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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This & That: September 8, 2017

Book —The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher The 50th anniversary edition came out in 2004 and the stellar reviews remind us why M.F.K. Fisher’s book The Art of Eating is worth reading. With praises from Julia Child, Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl, Fisher’s collection of essays on dining, savoring and preparing food will allow […]

172: How to Refine Your Style: In Your Wardrobe & Life

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #172 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “For me, style is zee whole package: how you dress, talk, move and behave. It all goes together into that first-impression equation. It shouldn’t be confused with chic; an extremely chic or well-dressed woman may have zero sense of style. Style is definitely more about who […]

2017 TSLL French Week Round-Up & Winners Announced

TSLL Semaine Française has concluded, but not without announcing the winners of the two giveaways and one more extra piece of inspiration and remembrance. I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by as often as you did, sharing your thoughts, ideas and experiences as well as expressing your enthusiasm for what […]

This & That: August 11, 2017

Books —Cooking for Picasso: A Novel by Camille Aubray After reading this post of my favorite 10 French books earlier this week, a reader shared a few of her own and one which I had not heard of, so I wanted to share. Cooking for Picasso was released this past June and involves French cooking, a […]

Where to Stay in France While Traveling: A Variety of Luxurious Options

The options of where to stay in France during your vacation can seem endless, but at the same time hard to find. Since this summer I have been making my own reservations for next summer’s holiday, I have learned a lot and I wanted to share. Below you will find options for luxurious stays (chateaus […]

My 10 All-Time Favorite French Books

Shelves of French-inspired books, novels, historical fiction and culture do I have in my office, and this does not include all of the cookbooks in my kitchen. Needless to say, new readers to the blog have been asking for my go-to, most recommended French reading material, so I pulled together a list of my top […]