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Sonya Glyn Nicholson

Living in France and seeking elegance in every gesture













Let’s get serious while not taking everything too seriously. Life is passing quickly and some things matter and some things don’t. Each of us has to find out what is most important in our lives and work on nurturing those things. To me, the most important thing in life is to leave as many good “effects” behind as possible.

We each also need to identify our fears and figure out a way to get rid of them. My fear is being bored. I really can’t stand it because it feels like loneliness !

Next, we need to know our achilles heel — or vital weakness. Mine is my pride…I really hate looking bad, I’m not happy to admit it, but am working on this a lot. I respect a person who is incorruptible, and when I meet this type of person, I count myself as lucky.

The subject of clothing isn’t really about clothing…it’s about creating emotion around us. Many people may not understand the reasons they are drawn to the phenomenon of elegance. Think about how you feel when you like what you are wearing. Why shouldn’t you feel that way most every day? Dressing well is a journey instead of a destination but each of us can find our way with a little effort and without worrying too much about making mistakes. One thing I hope people in this industry work more on is showing grace towards each other. Even though we all have our personal preferences, it’s a great quality to respect the sartorial path of others without judging. There is no sartorial king or queen after all…We are just people making all this stuff up in our heads and hearts about what to wear and what to say–it’s good to keep perspective.

Sonya Glyn Nicholson

professional vitae:

sinon le CV de Sonya Glyn Nicholson, Senior Editor for Parisian Gentleman
Professional background: ABJ Degree/Henry Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia, Writer on the topic of male elegance, 10 years with a Fortune 500 Company as a writer, product developer: surgical wear fabric & design, patent holder, commissioned for personal biographies, certified for fitness training/education.

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  1. Sonya, welcome to the blog world! I love your final sentence–so deep and meaningful! Hope you find those “moments” you’re searching for. The journey will definitely be a thrilling one:)

    • I have had a “Kahlil Gibran phase” in my life for sure, and really like the thought of taking suggestions for new IR features. So, yes…I’ll spend some time with Kahlil over the next few weeks and give it a go. I’m glad you asked. ~S

      “Your children are not your children.
      They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
      They come through you but not from you,
      And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
      You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
      …For they have their own thoughts.
      You may house their bodies but not their souls,
      For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
      You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
      For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
      You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
      The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
      Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
      For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.”
      – Kahlil Gibran

  2. Hi, Sonya! You have a beautiful blog and, in my opinion, its thematic and intent are lovely 🙂 Will be so nice to follow you!

    My best wishes,

    • I’m with you on this. When given the choice of a new book to read, almost every time, I go for the nonfiction / biography option. I find that just knowing that what I’m reading is “real” to be enticing. Still, I imagine that a great deal of fiction is actually quite real, just under a guise to protect the writer. Thank you for your thoughts. ~S

    • Wow, Colossal is like a feast for the eyes, and retronaut is so comprehensive and diverse. Thank you for these quality links. In terms of the question of why the quest to be fearless…the simple answer is that I want to live without the limitations that fear imposes, because fear is what prevents us from being exactly who we really are. ~Sonya

      • Excellent answer. I like that. You are very brave for holding yourself to such limitless potential. I feel like you will see and do some incredible things in the future, and would be shocked if you already haven’t. Best of luck Sonya. –Eric

  3. Sonya,

    I believe that all interesting and worthwhile people essentially create themselves. You surely are a prime example.

    I’m of course now following your blog with great interest.


    • Tom, Your words inspire me and you lead by example on this creed of “creating you own self”. You write from the heart and I feel glad to have walked a parallel path with you here. ~Sonya

  4. That’s a lovely introduction. Yes I do believe in this “…embrace this quest to communicate real personal style, our demeanor is lifted and we find confidence, with no apologies”
    Kind regards!

