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 […]

290: 10 Life Choices to Simplify & Welcome a Calm & Contented Everyday Life

“Creating an environment in which you can have a greater sense of clarity and calm . . . The result is a mind that feels much calmer and clear.” —Andy Puddicomb Having an abundance of choices is a valuable asset and an extraordinary opportunity. However, unconsciously, when we don’t filter our seemingly unlimited choices, we […]

184: 16 Ways to Simplify & Make the Holiday Season Pleasurable

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #184 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube ~Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London~ The holidays can be glorious and overwhelming at the same time, magnificent and demanding, joy-filled and draining. And since the holidays of Thanksgiving for Americans and a handful of religious and non-religious commemorations will take place in December for […]

Simplifying Weekly Routines: Afternoon Live Appearance

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62: Why Not . . . Simplify Your Choices?

“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -J. K. Rowling ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #62 Just as our muscles can become fatigued, so too can our minds. And when we bombard it with endless choices each day, much like using our smart phones excessively, the battery becomes drained […]

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 […]

Cleaning Your Sanctuary – Tackle & Simplify

Spring cleaning feels amazing when it is complete, but the initial getting started isn’t always as exciting. As a way to minimize how much I have to take on when this momentous event arrives each March and April, I am a big believer in cleaning my house every week without fail. However, as we know, […]

Why Not . . . Simplify The Holidays?

  The holidays are officially upon us and whether you are celebrating Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza or anything in between, it is a time to be savored. And in order to make the most of this time, the need for simplicity has never been more pressing. Simplifying the holidays will create a season of fulfillment, laughter, […]

Why Not . . . Simplify Your Life? Part Trois

The third part in the Simplify Your Life series is a bookend to the two previous week’s five suggestions (Part I & Part II).  Doesn’t eliminating all of the excess and the unnecessary clutter allow for more clarity, more freedom, and more time?  I find myself less burdened with those things that I used to […]

Why Not . . . Simplify Your Life? Part Deux

The second week in The Simply Luxurious Life’s three part series on simplifying your life involves a few heavy undertakings combined with some suggestions that are quite simple to incorporate into your life.  If you missed last week, click here to read up on the first five suggestions to simplifying your life and click here […]

Why Not . . . Simplify Your Life?

One of the reasons I came upon the name The Simply Luxurious Life is because I truly believe that less is more, and quality must supersede quantity.   One item of luxury doesn’t need any adornment.  It simply draws attention completely on its own. With this in mind, why not bring a bit of simplicity into your life?  […]

This & That: January 8, 2021

New French cuisine cookbooks, inspiration for paring down and amping up the quality of your life, fitness and health inspired books, a new series to take you into the growing of Floret’s Flowers, Frankie Drake returns, learn to let go of the burnout and embrace the goodness of living well, and oh, so much more. […]

10 Things To Do at Home During a Lockdown Winter Holiday

Whether you are spending the holidays alone or in a smaller group of company, we have the opportunity for finding new rituals we may want to carry forward well after 2020. And even if we only want to indulge in new ideas temporarily as we weather the pandemic safely, this season is a wonderful time […]

16 Ideas For Enjoying A Simply Luxurious Winter Holiday Season

Anticipation for the first ski of the season begins to simmer about mid-November when you realize that any first snow could mean the first ski is just the next day able to be enjoyed. And when that snow falls, the winter holiday season has begun in Bend. Even if sparse or no snow rests on […]

293: Choose a Life You Love Living Each Day (yes, it is possible)

“When we speak a language that denies us choice, we forget the life in ourselves for a robotlike mentality that disconnects us from our own core.” —Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life Two lives may look like one another, but one may indeed be fulfilling, while the other a life of disdain and […]

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 […]

This & That: August 14, 2020 – French Week

Here we go! French finds galore! Oodles of books, cookbooks included, two French films that I highly recommend, a pop-up sale on French Brocante finds, an upcoming new series set in Paris on Netflix and well, that is just the beginning. Enjoy! Books —Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso and […]

13 French Beauty Products I Love & Recommend

Feeling good in our skin, literally, requires that we care for our skin. Knowing exactly how to tailor our skincare and beauty regimen to our specific skins needs, which as we know, evolves as we mature, is a dance with moves we must be taught, and in order to be taught, we must seek answers […]

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 […]

This & That: January 3, 2020

Books —The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson A new year and if you are like me, strong and good health is always part of my new year’s resolutions. Bill Bryson’s The Body book is an informative guide to teach you how the amazing machine that is our body works, how it can […]