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The Simple Sophisticate - Intelligent Living Paired with Signature Style

By Shannon Ables

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. Inspired by her lifestyle blog The Simply Luxurious Life, Shannon Ables (the original Simple Sophisticate) shares with listeners tips on how to live a refined life on an everyday income. From achieving your goals, preparing a memorable meal, creating a capsule wardrobe, traveling the world (Francophiles tune in as Paris is a favorite destination), and living life to the fullest without breaking the bank, living well is really quite simple.

  1. 1.
    229: How to Let Your Truth Emerge10/15/2018
    27:10
  2. 2.
    228: 21 Parisian Decor Ideas from Ines de la Fressange's New Book10/08/2018
    41:45
  3. 3.
    227: 16 Ideas for Simple Everyday Self-Care10/01/2018
    35:38
  4. 4.
    226: Understand This Tricky Paradox of Control In Order to Improve Your Life09/17/2018
    32:07
  5. 5.
    225: Trust the Transition: How to Step Through and Embrace the Change You Seek09/10/2018
    29:28
  6. 6.
    224: How to Welcome Simplicity Into Your Life: Live Differently for One Month09/03/2018
    42:10
  7. 7.
    Season 5 Schedule of The Simple Sophisticate podcast08/27/2018
    8:11
  8. 8.
    223: 23 Ways to Have a Great Start This Fall08/20/2018
    35:42
  1. 9.
    222: Oliver Gee of The Earful Tower Podcast08/18/2018
    32:53
  2. 10.
    221: Waking Up in Paris Author Sonia Choquette - A Conversation on Reinvention08/13/2018
    39:51
  3. 11.
    220: Traveling Alone Well08/06/2018
    27:14
  4. 12.
    219: How to Cultivate Surroundings for Everyday Contentment07/30/2018
    33:33
  5. 13.
    218: Doubt the Default - How My Trip to France Woke Me Up07/23/2018
    46:17
  6. 14.
    217: French Trip Travel Musings, Part Trois07/16/2018
    15:51
  7. 15.
    216: French Trip Travel Musings, Part Deux07/09/2018
    34:18
  8. 16.
    215: French Trip Travel Musings (Why Not . . . Make the Effort?), Part Une07/01/2018
    30:18
  9. 17.
    214: Ask Shannon 201806/25/2018
    1:16:29
  10. 18.
    213: The Art of Savoring: How to Invite the Skill of Savoring Into Our Lives06/18/2018
    27:31
  11. 19.
    212: The Six Pillars of Good Health06/11/2018
    25:43
  12. 20.
    211: How to Stay Relevant in Our Ever-Changing World & Embrace Each Year More than the Last06/04/2018
    32:32
  13. 21.
    210: 10 Simple Things We Unnecessarily Complicate05/28/2018
    27:47
  14. 22.
    209: Adding French Touches to Your Life and Space at Home05/21/2018
    32:04
  15. 23.
    208: How to Create an All-Around Healthy Life05/14/2018
    36:05
  16. 24.
    207: Welcoming the Gifts of a Garden & Yard When the Yard is Small or the Time is Short05/07/2018
    35:01
  17. 25.
    206: Simple LifeHacks to Get Back on Track04/30/2018
    28:07
  18. 26.
    205: What to Do When You Don't Know How the Future Will Unfold04/23/2018
    28:47
  19. 27.
    204: How to Build a Life Network to Optimize Your Professional and Personal Life04/16/2018
    30:24
  20. 28.
    203: M.L. Longworth's New Provençal Mystery and Life in Provence04/09/2018
    48:50
  21. 29.
    202: Stylist Tiffani Rogers on the Spring Trends of 201804/02/2018
    33:09
  22. 30.
    201: Design an At-Home Strength Training Program That Works03/26/2018
    38:12
  23. 31.
    200: Spring Cleaning to Welcome Mother Nature's New Year! 22 Ways to Start Fresh03/19/2018
    32:36
  24. 32.
    199: 9 Reasons to Savor Being in the "Choosing Seat": The Gift of Being Single in Your 30s, 40s, 50s and Beyond03/12/2018
    35:46
  25. 33.
    198: The Love Gap: My Interview with Author Jenna Birch03/05/2018
    44:24
  26. 34.
    197: The Many Benefits of Listening to Classical Music02/26/2018
    26:13
  27. 35.