    • I just reread your “Brahma Kamal” article…To witness such a miracle bloom must have been amazing. Also, I adore the literary references made throughout your blog. I will continue to follow with interest. ~S

    • I really appreciate knowing your first impression and also enjoy your amazing nature shots of the great state of Washington…you have a great eye for picking up lovely subtleties. ~S

    • I keep hearing that there are no accidents, and so I am beginning to believe…perfect and thank you kindly for your encouragement. I hope that your return to school in an amazing experience. ~S

  5. I love your idea and explanations of how you feel.It can seem like I am hung up on the sadder and sometimes nastier side of life but we cannot shy away from things that prick our consciences. Some of my post are from deep personal knowledge and some I have studied so I can comment. I am looking forward to spending some time here in your blog ; ) Be well and happy.

    • Ah, so you know Amsterdam as well? I must admit that I’ve developed a slight addiction to the city. And, I have a feeling that dropping in on your writing will be mostly fun mingled with real enlightenment. ~S

    • Thank you so much. The nicest thing I read in your link is that I, along with some select others, make you “smile, laugh and think on a regular basis”. This makes me feel happy. You have gained so many followers in such a short time. Congratulations! ~S

  6. I am honored that a veteran writer follows my blog. I just browsed at some of your posts. They are all beautifully written and illustrated, with very interesting facts and thoughts. I ‘d like to learn more from you and about you. Thanks again.

  7. Darkness comes with a smile. But Light overcomes it when it appears. We can bask in the heat of it or just watch it disappear. The cup is half empty or half full, but to each his own. Our connectedness has consequences beyond our zones. May blessing arise in your heart when aesthetics fail as they inevitably will. For we all go the way of the grave but it will even pale when the true Light arises and restores what is behind the veil.

    As the old foundatonal book states,
    “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”

    Be Encouraged,
    R. Martin

  8. Inspiration…To breath in the living spirit…

    I like this:

    “I pursue all that is timeless in attitude and appearance.” Very nice worded…

    I am pleased to see you like Man Ray. This man has deeply influenced me. All that incredible Zeitgeist he managed to catch with hos photos…

    Well, nice to see you around…Hope we can exchange some “winged words” as our friend Homer puts it…


    • Because of your comment, I brushed up on my knowledge of Man Ray and saw two parallels between my beliefs and Man’s beliefs in the areas of inspiration and original thought. Had you not left this comment, I doubt that I would have ever recognized these common factors. Thank you for the great and giving spirit in this reply. I look forward to following your words, Julien, as you seem to be well-studied, intuitive, and knowledgable. ~Sonya

  9. Thanks for dropping by my blog! Sadly, I’m the kind of person that has pretty much no physical style, and all the style I have would be found in my words and animations. Take care!

  10. Iconicallyrare is such a lovely place: Inspiring!

    It is an honor to have you over at EuZicAsa (a three word modern contraption, I wouldn’t have gotten away with in the primary school) which means “it’s what I say”.

    I hope you’ll find it a worthwhile trail, among the many trails at wordpress (what a wonderful world of words, sounds, pictures, and ideas, isn’t it?

    thank you,


  11. Congratulations, Sonya!

    You have just received the So Sweet Blogger Award for being so AWESOME!

    Please check out my blog for details, post the award on your sidebar and spread the love to some of your favorite bloggers!

  12. Josh here from the BlinkPacking blog. Just wanted to say thank for stopping by, and I wish you all the best in your travels. You are really clever with words — I enjoyed your posts.

  13. Sonya,

    I have just realized you wrote: Miami / Prinseneiland, Amsterdam / Paris / Balboa Island,

    does that mean you divide your time to live in these places? Like, 1-2 months in each place?

    Subhan Zein

  14. Always enjoying your beautiful site, and now I am letting you know that I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Details of this award can be viewed on my site. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  15. I agreed with everything you said. I also like the fact that you are cosmopolitan. I live in Florida too, but I am from Italy and lived everywhere;) That really helps having an understanding of fashion and going outside the box. Gin

  16. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! I love your blog and find it to be very inspirational! Check out more here…

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