Do you have a friend you admire for being cultured? Our director of partnerships, Landrie, is one of those people for me. She has all the boxes checked: Well Traveled. Well Read. Well Spoken. Informed. Curious. Gracious, and with a healthy sense of humor. With our busy modern lives, it’s truly a marvel when anyone develops themselves in so many areas. (I think it helps that her dad is an artist!) But the rest of us aren’t necessarily locked into being basic forever — there are easy ways we can become more well-rounded, cultured women. Read on for eight quick ideas that will have you feeling more cultured by the end of the week.

Watch better movies. 

Let’s start with an easy one. You don’t have to stop watching movies and television altogether to become more cultured — all you have to do is push yourself to watch better content. Why not start with our list of 15 must-see documentaries?

photo by designlovefest

Seek friends of different ages and backgrounds.

Look around you — do all the people you spend time with look exactly like you in terms of age and race? Cultured people know that cultivating a diverse group of friends is a natural way to broaden one’s life experience.

Learn a second language.

If there’s one glaring reason Americans can seem crass to others, it’s probably that most of us don’t speak any language but English. Why not try learning a second language this year? You might be surprised — language is key to understanding the heart of another culture.

photo by ann street studio


St. Augustine famously said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

So here’s your most fun assignment for becoming more cultured: once a year, go somewhere new.

Visit a local museum.

You knew this one was coming… and for good reason! So many of who are good about visiting museums in foreign cities are actually quite negligent about checking out the assets in our own home towns. Pick a Saturday and spend an hour exploring a local art or history museum. You’ll be delighted at what you discover.

Venus at Vulcan’s Forge by François Boucher at the Kimbell Art Museum

Attend a live performance.

We’re living in The Golden Age of Television, so it’s hard to see why we should seek out entertainment beyond binging on Stranger Things. But there’s something very special about seeing a play, musical, or any type of live performance in a theater. You’ll find that a night at the theater is a very special experience you share with the performer. It’s really one of the best things in life. Go — you’ll be surprised at how much fun you have.

(We’re dying to see The Book of Mormon.)

image via lady ribbon

Read one classic novel a year.

You don’t have to stop reading New York Times Bestsellers (hey, we loved the Bethenny Frankel autobiography as much as you did) but why not challenge yourself to pick up one classic book per year? Start with the Americans: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Twain. You just might enjoy it.

photo by dust jacket attic

Challenge yourself to shop smarter.

No — we’re not talking about finances. When we say shop “smarter” we mean this: push yourself as a consumer to go beyond the big box options. Educate yourself about where products are made and make ethical choices as a consumer. Especially when it comes to home furnishings, you’ll cherish the treasures you find in antique stores and flea markets — especially if the vendor shares a unique story or history about the item.

photo by leigh metcalf

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    Maria Fernanda | September 21, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Loved this post! Trying to incorporate shopping smarter and more consciously.

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    Blush & Pearls | September 21, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I’d love to learn another language – always useful and impressive!

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    Janet Longpre | September 21, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    View the gallery does not work. Missing your blog!

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    Amy T | September 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    View the gallery does not work – help. Miss seeing content of postings

    • Camille Styles | September 22, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Hi Amy! Try scrolling down the page just a little slower — the slides should all appear below in our new scroll functionality! Let me know if this doesn’t work for you, and thanks for reading! xo

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    eva | September 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Love these advises! I must say that a follow each one (although sometimes it’s hard, because I’m lazy…) Now, I’m trying my husband to follow them ?

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    mcquinnhope | September 23, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Really liked the “shop smarter” idea! Using this for my concept piece in my professional writing class!

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    Calliope | September 25, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Amazing post! Thank u!

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    Mrs. Shockley | October 7, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I really enjoyed this! Thank you!

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