Why Not . . . Try Gardening? Part Une – 10 Whole Life Benefits

“Life is short and absurd and run through with pain and sorrow. But even in the face of real suffering, gardening can make our days shine with joy.” —Monty Don Today is Earth Day, and so I chose today’s topic as a way to celebrate the good fortunate we have to live on our amazing […]

273: 12 Key Factors to Life-Long Physical and Mental Good Health

“Vitality means moving through life with energy and vigor, making deliberate choices and putting to good use the time and energy that we have been granted.” —Twyla Tharp, author of Keep Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life Knowing how to care for our body which we must not forget includes the mind is […]

How to Welcome the Magic into Your Life

“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.” ― Nora Roberts Snow in September. Magic waltzes into our […]

Life Has Better Ideas: Returning to France

“Dreams we have as a child, dreams we pack in a box for college, dreams you unpack when you move into your first apartment, who you’ll meet, where you’ll work, who you’ll fall in love with. Think you have it all figured out. Life has better ideas. A bigger imagination takes bigger chances than someone […]

246: Why Not . . . Tailor Your Life to Fit You?

“A well-designed life is a life that makes sense . . . a marvelous portfolio of experiences, of adventures, of failures that taught you important lessons, of hardships that made you stronger and helped you know yourself better, and of achievements and satisfactions.” —Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans At the heart of choosing and the actively living a simply luxurious […]

Top 10 Lifestyle Posts of 2018

The everyday has the potential to be a joy and full of pleasure each day if we live consciously as we go along each of our journeys. A prominent part of living a simply luxurious life is paying attention to our everydays and designing them to nurture us as well as be 24 hours we […]

15 Lessons I Am Carrying into My 39th Year

If you’re already a subscriber, please log in. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password Thank You… . . . for your interest and curiosity to explore further this particular post on TSLL. Unfortunately, you do not have access to view this page. One of two things has occurred: You are either a TSLL […]

196: Top 10 Style & Beauty Lessons Learned from the French

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #196 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” —Jean Cocteau With the collections for Fall 2018 being revealed this month, I am always on a treasure hunt to find unique and worthwhile takes on the classics. At the same time, I am reminded as […]

188: 18 Secrets & Lessons from the French Culture to Begin 2018

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #188 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “But I love New Year’s Day, because I can never get over the generosity of the fact that we all get a BRAND NEW YEAR, totally for FREE — with no dents, or dinks, or mistakes yet. It’s the ultimate REFRESH button.” —Elizabeth Gilbert With 2018 […]

A Lifestyle Blog Designed for Francophiles: TSLL

Last October TSLL underwent a major redesign, and an important component was curating French-Inspired resources and destinations for readers to easily navigate, enjoy and visit year round. Did you know that TSLL has a City Guide of Paris, map and all? Discover each destination I highly recommend based on my first-hand experience and learn a […]

160: The Butterfly Moment in Life: Don’t Wait, Just Live Well

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #160 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “‘How does one become a butterfly?’ she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”  —Trina Paulus In a blink of an eye, in an unexpected, ordinary moment, the unimaginable can materialize before our eyes. […]

11 Life Truths About Contentment That Seem Impossible Until We Experience Them

As children and young adults, and possibly even as adults, we hear from innumerable persons the axioms of living a happy life: marry your best friend, live like today is your last, or life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Okay, seriously? Didn’t Diane von Furstenberg tell us to be […]

French Lessons: 5 Language Learning Ideas

  ~Pôilane bakery in Paris is one of my favorite French IG feeds to follow and this image is precisely why. Along with their stunning pics of the boulangerie artistry they craft, you learn something about the French culture as well. “We love the idea of giving thanks by breaking bread with those dear to […]

38 Invaluable Lessons About Attaining Happiness

“As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.” —Joan Baez   ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #131 Life in many ways feels as though it is a treasure hunt. However, I have good news. If my experience is any evidence, Joan Baez’s quote above certainly rings true. Case in point, stumbling across British philosopher Bertrand […]

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 […]

Small & Simple = A Grand & Full Life

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” —Jane Austen ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #97 As the twenty-first century begins to unfold, and gradually we climb out of the Great Recession, the hope would be that we apply the lessons learned and refrain from making the same mistakes. For example, one of the […]

Why Not . . . Read a Book That Changes Your Life?

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot Much like travel, reading provides the opportunity to open up our eyes to another world, another way of thinking, another way of living that brings us closer to our […]

Why Not . . . Trust the Timing of Your Life?

—The Simple Sophisticate, episode #85 Many times here on the blog I have compared the struggle a butterfly must traverse through to the journey we embark on when we seek the life of our dreams.(See here, here and here). And as important as it is to understand that there will be a struggle to break […]

Lessons from the Vineyard

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” ― Ernest Hemingway ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #64 Did you know […]

40: 8 Ways to Become the CEO of Your Own Life

“Women have never had so many options. Yet we often experience a kind of paralysis, an unconscious willingness to follow societal dictates rather than become the CEOs of our own lives. When we mindlessly follow the dots, we smother our innate gifts and miss opportunities to fulfill our true potential.” -Shannon Ables, Choosing the Simply […]

How to Live a Courageous Life

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” -Napoleon Hill ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #31 Alison Gopnik shared in a recent article, the power of exposure to fear: depending upon when during our lives we are exposed […]