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 […]

This & That: September 18, 2020

Gardening books, books to help you lead well, cosy comforts for the home, classic pieces for your wardrobe, a new film about being behind the camera in the highest office in the United States, a feel-good film and much more. Books —How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOS, Founders and Game Changers by […]

16 Things I Am Doing In My Garden This September & October

The garden is receiving less and less light, the mornings are a bit chillier and a few leaves on trees and shrubs have begun to turn red and golden. Yep, autumn is coming, and I excitedly look forward to shifting gears and planning ahead for a beautiful next gardening season. From adding more color for […]

287: 5 Things to Do to Build Healthy Relationships and 4 Things to Let Go

“We are born with a capacity to dance together but not with the necessary training.” —David Richo As soon as I read the first line in chapter one shown above, the analogy made crystal clear sense of my ignorance about relationships and how to navigate past it: I needed to learn HOW to love, not […]

The Simply Luxurious Kitchen, Season 3 Trailer

The kitchen is my happy place, and I am extremely excited to welcome you into my new kitchen with the premiere of the third season of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen cooking show. (catch up on previous seasons here) Stop by this coming Saturday (September 19th) and every Saturday for eight weeks this fall to enjoy […]

10 Saturday Ponderings . . .

The peaches have ripened! And so, I picked them yesterday, giddily. 🙂 What a delightful sight to see in the midst of all that is going on. Granted, I had seven peaches on my small peach tree that was not affected by the frost this spring, but still, I celebrated! I don’t know about you, […]

This & That: September 11, 2020

A Francophile’s treasure of a book, comfort clothing to add true luxury to your evening routine, a film for jazz lovers, clothing to transition into fall, a cookbook for simple baking, decor touches, a mystery series set during the Roaring Twenties and much, much more. Books —A Year at Brandywine Cottage: Six Seasons of Beauty, […]

Outfit of the Month: Fall’s Shades of Caramel

~Hereu Large Leather-Trimmed Organic Canvas-Cotton Tote~ ~The Curated Classic Camel Coat (more colors)~ ~Vince V-Neck Ball Button Silk Blouse and here (black also available)~ ~Frame Le Serge Trouser (more colors)~ ~Everlane Day Glove leather flats (many more colors)~ ~Citizen Stiletto Square-face watch (more finishes available)~ ~Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets: A Real-Life […]

286: How to Let Go of Comparison? Heal Thyself

“Comparison is the death of joy.” ― Mark Twain The thief of joy, if Mark Twain is right, is of our own making. The good news in this revelation reveals each of us can take back our joy. Comparing ourselves to others occurs consciously and unconsciously. Consciously, we may be acutely aware that we follow certain […]