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The Simple Sophisticate - Intelligent Living Paired with Signature Style

By Shannon Ables

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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. 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.

Customer Reviews

A Must Follow

After following Shannon at The Simply Luxurious Life for several years, I finally get to sit down and have a cup of tea and have a one on one chat! Well, kind of....I am loving the podcast, it feels like a girls night out. I so look forward to our weekly chats.


I am so excited about Shannon Ables’s podcast!!
It was an absolute pleasure listening to one of the best podcasts ever! With a cup of ice coffee and notebook, it was one of the best mornings this week for me!!

She talks about simple ways to create your own luxurious life without breaking the bank! I can’t wait for the next podcast and book in Jan. 2015!

Great job Shannon!!

Relaxed, breezy, cheerful, always inspiring!

I actually downloaded the iTunes podcast app so I could leave a review. I heard about Shannon through Jennifer Scott's FB feed, now I am gorging myself on Shannon's podcast & blog content. Here is why she's awesome:
1. Right out of the gate, her podcast is better than a lot of old-timers I listen to. She is cheerful, breezy, upbeat & I love the format she employs.
2. Her podcasts cover the topic at hand with numbered steps and practical rationale for each step. I don't agree with 100% of what she says (some of us have mangled feet & physically can't wear high heels), but that's ok. She presents her info in a multitude of scenarios - for example, if you want to create an elegant living space, she acknowledges we may rent, have roommates, or live in a house. All bases covered, and it's all good.
3. They are practical things you can do to spark your joie de vivre. I can't afford a Burberry trench, but my Old Navy one is just as good for my budget, and she acknowledges and even celebrates the different options at different budgets.
4. Who doesn't like French inspired podcasts? Shannon might need a little help with her French pronunciation, but she is by far the most down-to-earth, approachable (and least snobby, if I can say that) Francophile bloggers. I appreciate she admits her budgetary constraints and that makes me like her all the more.

Can't wait for her book to come out in January! I will be first to grab it. Now off to gorge myself on more podcasts and blog posts! #omnomnom

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