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Having One Manner For All

As I was thinking about how to write this article, I recall an event that I attended once in San Francisco Bay. It was a networking event among entrepreneurs, start-up executives, angel investors and venture capitalists. I didn’t exactly fall into any of those categories. I was just there, waiting for a friend who was a Venture Capitalist i.e. VC, who sat on the panel of judges. (We met in university). We were going out to dinner later. His job was to listen to interesting pitches, which happened at the end of a microphone, and comment on whether it is viable, thus opening the conversations that would happen at the informal networking sessions after. As I had never been to…

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in Case Studies, Elegant Concepts

Be Still

I recently came back from Japan and was inspired by the beauty and elegance of the country and its people. One of the things I’ve noticed is their ability to be still and be calm. If you speak Japanese, or have a chance to become good friends with someone from that culture, you will notice that they have many expressions of ‘being calm’. They will talk about staying calm and being calm. They aspire to be calm. Being calm is highly valued in Japanese society. And the result of this sense of calm is ‘stillness’. Stillness is important in elegance. Here are the reasons why 1) Stillness influences your countenance, manners and your mannerisms. Stillness evokes an appearance of calmness…

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in Elegant Concepts

Be Authentic

In one of the first few articles ever written for elegantwoman.org was about self-confidence, and a large part of that was about being yourself. I was inspired by this concept of being authentic and its relation to elegance during a conversation about recent events. The main idea is this – that in order to be elegant, you must first be yourself, otherwise, any learned elegance (so-to-speak) is being pretentious. And, any whiff of pretentiousness has the OPPOSITE effect, namely, disgust. Pretentiousness can appear in different forms, but due to the rise of social media, it has appeared more prevalently there. One obvious place is on Instagram, and it was during my discussion with a friend that gave me the idea for…

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in Case Studies, Editor Picks, Elegant Character, Elegant Concepts

Non-Defensiveness – A Trait of a Highly Respected Woman

I was watching a re-run of Project Runway the other night, as a mode of relaxation (I find some comfort in watching re-runs of my favorite shows – haha) and something struck me as what I’ll term as an characteristic of refinement. It is somewhat a sign of classy behavior. It is about being non-defensive and being able to accept criticism with a cool head. There was this designer who was criticized for his work and his work ethic. I was rather impressed at how he just stood calm and confident, yet humble to admit to some of things he was criticized for, and yet not throwing anyone else (the other contestants) under the bus. From the way he responded, you…

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in Case Studies, Class Distinctions

Kate Middleton – Biography

Interested in Kate Middleton’s Biography? I am too! Read about the latest elegant role model Kate middleton. Kate Middleton has shown the world grace, elegance and poise. Here’s a little bit about her. See also why she is a role model for elegance. Now officially known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after one of the highest profile wedding in the world. She is now married to Prince William. Kate Middleton was born as Catherine Elizabeth Middleton on 9th of January in 1982. At age 2 – 4, her family moved to Jordan for work. She later returned Berkshire, England in September 1986. Kate Middleton’s Education St Andrew’s, Marlbourough College In September 1986, Kate attended St Andrew’s prep School in Pangbourne,…

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in Deportment & Poise, Elegant Concepts

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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in Elegant Concepts

Who is the Elegant Woman?

‘How to be elegant?’ is a question I’ve asked myself on different occasions. It could be when I’m deciding what to wear, or thinking about how to make a difficult but necessary confrontation with a friend. No matter what it may be, I’ve always wanted to present myself in an graceful way. I didn’t come from a well-off family, and I wasn’t particularly connected. However, through school and work, I started to mingle with some really elegant people. I didn’t always feel confident, and I can be honest and say there were many times I felt terribly insecure. I admired them very much and at the same time, they intimidated me greatly. I simply just wanted to feel comfortable and…

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being a lady
in Elegant Concepts, Miscellaneous

How To Be A Lady (continued)

Continued from ‘How to Be A Lady’ Series. The series started when I started documenting my observation and experience of elegant women. Oh what we can learn from others! So while the rest of the pages of ‘How To Be A Lady’ WILL be unstructured, I will be making revisions as and when I have new material. So don’t forget to come back, subscribe to my feed or sign up for my newsletter – you’ll never miss a thing! If you have been around elegantwoman.org, you’ll notice I’ve always emphasized about the ‘outsides’ always reflect the ‘insides’, the heart. I’ve met many ladies who appear elegant, but they fall from their pedestal because of their complaints, negative criticism or sniping…

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in Class Distinctions, Elegant Concepts, Finishing School

The Fading Art of How To Be A Lady

Now, let’s assume we are know why we want to be a lady and a little history of how being a lady came about. So Why is ‘How To Be a Lady’ a fading art? As the world evolved and advanced in medicine, technology and information, many became extremely wealthy quickly, accumulating riches in a short period of time from what used to take generations to amass. A new term was coined for the, they became known as the ‘New Money’. That simply meant that their wealth had been generated in their lifetime. Unlike the New Money, the people of Old Money, whose wealth has been with them more than three generations, had ample time, privileges, education and exposure to…

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in Elegant Concepts

Who is the Elegant Woman?

‘How to be elegant?’ is a question I’ve asked myself on different occasions. It could be when I’m deciding what to wear, or thinking about how to make a difficult but necessary confrontation with a friend. That’s me in an advertorial. No matter what it may be, I’ve always wanted to present myself in an graceful way. I didn’t come from a well-off family, and I wasn’t particularly connected. However, through school and work, I started to mingle with some really elegant people. I didn’t always feel confident, and I can be honest and say there were many times I felt terribly insecure. I admired them very much and at the same time, they intimidated me greatly. I simply just…

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