    196: Top 10 Style & Beauty Lessons Learned from the French02/19/2018
    26:26
  28. 36.
    195: How to Make Your Dream Come True: 5 "Bills" to Expect02/12/2018
    26:44
  29. 37.
    194: The Road to Success is Paved with Happiness02/05/2018
    22:07
  30. 38.
    193: 7 Ways to Become Who You Were Truly Meant to Be01/29/2018
    22:31
  31. 39.
    192: Susan Hermann Loomis Talks France, Food & Julia Child01/22/2018
    32:53
  32. 40.
    191: Ask Shannon: Paris Travel Attire, Savvy Investment Shopping, Simple, Weekday Dinner Ideas & Totes01/15/2018
    39:14
  33. 41.
    190: To Get & Stay Fit: Keep it Simple01/08/2018
    23:19
  34. 42.
    189: Jamie Cat Callan's Parisian Charm School - Love, Life & Savoring it All01/01/2018
    41:42
  35. 43.
    Top Episodes of 2017: The Simple Sophisticate12/25/2017
    6:19
  36. 44.
    188: 18 Secrets & Lessons from the French Culture to Begin 201812/18/2017
    35:49
  37. 45.
    187: How to Create a Healthy Approach to Staying Abreast of the News12/11/2017
    36:33
  38. 46.
    186: How to Let Go of Self-Imposed Limitations12/04/2017
    24:36
  39. 47.
    185: Give Yourself Permission to be Awkward11/27/2017
    24:51
  40. 48.
    184: 16 Ways to Simplify & Make the Holiday Season Pleasurable11/20/2017
    31:18
  41. 49.
    183: International Travel Prep List11/13/2017
    33:24
  42. 50.
    182: David Lebovitz Talks About Making Paris His Home11/06/2017
    36:00
  43. 51.
    181: The Importance of Finding Contentment10/30/2017
    26:04
  44. 52.
    180: 10 Tips for Smart Wardrobe Shopping10/23/2017
    29:16
  45. 53.
    179: Choosing a Partner — Part Deux: The Importance of Knowing Yourself & The Crucial Must-Have10/16/2017
    33:34
  46. 54.
    178: Your Unique Journey — How to Navigate It Successfully10/09/2017
    19:49
  47. 55.
    177: How to Ensure a Bountiful Harvest (in Life)10/02/2017
    28:33
  48. 56.
    176: Be the Hero of Your Own Story: Why & How09/25/2017
    24:50
  49. 57.
    175: 14 Ways to Eat Like the French — Savor Good Food, Don't Fear It09/18/2017
    34:16
  50. 58.
    174: 12 Benefits of Seeking Out Quality09/11/2017
    37:17
  51. 59.
    173: The Benefits of Having a Mission Statement & How to Create Your Own09/04/2017
    21:42
  52. 60.
    172: How to Refine Your Style: In Your Wardrobe & Life08/28/2017
    22:51
  53. 61.
    171: The Secret Lives of Introverts: My Interview with Jenn Granneman08/21/2017
    41:29
  54. 62.
    170: Being Single is Luxurious Living08/14/2017
    33:39
  55. 63.
    169: Understanding the French Culture: My Interview with Géraldine Lepere of Comme une Française08/12/2017
    40:06
  56. 64.
    168: French Everyday Living with Author & Blogger Sharon Santoni08/09/2017
    34:24
  57. 65.
    167: My Good Life in France: Author Janine Marsh08/07/2017
    39:21
  58. 66.
    166: Love & Self-Discovery: How to Be One Half of a Healthy Relationship07/31/2017
    33:34
  59. 67.
    165: How to Enjoy Eating Every Day and Love the Results07/24/2017
    29:10
  60. 68.
    164: The Importance of a Daily Routine & How to Create One You Love07/17/2017
    33:12
  61. 69.
    163: Learn How to Truly Savor Everyday Moments & Watch It Elevate Your Life07/10/2017
    26:14
  62. 70.
    162: From Seeking Happiness to Cultivating Contentment: A Shift in Pursuit07/03/2017
    27:26
  63. 71.
    161: Ask Shannon Episode06/26/2017
    1:17:45
  64. 72.
    160: The Butterfly Moment in Life: Don't Wait, Just Live Well06/19/2017
    22:58
  65. 73.
