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The simple sophisticate is someone who prefers quality over quantity, sensible living over mindless consumption, personal style instead of trendy fashions, has an insatiable curiosity for life’s endless questions and a desire to live a truly fulfilling life rather than being led around by the nose. … read more

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305: 36 Bedtime Daily Rituals and Essential Details to Ensure A Restful Slumber

April 19th, 2021

40:53

”Discover the great ideas that lie inside you by discovering the power of sleep.” – Arianna Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution

304: Artists in Residence writer and illustrator Melissa Wyse and Kate Lewis

April 5th, 2021

38:49

Today on the podcast, the creators of the new book Artists in Residence join me to talk about not only their collaboration, but also how readers …

303: 33 Ways to Live Your Fullest Life, as taught by Norma Kamali

March 15th, 2021

51:30

"Living your purpose will make it possible to do all the things you need to do to reach the goals you need to reach in order to fulfill your …

302: 21 Lessons Learned in my 42nd Year

March 1st, 2021

26:55

Over the weekend I quietly celebrated my 42nd birthday. It was lovely. It was full of much contemplation. It included delicious food and wine …

301: The Courage to Live Fully & Deeply: 7 Ideas to Put into Practice for a Life of True Contentment

February 15th, 2021

49:46

"People can change and be happy from this moment onward . . . the problem is not one of ability, but of courage." —from the book The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

"As long as one …

300: Plat du Jour - French Dinners Made Easy w/Susan Herrmann Loomis

February 1st, 2021

36:43

France, food, seasonally fresh produce.

American expat cookbook author Susan Herrmann Loomis has just released a new cookbook and it is good. Deliciously good. Plat du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy was just …

299: How to Live a Life with Less Stress & Why It's Vital for Good Health

January 18th, 2021

35:24

"The lack of meaning in our lives stresses us out, but too much stress makes it harder to find meaning." —Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, author of The …

298: 28 Ways to Simplify Your Entire Life

January 4th, 2021

48:32

"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 …

297: 10 Ideas for Making the Most of "Between the Years"

December 21st, 2020

38:34

In the spirit of nurturing ourselves, healing ourselves and opening a door to a better year in 2021, today's episode/post is shared with the intention of providing inspiration for you to do just that as you tailor the …

296: The Necessity of Personal Privacy: A Delicate & Important Dance

December 14th, 2020

35:26

“Privacy - like eating and breathing - is one of life's basic requirements.” 
― Katherine Neville, author

The sanctuaries we call home, no matter how large or small, provide the comfort and necessary gift of …

295: The Gift of Discontentment (yep, that's no typo)

December 7th, 2020

45:26

“Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” - Thomas Edison

True contentment runs like a river feeding our everyday lives with constant …

294: How to be the Director of Your Life: 6 Key Components

November 16th, 2020

31:58

"You shouldn't dream your film, you should make it!" —Steven Spielberg

To live actively requires we take action.

Seems simple enough, but if …

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

November 9th, 2020

24:44

"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 …

292: 7 Truths About Experiencing Happiness

November 2nd, 2020

33:48

Books about happiness ubiquitously fill the publishing world, but the fundamentals of happiness quite simply are just that, simple. We become overwhelmed, and then it becomes easier to fixate, and often …

291: 6 Ways To Dance with Life (and Have An Amazing Experience)

October 19th, 2020

35:22

“Your inner purpose is to awaken.” —Eckhart Tolle, from A New Earth

To observe the seamless fluidity of a dancing pair with years of …

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

October 12th, 2020

26:41

"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." …

289: Anne Willan Talks About Women in the Kitchen

October 5th, 2020

43:27

"The thread of all good cooking: the right ingredients, fresh and the way they should be - not fancy or expensive." —Anne Willan, author of Women …

288: Cultivating a New Normal

September 21st, 2020

24:18

 

The Atlantic recently posted an article asserting there won't be a clear end to the pandemic. Rather, the end for each of us will be as unique and differentiated as each one of us and occur on a different …

287: 5 Things to Do to Build Healthy Relationships and 4 Things to Let Go

September 14th, 2020

39:43

"We are born with a capacity to dance together but not with the necessary training."

—David Richo

As soon as I read the first line in chapter one shown above, the analogy made crystal clear sense of my …

286: How to Let Go of Comparison? Heal Thyself

September 7th, 2020

47:40

“Comparison is the death of joy.” ― Mark Twain

The thief of joy, if Mark Twain is right, is of our own making.

The good news in this revelation reveals each of us can take back our joy.

Comparing ourselves to …

Season 7 Schedule Announced!

August 17th, 2020

9:59

In three weeks the seventh season of The Simple Sophisticate will begin. With 285 episodes already shared, I am excited to explore new books, welcome guests that speak to what living simply luxuriously is all about …

285: The New Parisienne author Lindsey Tramuta

August 10th, 2020

1:04:11

Author and blogger and American living in Paris Lindsey Tramuta joins me on podcast today to talk about her new book The New Parisienne: The Women & Ideas Shaping Paris (purchase on Bookshop.org). Having called …

224: How to Welcome Simplicity Into Your Life: Live Differently for One Month (top episode from season 5)

July 20th, 2020

43:26

Desired change in our lives can be seemingly elusive when so much of what needs to happen requires more energy, more time, more focus. With …

142: 9 Reasons Owning Your Style Will Change Your Life

July 13th, 2020

36:00

Today's episode is a top episode from Season 3 discussing how understanding what our signature style is and then owning it with confidence permeates all arenas of our lives.

Ultimately, what we wear matters. …

15: 7 Components to Building Your Signature Style (a top episode from Season 1)

June 22nd, 2020

37:09

Building our signature style takes time. As well, it evolves. While some components - the best color tone for our skin, hair and eye color …

284: 5 Steps for Finding Financial Peace of Mind

June 15th, 2020

29:10

"Being in touch with [the essence] of ourselves as we make financial decisions is as good as it gets. Money is a store of life energy, and when we can channel that life energy into an expression of what is most …

7 Ideas for Improving Your Approach to Working and thus Your Experience and the Outcome

June 8th, 2020

32:47

"To embrace leisure, we don't have to let go of progress. [Our] constant pushing is now impeding our progress. We work best when we allow for flexibility in our habits . . . [w]e can and must stop treating ourselves …

282: Author of Paris On Air and Podcaster, Oliver Gee

June 1st, 2020

48:17

Today on the podcast, fellow podcaster Oliver Gee of The Earful Tower joins me to talk about his newly released memoir Paris On Air (shop here …

10 Ways to Set Your Home Like a Luxury Travel Accommodation

May 25th, 2020

36:12

Today's episode is a favorite from Season 1 of The Simple Sophisticate.

Episode #45 was the sixth top episode of the first season and continues to be a favorite with listeners as it shares 10 Ways to Set Up Your …

281: 18 Ways to Welcome English Country Decor Ideas into Your Home

May 18th, 2020

38:07

British country homes evoke an image of comfort, cosyness and warmth. Partly, yes, because such warmth is mandatory living in a rainy environment, but also because they look and feel like such a welcome inside hug …

232: 28 Life & Style Tips from a Parisian Woman (top episode of Season 5)

May 11th, 2020

36:08

Today's episode of the podcast is the top downloaded and viewed episode from Season 5 of The Simple Sophisticate podcast, and it's one I think you will enjoy whether you are hearing/reading it for the first time or …

148: The Hygge Phenomenon & Living Simply Luxuriously (the 5th most-downloaded episode of all-time)

April 20th, 2020

27:29

Today's episode is a favorite of listeners from the third season of the show. As we all spending more time inside, I thought listeners may enjoy …

4 Simple Ways to Spring Forward

April 6th, 2020

34:38

Today's episode is a favorite from the archives to help you jump well into the new spring season.

Be sure to check out the original detailed Show Notes here for episode #29 from Season 1 of The Simple Sophisticate.

280: The Importance of Daily and Weekly Rituals & Routines You Love (12 Ideas to Incorporate Now)

March 16th, 2020

34:50

"You would think weightlessness is a good thing, but it's not. Because people weren't meant to float. Without gravity, we lose blood volume, bone …

279: 15 Life Lessons Learned during my First Year into my 40s

March 9th, 2020

40:10

True contentedness is unremarkable to the outside world, or passerby.

