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 […]

Joanna Vargas Facial Masks, petit plaisir #314

A rejuvenating facial mask enjoyed while soaking in a hot bubble bath. Many benefits occurring simultaneously to soothe the body, nourish the skin and rest the mind. Joanna Vargas facial masks were recently tried in my own skincare routine, and I was more than happy with their results. As someone who regularly gives myself a […]

314: Dive Deep into Life Instead of Paddling on the Surface

“The missing element of oxygen, when brought home, gives us time in which we can record the tiny, visceral, magnificent details of living. The shower after a sweaty workout, a belly laugh with a friend, the warmth of fine whiskey, rain on the roof, or a tight and lasting hug . . . Busy can […]

This & That: October 15, 2021

All sorts of new cookbooks, décor books, cozy reads, cozy scarves, an international film I cannot wait to watch set in Sweden, two theatre productions highly praised, clothing sales and fall finds and much, much more. Books —Beautifully Organized At Work: Bring Order and Joy to Your Work Life So You Can Stay Calm, Relieve […]

This & That: October 8, 2021

A full This & That we have today! Oh my goodness! Cookbooks, fall clothing sales, exciting and varied new book releases on pasta, dogs, Paris, Stanley Tucci and the return of a bestselling author who is already receiving critical praise for his third title. As well, a new documentary I am most looking forward to […]

This & That: October 1, 2021

A new French film, a new British film. Both worth watching! A new novel critics are praising, sales on clothes and décor, a cashmere cozy oversized sweater to love, more and more inspiration for gardeners, and still, there is more. Beauty —Nuxe Body Rêve de Thé Firming Body Cream I recently began using Nuxe’s body […]

Peach Tart (or pie) with a Twist

A peach tree stood in front of my future house, and the shocking revelation of a peach tree being capable of producing fruit in Bend, Oregon (zone 6A) grabbed my attention the moment I realized actual fruit hanging from the branches. Something was special about this place that would become Le Papillon. Yep, I have […]

This & That: September 24, 2021

A new television series to watch adapted from a favorite from the past, a film with Dan Stevens that will make you laugh as much as it will make you think, a new release from an author whose first title was a smashing success for cosy murder mystery lovers, a new streaming service for Francophiles, […]

312: The New Hello, my conversation with The Confidence Project founder Tracy Hooper

The workplace has shifted in a short amount of time, largely due to the pandemic, but also prompted by many other social and environmental awakenings. Communication, civil communication, remains at the epicenter of a civil society; however, currently, a significant learning curve has taken place, and we need to keep up in order to strengthen […]

7 Décor Ideas to Add Signature Simply Luxurious Touches to Your Sanctuary, part deux

“I think sometimes people want to be so tasteful, that their rooms are instantly forgettable.” —Kit Kemp, British interior designer, episode #3 of The English Home podcast Let me begin by confessing I fell into the oft defaulted-to choice Kit Kemp describes above. In the house I owned prior to Le Papillon and lived in […]

Season 8 Schedule of the Podcast Announced

In just one week’s time, a new season, Season 8, of The Simple Sophisticate podcast will begin. Already, my bookstand is full of titles that have piqued my interest to compile into podcast episodes to inspire, inform and motivate you to cultivate your own unique simply luxurious life. Below is a visual of the entire […]

Petit Plaisir: The Chair w/Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh stars in the new comedy series co-created by Amanda Peet, and it is a hit. The Chair. Typically, the Petit Plaisirs here on TSLL are paired with a new podcast episode (The Simple Sophisticate), but I could not wait to recommend a series as I know many readers and listeners step back into […]

TSLL’s 6th Annual French Week Final Post & the 8 Giveaway Winners Announced!

What a week! With 15 posts, eight giveaways presented, and the most engagement we’ve had ever during TSLL’s Annual event celebrating all things French, I just want to thank you for joining in a week of festivities. French Week has become one of my favorite weeks of the year to be reminded of so many […]

15 Essential Kitchen Utensils I Recommend for Everyday Cooking Success

The difference between a cook and a chef welcomes many different opinions, but when I heard Christopher Kimball of Milk Street’s definition distinguishing between the two, I took note. He enumerated a few more contrasts, but these three stood out in my mind and stuck in my memory, primarily because they make sense. Often the […]

5th Giveaway: For the Love of Lavender Gift Basket from Olive & Branch for the Home

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