    159: 18 Ways to Define Your Classic Style in Life and within your Closet06/12/2017
    30:46
  66. 74.
    158: France in Pictures and Illustrations: My Interview with author & artist Rae Dunn06/05/2017
    26:17
  67. 75.
    157: Passion Projects, Jazz, Being French at Heart & Living in the Moment: Elizabeth Bougerol of The Hot Sardines05/29/2017
    52:13
  68. 76.
    156: Self-Awareness, Relationships, Style & the Met Gala: My Interview with Stylist Tiffani Rogers05/22/2017
    52:39
  69. 77.
    155: 6 Life Lessons for Living Well from Julia Child05/15/2017
    28:47
  70. 78.
    154: How to Build a Life for Ladybugs: Choosing Hope over Fear05/08/2017
    25:17
  71. 79.
    153: 24 Ways to Live Beyond Labels05/01/2017
    36:47
  72. 80.
    152: Dream First, Then Plan04/24/2017
    16:17
  73. 81.
    151: 10 Style Tips to Embrace the French Woman's Approach to Effortless Chic04/17/2017
    24:05
  74. 82.
    150: Give It Time: Discovering What Is Worth the Wait04/17/2017
    28:35
  75. 83.
    149: How to Cultivate Your True Style All Year Long04/03/2017
    28:20
  76. 84.
    148: The Hygge Phenomenon and Living Simply Luxuriously03/27/2017
    23:37
  77. 85.
    147: 10 Truths About The Independent Woman & Love03/20/2017
    19:23
  78. 86.
    146: 11 Worthwhile Life Skills That Are Easier Than They Appear03/13/2017
    25:22
  79. 87.
    145: Responding vs. Reacting: The Difference03/06/2017
    21:57
  80. 88.
    144: 20 Ways to Incorporate Your Love for the French Culture into Your Everyday02/27/2017
    25:24
  81. 89.
    143: Examining the Benefits of Self-Awareness02/20/2017
    26:57
  82. 90.
    142: 9 Reasons Owning Your Style Will Change Your Life02/13/2017
    33:05
  83. 91.
    141: Taking a Risk In Order to Have It All: Author Isabelle LaFleche02/06/2017
    39:15
  84. 92.
    140: Emotional Intelligence: A Crucial Tool for Enhanced Quality in Work and Life01/30/2017
    37:32
  85. 93.
    139: An Everyday Necessity: Deliberate Rest01/23/2017
    36:40
  86. 94.
    138: Money: How to Know If You Have Enough01/16/2017
    23:48
  87. 95.
    137: Welcoming the Quality in 2017, One Month at a Time01/09/2017
    22:33
  88. 96.
    136: Learn How to Love01/02/2017
    54:54
  89. 97.
    Learn How to Love: 26 Ways to Love Fully12/28/2016
    54:54
  90. 98.
    135: 10 Life Lessons 2016 Taught Me12/19/2016
    27:45
  91. 99.
    134: Stop Looking for Love and Start Learning How to Love12/12/2016
    14:45
  92. 100.
    133: 8 Things to Accomplish Before Stepping Into a Relationship12/05/2016
    23:12
  93. 101.
    132: How to Finish the Year Strong11/28/2016
    18:15
  94. 102.
    131: 38 Invaluable Lessons About Attaining Happiness11/21/2016
    51:39
  95. 103.
    130: Comfort Begets Confidence11/14/2016
    22:08
  96. 104.
    129: Talking Style, New York City & Sales with Stylist Tiffani Rogers11/07/2016
    46:02
  97. 105.
    The Quest for a Soulmate: The Myth Hindering an Amazing Love Life10/31/2016
    26:59
  98. 106.
    127: 20 Ways to Live Like a Parisienne10/24/2016
    22:38
  99. 107.
    126: A Powerful Couple: Boundaries & Vulnerability10/17/2016
    32:02
  100. 108.
    125: The Importance of Good Service10/10/2016
    24:02
  101. 109.
    124: Why Not . . . Have a Plan?10/03/2016
    17:54
  102. 110.
    123: How to Make Fall a Luxurious Season09/26/2016
    26:25
  103. 111.
    122: 7 Benefits of Having Self-Compassion09/19/2016
    22:18
  104. 112.
    121: 14 Ways to Get Back to Calm09/12/2016
    31:15
  105. 113.
