Outfit of the Month: Kaftan Chic (+many more single caftans)

Whether you choose to spell the leisurely and luxurious robe or tunic with a ‘K’ or ‘C’, the caftan is forever as Nancy MacDonnell wrote in the Wall Street Journal last week. While originally a clothing worn during battle, the caftan has become an everyday summer or resort capsule wardrobe item not to be forgotten. […]

254: 26 Ways to Ensure Happy Singledom at Any Stage of Our Life’s Journey

“Across the world, despite all prejudices and beliefs against it, singlehood is the growing trend.” —Elyakim Kislev , author of Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living It is highly beneficial to understand the construction of our beliefs regarding singledom, so that after discarding the myths and acknowledging the realities, we can “freely […]

Apple Tarte Tatin, Single Serving Sizes

Apple and fall go together much like croissants and Paris. A perfect pair full of deliciousness.  So as I was enjoying Sharon Santoni‘s most recent book My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons which showcases her home during each season in Normandy, France, I came across her Apple Tarte Tatin. And when I saw […]

170: Being Single is Luxurious Living

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #170 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio {As always, I encourage you to listen to the audio version as much more is talked about beyond the transcript below: more anecdotes, examples and ideas about how this episode is really about enjoying our time alone whether we are coupled or single.} Having lived on […]

The Truths & Myths of the Independent, Single Woman

“Contemporary, unmarried life may have felt . . . a lot more complicated, confusing and scary than the simply single option on offer to women of previous generations. But the wholesale revision of what female life might entail is also, by many measures, the invention of independent female adulthood.” -Rebecca Traister, author of the best-selling All […]

Why Not . . . Enjoy the Holidays Even if You’re Single?

The holidays can provide daunting situations for those of us who are single whether by choice or by circumstance, and while many blockbuster romantic comedies portray both single men and women longing to find someone to snuggle up with next to a crackling fire or schmooch with under the mistletoe, the truth of the matter […]

14 Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day: Single or Coupled

Valentine’s Day can be a tricky holiday, but if nothing else, it is something to be thankful for simply because it celebrates what we all could use more of in our lives – love. So whether you are single or coupled, be reminded that any of these suggestions could be practiced any day of the […]

Single or Married: 20 Things To Do

“It’s so common for your world to just turn upside down when you really commit to raising your vibration.  It’s no secret that thoughts are like magnets, so it’s impossible for people and life circumstances to stay the same when you change your mind and commit to a new belief.  Embrace the change for a […]

Why Not . . . Be A Confident Single Woman?

“If you’re not happy single, you won’t be happy taken. Happiness comes from within, not from men.” Being single should be one of the most enjoyable times in your life. And whether you are single right now or not, we all should be at some point in our lives. The freedom, the choices, and the […]

The Simple Life is a Great Life: Explore How in Podcast Bundle #4

The word itself, simple, communicates a life to savor. With the pop of the pronounced ‘p’ adding a light-heartedness and the etymology of the word (while being interpreted a variety of ways) referencing free from duplicity, offering a sincerity of one thing folded onto itself, my interpretation is a deepening of something intentionally chosen. As […]

This & That: July 23, 2021

The return of a favorite comedy series, a sale on the classic French Breton stripes, a new film inspired by a true story, the kick-off of the Olympics, books for décor guidance, working with Mother Nature in your backyard, inspiration for living well, and a simple, yet must-have beauty item for your daily routine. Yep, […]

Fall 2021 Couture Favorites & 8 Ways to Apply to Your Everyday Wardrobe

Wearable pieces of art. Hours upon hours of detailed artistry, beading, stitching and eye for detail, haute couture makes its way down the runways twice a year in Paris and Italy. Tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of monetary value exchange hands from international buyers to designers, and while all of this ensures couture […]

Savoring A Life On Your Own: podcast bundle #3

A quote I have held on to throughout my life, attributed to Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism states, “Do not seek sanctuary in anyone except yourself.” Many people have taken his words and applied them in slightly different ways, and with much contemplation, much time on my own, as well as a […]

10 Saturday Ponderings . . .

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A Simple Life Lived Well IS Luxurious Living, Let Me Explain . . .

“Life becomes simpler when our lives become calmer.” —Andy Puddicombe With the first sighting of the word luxury or luxurious, the collective default tends to be toward excess. After all, the history of the word, stretching back to its Latin roots doesn’t exactly have a benign connotation. The word has morphed and been tweaked regarding […]

This & That: July 2, 2021

Summer cool and simple style ideas, two, three, actually FOUR laugh-out-loud series to enjoy (two are in French), sales for clothing and décor not to miss, a new documentary critics are in agreement is quite awesome, books for living a more productive and peace-filled life as well as a unique memoir involving dogs and London, […]

Lemon Soufflé Pudding

Lemon. Refreshing. Palate cleansing. Satiating and full of summer lightness. Last weekend, I stepped into my kitchen amidst a sweltering heat wave (or heat dome as they are informing us), and made a dessert that had been tempting my tastebuds for a couple of days. Finding the recipe created by Odette Williams (check out her […]

This & That: June 18, 2021

Oodles of new television series and new seasons, even new feel-good films to usher us into a new season. A book to take you high above Paris, British gardens, Paris real estate and Cézanne comes to the states for the summer. Books, cookbooks, summer totes, linen clothing and still much, much more. Books —Fierce Self-Compassion: […]

How to Transition into a Better (more fulfilling) ‘Normal’

“The pandemic represents a rare but narrow opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.” —Klaus Schwab, author of The Great Reset (July 2020) While a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the global population of today, pandemics are not new, and therefore, have been studied to mine many insights whether socially, economically, culturally and of course medically. […]

This & That: May 28, 2021 (+ Memorial Day Sales)

Books on style, pizza, Paris, positive body talk and eating well the globe and ourselves. A hilarious new British comedy, Memorial Day sales – links and promo codes, new music, a new comedy from Tina Fey, a new drama series, summer styles to keep you cool and chic, and still much more. Books —Anne of […]

The Winners of the 6 Giveaways for British Week Announced!

What a week of celebration and conversation. I want to extend a tremendous thank you to everyone who stopped by this week to celebrate all things British. This yearly tradition has continued to be one of my favorite weeks here on the blog, and while I am a bit bleary-eyed from the immense screen-time, it […]