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

The Inevitable Old Money T-Shirt

Reluctant as I am to give an inch to prevailing trends, I do acknowledge that sometimes people do wear T-shirts…without a polo shirt or dress shirt worn over the said T-shirt. I am also painfully aware that sometimes words or images (or both!) are printed on the exposed T-shirt. The intent is to convey a … More The Inevitable Old Money T-Shirt

Bastille Day: An Appreciation

July 14th is Bastille Day in France, the date which the country celebrates its independence. Unlike Americans who threw fought to gain their freedom from a foreign ruler an ocean away, the French struggled to gain their liberty from home-grown rulers (royal heirs and self-appointed emperors) who often lived down the street. And it wasn’t … More Bastille Day: An Appreciation

How To Address a Retail Addiction

In The Old Money Book, I talk about the importance of prioritizing Financial Independence: stacking up savings and investments before spending money on consumer products. Of course, this is not always easy. The cost of living seems to outpace salary increases. Kids need braces on their teeth. Automobiles need repairs. Houses need maintenance. Uncle Sam … More How To Address a Retail Addiction

Old Money vs. New Money – Making An Impression

Impressions are important to us as humans. We determine whether something or someone is desirable or dangerous to us. When we meet people, we sometimes quickly decide whether or not we’re going to have things in common, become friends, or part ways quickly. First impressions, as we all know, weigh heavily, but perhaps too heavily … More Old Money vs. New Money – Making An Impression