Where True Success Resides

“If you consistently pursue curiosity, you will live a life that is a work of art.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #70 On the stage in a local auditorium Friday night stood author Elizabeth Gilbert. And as I intently listened to her speak to the sold-out venue it was […]

Why Not . . . Move Forward Successfully?

“I couldn’t say what I thought I’d find there, but I knew Paris would give me something I couldn’t find anywhere else.” -Kate Betts, My Paris Dream Life has a funny, and masterfully gifted way of revealing to each of us what we need. At the time we may not realize why or when the […]

7 Tricks For a Successful Leap

“But it’s in the detour that we truly find our way.” – If/Then Looking up from my book while sitting on the swinging bench I was lounging on yesterday at my country getaway, I was greeted with the sight of a haphazardly flying bird – a young Robin – coming directly toward my face. Wings […]

How to Attain Success

“To me success means simply that you have found your gifts, found your passion. But once you’ve found those gifts you must share them and get better at them every day.” -Martha Raddatz ABC news senior foreign affairs correspondent Malcolm Gladwell, in his New York Times best-selling book Outliers: The Story of Success brought to light […]

The Basics of Success

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”–Charles R. Swindoll Life will always be full of endless variables – other people, Mother Nature, knowledge we have yet to acquire and the list goes on – but […]

7 Myths About Success

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” -Orison Swett Marden Often it is the news media that tells us when someone is deemed a success in our culture, world or community – the star […]

4 Steps to Certain Success

“I don’t expect. I plan.” -Hilary Swank as Alice Paul in Iron Jawed Angels I’ve always been inspired by feats that women overcame to attain the right to vote over the course of more than 70 years of lobbying for such a fundamental right. As with so many other struggles for freedoms that after long […]

10 Truths of Successful People

“I beg you: don’t buy society’s definition of success. Because it’s not working for anyone. It’s not working for women, it’s not working for men, it’s not working for polar bears . . . It’s only truly working for those who make pharmaceuticals for stress, diabetes, heart disease, sleeplessness and high blood pressure.” –Arianna Huffington’s […]

Using Failures as Guideposts to Success

In the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar (US), actress Kate Walsh shares her thoughts on being appreciative that success didn’t arrive until well into her mid-thirties (“I Made It After 35”, pg 256). A wonderful article documenting her struggle, she reflects on the many lessons she was taught in the journey through her twenties, and […]

Poised For Success – Book Review

Maintaining one’s composure is a huge stride toward success whether it is in our personal or professional lives.  It is by being disciplined and conscious in our decision making and being aware of the outcomes we wish to see down the road that can help us keep our poise.  Last week’s Why Not . . […]

How to Successfully Have a Credit Card

Credit cards can be a blessing or a curse depending upon how you manage to use them.  The key is to not view them as free money because as we all know, they aren’t. In fact, look at them as a bill that if not respected sucks more money out of your checking account that […]

Dress for Success Oregon & Kate Spade NY

For any stylish shoppers in the Portland (Oregon) area, a wonderful opportunity to help a good cause and do a bit of shopping at Kate Spade New York at Pioneer Place in downtown Portland presents itself this weekend. Bring gently used items of career wear, accessories and handbags to the Kate Spade store this weekend […]

Why Not . . . Be A Successful Woman? Part Trois

The journey of becoming a successful woman is a journey that can begin as a child.  It is a journey that is full of skills that can be taught to your daughter, niece or granddaughter – to respect herself and to value her feelings and flights of fancy – knowing how to handle them and […]

How To Dress for Success – Book Review

When famed and revered costume designer Edith Head’s book How to Dress for Success was originally released in 1967 it became a classic resource for women of all ages as they navigated the professional world whose doors were beginning to open ever wider for females who wished to partake in creating their own independence. Re-released […]

Why Not . . . Be A Successful Woman? Part Deux

There are many different qualities that contribute to success, but most of them have to do with self-discipline and being conscious with every decision you make.  It can be quite easy to allow what the media, society and the culture you live in dictate the rules of success, but ultimately it comes down to what […]

Why Not . . . Be A Successful Woman?

Did you know that it wasn’t until 1974 in the United States that women legally had equal rights when it came to all credit practices?  That means purchasing a home, obtaining a credit card, buying a car – anything that involved a loan or any sort prior to 1974 required a woman’s father or husband […]

Self-Confidence Aids Financial Success

{A simply luxurious life, while full of the concept less is more, luxuriates in the decadence of high quality, complementary style and an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us in decor, fashion, nature and people themselves. One does not need to maintain a balance in the bank that one might associate with a millionaire, […]

Through Struggle Comes Success

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”  ~Friedrich Nietzsche Did you know that one of the most famous, well-known, respected men in American history at the age of 50 had not acquired success as we know […]

Three New Wardrobe Staples I Am Loving

I have learned that having a list of what I need year-round, and what I need to replace is the most successful approach to shopping sales which seem to be in abundance at the moment. The three items above I recently purchased, all are under $110 each, but not all were on sale. Which leads […]

164: The Importance of a Daily Routine & How to Create One You Love

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #164 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio   “With a healthy lifestyle, it’s not at all unreasonable to expect ninety or one hundred exceptionally healthy years of life, years in which we will be of sound body, mind and spirit.” —Dr. John D. Day, author of The Longevity Plan: 7 Life-Transforming Lessons from […]

This & That: July 7, 2017

Book —Wine All the Time by Marissa A. Ross Released this past June (27th), the official wine columnist of Bon Appétit magazine shares an accessible book about wine and the culture of France’s drink of choice. Discover how to find the best wine on your budget, accurately describe what you are tasting thereby being able […]

162: From Seeking Happiness to Cultivating Contentment: A Shift in Pursuit

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #162 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Focusing on happiness as our ultimate goal is self-defeating; being in a constant state of happiness is, simply put, impossible.”—Paul Hudson Place the word happiness on the cover of a self-help book and it will sell more times than it won’t (Amazon has over 40,000 book […]

A French-Inspired Culinary Comfort Cafe: Coquine

“Sincere Cuisine, Humbly Ambitious”  The name, Coquine, French for a mischievous little girl, and the woman behind the name turned her curiosities into an award-winning neighborhood restaurant that is a dream for your tastebuds. Described as new American fare, the menu is inspired significantly by Katy Millard’s time in France, cooking under the well-known chef Guy […]

This & That: June 30, 2017

Books —Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm & Happiness by Rick Hanson Whether we want to believe it or not, it is true: our brains are hard-wired to be pessimistic. Why? Survival. However, acclaimed clinical psychologist Rick Hanson offers ways to override this default setting. Mastering one’s mind takes work, and the key […]