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Elegant Posture of an Elegant Woman

How to have the Elegant Posture of an Elegant Woman. I think I’ve nailed this down to a science. Read more for my version of how to get a better posture of elegance. As some of you may know, I’m an avid lover of ballet. I believe ballet teaches elegance in the form of elegant posture, gracefulness and gives us a deep appreciation of beauty, music and art. Today, I would like to talk about the posture of elegance. I think I’ve somewhat managed to get it down to a science (in my own way), and I hope what I’m going to share will benefit you. I’ve been working privately with two ballet teachers who are also full time ballet…

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Correcting Bad Posture

All about correcting bad posture, maintaining posture, posture help, help with posture and how to improve posture. Good posture is essential to poise, elegance and complements elegant dressing. It is also part of personal grooming. How to Correct your Posture Do a self check. See if you can ‘draw’ a straight line from your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. The old fashioned tip is to balance a book on your head. Even if you can balance well, be sure that the straight line can be drawn! I know of women who can model, strut, slouch with a book on their head, yet it does not mean they have good posture. At the moment, my posture correcting journey to wear…

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Cutlery Etiquette – Eating Utensils Etiquette

Cutlery etiquette – For those who want to know how to hold their utensils properly. Both Continental and American style are accepted in cutlery etiquette. The difference is that the American style of using utensils has a zigzag sort of manner, leaving one utensil on the plate and switching hands to pick up the fork when putting the food in the mouth. The Continental style eats with both utensils in hand until the meal is finished. For countries that has western dining, Continental style is usually followed. Both methods are acceptable in these countries. Cutlery will differ according to what is served. For instance, if there is pudding, a set of pudding utensils, a pudding spoon and fork will be…

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How To Be Gentle

Lessons on how to be gentle derived from elegant women whose poise and grace inspire us. It all began when I asked my friend, “How is it that you’re so gentle?” He told me that he was gentle as a child. He attributes that to his calm personality. Being gentle does not mean a lack of passion or strength. He went on to be a competitive tennis player and a well-known tennis coach. Gentleness can be seen as passion and strength directed inward, instead of outwards. And so that sparked my curiosity on how to achieve the same effect, if we are not born with those gentleness-inclined personalities. There are many misconceptions of being gentle. It is often associated with…

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Elegant Self Confidence How To Be Elegant

Secrets of Elegant Self Confidence, Poise and Gracefulness Let me start by sharing this wonderful quote by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, “To be elegant is first of all to know oneself, and to know oneself well requires a certain amount of reflection and intelligence.” There are two stages of becoming elegant, starting first from the workings of inner elegance, because true elegance starts from within. If you are looking for quick tips on to achieve an elegant look (outer elegance), click ‘The Art of Elegant Style‘. Everyone knows somebody elegant. She could be a celebrity. That girl who seems to have it all together. The one with all the designer clothes and bags. The soft spoken girl who speaks eloquently. She…

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How to Develop Poise

Learning how to develop poise is like learning to put make up on but for the body! Read my article if you don’t know what Poise? While you put make up to present your best face forward, poise is presenting your personal best to the world. Why is developing poise important? It is a form of communication. It is something like an advertisement, or a silent ‘salesman’. It tells people something about you…good things, without you having to explicitly say. For instance, a woman with elegant poise tells people that she has composure, dignity and self-respect. Another woman with a graceful poise makes her more physically beautiful and attractive that the physical features she was born with. She would be…

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How To Be Lovely

“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.” – Plato from Lovely Quotes Elegance must be combined with loveliness, because one usually not just desire to be elegant simply for themselves, but to shed a little joy around her and beautify her world. If you look up the dictionary today, you’ll find that ‘loveliness’ is defined as ‘an exquisite beauty’. Researching deeper, I’ve found that the intrinsic meaning of that beauty is natural, internal and it comes from all the goodness and love from the heart. So how to be absolutely lovely? Cultivate Loveliness I’ve found that it is easier to ‘be the right person’ than to ‘try to be the right person’…

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Deportment and Manners Elegance through Expressions, Poise and Carriage

How to be Graceful- A study of deportment and manners of graceful women. The poise that knowledge gives. While we can achieve elegance in our character and dressing, we may not achieve elegance in the way we move and carry ourselves. Why? We lose the art of being graceful in our modern day of convenience and time management, of rushing around, of being too busy … coupled with the fact we have no training in this area and very few examples of graceful women for us to emulate. I believe that in our journey of refinement, we should place value on learning how to be graceful. It is important to learn how to move with beauty, style and elegance. Our…

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Classy Mannerisms

Manners and Mannerisms will refer to gestures, posture, poise, body language and the manner or relating to people. Just by gestures alone, one can tell if a person is refined and cultivated or not. The reason why we want to ‘smooth out’ our gestures, mannerisms and behaviour is because we want to be better communicators. We communicate not just by words, but how we say it. Little jiggly movements are distracting. Sudden jerks or rushed, panicked movements works against the impact of your words. Have you ever wondered why some women are able to be poised at all time? Do you think they are conscious of their posture? How ever did they get that way? The strangest thing for me…

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Elegant Letters, Issue #008 The Importance of Refinement

Refinement – qualities of manners, courtesy and gentility. There are some people who feel that these qualities are not terribly important. Why is Refinement important? Refinement, gentility, how to be elegant, how to be classy, elegance   Hello everyone, I hope the month of August has been treating you well. I’ve been thinking about the topic of ‘Refinement’. Why is refinement and elegance important? Is it all superficial and silly? Here is a snippet of the page I wrote: Refinement- qualities of manners, courtesy and gentility. There are some who feel that these qualities are not terribly important in life. Why is Refinement important? Day after day, I tirelessly pursue a refined elegance. But why? I try to answer these…

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