Simplifying Weekly Routines: Afternoon Live Appearance

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Savor Everyday Routines

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Last Thursday night a tumultuous thunder and lightning storm made itself quite comfortable over the small town I live in. Being awoken by a jolt of lightning, I remained awake to enjoy the beautiful display of bolts  randomly […]

18 Ways to Simplify the Daily & Weekly Routines

  “Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.” – Albert Einstein Welcome to Monday. A day that can either be loathed or loved depending upon what your week looks like or what job you are heading out the door to. The funny thing about Monday is that […]

Simple Beauty Routines

  Life can become a chaotic roller coaster that we can’t seem to control at times if we aren’t organized. And while organization is necessary when it comes to finances, household tasks and career, it is also important when it comes to taking care of ourselves. I have always found it useful to figure out […]

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

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5 Reasons I Love My Hunter Rain Boots -wellies (And the 3rd Giveaway)

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306: 25 British Petit Plaisirs (and a new category for all of TSLL’s Simple Pleasures)

The French define le Petit Plaisir as a simple indulgence that brings great pleasure and enjoyment. In English, the translation is easy to note – small pleasures, yet significant in their ability to elevate the everyday. This week on the blog is TSLL’s 3rd Annual British Week, and while yes, the term Petit Plaisirs is notably French, my […]

This & That: May 14, 2021

Overflowing with oodles of new and worth-viewing television series, books for travel, décor, non-fiction and fiction. My go-to favorite stocked fleur de sel in my épicerie, summer styles, Burgundy wines and still, so much more. Books —Design Secrets: How to design any space and make it your own by Kit Kemp Winner of House & […]

How to Flourish rather than Languish in Your One and Only Life

“Flourishing really is what people are ultimately after. It’s living the good life. We usually think about flourishing as living in a state in which all aspects of a person’s life are good — it’s really an all-encompassing notion.” —Tyler J. VanderWeele, an epidemiology and biostatistics professor and director of Harvard’s Human Flourishing Program For four […]

TSLL’s Spring Shopping Guide, 2021

Emerging into a new season after having for so long been limited by what activities have been offered to change our attire and express ourselves sartorially is a descriptor many clothing brands have posted on their homepage to welcome online shoppers into their stores. After all, each in our own way, we are ready for […]

9 Ways to Think Like a Monk, as taught by Jay Shetty

“Life begins with breath, breath carries you through your days, and life and breath end together . . . We measure our lives not by how big or small our impact is, but by how we make people feel. We use our time to establish how we will live on, through giving love and care, […]

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, […]

This & That: March 12, 2021

Four films to enjoy, a sale of beautiful British handmade pottery, capsule wardrobe items to welcome into your everyday, a cookbook for a healthy overall well-being, the exploration of flowers and their healing powers and so, so, much more. Books —The Healing Power of Flowers: Discover the secret language of the flowers you love by […]

298: 28 Ways to Simplify Your Entire Life

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” —Hans Hofmann Simplifying. Far different from minimizing, simplifying requires that we consciously explore what is of value in our lives and then thoughtfully edit in order for what we deem most important to shine as fully as possible. Take for […]

The TOP 5 Podcast Episodes of 2020

Halfway through the seventh season/year, The Simple Sophisticate podcast is nearing 300 episodes, and as we step into 2021, look for more episodes to offers inspiration, ideas and insight into how to live simply luxuriously. Moving into the new year, look for two new episodes each month – the first and third Mondays – and […]

A Quiet Holiday Playlist for Jazz & Classical Music Lovers (no lyrics)

When the snow arrives, a softness seems to usher its way into the days and nights. And while I enjoy the classical lyrical Christmas and holiday music which nudge unconsciously your toes to tap and your body to sway and your voice to sing along, having a go-to non-lyrical holiday playlist can be played for […]

This & That: December 4, 2020

Let’s just begin with the big news – Jenna Lyons returns. *it’s been too long, but it was worth the wait*. What else? So much! Three films – one new and two from the past worth watching, a new holiday baking show with a favorite comedy cast joining to spice up the fun, clothing to […]

5 Simple Changes to Create Significant Immediate Contentment

Something as simple as a sliver when removed, floods the physical body with immediate relief. As I stood in my bathroom with a tweezers and needle in my hand this past weekend, I gently pulled out a minuscule tip of wood from the inside of my thumb. Elation. A deep breath of an erasure of […]

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

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34 Ideas for Adding Cosy to Your Everyday

“Life can be just as wild and precious in the quiet as it is in the noise.” —Dolly Alderton via Laura Weir’s book Cosy: The British Art of Comfort The pancetta sizzles on the stove, spattering and spitzing. Melody Gardot‘s sultry voice softly drenches the room with jazz melodies. Norman dozes on the rug in […]