Typing away in my cozy chair in the living room in my line of sight Norman eats his breakfast and Oscar acknowledging he will not be able to …

278: 14 Ways to Create a Happy Home

March 2nd, 2020

43:20

At the core of a happy home is a home that works for those individuals the four walls surround and keep sheltered and safe. Once the essentials …

277: Winter in Paris — The 15 Essentials for Timeless Seasonal Style

February 17th, 2020

28:05

Last fall two episodes were shared delineating ideas for a timeless capsule wardrobe for traveling about in Paris as well as in London and the …

276: The Art of Mise en Place

February 10th, 2020

39:56

Mise en place in translation means is "set in place", often translated to "everything in its place".

Perhaps part of the reason cooking and baking can feel rewarding as well as relaxing is that there is a science …

275: 34 Ways to Attain Emotional Freedom and Cultivate More Joy of Living

February 3rd, 2020

48:12

"Emotional freedom is a homecoming to your own heart and fullest power. It salutes authenticity, not conforming to someone else's notion of …

274: Quality Friendships = Quality Life

January 20th, 2020

29:00

"By comparison with relationships forged in blood and love, science has historically given friendship short shrift . . . biologists ignored …

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

January 13th, 2020

38:26

"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 …

272: 8 Ways Tiny Habits Will Welcome the Grand Changes You Seek

January 6th, 2020

39:40

The new year rolls around and there is much talk about resolutions and cultivation of a life we wish to live. It is old news to share that many …

263: Timeless Seasonal Style — Autumn in Britain

January 2nd, 2020

33:42

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” —J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter …

Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2019

December 23rd, 2019

13:36

Season 6 of The Simple Sophisticate is well underway as 2019 wraps up and we head into 2020. As I reflect back to September 2014 when the show …

271: 12 Simple Winter Holiday Decor Ideas

December 16th, 2019

32:02

When it comes to the winter holiday season, cozying in asks of us to be inside our homes far more than we would be during the warmer months which …

270: 9 Life Lessons to Learn (and Apply) Before It's Too Late

December 9th, 2019

35:07

"We have the choice to change our life, to be courageous and to live true to our heart, one that will see us die and live without regret." —Bronnie Ware, author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Dying, death …

269: 32 Ways to Be Parisian Chic

December 2nd, 2019

44:11

"Everyone knows you don't have to be born in Paris to dress like a Parisian." —Ines de la Fressange, author of Parisian Chic, Encore!: A Style Guide (2019) with Sophie Gachet, co-author

Listen to Episode #269

268: M. L. Longworth Talks Provence during the Holidays, Favorite Cookbooks and Her New Provençal Mystery

November 18th, 2019

46:36

Listen to Episode #268

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Today's episode is my recent conversation with returning guest M.L. Longworth. Her latest …

266: 10 Activities to Savor Pre-Holidays in November

November 11th, 2019

36:46

Here in the states, we may officially wait for the holiday energy to be set free, but by the time November arrives, it can easily begin to feel …

267: Autumn in Paris - What to Wear for Timeless Seasonal Style

November 5th, 2019

27:05

A stroll through the Jardin du Luxembourg or one of the many other jardins located about Paris as the many carefully groomed leafy trees turn …

265: Let's Talk Relationships (with Ourselves & Others): Before & During, Embracing Chance and Choice

October 21st, 2019

28:12

"A true love story isn't a fairy tale. It takes vulnerability and effort."

Contentment versus misery. Peace versus malcontentment. Joy versus …

264: How to Cultivate an Elegant Home in the 21st Century

October 14th, 2019

31:51

"Elegance is not something that adds stress or difficulty to our lives — quite the contrary. True elegance . . . means confidence in who you are …

262: 9 Ways to Let Go of the Myth of a Perfect Life

September 23rd, 2019

32:52

"When we learn how to spot the narratives that get in the way of our happiness, we improve our chances of taking control of the stories that …

261: 5 Ideas for Welcoming the Seasons into Your Home

September 16th, 2019

26:32

"A home should reveal the personalities of its inhabitants. At its best it should be a portrait of who you are . . . Look at your house as an …

260: 10 Simple, Significant Decor Ideas to Add Luxurious Touches to the Home, Part Une

September 9th, 2019

31:21

Over the next couple of months I look forward to sharing many different decor ideas. I have titled today's episode/post as part une because there will be more to come. I am not sure how many at this point, but with …

259: Talking Fall Trends to Invest In & Shopping NYC with Style by Tiffani

September 2nd, 2019

32:54

In today's premiere of Season 6 of The Simple Sophisticate podcast, personal stylist Tiffani from Shop NYC joins me to talk about the fall season fashions worth investing in, her work with clients, bridal trends, …

Season 6 Schedule of the Podcast

August 19th, 2019

6:37

Season 5 of the podcast has wrapped up, and I cannot quite believe The Simple Sophisticate has been producing episodes for five years (debuting …

258: 22 French Beauty Secrets Worth the Investment in either time or money

August 15th, 2019

48:51

"Parisian women . . . want above all to become the best possible version of themselves, outside and in, at any age."

—Anne Berest, Audry Diwan, …

257: An American Being Everyday French - My Interview with author John von Sothen

August 12th, 2019

1:29:57

If you take an American man and place him in Paris, asking him to fit in, it will take a good sense of humor and a sincere love of France, but this man will be calling Paris his home, his sincere home, in due time.

159: 18 Ways to Define Your Classic Style in Life and Within Your Closet (top episode from Season 4)

August 5th, 2019

39:54

Cultivating our signature style takes time because it involves understanding ourselves and bringing our truest selves forth. In other words, our …

93: 15 Everyday Habits to Live a Life of Contentment (top episode from Season 2)

July 29th, 2019

46:14

While it may appear that everyone outside of ourselves is living lives full of amazing, surreal moments from distant lands or dining out at amazing …

28: The Modern Woman's Lifestyle Grocery List (top episode from season 1)

July 22nd, 2019

47:26

I find that the summer months are a wonderful time for assessment and reassessing what works well in my daily routines and why.

Similar to the …

8: Love Food, Love Your Body: 10 Simple Tips (Top Episode from Season 1)

July 15th, 2019

40:47

Summer season offers a wonderful opportunity reboot our eating habits, remind us of the ease and deliciousness when we eat in season and highlight …

155: 6 Life Lessons for Living Well from Julia Child (a top episode from season 3)

July 8th, 2019

32:47

"This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook - try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun." - from

256: 72 Hours in San Francisco - Where to Eat, Sleep, and How Get About

June 24th, 2019

53:53

"San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus of the world — one of the really urbane communities in the United States — one of the truly …

255: 34 Inspiring Daily Rituals to Ignite Your Creativity

June 17th, 2019

44:07

We talk quite often about the importance of routine, and how by having a routine, we actually set ourselves free, especially our minds. And it is in that vein that Mason Curry shares his two books Daily Rituals. His …

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

June 10th, 2019

43:59

"Across the world, despite all prejudices and beliefs against it, singlehood is the growing trend." —Elyakim Kislev , author of Happy …

253: 36 Ways to Welcome Joie de Vivre into Your Everyday Life

June 3rd, 2019

57:18

"I firmly believe that it's the little things we do that eventually add up to a happy life. I am not asking you to change everything about the way you live, but perhaps to reconsider a few details of your daily …

6: Authenticity: The Courage to Be Yourself, Top Post from the Archives

May 27th, 2019

31:47

Today's episode is a top post from season one. And as it addresses the topic of authenticity, it pairs rather well with today's new Monday Motivational post - A Simple Way to Find Lasting Respect & Inner Peace.

252: The Characteristics of Being a Late Bloomer, and How Embracing This Gift Could Change the World for Everyone

May 20th, 2019

39:32

"By necessity, we late bloomers are on a different, more challenging trajectory. As we travel through life, we encounter obstacles like the push for conformity, the oppression of groupthink, and the pains of …

97: Small & Simple = A Grand & Full Life - Top Post from 2016

May 13th, 2019

45:39

Today's post and episode is the penultimate episode/post before a new episode returns next Monday.

