The Simple Sophisticate - Intelligent Living Paired with Signature Style

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 matter what the stereotype is that you have been pigeonholed by.

In this week's Petit Plaisir, discover my review and recommendation for Misty Copeland's documentary "A Ballerina's Tale" which hits theaters nationwide on October 14, 2015. 

Direct download: 65stereotypes.mp3
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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 quality life.

This week's Petit Plaisir, Shannon reviews Sharon Santoni's new book My Stylish French Girlfriends.

Direct download: 64lessonsvineyard.mp3
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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 imperative skills that when we acquire, contentment and fulfillment are soon to follow.

In this week's Petit Plaisir, I review Nancy Meyers' new film The Intern.

Direct download: 63essentialslife.mp3
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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 power for the most important decisions and leave the remaining decisions to auto-pilot. The key is to make sure the auto-pilot is set to a quality life outcome. 

In today's episode 17 everyday decisions will be shared that can be added to the auto-pilot list. 

In this week's Petit Plaisir, the perfect recipe to end summer and begin fall: Fresh Heirloom Tomato Soup with Cream inspired by my favorite podcast, The Splendid Table.

Direct download: 62simplifychoices.mp3
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Choosing to broaden our perspectives on a regular basis, whether through travel, reading or meeting new people from different life experiences can have a tremendously positive experience on the quality of our lives. 

Today, 10 benefits will be shared to encourage each of us to continue to increase our knowledge and understanding of the world.

This week's Petit Plaisir is a staple in the capsule wardrobe (spring or fall). Shannon has found her favorite tee and explains what size you should order and why you should invest.

Direct download: 61Perspective.mp3
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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 goal of being at work is to be efficient. And the best way to be efficient is to have an office area that is curated to make us comfortable and therefore confident to do our best work. With removal of clutter, only having items that we need and streamlining our systems, we can ensure a more productive work day each and every time we step foot in the office.

Today I will share with you 25 simple, yet powerful ways to make your work day all the more enjoyable and productive.

In this week's Petit Plaisir, a film set in Paris starring Michael Cain and Clémence Poésy that took my breath away, and I am eager to share: Last Love

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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 it's all about wrapping up vacations and returning to the regular routine. Can you guess what word is the focus?

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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 signature style.

In this week's Petit Plaisir, Shannon shares a simple decor trick to bring a bit more luxury to your bed without breaking the bank. 

Direct download: 58blazer.mp3
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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, Géraldine is sharing the differences in language when it comes to friendships and romantic partnerships.

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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 Happiness is the focus of today's discussion. And while the premise of the book is all about how she restored her 1920's East Hampton's cottage, it also part memoir as readers discovery her journey to arrive at the place she is today, fulfilled, content and full of wisdom.

Topics of happiness, meditation, authenticity and yes, even decor are discussed.

In today's Petit Plaisir, I share my top 10 decor tips and ideas from the pages of The Bee Cottage Story by Frances Schultz.

Direct download: 56FrancesSchultzinterview.mp3
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