Category Archives: Style

The Beautiful Things

The Beautiful Things

I just spent a week in Paris, and I’m now sitting by the French Riviera. My senses have been overloaded with beautiful things — the aromas of lavender at the market, the taste of fresh pressed olive oils, a street voilinist, the breathtaking view of the Seine at sunset. It’s easy to see beauty when… Continue Reading

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Are Your Standards Too Low?

Are Your Standards Too Low?

Letting anyone who breathed be a part of my inner circle. Apologizing for taking up too much space. A messy financial world. Eating stale donuts because I was bored. Dressing like a homeless person at home. These are just a few of the many ways I had set the bar way too low in my… Continue Reading

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Which of these two lives are you living?

Which of these two lives are you living?

My beau sent me a message the other day. It read: The brave may not live forever but the cautious never live at all. It made me wonder where I’m being too cautious in my own life. Light bulb moment: I have been hiding my body. Rarely, do I ever post a pic of me… Continue Reading

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The Worst Kinds of Questions

The Worst Kinds of Questions

These were the kinds of questions that consumed my mind for years: How do I lose weight? What foods should I avoid? How do I make more money? How do I find a man? How do I grow my income? How do I deal with worry? I’d obsess, read books and constantly focus on them… Continue Reading

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Are You Living a Double Life?

Are You Living a Double Life?

It was a Sunday morning in early spring when I had this major realization. I woke up and had a most leisurely morning — my cup of coffee, a bit of journaling, had some Nina Simone playing in the background. And then I was ready to make breakfast. I was feeling especially creative that day,… Continue Reading

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My 12 French Kiss Life Travel Rules

My 12 French Kiss Life Travel Rules

Travel is one of my favorite things to do. There’s something about stepping off a plane, taking a deep breath of pollution or fresh air (depending on where you are) in anticipation of the adventure that awaits. Over the past decade, I’ve spent a lot of time in trains, planes and automobiles in pursuit of… Continue Reading

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8 Investments that Changed
Me as a Woman

8 Investments that Changed Me as a Woman

I grew up in a trailer in rural North Carolina. My closet was skim, filled with a few things my mom had sewn for me and pieces purchased at our local K-Mart. I will be forever grateful for those items. Every week, even if bills were tight, I watched my mom and dad write a… Continue Reading

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It’s About More Than the Purchase

It’s About More Than the Purchase

A few weeks ago, I hit State Street in Santa Barbara with some friends on a mission: to find something beautiful to buy that delighted my heart.  I tried on shoes, sniffed perfumes, and then I saw them:  Tom Ford sunglasses. I remember buying my first pair of Tom Ford sunglasses years ago. I nearly… Continue Reading

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