I want to thank you as readers and listeners …

32: The French Capsule Wardrobe: the 14 essentials

March 25th, 2019

36:07

Let's escape to France for a moment, at least for the duration of today's episode. :)

Today's episode is a re-airing of one of, if not the top downloaded, read and listened to episodes if including YouTube and

251: Celebrating the JOMO and Enjoying Your Unique Chosen Journey of Life

March 18th, 2019

37:11

"Most people are in a constant state of falling for whatever the most interesting thing is. Falling for whatever the most popular person is doing …

250: How to Create a Beckoning Sanctuary That Reflects Your Journey

March 11th, 2019

36:24

"Never decorate all at once. 'When you do it all at once, you make mistakes,' explains Fredéric Amico. Take your time trying out different pieces, and never settle." —Architectural Digest's Clever (new online …

249: A Lesson, for Women Especially, to Learn Sooner

March 4th, 2019

30:34

Oprah: What is a lesson that took you the longest to learn that you kept repeating and it kept showing up wearing a different something, but was …

248: 12 French or (Set in France) Feel-Good Films I Love (having premiered in the past 10 years)

February 18th, 2019

1:01:53

Over the years I have recommended, reviewed and shared a long list of French films or films set in France either as Petit Plaisirs in previous podcast episodes, in the weekly This & That under the Francophile …

247: My Interview with Stylist Scarlet Chamberlin

February 11th, 2019

52:52

In today's episode I had the opportunity to chat with Portland, Oregon, based stylist Scarlet Chamberlin who has styled women and men as their …

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

February 4th, 2019

33:03

"A well-designed life is a life that makes sense . . . a marvelous portfolio of experiences, of adventures, of failures that taught you important …

245: 10 Ways Resilence During Good Times Can Elevate Your Everydays

January 28th, 2019

33:30

"Resilence is more than bouncing back from adversity. People who are resilient keep pursuing their goals in the face of challenges. Consequently, …

244: Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment Everyday, All Day

January 21st, 2019

26:13

"Finding an ease with what you are thinking, feeling, the world as it is, not necessarily accepting it, but not resisting it. This is contentment." —Andy Puddicombe

The truth about contentment is that it is …

243: 12 Ways to Make Mornings Magical, Mindful and the Foundation of a Great Day and Great Success

January 14th, 2019

34:51

"When you take control of your mornings, you take control of your days. You get to engage with the world under your terms. You can act, instead of

242: 31 Ways to Practice True Self-Care and Exponentially Improve the Quality of Your Daily Life

January 7th, 2019

50:35

If you Google "self-care", more than two billion posts, articles, books and videos pop up. For a variety of reasons, many valid, self-care is topic of discussion in the world, and the reality that stress levels in …

241: Attaining the Change You Seek in the New Year

January 1st, 2019

21:40

"In bringing about genuine inner transformation and change, the Dalai Lama emphasizes the importance of making a sustained effort. It is a gradual process." —The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by The Dalai …

238: 20 Ways to Create a Luxurious Everyday Life - The French Way (top episode of Season 1)

December 17th, 2018

47:29

Season 5 of The Simple Sophisticate podcast kicked off earlier this year in September. Just prior to beginning, I shared the schedule of the …

237: 7 Life Lessons from The Tao of Pooh

December 10th, 2018

35:38

"Things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed." —Benjamin Hoff, author of The Tao of Pooh

~Below is a list of the life …

236: A Word to Remove from Our Vocabulary for Stronger Relationships - Should

December 3rd, 2018

26:56

"You should read this."

"You should do this."

"You shouldn't be wasting your time doing . . . "

Over the past couple years I have been …

235: 10 Ideas Gleaned & Confirmed from my Last Dinner Party

November 26th, 2018

33:11

“There is nothing that makes me happier than sitting around the dinner table and talking until the candles are burned down.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, …

234: Becoming Your Best Self - Embracing the Transformation Process

November 19th, 2018

30:00

"Heat is the element of transformation. It is was takes raw to cooked, flabby to firm. Pale to golden brown. " —Salt, Fat, Heat, Acid, …

233: Inslee Fariss, Manhattan based Artist & Illustrator (and the talented woman behind all of TSLL's artwork)

November 12th, 2018

43:11

"I see inspiration everywhere - from the fashion flitting past as I am crossing 7th Avenue to the overgrown flowers exploding from the window boxes of the brownstones of the West Village to the monkeys blinking back …

232: 28 Life & Style Tips from a Parisian Woman

November 5th, 2018

32:36

"Becoming Parisian is possible, but remaining Parisian is an art." —Nathalie Peigney, author of Sophie the Parisian: Style Tips from a True Parisian Woman

To spend time in Paris is to spend time in a city with a …

231: How Being Nice at Work Can Be the Road to Success & Career Achievement

October 29th, 2018

37:20

"Just by being a strong and kind, ambitious and likeable, empathetic and decisive, confident and flexible woman, you can help turn around the double standards we all face and permanently change the way women at work …

230: More Depth, Less Drama

October 22nd, 2018

31:59

Faith Salie's recent commentary on Breaking News and its meandering into becoming of lesser and lesser importance for the viewers to be interrupted sparked my attention when Salie offered a simple suggestion: more …

229: How to Let Your Truth Emerge

October 15th, 2018

27:11

Autumn brings many revelations and rewards. From the harvest of bountiful fruits and vegetables that have been waiting for months to reach their …

228: 21 Parisian Decor Ideas from Ines de la Fressange's New Book

October 8th, 2018

41:46

Home sweet Parisian home, whether you live in Paris or not. 

Ines de la Fressange is stepping into the sanctuary with her new book Maison: Parisian Chic at Home (see my profile posts of her previous style books

227: 16 Ideas for Simple Everyday Self-Care

October 1st, 2018

35:39

"Cozy living is about creating an atmosphere of warmth, contentment, and pleasure within your home and in your life. It is increasing your awareness of and focusing on embracing the simple, everyday moments to rise …

226: Understand This Tricky Paradox of Control In Order to Improve Your Life

September 17th, 2018

32:08
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #226
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Imagine you are walking upon a balance beam in a gymnastics center. Imagine your …

225: Trust the Transition: How to Step Through and Embrace the Change You Seek

September 10th, 2018

29:29

 

“Times of transition are strenuous but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.” —Kristin Armstrong, …

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

September 3rd, 2018

42:11

"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 …

Season 5 Schedule of The Simple Sophisticate podcast

August 27th, 2018

8:12

 

Next Monday, on September 3rd, the fifth season of The Simple Sophisticate podcast will begin.

 

The first four seasons have covered topics on living your best life, whether that was about self-care, lifestyle, …

223: 23 Ways to Have a Great Start This Fall

August 20th, 2018

35:43

 

“The French have a special word for it, La Rentrée; in English it is simply referred to as ‘Back to school’. However we choose to call the …

222: Oliver Gee of The Earful Tower Podcast

August 18th, 2018

32:54
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The Earful …

221: Waking Up in Paris Author Sonia Choquette - A Conversation on Reinvention

August 13th, 2018

39:52
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #221
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"The endless challenge no matter where any of us lives is to choose what we take …

220: Traveling Alone Well

August 6th, 2018

27:15

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“It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially …

219: How to Cultivate Surroundings for Everyday Contentment

July 30th, 2018

33:34
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #219 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube | Spotify "Your environment, where you live and how you shape your surroundings, is the biggest, …

218: Doubt the Default - How My Trip to France Woke Me Up

July 23rd, 2018

46:18
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“A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.” ― Erasmus

While …

217: French Trip Travel Musings, Part Trois

July 16th, 2018

15:52

The final episode taped in France during my travels shares a few memorable moments I had the opportunity experience, and as I had the opportunity to stay at author, blogger and photographer Sharon Santoni's home in …

216: French Trip Travel Musings, Part Deux

July 9th, 2018

34:19

As my travels continue in France, Part Deux of the travel musings-themed episodes is shared today as I recorded the episode while walking in the …

215: French Trip Travel Musings (Why Not . . . Make the Effort?), Part Une

July 1st, 2018

30:19

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #215 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube | Spotify "It's worth the …

214: Ask Shannon 2018

June 25th, 2018

1:16:30

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #214 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube | Spotify Today's episode is over one hour of Q & As. Questions from TSLL readers and podcast …

213: The Art of Savoring: How to Invite the Skill of Savoring Into Our Lives

June 18th, 2018

27:32
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"Alone, we can plumb local markets and examine their wares closely. We can breathe in …

212: The Six Pillars of Good Health

June 11th, 2018

25:44
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Lessons learned and applied. Often it is what we have done in the past that informs us …

211: How to Stay Relevant in Our Ever-Changing World & Embrace Each Year More than the Last

