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7 07, 2014

To Get an MBA or not-that is the question?

By |July 7th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Education, Inspiration, Leadership, Passion|

If the answer is yes, when?  If the answer is no, what then?

One of my regrets is that I did not apply to the Simmons MBA program 20 years ago when I was truly motivated.  I had attended the Simmons Leadership Conference yearly with members of my team, and was jazzed about all I was learning from the leaders I heard speak.  But I made excuses.  I had to [...]

27 06, 2014

Retail In Our Blood

By |June 27th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Entertainment, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Passion, Retail Stores, Selling, Sports, Travel, Women's Issues|

The Five Most Powerful Women in Retail from Forbes 100 Most Powerful women are to be admired for their influence and impact on the industry:

Rosalind Brewer, CEO of Sam’s Club Walmart Stores-spearheading a collection of programs to increase customer experience and market share. Miucilia Prada, Owner and Fashion Designer Prada- brand image of elegant, crisp style Carol Meyrowitz, CEO TJX- in its 36 year history TJX has only had [...]

17 06, 2014

Markets of Local Abundance

By |June 17th, 2014|Business, Food, Health and Wellness, Loyalty, New Businesses, Selling, Travel|

Each day in Provence there is a market to find the most fabulous ingredients. To quote the French, “Rather have a little bit of  great food than a lot of ‘not’ the freshest.  We support farmers we trust to provide us only the best.”  Loyalty at its finest.

There is a hierarchy as to positioning of vendors…location-location-location. Some have been in the same place for 30 years. New vendors are [...]

5 06, 2014

French Women Don’t Get Fat

By |June 5th, 2014|Business, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Leadership, Travel, Women's Issues|

How women burn calories in France. Spinning… This video is will be worth your time. Will only take  a minute. It’s hilarious!

I am off to a cooking school in Provence with Patricia Wells.  I purchased her cookbook Patricia Wells At Home In Provence in 1996 when it first was released and have since then wanted to go to her cooking school.   I met her last year on a [...]

27 05, 2014

15.8# of paper…really?

By |May 27th, 2014|Business, Entertainment, Family, Fashion, Home Decor, Inspiration, Loyalty, Selling, Women's Issues|

Did you get this too? Delivered UPS from Restoration Hardware.  The neighborhood and tweets are buzzing with controversy as to who got it, and who didn’t.  Some of my friends are upset that they didn’t get it…is their neighborhood not cool enough, their houses not worth the big dollars, their taste in question, and  how was the data based marketing figured out?

Waste of paper, yes…but the books are good, [...]

21 05, 2014

SWEET CAROLINE-A…North

By |May 21st, 2014|Business, Family, Fashion, Food, Health and Wellness, Home Decor, Inspiration, Selling, Travel, Women's Issues|

I now understand the meaning of Carolina Blue having spent 96 hours in North Carolina on the outer banks on Emerald Isle, with 3 of my dearest friends.  We worked together 35 years ago as merchants, buyers, designers, with a love of retail and just selling stuff.  How the colors of nature influence our choices in business and decorating our homes.  We marveled on how the palate of blues, [...]

13 05, 2014

Blogs That Inspire Me

By |May 13th, 2014|Business, Education, Fashion, Food, Inspiration, Selling, Technology|

Everyone in the blogging world has those bloggers they follow faithfully.  When I ask friends their favorites, I get so many responses my head spins.  I’m sharing with you some that give me inspiration.

WAVE HILL WALL OF JEWELS

WAVE HILL WALL OF JEWELSPosted: 05 May 2014 07:07 AM PDT

I had a hankering this weekend to visit Wave Hill, a beautiful garden in Riverdale, NYC,  in the Bronx. There were a couple of [...]

6 05, 2014

Attitude & Entrepreneurial Confidence

By |May 6th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Education, Inspiration, Leadership, Selling, Women's Issues|

Whether you are working ‘for the man’ or working for yourself, isn’t it best to approach your responsibilities as an entrepreneur?  That is how I always approached my day to day…as if I it was mine and I controlled my destiny!

My friend and colleague Triccia Ramos sent a weekly communique on selling to her team that captured the essence.  Allow me to share:

So what exactly is an entrepreneur?

“One definition [...]

28 04, 2014

Let Them Eat Kale/Carrots…or Cake?

By |April 28th, 2014|Business, Fashion, Food, Health and Wellness, Leadership, New Businesses, Politics, Sports, Travel|

I’m so confused on what to eat.  Too many rules, and too many things to remember.

We have the DETOX foods…I could use those, as you know I love my wine…

They are artichokes, citrus, sunflower seeds, lentils, garlic, red pepper, walnuts, turmeric, cucumber, broccoli.

Then there are the CLEANSE rules…some say juice for 3 days and that washes out the toxins.

Some say no meat for 7 days…(me, the carnivore, craved a piece [...]

22 04, 2014

100,000 Daffodils #WeRunTogether

By |April 22nd, 2014|Business, Fashion, Health and Wellness, Holidays, Inspiration, Sports|

One Hundred Thousand  bulbs were planted along the entire 26.2 mile stretch by Boston Marathon Daffodil Volunteers.  That’s a lot of holes to dig!

With all the emotional articles of the survivors, the tribute to those that died, the excitement and energy of Boston to take back the city BOSTON STRONG, I have been interested in what companies have done for their employees who were working or volunteering last year. [...]