Outfit of the Week: The Simplicity of a Jumpsuit

~Staud Bay Linen navy jumpsuit or Staud’s crepe navy pinstripe jumpsuit~ ~Tory Burch Freida Espadrille Wedge Sandal (more colors), on sale~ ~Carolina Santo Domingo Petra mini raffia and wicker tote, on sale~ ~Cult Gaia Tala metal bangle (more colors)~ ~Madewell x Biltmore Striped-Band Panama Hat~ ~Ray Ban 57mm Pilot Sunglasses~ ~Death and Other Happy Endings: A […]

224: How to Welcome Simplicity Into Your Life: Live Differently for One Month

“One of the greatest challenges we all face is to find a happy balance between the opportunities that are available to us, the media-implanted urge to have them all, and our own desire to keep focused on the things that really matter.” —Elaine St. James in Living The Simple Life: A Guide to Scaling Down […]

Talking Simplicity and How to Welcome It Back Into Your Life

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Subtle Simplicity

~Tory Burch leather and perspex wedge sandals~ ~DVF Marci Silk Top (black, olive (on sale) & ivory available)~ ~Theory Stretch wool classic crop pant (other colors available) or J.Crew Maddie pant in bi-stretch cotton~ ~Kenneth Jay Lane gold-tone necklace and earrings~ ~Jil Sander Cut-Out Glossed Leather Clutch~ ~SHOP THE OUTFIT: ~SHOP Outfits of the Week from […]

The “How” of Tailored Simplicity

“People are remarkably bad at remembering long lists of goals. I learned this at a professional level when trying to get my high-performance coaching clients to stay on track; the longer their lists of to-dos and goals, the more overwhelmed and off-track they got. Clarity comes with simplicity.” -Brendon Burchard The endless list of choices […]

Style Inspiration: Personality & Simplicity

As with life, so too is it a good idea to keep a sense of balance about our wardrobe when we pair tops with bottoms, shoes with jewelry, and prints with solids. In today’s Style Inspiration, choosing a neutral or wardrobe staple and pairing it with a bold, unique or statement making print, top or […]

Decor Inspiration: The Power of Natural Simplicity

While spring has only just begun, I thought I’d show you a taste of what the warmer months will bring. Captured last year during late spring and summer, architect and designer Peter Marino’s Long Island getaway in the Hamptons is grand in size, but demonstrates how monochromatic planting can be powerful, hydrangeas can be rich […]

Mastering the Complexity of Simplicity

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent.  It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” –E. F. Schumacher Even as a young girl I desired simplicity. Less stuff, being free from clutter and able to move freely and use my […]

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 […]

This & That: November 27, 2020 + Black Friday Sales

A new much anticipated novel set in 17th century England, a new podcast for gardeners who love Gardeners’ World, two new documentaries critics are applauding, cookbooks for slowing down, working with Mother Earth and enjoying each meal, Monet’s cooking journal, an art exhibit for Francophiles in the states, and of course, a loooooong list of […]

This & That: October 30, 2020

Step inside a Parisian tastemaker’s new decor book, a French body & bath companies Friends & Family sale not to miss, cozy fall and winter capsule wardrobe items, cookbooks, cookbooks, cookbooks, a book I am especially excited to begin reading in preparation for digging up courage for making life changes, and much more. Books —Stay […]

A Classic (and Simple!) French Fresh or Frozen Berry Dessert: Clafoutis!

Cherry trees in full blossom in April. Little did I realize the gift I had in my new garden with two dwarf cherry trees. Situated just outside my reading nook window, their beauty from spring through the summer and early fall gifts me with not only beauty but gorgeously delicious brilliant red cherries for making […]

The Kitchen Reveal: Before & After & How I Customized My Small Space

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

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The Decor Detail You Didn’t Know You Needed: The Match Striker

Simple, highly functional, reduces clutter and is appealing to the eye. Let me introduce you to the match striker. Where have I been? I will admit freely, I knew nothing about match strikers until this spring when British interior designer Rita Konig casually mentioned them in her design course, and consequently was sitting directly next […]

10 Decor Tips from Chrissie Rucker’s For the Love of White decor book

Fresh, restorative and welcoming. I am drawn to lighter, calmer spaces that offer subtle touches of signature style. Often welcoming varying shades of white, ivory and cream, it is in the differing textures – fabrics, woods, hard surfaces – that create deeply tranquil rooms and vignettes immediately and upon closer inspection, an understanding of all […]

26 Petit Plaisirs for You to Savor, Part Trois

Simple pleasures abound even and thankfully especially in the most unexpected times. The rains falls, spritzing, then pouring, being blown about, yet determined to water the yard and garden. The birds are aplenty dining at the cafe outside my window, and I am starting to get the hang of remote teaching. All reasons to celebrate. […]

Slow and Steady as a Way of Living

“The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life. It’s so easy to make it complex.” — Yvon Chouinard It felt as though the Earth took a ginormous breath of relief (but will not admit that outloud) when the global decision to flatten the curve, stay home, began to take shape. Granted there were […]

The Kitchen Rack: Slightly Rustic, Yet A Sophisticated Touch

I can remember stepping into the kitchen in my vacation rental in Luberon, Provence, and seeing the kitchen utensils neatly arranged on the kitchen rack. The copper pans hung from hooks situated above, and I immediately felt the urge to cook something, anything, because everything was at the ready for me to be successful. Similarly […]