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, a life of true contentment. Founded on the principle of the art of living a life of quality over quantity, episodes explore topics ranging from creating an everyday life you love living, strengthening mindfulness practices, preparing seasonally delicious meals, building a capsule wardrobe, traveling the world (Francophiles and Anglophiles tune in as Paris as well as the English countryside are favorite destinations), and living life to the fullest without breaking the bank because living well is really quite simple.
*illustration by artist Sarah Löcker exclusively commissioned for the show
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About the Host
Host Name: Shannon Ables
Host Residence Country: United States
Shannon Ables began hosting The Simple Sophisticate podcast in 2014 as a complement to her internationally read lifestyle blog The Simply Luxurious Life (2009) which focuses on cultivating a life of quality over quantity in every arena of one's life. Living in Bend, Oregon, she is outdoors regularly (as she describes it, Bend is her gym - no monthly dues required!) whether it is sunny or snowing with her dogs walking, paddleboarding or cross-country skiing. As well, she travels regularly to the foodie mecca of Portland, Oregon, as a returning lifestyle guru on KATU's (ABC affiliate) Afternoon Live and AMNorthwest programs, and annually flies to France to spend time in the culture that inspired the simply luxurious life concept of living a life of quality over quantity.
Shannon is currently working on her third book set to be released in March 2022.