June 4th, 2018

32:33

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In America we have the story that ... your sex drive evaporates. ... Nobody wants to …

210: 10 Simple Things We Unnecessarily Complicate

May 28th, 2018

27:48
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“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” – Amelia Barr

You react in anger when a …

209: Adding French Touches to Your Life and Space at Home

May 21st, 2018

32:05
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"Your home knows your past, it directs you toward your future, and it gives you the comfort of …

208: How to Create an All-Around Healthy Life

May 14th, 2018

36:06

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #208 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube "Health is the outcome of the small choices you make on a daily basis." —Dr. Frank Lipman, author …

207: Welcoming the Gifts of a Garden & Yard When the Yard is Small or the Time is Short

May 7th, 2018

35:02
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"If you have a garden and a …

206: Simple LifeHacks to Get Back on Track

April 30th, 2018

28:08
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I am all about simplifying …

205: What to Do When You Don't Know How the Future Will Unfold

April 23rd, 2018

28:48
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"Today's accomplishments …

204: How to Build a Life Network to Optimize Your Professional and Personal Life

April 16th, 2018

30:25
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The Harvard Business Review pointed out in 2011 that there are many networks we each need in our …

203: M.L. Longworth's New Provençal Mystery and Life in Provence

April 9th, 2018

48:51
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Author of The Provençal Mystery series, featuring Antoine Verlaque and Marine Bonnet, M.L. …

202: Stylist Tiffani Rogers on the Spring Trends of 2018

April 2nd, 2018

33:10
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In today's episode of the podcast, stylist Tiffani Rogers of Style by Tiffani returns to talk …

201: Design an At-Home Strength Training Program That Works

March 26th, 2018

38:13
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 "Exercise should be …

200: Spring Cleaning to Welcome Mother Nature's New Year! 22 Ways to Start Fresh

March 19th, 2018

32:37
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On Tuesday morning at 9:15 Pacific time in the western hemisphere spring will arrive. No weather …

199: 9 Reasons to Savor Being in the "Choosing Seat": The Gift of Being Single in Your 30s, 40s, 50s and Beyond

March 12th, 2018

35:47
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #199 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube "The best part of being single is that I get to know men and see what I love about them in a way …

198: The Love Gap: My Interview with Author Jenna Birch

March 5th, 2018

44:25
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In today's episode of the podcast, author Jenna Birch stops by to talk about her new book The Love …

197: The Many Benefits of Listening to Classical Music

February 26th, 2018

26:14
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As a young girl I took piano lessons, and I will admit, it was not the greatest joy of my life. A …

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

February 19th, 2018

26:27
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"Style is a simple way of …

195: How to Make Your Dream Come True: 5 "Bills" to Expect

February 12th, 2018

26:45
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The 43rd time was the charm. At least in the case for currently number one ranked women's tennis …

194: The Road to Success is Paved with Happiness

February 5th, 2018

22:08
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #194 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube "When we are happy —when our …

193: 7 Ways to Become Who You Were Truly Meant to Be

January 29th, 2018

22:32
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"Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be." …

192: Susan Hermann Loomis Talks France, Food & Julia Child

January 22nd, 2018

32:54
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On today's episode of The Simple Sophisticate, author, award-winning journalist, expat living in …

191: Ask Shannon: Paris Travel Attire, Savvy Investment Shopping, Simple, Weekday Dinner Ideas & Totes

January 15th, 2018

39:15
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Quality Leather Totes Hi …

190: To Get & Stay Fit: Keep it Simple

January 8th, 2018

23:20
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It was the nineties. And Cindy Crawford had a fitness video, yes this one. It was 20 minutes of …

189: Jamie Cat Callan's Parisian Charm School - Love, Life & Savoring it All

January 1st, 2018

41:43
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"French women will tell you that when you know who you are, you are able to become more yourself, …

Top Episodes of 2017: The Simple Sophisticate

December 25th, 2017

6:20

The Simple Sophisticate podcast began its fourth year this past September, and as we did I continue to feel fortunate for listeners' interest and the guests who wish to stop by. This year's topics ranged from …

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

December 18th, 2017

35:50
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"But I love New Year's Day, because I can never get over the generosity of the fact that we all get a BRAND …

187: How to Create a Healthy Approach to Staying Abreast of the News

December 11th, 2017

36:34
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~The following episode/post is part …

186: How to Let Go of Self-Imposed Limitations

December 4th, 2017

24:37
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"It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, …

185: Give Yourself Permission to be Awkward

November 27th, 2017

24:52
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By default we choose comfort over a …

183: International Travel Prep List

November 13th, 2017

33:25
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #183 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio

The arrival of the holiday issue of

182: David Lebovitz Talks About Making Paris His Home

November 6th, 2017

36:01
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #182 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio

"Paris was always Paris, and the French were . . . well, the French. But because of what happened —j'avais …

181: The Importance of Finding Contentment

October 30th, 2017

26:05
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“There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire …

180: 10 Tips for Smart Wardrobe Shopping

October 23rd, 2017

29:17
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The year 2017 has been dedicated to living a year of quality here on TSLL. While at the core of living …

179: Choosing a Partner — Part Deux: The Importance of Knowing Yourself & The Crucial Must-Have

October 16th, 2017

33:35
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The desire to share our lives with a partner can be a different vision in each of our minds, but at the core …

178: Your Unique Journey — How to Navigate It Successfully

October 9th, 2017

19:50
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #178 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio   “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path …

177: How to Ensure a Bountiful Harvest (in Life)

October 2nd, 2017

28:34
 ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #177 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “October knew, of course, that the action of turning a page, of ending a chapter or shutting a book, did …

176: Be the Hero of Your Own Story: Why & How

September 25th, 2017

24:51
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" . . . bring women to the front of …

175: 14 Ways to Eat Like the French — Savor Good Food, Don't Fear It

September 18th, 2017

34:17

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #175 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio "How you eat, when you eat, for how long you eat, and with whom you eat might be more important than what

174: 12 Benefits of Seeking Out Quality

September 11th, 2017

37:18
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At the age of eleven, now U.S. Tennis …

173: The Benefits of Having a Mission Statement & How to Create Your Own

September 4th, 2017

21:43
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 “To be a teacher. And to be known for …

172: How to Refine Your Style: In Your Wardrobe & Life

August 28th, 2017

22:52
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"For me, style is zee whole package: …

171: The Secret Lives of Introverts: My Interview with Jenn Granneman

August 21st, 2017

41:30
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Introverts are finding their voice, and one author and blogger who is helping to make this possible is Jenn …

170: Being Single is Luxurious Living

August 14th, 2017

33:40
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{As always, I encourage you to listen to the audio version as much more is talked about beyond the …

169: Understanding the French Culture: My Interview with Géraldine Lepere of Comme une Française

August 12th, 2017

40:07
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  The French language guide for anyone …

168: French Everyday Living with Author & Blogger Sharon Santoni

August 9th, 2017

34:25
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  A returning guest to the podcast, author and blogger Sharon Santoni joins me to talk about her new book My …

167: My Good Life in France: Author Janine Marsh

August 7th, 2017

39:22
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Author and now full-time resident

166: Love & Self-Discovery: How to Be One Half of a Healthy Relationship

July 31st, 2017

33:35
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"If you want to change your partner, change yourself." —Esther Perel, relationship psychotherapist and …

165: How to Enjoy Eating Every Day and Love the Results

July 24th, 2017

29:11
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #165 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio

"Right food, right place, right time. It is my belief . . . that this is the best recipe of all. A crab …

164: The Importance of a Daily Routine & How to Create One You Love

July 17th, 2017

33:13
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #164 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio   "With a healthy lifestyle, it's not at all unreasonable to expect ninety or one hundred exceptionally …

163: Learn How to Truly Savor Everyday Moments & Watch It Elevate Your Life

July 10th, 2017

26:15
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"Growing your inner strengths through taking in the good is like deepening the keel of a sailboat so that …

162: From Seeking Happiness to Cultivating Contentment: A Shift in Pursuit

July 3rd, 2017

27:27
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #162 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio "Focusing on happiness as our ultimate …

161: Ask Shannon Episode

June 26th, 2017

1:17:46

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #161 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio In the first annual "Ask Shannon" episode of the podcast, listeners and readers have sent in their …

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

June 19th, 2017

22:59
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"'How does one become a butterfly?' she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing …

