Category Archives: Style

Let’s Shake It Up
(…moving to a foreign country
or leaving your husband not required)

Let’s Shake It Up  (…moving to a foreign country or leaving your husband not required)

Do the same things day in and day out. Follow the same schedule and routine. Cross all your t’s. Dot all your i’s. I know it’s what a good girl “should” do. But do this for long enough, I have found that life becomes rather dull. You lose your sparkle. You become “one of those… 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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How to Cultivate Your Exotic Appeal

How to Cultivate Your Exotic Appeal

Do you ever look in the mirror and feel like you need to massively alter something in order to feel beautiful or do you try to emulate others to be successful? Before you start changing yourself or following others, I want to challenge you that you may be destroying that very thing that could make… Continue Reading

10 Ways to Add Glamour to an Ordinary Day

10 Ways to Add Glamour to an Ordinary Day

A friend asked me recently, “Tonya, will you teach me how to be glamourous?” At first, I giggled. Number one: I think my friend is the quintessential lady, so I was at a loss as to what she wanted me to teach her. Number two: growing up in the Deep South in a trailer home,… Continue Reading

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Two Questions that Will Make You Proud This Year

Two Questions that Will Make You Proud This Year

Are you coming? We just opened up the doors to RSVP for my LIVE January Soirée. One of the questions I receive a lot from women is, “How do I attract a community of like-minded people? ”  At my upcoming soiree we will be discussing How to Cultivate a First-Class Community. In conjunction with my birthday,… Continue Reading

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