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 . […]

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

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302: 21 Lessons Learned in my 42nd Year

Over the weekend I quietly celebrated my 42nd birthday. It was lovely. It was full of much contemplation. It included delicious food and wine and the last day of the year brought the sunshine which found me out in my garden preparing for spring. Over the past 12 months all of our lives experienced unexpected […]

18 of My Afternoon/Evening Rituals to Savor

Tuesday afternoon, upon returning from the classroom and arriving home, I step out onto my garden porch, and drink in the cloudless blue sky, the soft, barely preceptible breeze and the brilliant low sitting sun. I have no clue what time it is, and thankfully so. Norman, after enjoying a treat, lays on the porch […]

Why Not . . . Establish a Daily Routine? 6 Ways & Reasons

“When you don’t have much time, a routine helps you make the little time you have count. When you have all the time in the world, a routine helps you make sure you don’t waste it.” —Austin Kleon, author of Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad From the daily […]

Why Not . . . Elevate the Everyday in Your Daily Routine?

At the foundation of living a simply luxurious life is consciously choosing to elevate the everyday moments that we may have previously dismissed as unimportant and incapable of being savored, even approached with dread. A significant part of TSLL’s 2nd book – Living The Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everydays Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best […]

268: M. L. Longworth Talks Provence during the Holidays, Favorite Cookbooks and Her New Provençal Mystery

~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube | Spotify Today’s episode is my recent conversation with returning guest M.L. Longworth. Her latest mystery in her Provençal mystery series became available to readers last Tuesday, and it is the eighth in the Bonnet and Verlaque series: A Noël Killing. Having had the opportunity to read and having thoroughly enjoy the book […]

Why Not . . . Cultivate Daily Moments of Repose?

“Always be aware that you have the power to create the naturally stress-free and tranquil life you deserve.” When we get out of rhythm with our lives, out of step with the pace that aligns best with our full productivity and energies, feeling unsettled, and at times discombulated, is not uncommon. When events in our […]

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 […]

Why Not . . . Create a Beauty Capsule Shopping Routine?

The goal of any routine that we consciously adhere to and choose to keep in our lives is to simplify the rest of our lives and free up energy to focus on those events, activities, people and projects that need our mind’s full attention, functioning at its optimum level. As was shared in episode #110 […]

Britain on My Mind: A Cozy Reading Chair & Room

Lately, Britain has been dancing about my mind for a variety of reasons, and it certainly was further heightened with last weekend’s wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank. But I would be reminisce if I didn’t admit the news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last Friday of their expecting a child this coming […]

203: M.L. Longworth’s New Provençal Mystery and Life in Provence

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #203 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube Author of The Provençal Mystery series, featuring Antoine Verlaque and Marine Bonnet, M.L. Longworth joins me on today’s episode of the podcast to discuss her latest mystery in the series which was just released on April 3rd, The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche. Having lived […]

15 Lessons I Am Carrying into My 39th Year

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My Discoveries in the Devon Countryside

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” – Jane Austen’s Fanny in Mansfield Park (1814) Before I ventured on my way to England, first to London and then on to the Devon countryside, at the end of last month, I came across Jane Austen’s […]

Why Not . . . Frenchify Your Beauty Routine? (Add Micellar Water)

An immediate difference I have noticed with my skin upon arriving in England, and especially on the Devon coast, is the natural hydration of my skin. In fact, yesterday evening, I wandered out into the large pastures overlooking the Bristol Channel and took a loop around the edges as the “mizzle” (as described by the […]

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 […]

My Fall Capsule Wardrobe and How to Create Your Own: My Appearance on AM Northwest

The fall fashion season is just about to begin, and fine-tuning or beginning to curate your own capsule wardrobe is a wonderful way of welcoming the season as a means to simplify your everyday routine, bolster your confidence and in the long run, save your pennies. This morning I was invited to be a guest […]

Simplifying Weekly Routines: Afternoon Live Appearance

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164: The Importance of a Daily Routine & How to Create One You Love

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #164 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio   “With a healthy lifestyle, it’s not at all unreasonable to expect ninety or one hundred exceptionally healthy years of life, years in which we will be of sound body, mind and spirit.” —Dr. John D. Day, author of The Longevity Plan: 7 Life-Transforming Lessons from […]

15 of My Favorite Skincare Products

The winter months and our skin. Depending upon where you live, the type of skincare you will need will be largely determined by the humidity (or lack thereof). The journey of my skincare regimen has been on-going and a savvy and more successful approach began in my thirties when I began to seek out professionals […]

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 […]