159: 18 Ways to Define Your Classic Style in Life and within your Closet

June 12th, 2017

30:47
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"Style trickles into everything you do, who you are, and who and what you attract in life. Whittle down your …

158: France in Pictures and Illustrations: My Interview with author & artist Rae Dunn

June 5th, 2017

26:18
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Perhaps you've seen her pottery: …

157: Passion Projects, Jazz, Being French at Heart & Living in the Moment: Elizabeth Bougerol of The Hot Sardines

May 29th, 2017

52:14
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #157 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio

Jazz and France is a coupling that …

156: Self-Awareness, Relationships, Style & the Met Gala: My Interview with Stylist Tiffani Rogers

May 22nd, 2017

52:40
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Each time NYC stylist Tiffani Rogers stops by The Simple Sophisticate podcast we begin with a conversation …

155: 6 Life Lessons for Living Well from Julia Child

May 15th, 2017

28:48
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~Julia Child's kitchen as seen at the …

154: How to Build a Life for Ladybugs: Choosing Hope over Fear

May 8th, 2017

25:18
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"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." —Nelson Mandela

Amelia Earhart, at the age of 23, had …

153: 24 Ways to Live Beyond Labels

May 1st, 2017

36:48
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #153 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio

". . . for those of you who are tired of trying to squeeze into constrained categories, who long for …

152: Dream First, Then Plan

April 24th, 2017

16:18
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"If you have built castles in the air, …

151: 10 Style Tips to Embrace the French Woman's Approach to Effortless Chic

April 17th, 2017

24:06
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #151 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio "There is something about the French woman, a sense of freedom that must read and show in the way we dress." …

150: Give It Time: Discovering What Is Worth the Wait

April 17th, 2017

28:36
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #150 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio

"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

The blossoms of spring have begun …

149: How to Cultivate Your True Style All Year Long

April 3rd, 2017

28:21
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"What's true style? Knowing how to mix the right combinations of ingredients." —Ines de la Fressange, author …

148: The Hygge Phenomenon and Living Simply Luxuriously

March 27th, 2017

23:38
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #148 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio

"Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his …

147: 10 Truths About The Independent Woman & Love

March 20th, 2017

19:24
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #147 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio

"And you, you scare people because you …

146: 11 Worthwhile Life Skills That Are Easier Than They Appear

March 13th, 2017

25:23

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ― Confucius

Having never experienced a particular event, feeling or sensation, it …

145: Responding vs. Reacting: The Difference

March 6th, 2017

21:58
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"The act of responding requires one to look at the circumstance, identify the problem or situation, hear …

144: 20 Ways to Incorporate Your Love for the French Culture into Your Everyday

February 27th, 2017

25:25
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Recently a good friend of mine who is learning French as well, and inspires me with her advanced abilities, …

143: Examining the Benefits of Self-Awareness

February 20th, 2017

26:58
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #143 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio "People need to know that they have …

142: 9 Reasons Owning Your Style Will Change Your Life

February 13th, 2017

33:06
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #142 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio

 

"Individuals can take hold of …

141: Taking a Risk In Order to Have It All: Author Isabelle LaFleche

February 6th, 2017

39:16
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Montreal author Isabelle LaFlèche has been an inspiration to me for many reasons. One of which is her …

140: Emotional Intelligence: A Crucial Tool for Enhanced Quality in Work and Life

January 30th, 2017

37:33
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #140 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio

"Life circumstances have little to do …

139: An Everyday Necessity: Deliberate Rest

January 23rd, 2017

36:41
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"When we take the right to rest, when …

138: Money: How to Know If You Have Enough

January 16th, 2017

23:49
~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #138 ~Subscribe to The Simple SophisticateiTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio "Enough is the quality of having everything you need and want but nothing in excess, nothing that burdens …

137: Welcoming the Quality in 2017, One Month at a Time

January 9th, 2017

22:34
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A work of art gazed upon and appreciated by millions, created by the hands of a talented often …

136: Learn How to Love

January 2nd, 2017

54:55

We are not born knowing how to love well. We learn by observing those who raise us, observing the world we are born into and by what we read, view and absorb. The catch is not all of us are watching how to love well. …

Learn How to Love: 26 Ways to Love Fully

December 28th, 2016

54:55
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"It's never too late to learn anything for which you have a potential . . . and the limitless potential of …

135: 10 Life Lessons 2016 Taught Me

December 19th, 2016

27:46
“It is within the boundaries of reflection we are able to become aware of insights that can lead us to understanding.”  ― Kat Lahr ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #135

On the first of January with each new year, …

134: Stop Looking for Love and Start Learning How to Love

December 12th, 2016

14:46

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #134 "A startling paradox that bespeaks how we, as a culture, cripple ourselves in the journey to love — if one …

133: 8 Things to Accomplish Before Stepping Into a Relationship

December 5th, 2016

23:13

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #133

Maybe you've had a few or many past failed relationships. Perhaps you are currently single or married or in a relationship at the moment, but maybe it just doesn't feel as though …

132: How to Finish the Year Strong

November 28th, 2016

18:16

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #132   “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” —Douglas H. Everett

The arrival of …

131: 38 Invaluable Lessons About Attaining Happiness

November 21st, 2016

51:40

"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 …

130: Comfort Begets Confidence

November 14th, 2016

22:09

"Comfort is the root of confidence and not the other way around." —Haley Mlotek in The New York Times Style Magazine ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #130

Confidence is attractive. Confidence can be deceiving. …

129: Talking Style, New York City & Sales with Stylist Tiffani Rogers

November 7th, 2016

46:03

 

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #129

NYC stylist Tiffani Rogers returns to the podcast to share her new resource for anyone who travels to, loves visiting and shopping in New York City and wants to know the …

The Quest for a Soulmate: The Myth Hindering an Amazing Love Life

October 31st, 2016

27:00

"We need to replace the Romantic template with a psychologically-mature vision of love we might call Classical, which encourages in us a range of …

127: 20 Ways to Live Like a Parisienne

October 24th, 2016

22:39

Inspired by Sarah Lavoine's new book Chez Moi: Decorating Your Home and Living Like a Parisienne, discover 20 of my favorite tips and ideas for living well in your sanctuary as we talk about decor, dining, style and …

126: A Powerful Couple: Boundaries & Vulnerability

October 17th, 2016

32:03

One of the most important skills we can learn and implement into our lives on a regular basis is understanding that in order to have healthy …

125: The Importance of Good Service

October 10th, 2016

24:03

Letting go of what is no longer serving us is something we have to be consciously reminded of, and one of the most detrimental ways we don't serve ourselves well is the stories we accept as truth that limit our …

124: Why Not . . . Have a Plan?

October 3rd, 2016

17:55

Inspired by Julia Child and her determination to publish what we all now know as a masterpiece, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in today's …

123: How to Make Fall a Luxurious Season

September 26th, 2016

26:26

Fall is as Lauren DeStefano states, the grand finale, when the world shares the most beautiful and bountiful produce, experiences and offerings. In …

122: 7 Benefits of Having Self-Compassion

September 19th, 2016

22:19

Having self-compassion can have a powerfully positive effect on our overall quality of life. When we consider how we treat ourselves and recognize …

121: 14 Ways to Get Back to Calm

September 12th, 2016

31:16

As schedules begin to change with summer fading into fall, why not maintain the tranquility we adored during the leisurely months? Discover 14 daily …

120: The Wonderful Truth About Health, Happiness & Aging

September 5th, 2016

26:13

Have you resigned yourself to the idea that at a certain age things (not so great things) just happen to us? Well, no more! Inspired by Dr. Frank Lipman's new book 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat and How You Can …

119: Why Never Giving Up Is A Very Good Idea

August 29th, 2016

26:13

When we don't know the path we should be taking or the role model we thought would lead us to our contentment but instead leads us to feeling as …

118: Paris, Relationships & Our Truest Selves

August 27th, 2016

24:20

New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Brown joins me on the podcast to talk about her latest novel The Light of Paris. Discover her inspiration for the novel, her thoughts on mother-daughter relationships, the …

117: How to Be Chic with Fiona Ferris

August 22nd, 2016

43:52

Joining me on the podcast today is author and blogger from New Zealand Fiona Ferris. Inspired by her blog How to Be Chic, her new book, which was just released this past June, Thirty Days of Chic offers detailed, …

