178: Your Unique Journey — How to Navigate It Successfully

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #178 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio   “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” ― Joseph Campbell Have you ever thought or uttered […]

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: November 17, 2017

Books —Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands The author behind the Love in Provence, returns with a stand alone story set in the south of Provence, Drawing Lessons. The sixty-two year old protagonist travels to France for a two week drawing class as part respite from her life and half drawn to her passion. Upon returning […]

10 Books for Holiday Travel/Vacation Reading

Whether you are packing up and visiting friends or family away from home for the holidays or staying home and enjoying some time away from the regular schedule, time to read and savor a good book becomes more readily available when the end of the year arrives and the holiday occasions abound. Based on your […]

This & That: November 10, 2017

Books —The Inviting Life: An Inspirational Guide to Homemaking, Hosting and Opening the Door to Happiness  by Laura Calder A French trained cook, former Canadian cooking show personality, as well as cookbook author, Laura Calder, just released a new book on the home, hosting and elevating the quality of our lives. My copy arrived on […]

Thanksgiving Away from Home Outfit

~Racil Pumkin square-neck silk-crepe cami top~ ~Raey Long-line fine-knit cashmere sweater (other colors available)~ ~Halston Heritage Isabella patent-leather pumps~ ~Isabel Marant Roan matte-satin pants~ ~J.Crew Round disk tortoise earrings~ ~Mark & Graham Brooklyn Carry-All~ ~All-New Kindle Oasis E-Reader 7″, Hi-Resolution Display, Waterproof, Wi-Fi~ ~The Art of the Good Life: 52 Amazing Shortcuts to Happiness, Wealth […]

This & That: November 3, 2017

Book —The Patriarch:A Mystery of the French Countryside (Bruno, Chief of Police Series) by Marin Walker Released a couple of years ago, the mystery series starring Bruno offers its tenth novel for readers. Beginning with an invitation to attend a lavish birthday celebration of a World War II flying ace Marco “the Patriarch” Desaix, the mystery begins […]

181: The Importance of Finding Contentment

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #181 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.” —Swami Sivananda Recently I overheard someone describe their weekend as boring, using the descriptor in a negative tone (remember this post on my thoughts about being boring?). Being […]