A Source of Inspiration: Oscar Wilde

Where stories for screenplays, ideas for books, or lyrics for songs come from is a mystery. Like asking a butterfly to land on your shoulder, creativity is not something that can be ordered like room service. What the world calls genius–the original, unfiltered, simple yet awesome light that shines so undeniably in rare works–comes when … More A Source of Inspiration: Oscar Wilde

Random Updates from Paris

It’s been a busy few weeks for me personally. More on that later. Here’s an update from the French capital… Restrictions remain in force here in Paris as COVID rates continue to worry public health officials. The less-severe Omicron variant still strains hospital facilities and staff, but not at crisis levels. Only vaccinated citizens and … More Random Updates from Paris

30 Minutes Every 30 Days

Here’s an exercise you might try in order to improve the quality of your life. This practice started, evolved, and has been refined by me during my time here in Paris. It’s possible I see some of my fellow citizens doing something of this sort on a regular basis: cafes lend themselves perfectly to the … More 30 Minutes Every 30 Days

Old Money Style is Back in Style!

Well…sort of. Our international correspondent, C.V., provided the two links below. (I believe David also spotted one of these and posted in the comments section of a recent post.) The articles make note of a recent fashion trend that embraces clothing that is subtle, durable, and timeless. Previously referred to as Ivy League style or … More Old Money Style is Back in Style!

Too Many Choices

We are conditioned to believe that the more choices we have in life, the better chance we have of finding what we want, acquiring it, and consequently being happy or even happier. Surprisingly, psychologists tell us that the opposite is true. Having a multitude of choices often leads people to confusion, frustration, and bad decisions. … More Too Many Choices

The Simpler, Less Expensive Life in Paris

Of all the words that come to mind when you say ‘Paris’, ‘simpler’ and ‘less expensive’ are probably not frontrunners. The news media consistently lists Paris, London, Tokyo, and New York City among the Top Ten most expensive places to live. What’s more, Paris is often promoted–and often promotes itself–as one of the more glamorous … More The Simpler, Less Expensive Life in Paris

Is Someone Co-Opting Our Culture?

We’ve spoken frequently about the importance of awareness as we adopt and maintain an Old Money way of life (I’m hesitant to use the term ‘lifestyle’ as that term seems to denote something less substantial and more surface.) One of the things we can be aware of is the way that advertisers constantly look for … More Is Someone Co-Opting Our Culture?

The Annual Back-to-School Wardrobe List…A Little Late

This post is a little late…but still, the annual back to school list of Old Money wardrobe items is a long-standing tradition here on the blog. So if you’ve procrastinated and not done your off-to-college or last-year-of-high-school shopping, good for you. This is the one time that putting something off until the last minute will … More The Annual Back-to-School Wardrobe List…A Little Late

Hidden Gem of France: Chantilly

It’s a given that the biggest, most popular, and most iconic places of any country become the ‘go to’ or ‘must see’ destinations that attract the most visitors. Their reputation builds upon itself. Cities, like Paris, become legends, and deservedly so. But we have to acknowledge the hidden gems, the places that don’t get all … More Hidden Gem of France: Chantilly