116: Make Your Own Life Rules

August 15th, 2016

29:17

The key to cultivating a life we love living is to know what works best for us. Each individual person will discover rules that are unique to them. …

115: The 8 Benefits of Banishing Busy

August 8th, 2016

25:36

A busy world pushes us to be busy as well, and we aren't, we may at times feel as though we aren't doing what we should. On the contrary, the …

114: 13 Habits for Effective Time Management

August 1st, 2016

34:41

One of the most popular requests readers have for upcoming episodes and blog posts is how I manage my time as I balance two full time jobs. Today I …

113: 16 Benefits of Self-Reliance

July 25th, 2016

36:07

Self-reliance, the ability to understand and be in-tune with our inner calling is a easy to do if we are by ourselves, but it is the ability to …

112: 11 Ways to Happy Right Now

July 18th, 2016

32:13

So much of our happiness is entirely in our control, and with these 11 simple ways to immediately shift your mood from a frown to happiness, based on …

111: Quality over Quantity in Fashion & Life: My Discussion with Stylist Tiffani Rogers

July 11th, 2016

50:36

NYC Stylist Tiffani Rogers of Style by Tiffani discusses this season's summer trends (what to save and splurge on), how to style your own capsule …

110: The Best Learned Trait We Can Possess: Willpower

July 4th, 2016

34:31

Inspired by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney's best-selling book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, in this episode of the podcast, the 8 benefits of honing this power skill as well as 12 strategies …

109: 34 Must-Have Items for Your Home Épicerie

June 27th, 2016

Being able to your kitchen and cook whatever, whenever you want is doable as long as your pantry, refrigerator, freezer and countertop are stocked with the necessary items. In today's episode discover a list of 34 …

108: What Lin-Manuel Miranda Taught Me

June 20th, 2016

27:32

Tony-award winning creator, director and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda recently shared a quote about his reason for writing the musical Hamilton. Using …

107: Relax: 21 Ways to Know You're Doing Just Fine in this Thing Called Life

June 13th, 2016

36:26

Sometimes we can push ourselves so hard that when we do finally take a moment to assess how we're doing, we don't trust that we're doing well. This simple checklist offers 21 reasons to demonstrate that yes, you're are …

106: 10 Tools Fulfilled People Utilize in Their Lives to Squash Negativity

June 6th, 2016

28:32

Discover 10 tools that will help you squash the regular negative thoughts that pop up from time to time no matter how wonderful our lives may be …

105: 11 Ways to Make Any Home Your Sanctuary

May 30th, 2016

Whether you own or rent, whether your place is large or small, even if you've lived in your space for decades or only a few months, these 11 simple tips will make your home your new sanctuary all without calling a …

104: Simple Rules for a Good Life

May 23rd, 2016

26:46

Inspired by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhacdt's 2015 book Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World, discover the benefits of simple rules, …

103: Effortless Style: The Truth

May 16th, 2016

Is effortless style truly ever effortless? In short, yes. Today discover the five steps to tend to to ensure effortless style that will become a …

102: Let's Talk About Beauty

May 9th, 2016

22:34

Inspired by blogger, author, photographer and illustrator Garance Doré book Love, Life, Style, the topic of beauty and how to truly feel beautiful is …

101: Growth is a Choice

May 2nd, 2016

31:02

The difference between being an Adult and being a Grown-up is choice. And with the choice comes the decision to choose to grow. Growth as we know …

100: 10 Things Content People Understand About Uncertainty

April 25th, 2016

What is the secret for those who have found contentment when it comes to dealing with uncertainty? In today's episode we dive into the 10 specific distinctions that help contentment thrive in an uncertain world.

In this …

99: Why Not . . . Celebrate the Obstacles?

April 18th, 2016

26:49

The obstacles in life can understandably be frustrating, but perhaps a reframing of them is all we need to see the beauty in them. Tune in today to see exactly why that obstacles that's been keeping you stuck in your …

98: The Power of the Spoken Word

April 11th, 2016

32:29

How we speak is just as powerful as what we say. In today's episode, discover nine tips on how to improve the way you speak so that you can foster …

97: Small + Simple = A Grand & Full Life

April 4th, 2016

36:42

Our everyday lives can be as grand and full based on how we live. Instead of the size of the house, it is the energy, beauty and details we cultivate …

96: Everyday Living in France: My Interview with Sharon Santoni

March 28th, 2016

34:59

The creator of the internationally enjoyed blog My French Country Home and author of her new book My Stylish French Girlfriends, Sharon Santoni joins me on today's episode. Discussing all things French, specifically …

95: Why Not . . . Find Your Personal Power?

March 21st, 2016

40:45

Inspired by Amy Cuddy's best selling book Presence, discover how to cultivate your personal power in your everyday life and what the benefits are of …

94: The Truths & Myths of the Independent, Single Woman

March 14th, 2016

22:47

Inspired by the recently released and best-selling book by Rebecca Traister, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, this episode is for all women. Revealing three truths and seven …

93: 15 Everyday Habits to Live a Life of Contentment

March 7th, 2016

40:22

The "everydays" make up the quality of our lives, so it is how we spend these days that is vitally important. Discover 15 everyday habits to practice …

92: The 3 Elements of a Strong Social Well-Being

February 29th, 2016

18:41

The importance of a healthy social well-being involves three primary components: the relationships we have with ourselves, our community and friends …

91: The Power of Solitude

February 22nd, 2016

16:40

Whether an introvert or an extravert, time to be with ourselves is the key to a deep satisfaction with life and the path we choose. Inspired by Frédéric Lenoir's best-selling book Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide, …

90: February 21, 2016: Au Courant Weekly

February 21st, 2016

11:38

The latest news and world events along with a dash of inspiration and a brush up on French language and culture. Tune in to become up-to-date in …

89: 18 Red Flags to Pay Attention to in Relationships

February 15th, 2016

26:57

Often while it can be easy to see the weaknesses or strengths in others' relationships, it can be hard when we're in the middle of them. As a way to …

88: February 14, 2016: Au Courant Weekly

February 14th, 2016

16:07

The latest news and world events along with a dash of inspiration and a brush up on French language and culture. Tune in to become up-to-date in …

87: Romantic Love: What Is It & How to Maintain It

February 8th, 2016

22:36

Inspired by Gary Chapman's #1 New York Times best-selling book The 5 Love Languages, discover how to effectively communicate your love for you partner to them, but as well, understand how to know if whom you are with is …

86: February 7, 2016: Au Courant Weekly

February 7th, 2016

17:43

The latest news and world events along with a dash of inspiration and a brush up on French language and culture. Tune in to become up-to-date in …

85: How to Trust the Timing of Your Life

February 1st, 2016

22:51

Knowing how to trust the timing of your life can be confusing, but in today's episode Shannon outlines seven specific ways to become in tune with your unique life's journey and most important enjoy the ride. 

In this …

84: January 31, 2016: Au Courant Weekly

January 31st, 2016

The latest news and world events along with a dash of inspiration and a brush up on French language and culture. Tune in to become up-to-date in …

83: 13 Reasons to Be Brave

January 25th, 2016

30:57

One of the primary pillars of living a happy life is finding the courage within yourself to be brave. It is never easy, but the results are well …

82: January 24, 2016: Au Courant Weekly

January 24th, 2016

12:56

The latest news and world events along with a dash of inspiration and a brush up on French language and culture. Tune in to become up-to-date in …

81: Strengths vs. Skills: The Important Difference

January 18th, 2016

23:40

Today the differences between Strengths and Skills will be shared, along with the significant difference that will have a profoundly positive effect on your everyday life and the future direction you wish to go. 

