charm. At least in the case for currently number one ranked women’s tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. Winning her first grand slam title with the Austrialian Open at the end of this past January, Wozniacki, after 43 entries at grand slam […]

9 Ways to Organize Your Kitchen, Improve Your Health & Help Out the Planet

As the new year began and having time to sit down and examine simple changes I could make to improve the quality of my life, my attention went to my kitchen, how I prepared food, how I stored it, traveled with it and shopped for it. Over the past few years there have been ideas […]

Top 5 Lifestyle Posts of 2017

As a lifestyle blog, TSLL could technically categorize every post as a “lifestyle” post, but the blog posts that are selected for this category offer insight, ideas, and inspiration for building the foundation of HOW we live our lives – i.e. go about our everydays, master our thinking, create rituals, etc.. And while many of […]

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 […]

Why Not . . . Give Your Life an Annual Appraisal?

“The first months of the year are the perfect time to take stock of one’s life. I usually begin by making a short trip around the house to see what needs doing and make appointments, filling the calendar for the year.” —Mrs. Minerva from The English Home A much anticipated and habitually celebrated arrival in […]

A Capsule Menu: What It Is and How to Create Your Own

A full life, a life of contentment balanced with continual opportunities for growth and the ability to reach the goals we set for ourselves inevitably requires us to eat well. And as we balance our work and personal lives, finding time to go to the market, pick up the necessary ingredients and cook delicious, healthy […]

What Does a Simply Luxurious Life Look & Feel Like?

Just imagine, waking up with excitement, going through your day with clarity and unwinding in the evening with peace of mind and a dose of pleasure and extraordinary comfort. In a very succinct way, this is what living a simply luxurious life is about each and every day. But how does each of us reach […]

34 Must-Have Items for Your Home Épicerie

  “In Paris in the 1950s, I had the supreme good fortune to study with a remarkably able group of chefs. From them I learned why good French food is an art, and why it makes such sublime eating: nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should. Good results require […]

11 Ways to Make Any Home Your Sanctuary

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #105 The moment of relief. The moment that signifies to your worries to wait at the door while you step inside and let yourself unwind. Knowing we have a home to walk into each evening, afternoon and wake up to each morning is an amazing blessing that fulfills a powerful cornerstone […]

Small & Simple = A Grand & Full Life

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” —Jane Austen ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #97 As the twenty-first century begins to unfold, and gradually we climb out of the Great Recession, the hope would be that we apply the lessons learned and refrain from making the same mistakes. For example, one of the […]