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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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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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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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Model Kate Middleton as an Elegant Woman

Our Model Kate Middleton – Reproduced and adapted from my monthly newsletter – “Elegant Letters Issue 16”. Sign up here. It was about how the newly crowned Duchess of Cambridge is a role model of elegance for us . There will always be those who disagree, but I think Kate Middleton makes a good role model as an elegant woman to us and the rest of the world. Now, when I say role model Kate Middleton, I don’t mean perfect…no one is perfect, but let’s look for wonderful, admirable qualities instead of looking for perfection hey? She is indeed a fresh air of elegance – tasteful, appropriate, graceful who has impeccable taste from what I’ve seen so far. Inevitably, there…

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Class Distinctions – Bridging the gap

What do you think of THE UP SERIES? This is about Class Distinctions and Bridging the Gap as documented by The Up Series Documentary. In this documentary, the findings show how unfortunately equal opportunities do not exist for every person, however, it gives us more reason to realize and believe that by making a focused and educated change, there can be greater social mobility and we can all overcome obstacles, defying limitations of financial background and upbringing. First of all, we must accept that they exist in order to do away with them. This is a page created to collect feedback and thoughts on what viewers thought of the documentary The Up Series. Go directly to write your thoughts. About…

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Audrey Hepburn Bio

A snippet and summary of Audrey Hepburn’s bio and attempt to draw out lessons of elegance from the biography of Audrey Hepburn. Who else can so rightfully teach us ‘How to be Elegant’? For the extended version, please go to Audrey Hepburn Biography or even more detailed comprehensive biography of Audrey Hepburn, Biography of Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn is a captivating actress and one of the most elegant film stars of all time. She is best known for her captivating performances in films such as Roman Holiday ,Breakfast At Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady. Audrey Hepburn Bio: Her Life As a child, she grew up during war and risked her life to work for the Dutch resistance. In her adult…

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Audrey Hepburn Biography

A general bio of Audrey Hepburn, to read a more comprehensive biography of Audrey Hepburn, click Audrey Hepburn bio – extended version Audrey Hepburn. Biography of Audrey Hepburn Date of Birth: 4 May 1929, Ixelles, Belgium Audrey Hepburn Death: 20 January 1993, Tolochenaz, Switzerland (appendiceal cancer) Birth Name: Audrey Kathleen Ruston Audrey Hepburn Height: 5′ 6½” (1.69 m) Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Her father was an English banker and her mother was a Dutch baroness. After her parents divorced, Audrey and her mother went to London. Later, both of them moved back to Netherlands. During vacation with her mother in Arnhem, Holland, Hitler’s army invaded the place. It was the Nazi occupation. During…

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Elegance of Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn Essence

Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, now won’t you reveal your fabulous secrets of grace and poise and teach us how to grow old as wonderfully as you have? – unknown Who is Your Elegant Woman (role model)? Elegance of Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn, the Elegant Woman For me, that woman is (but not limited to), Audrey Hepburn. She moved gracefully and was never sloppy. She may be tired at times but managed to exude, a bright countenance. She was also pleasantly quiet, thoughtful. She is full of love, graciousness and compassion. She is always on time, works hard at whatever she finds in her hands to do, whether it was coming to the set with all her lines memorized or to…

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