In …

80: January 17, 2016: Au Courant Weekly

January 17th, 2016

11:06

The latest news and world events along with a dash of inspiration and a brush up on French language and culture. Tune in to become up-to-date in …

79: The How of Happy

January 11th, 2016

27:24

As the new year begins, the idea of how to create a happier life may be at the forefront of our minds, but what does that mean? Inspired by Dr. Seligman's book Authentic Happiness, discover 18 specific habits to …

78: January 10, 2016: Au Courant Weekly

January 10th, 2016

12:59

The latest news and world events along with a dash of inspiration and a brush up on French language and culture. Tune in to become up-to-date in …

77: Found: The Missing Piece (Trust)

January 4th, 2016

34:56

Inspired by Brené Brown's speech titled "The Anatomy of Trust", today's episode focuses on the specific definition of what trust entails, how we can build trust in our relationships and strengthen the often forgotten …

76: January 3, 2016 — Au Courant Weekly

January 3rd, 2016

11:22

The latest news and world events along with a dash of inspiration and a brush up on French language and culture. Tune in to become up-to-date in …

75: 7 Reasons 2016 Will Be A Wonderful Year

December 21st, 2015

27:26

Looking ahead to the new year, Shannon shares seven topics of focus for TSLL blog. From introducing TSLL daily planner templates that offer readers/listeners a specific approach to living simply luxuriously, to …

74: The First Date Cheat Sheet

December 14th, 2015

25:42

What is the purpose of the first date in the first place? Contrary to what we may lead ourselves to believe, it is not to impress but rather to go on a fact-finding mission of sorts. A pursuit of compatibility. Now if …

73: A Lesson From Ernest Hemingway

December 7th, 2015

21:36

Inspired after reading Ernest Hemingway's iconic portrayal of the City of Light in his memoir A Moveable Feast, Shannon shares a learned lesson from the reading. Discussing the courage to let go and how to move forward …

72: Why Not . . . Be A Strong Woman?

November 30th, 2015

24:30

What does it mean to be a strong woman? In today's episode, Shannon shares 15 characteristics of strong women and discusses the benefits of choosing …

71: 21 Ways to Create a Simply Luxurious Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2015

30:58

From the moment you wake up until the minute you snuggle up in bed, Shannon shares 21 ways to enjoy a simply luxurious Thanksgiving tailored to your tastes and comforts and those you love. 

This week's Petit Plaisir is …

70: Big Magic: What Elizabeth Gilbert Taught Me

November 16th, 2015

25:12

Best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has just released a new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Without Fear. Inspired by the content as well as an event she hosted in her hometown, Shannon shares her …

69: 15 Habits for Timeless Style

November 9th, 2015

24:40

Being effortlessly chic doesn't occur without forethought, but by adhering to these 15 habits, it can be something that with time becomes …

68: 8 Ways for Introverts to Thrive in the Workplace

November 2nd, 2015

27:48

Introverts gather energy from time alone and being in their own company or calm environments, but sometimes we don't have control over the demands of …

67: 4 Benefits of Letting Go of Cynicism

October 26th, 2015

28:06

Often cynicism in others is easier to recognize in ourselves; however, once we recognize we are slowly becoming more defensive and negative there are …

66: Money: Acting Rich vs. Being Rich

October 19th, 2015

27:41

Inspired by Thomas J. Stanley's book Stop Acting Rich, discover seven misnomers of those who aspire to be rich but actually aren't, and more …

65: 6 Ways to Defy Stereotypes

October 12th, 2015

22:56

Diving into what stereotypes are and why they are detrimental, this episode primarily focuses on the six ways to defy them in our everyday lives, no …

64: 7 Life Lessons Learned from the Vineyard

October 5th, 2015

21:16

Inspired by the history of Eryie Vineyards in Oregon, discover how vineyards have many life lessons to teach us all as we pursue a fulfilling and …

63: Why Not . . . Gather the Essentials for Life?

September 28th, 2015

27:50

Discover 11 ways to build a strong foundation for living a life of quality. Beginning with gratitude and ending with hope, there are nine more …

62: Why Not . . . Simplify Your Choices

September 21st, 2015

34:22

The quality of our lives is based on the decisions we make every day. And even though it may feel as though our minds are energizer bunnies, they burn out each day as well. It is imperative that we consumer our mind's …

61: 10 Benefits of a Broad Perspective

September 14th, 2015

25:30

Choosing to broaden our perspectives on a regular basis, whether through travel, reading or meeting new people from different life experiences can …

60: 25 Must-Haves for the Efficient Office Desk

September 7th, 2015

34:41

As everyone returns from their summer getaways, whether you are going back to school, to work or simply getting back to a regular work schedule, the …

59: September 5, 2015: Au Courant Weekly

September 5th, 2015

11:23

President Obama renames Mt. McKinley, migrants stop a Eurostar train for hours near Calais, France, experts discover more trees on the planet earth than expected and much more!

In this week's French Word of the Week …

58: Why Not . . . Wear a Blazer?

August 31st, 2015

20:48

A seasonless, classic wardrobe essential is the blazer. In today's episode discover the 6 reasons why a blazer is a must-have in any woman's wardrobe, and then learn 9 ways to style a wardrobe to align with your …

57: August 29, 2015: Au Courant Weekly

August 29th, 2015

13:15

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, firefighters from Down Under come to help the west, Serene begins the pursuit of wrapping up the grand slam and much, much more. 

In this week's French Word of the Week, …

56: Interview with Frances Schultz

August 24th, 2015

43:46

Author, blogger and decor expert Frances Schultz's new book The Bee Cottage Story: How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to …

55: August 22, 2015: Au Courant Weekly

August 22nd, 2015

13:34

First two women graduate from Army Ranger School, Addyi is approved for women's libidos, Lily Tomlin stars in a delightful new film and much more.

In …

54: 10 Ways to Deal with Toxic People

August 17th, 2015

24:21

Even when we can identify a toxic person a mile away, we will still will have to deal with them from time to time. Whether it's in the workplace, at home or out in the community, there will be moments that can either …

53: August 15, 2015: Au Courant Weekly

August 15th, 2015

11:58

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, a WWII bomb in London, the film People, Places, Things and much more in this week's top news stories of the week.

52: 15 Ways to Not "Feel Fat"

August 10th, 2015

34:13

The idea of "feeling fat" is often rather a feeling of knowing we aren't taking care of our body as we should and knowing we can feel better in our …

51: August 8, 2015: Au Courant Weekly

August 8th, 2015

13:45

The top stories from the past stories such as President Obama's announcement on greenhouse gas emmissions, meditation's positive effects on being …

50: Why Not . . . Design a Happy Life?

August 3rd, 2015

34:04

Inspired by Dr. Paul Dolan's book Happiness by Design, this episode will focus 30 specific ways to cultivate a happier life. Most importantly, as …

49: Au Courant Weekly: August 1, 2015

August 1st, 2015

14:06

Discover the top stories of the past week in 15 minutes or less. This week topics range from the selection of the 2022 Winter Olympics to Turkey, health studies, the Republican Presidential debate, Jon Stewart and a …

48: The Moving Checklist

July 27th, 2015

58:14

Inspired by her own experience of relocating after nine years of living in her beloved house to her new home in Bend, Oregon, Shannon shares a checklist that will take you from before to during to settling in without …

47: Au Courant Weekly: July 25, 2015

July 25th, 2015

16:22

Part of living well is being in the know, whether it is being knowledgable of news from around the world or informed of going-ons right in your own community, because it’s not what you think, it’s that you think. All …

46: The Importance of Cultivating a Sanctuary

July 20th, 2015

16:23

Tapping into our true potential requires that we cultivate sanctuaries throughout our daily routines. And while our home should most certainly be a …

45: 10 Ways to Set Up Your Home Like a Luxury Travel Accommodation

July 13th, 2015

32:36

If you've ever wanted to bring the comfort and luxury home with you after traveling and staying in lush living arrangements, whether a luxury hotel or vacation rental, in today's episode you'll discover 10 simple and …

44: The Gifts of Being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

July 6th, 2015

44:14

Inspired by Dr. Elaine Aron's best-selling book, The Highly Sensitive Person, discover the 26 characteristics of being highly sensitive and learn 19 …

43: 15 Ways to Make the Most of Summer

June 22nd, 2015

27:31

As the summer solistice has just occurred and the summer season has officially begun, Shannon shares 15 simple ways to take advantage of all that …

42: Why Not . . . Create a Lingerie Capsule Wardrobe?

June 15th, 2015

28:39

In order for clothing to look its best and therefore to allow each of us to feel our best, we need the proper lingerie that provides the foundational element of each outfit we choose. Today, Shannon shares the 10 …

41: Holding On & Letting Go

June 8th, 2015

26:55

The quality of our days is another lesson in knowing what to hold on to and what to let go of, in other words choosing quality over quantity. In …

40: How to be the CEO of Your Own Life

June 1st, 2015

37:59

Inspired by Sophia Amoruso's best-selling book #GirlBoss, today's episode dives into eight specific ways you can design the life that taps into your …

39: Dating & Selling A Home

May 25th, 2015

25:24

Believe it or not, love and real estate have more in common than not. In today's episode, Shannon shares through her own experience what having success in real estate (or dating) can teach us about the other.