    120: The Wonderful Truth About Health, Happiness & Aging09/05/2016
    26:12
  106. 114.
    119: Why Never Giving Up Is A Very Good Idea08/29/2016
    26:12
  107. 115.
    118: Paris, Relationships & Our Truest Selves08/27/2016
    24:19
  108. 116.
    117: How to Be Chic with Fiona Ferris08/22/2016
    43:51
  109. 117.
    116: Make Your Own Life Rules08/15/2016
    29:16
  110. 118.
    115: The 8 Benefits of Banishing Busy08/08/2016
    25:35
  111. 119.
    114: 13 Habits for Effective Time Management08/01/2016
    34:40
  112. 120.
    113: 16 Benefits of Self-Reliance07/25/2016
    36:06
  113. 121.
    112: 11 Ways to Happy Right Now07/18/2016
    32:12
  114. 122.
    111: Quality over Quantity in Fashion & Life: My Discussion with Stylist Tiffani Rogers07/11/2016
    50:35
  115. 123.
    110: The Best Learned Trait We Can Possess: Willpower07/04/2016
    34:30
  116. 124.
    109: 34 Must-Have Items for Your Home Épicerie06/27/2016
    34:59
  117. 125.
    108: What Lin-Manuel Miranda Taught Me06/20/2016
    27:31
  118. 126.
    107: Relax: 21 Ways to Know You're Doing Just Fine in this Thing Called Life06/13/2016
    36:25
  119. 127.
    106: 10 Tools Fulfilled People Utilize in Their Lives to Squash Negativity06/06/2016
    28:31
  120. 128.
    105: 11 Ways to Make Any Home Your Sanctuary05/30/2016
    29:37
  121. 129.
    104: Simple Rules for a Good Life05/23/2016
    26:45
  122. 130.
    103: Effortless Style: The Truth05/16/2016
    21:10
  123. 131.
    102: Let's Talk About Beauty05/09/2016
    22:33
  124. 132.
    101: Growth is a Choice05/02/2016
    31:01
  125. 133.
    100: 10 Things Content People Understand About Uncertainty04/25/2016
    35:59
  126. 134.
    99: Why Not . . . Celebrate the Obstacles?04/18/2016
    26:48
  127. 135.
    98: The Power of the Spoken Word04/11/2016
    32:28
  128. 136.
    97: Small + Simple = A Grand & Full Life04/04/2016
    36:41
  129. 137.
    96: Everyday Living in France: My Interview with Sharon Santoni03/28/2016
    34:58
  130. 138.
    95: Why Not . . . Find Your Personal Power?03/21/2016
    40:44
  131. 139.
    94: The Truths & Myths of the Independent, Single Woman03/14/2016
    22:46
  132. 140.
    93: 15 Everyday Habits to Live a Life of Contentment03/07/2016
    40:21
  133. 141.
    92: The 3 Elements of a Strong Social Well-Being02/29/2016
    18:40
  134. 142.
    91: The Power of Solitude02/22/2016
    16:39
  135. 143.
    90: February 21, 2016: Au Courant Weekly02/21/2016
    11:37
  136. 144.
    89: 18 Red Flags to Pay Attention to in Relationships02/15/2016
    26:56
  137. 145.
    88: February 14, 2016: Au Courant Weekly02/14/2016
    16:06
  138. 146.
    87: Romantic Love: What Is It & How to Maintain It02/08/2016
    22:35
  139. 147.
    86: February 7, 2016: Au Courant Weekly02/07/2016
    17:42
  140. 148.
    85: How to Trust the Timing of Your Life02/01/2016
    22:50
  141. 149.
    84: January 31, 2016: Au Courant Weekly01/31/2016
    11:29
  142. 150.
    83: 13 Reasons to Be Brave01/25/2016
    30:56
  143. 151.
    82: January 24, 2016: Au Courant Weekly01/24/2016
    12:55
  144. 152.
    81: Strengths vs. Skills: The Important Difference01/18/2016
    23:39
  145. 153.
    80: January 17, 2016: Au Courant Weekly01/17/2016
    11:05
  146. 154.
    79: The How of Happy01/11/2016
    27:23
  147. 155.
    78: January 10, 2016: Au Courant Weekly01/10/2016
    12:58
  148. 156.