This …

38: Texting Etiquette 101

May 18th, 2015

28:15

The third part in the Life & Tech series continues with nine specific Do's and Don'ts of texting. With the primary goal of enhancing our relationships, not hindering them, listeners will learn where, when and how to …

37: The Truth Behind "It Was Meant to Be"

May 11th, 2015

25:03

Very often the phrase "It was meant to be" is uttered to explain why something worked out or didn't work out, depending upon the situation. However, in today's episode Shannon shares seven truths as to what actually …

36: How to Construct a Healthy Social Circle

May 4th, 2015

39:09

One of the eight pillars of a simply luxurious life is a healthy social circle, and in today's episode listeners will discover exactly who will and …

35: 3 Ways to Design a Life That Works Best for You

April 27th, 2015

24:12

In Kate Bolick's recently released book (April 21, 2015), she dives into the possibilities of remaining single. While Bolick doesn't profess that …

34: Life & Tech: Email Etiquette

April 20th, 2015

23:29

The power of email correspondence is profound. However, the key is to understand that it is a tool to communicate, and it is up to the sender to …

33: How to Live Alone Well

April 13th, 2015

36:39

Eric Klinenberg shared in his best-selling book Going Solo that living alone is continuing to increase world-wide. In today's episode, listeners will …

32: The Francophile's Style Guide

April 6th, 2015

32:26

Inspired by the style icons from the past (Coco Chanel, Jane Birkin, Bridgette Bardot, and Catherine Deneuve), as well as those effortlessly chic French women of the 21st century, this episode breaks down the 14 basic …

31: How to Live a Courageous Life

March 30th, 2015

32:05

Each one of us encounters fears from time to time, the key is to understand how to navigate them as we continue toward our goals and stepping into …

30: Become the Master of Your Cell Phone

March 23rd, 2015

35:31

Our mobile devices can help our lives run more efficient, but if not used correctly, can have significant drawbacks. In today's episode 12 rules for …

29: Why Not . . . Spring Forward?

March 16th, 2015

32:33

As a new season begins, it is a reminder that by unburdening ourselves of the unnecessary (events and ideas of the past that are no longer aiding us in our quest for a better life), we are better equipped to …

28: The Modern Woman's Lifestyle Grocery List

March 9th, 2015

37:43

What is the lifestyle grocery list?

Any item that requires  money in your budget, but doesn't occur regularly (i.e. weekly or monthly), minus food or …

27: 13 Ways to Cultivate True Wealth

March 2nd, 2015

31:29

Understanding the power of money and becoming the master of it is crucial to a life full of contentment. In today's podcast, the definition of true …

26: How to Style a Bar Cart

February 23rd, 2015

26:54

If you enjoy living simply, but also enjoy entertaining from time to time, a bar cart is a wonderful, efficient way to combine style and function …

25: Why Not . . . Become Self-Actualized?

February 16th, 2015

40:04

Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of needs are the catalyst for today's episode. Shannon will dive into the definition of Self-Actualization, remind us all …

24: 10 Differences Between Women & Girls

February 9th, 2015

34:44

Have you ever wondered what is at the foundation of the difference between a woman and a girl? Well, most importantly, it is a choice and something each individual can become once they recognize it all begins with …

23: How to Create a Luxurious Everyday Life

February 2nd, 2015

37:58

Twenty ways inspired by the French to live truly simply luxuriously each and every day.

22: 17 Ways to Become More Charismatic

January 26th, 2015

38:34

The good news is anyone can have charisma. It is not something you are born with. Inspired by Olivia Fox Cabane's 2013 book The Charisma Myth, in today's episode, 17 habits are shared with specific examples that will …

21: The Importance of Selecting the Best Reality

January 19th, 2015

28:54

Inspired by Shawn Achor's best-selling book Before Happiness, today's episode focuses on how we can shift the reality in which we see our lives. From setting self-imposed barriers to opening our lives up to more success …

20: How to be the Master of Your Mind

January 12th, 2015

31:48

One of the most fundamental components to living well is mastering our thoughts on any given day. Regardless of life's events, how we respond will …

19: Why Not . . . Be A Romantic?

January 5th, 2015

27:16

The part of being a romantic I want to grab onto and dive deeper into is the idea of thinking outside the box, of not being limited by the boundaries that are instituted by society or even by our own experiences. And …

18: 15 Ideas for a Promising 2015

December 22nd, 2014

27:23

With 2015 quickly approaching, perhaps you are contemplating a few resolutions to pursue. Today, I will share with you 15 (plus one more) ideas of …

17: 4 Habits That Cultivate Continual Self-Growth

December 15th, 2014

35:58

A full life is a live that is continually changing, offering us opportunities that have never before experienced and becoming all the more enjoyable. …

16: 6 Fixed Life Ideas to Let Go

December 8th, 2014

36:11

Too often we are the obstacle that gets in the way of life unfolding in such a way that will bring us happiness. Whether out of ignorance or fear, we …

15: 7 Components of Building a Signature Style

December 1st, 2014

32:39

Building a signature style involves knowing who you are, what your physical assets are and understanding what works best with your lifestyle. In …

14: 8 Strategies for Prepping for the Holiday Season

November 24th, 2014

33:24

With just a little preparation and arranging of priorities, the holiday season can be the best time of year and set the stage for a wonderful start …

13: 8 Ways to Create Glowing Skin

November 17th, 2014

29:30

How we treat and care for our skin is just as vitally important as what we eat and how we live. Amazingly positive results can reveal themselves …

12: Why Not . . . Be Unforgettable?

November 10th, 2014

20:04

The key to being unforgettable is not to present perfection and agree to everything and everyone we meet. Rather being unforgettable begins with …

11: 7 Keys to Building a Strong, Healthy Relationship

November 3rd, 2014

32:24

One of the pillars of living a simply luxurious life is building strong and healthy relationships. Whether at work, at home or in your community, these seven components will give you specific guidance on how to …

10: 5 Ways to Live an Examined Life

October 27th, 2014

27:41

Socrates reminds us that the "unexamined life is not worth living", but what exactly is the examined life? Today, I examine five general over-arching …

9: 6 Ways to Live Fully Each Day

October 20th, 2014

29:29

The beauty of life is that the unexpected can always happen, but if we don't recognize that life's surprises can actually be diamonds to be seized, we may end up missing amazing opportunities. The best way to seize …

8: Love Food, Love Your Body

October 13th, 2014

33:01

Food is a pleasure to be enjoyed throughout our lives, but food is not why we live our lives. On the other hand, it is important that we not see food as the enemy, but rather as a key element in achieving our best …

7: 6 Ways to Create a Chic Sanctuary

October 6th, 2014

34:54

Regardless of the size of home we live in, creating a space that is welcoming, clean, and comfortable is crucial to rejuvenating and relaxing so that tomorrow we can be at our best. With 6 simple ideas, Shannon shares …

6: Authenticity: Finding the Courage to be Yourself

September 29th, 2014

28:24

Authenticity is a simple notion in its construct, but applying it to everyday living can be daunting. In today's podcast, four concrete measurements of what precisely authenticity looks like will be shared, as well as …

5: Confidence: How to Gain It & Why It's Invaluable

September 22nd, 2014

43:05

Confidence not only is something you can learn, but it is also something you can master. In today's podcast, Shannon share five specific ways to exude more confidence, the five major benefits of acquiring confidence, …

4: 10 Ways to Unearth Your Inner Francophile

September 15th, 2014

41:14

From the cuisine to the fashion and everything in between, there are many aspects of the French culture that continue to fascinate people from around …

3: 10 Essential Wardrobe Items

September 15th, 2014

31:04

Regardless of your age, size, job or personality, these 10 essential wardrobe items will be the glue that pulls each season together seamlessly. 

2: Mastering Your Money

September 7th, 2014

39:08

At the foundation of a contented life that instills peace of mind regardless of life's events is financial security. As one of the pillars of a simply luxurious life, this podcast will dive into the essential 6 steps, …

1: The 8 Pillars of Creating a Simply Luxurious Life

August 6th, 2014

34:32

A simply luxurious life is a life focused on quality over quantity, and while each of us has our own path to follow, our own unique passions that …

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