    77: Found: The Missing Piece (Trust)01/04/2016
    34:55
  149. 157.
    76: January 3, 2016 — Au Courant Weekly01/03/2016
    11:21
  150. 158.
    75: 7 Reasons 2016 Will Be A Wonderful Year12/21/2015
    27:25
  151. 159.
    74: The First Date Cheat Sheet12/14/2015
    25:41
  152. 160.
    73: A Lesson From Ernest Hemingway12/07/2015
    21:35
  153. 161.
    72: Why Not . . . Be A Strong Woman?11/30/2015
    24:29
  154. 162.
    71: 21 Ways to Create a Simply Luxurious Thanksgiving11/23/2015
    30:57
  155. 163.
    70: Big Magic: What Elizabeth Gilbert Taught Me11/16/2015
    25:11
  156. 164.
    69: 15 Habits for Timeless Style11/09/2015
    24:39
  157. 165.
    68: 8 Ways for Introverts to Thrive in the Workplace11/02/2015
    27:47
  158. 166.
    67: 4 Benefits of Letting Go of Cynicism10/26/2015
    28:05
  159. 167.
    66: Money: Acting Rich vs. Being Rich10/19/2015
    27:40
  160. 168.
    65: 6 Ways to Defy Stereotypes10/12/2015
    22:55
  161. 169.
    64: 7 Life Lessons Learned from the Vineyard10/05/2015
    21:15
  162. 170.
    63: Why Not . . . Gather the Essentials for Life?09/28/2015
    27:49
  163. 171.
    62: Why Not . . . Simplify Your Choices09/21/2015
    34:21
  164. 172.
    61: 10 Benefits of a Broad Perspective09/14/2015
    25:29
  165. 173.
    60: 25 Must-Haves for the Efficient Office Desk09/07/2015
    34:40
  166. 174.
    59: September 5, 2015: Au Courant Weekly09/05/2015
    11:22
  167. 175.
    58: Why Not . . . Wear a Blazer?08/31/2015
    20:47
  168. 176.
    57: August 29, 2015: Au Courant Weekly08/29/2015
    13:14
  169. 177.
    56: Interview with Frances Schultz08/24/2015
    43:45
  170. 178.
    55: August 22, 2015: Au Courant Weekly08/22/2015
    13:33
  171. 179.
    54: 10 Ways to Deal with Toxic People08/17/2015
    24:20
  172. 180.
    53: August 15, 2015: Au Courant Weekly08/15/2015
    11:57
  173. 181.
    52: 15 Ways to Not "Feel Fat"08/10/2015
    34:12
  174. 182.
    51: August 8, 2015: Au Courant Weekly08/08/2015
    13:44
  175. 183.
    50: Why Not . . . Design a Happy Life?08/03/2015
    34:03
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    49: Au Courant Weekly: August 1, 201508/01/2015
    14:05
  177. 185.
    48: The Moving Checklist07/27/2015
    58:13
  178. 186.
    47: Au Courant Weekly: July 25, 201507/25/2015
    16:21
  179. 187.
    46: The Importance of Cultivating a Sanctuary07/20/2015
    16:22
  180. 188.
    45: 10 Ways to Set Up Your Home Like a Luxury Travel Accommodation07/13/2015
    32:35
  181. 189.
    44: The Gifts of Being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)07/06/2015
    44:13
  182. 190.
    43: 15 Ways to Make the Most of Summer06/22/2015
    27:30
  183. 191.
    42: Why Not . . . Create a Lingerie Capsule Wardrobe?06/15/2015
    28:38
  184. 192.
    41: Holding On & Letting Go06/08/2015
    26:54
  185. 193.
    40: How to be the CEO of Your Own Life06/01/2015
    37:58
  186. 194.
    39: Dating & Selling A Home05/25/2015
    25:23
  187. 195.
    38: Texting Etiquette 10105/18/2015
    28:14
  188. 196.
    37: The Truth Behind "It Was Meant to Be"05/11/2015
    25:02
  189. 197.
    36: How to Construct a Healthy Social Circle05/04/2015
    39:08
  190. 198.
    35: 3 Ways to Design a Life That Works Best for You04/27/2015
    24:11
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    34: Life & Tech: Email Etiquette04/20/2015
    23:28
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    33: How to Live Alone Well04/13/2015
    36:38

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