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Best Mother’s Day Gifts

I’ve thought long and hard about the Best Mother’s Day gifts. Though some people might feel ‘Mother’s Day’ is too commercial, I’m still grateful somebody decided to devote a day out of the 365 days to commemorate mothers. I’ve always been a Mummy’s girl. I enjoyed picking out presents for my mother over the years. Some years when I was busy, I simply sent flowers. Sometimes I wrote a card. And worse, other times I made a phone call. I’ve never forgotten because I’m grateful to all the advertising you see and hear during that time. What makes the best gifts for mothers day? Your actions and words of love. Material things come and go, flowers die but it is…

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The Power of Practice

Have you ever had moments where you wished to be like someone, perhaps there are some things in your life you wish you could do? Well, I’ve had plenty of those. Let’s take a minute here and do a little self-reflection. Take some mental notes. What are some of the things you wish you could do? (It doesn’t matter if it sounds silly). Here are some (perhaps far-fetched) ambitions of mine. I wished I could read Japanese and French. I wished I could play the piano proficiently. I wished I had a more elegant style in personal presentation. I wished I could dance ballet at semi-professional level. I wished I could be a proficient writer! I wished I could cook healthy…

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What Are Your Elegant Inspirations?

What are your elegant inspirations? Inspiration is vital to elegance. When we pay attention to the little things and beauty around us, it inspires us towards elegance. Counting our daily blessings is a way of life. When we pay attention to the little things… things that make us smile, laugh, feel happy, it makes us appreciate how much we have. When we strive to be conscious of beauty around us, our senses get inspired and our awareness of elegance grows. In The Little Pink Book of Elegance, Jodi Kahn says, Although true elegance emanate from inside, elegance and beauty are all around us, and serve as wonderful teachers. What Inspires You? I keep many diaries. I was born a documenter….

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Elegant Aspirations What Are Yours?

Here is my elegant aspirations. What is your elegant goal? Do you have something that you’re working towards to? It could be to have better posture, a refined manner of eating, or to be more meticulous in your grooming? Perhaps you wish to be more gracious to your friends etc. Commit to it by sharing it here. Connect with others who are the same. Encourage others, help and be helped! Read more about The Elegantwoman.org Project and join us! Enter Your Title Tell Us Your Elegant Aspiration! [ ? ] Close Help Entering your story is easy to do. Just type!… Your story will appear on a Web page exactly the way you enter it here. You can wrap a…

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Elegant Women

I’m a thousand times more inspired by elegant women than the beauty of beautiful things (though they are very lovely). I like to archive biographies and pictures of women who inspire me. This is a (sort-of) visualization exercise. (Visualization: Putting before my eyes and in my mind of what I love so I will become.) I am continually inspired by how they lived magnificently through the tumbles and rumbles of life. They are role models in the way they carry themselves and have (elegant carriage), speak, what they say, how they say it and dress etc. They have all the qualities needed for refinement. Please note that these featured women serve to give us encouragement, ideas and inspirations, whether they…

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The Fine Gentlemen

Though my focus is on women, I write this because I have a dream of marrying a gentleman, as well as raising my boys to be absolute gentlemen. A respectable gentlemanly appearance is just as important for men as a feminine elegant appearance is for women. These are the SHOULD NOTS: – Men should never be flashy or loud in their dressing with fashionable spikey hair or prints. ‘Funky’ and ‘cool’ may be quite vulgar. – adorn any sort of vulgarity in words or prints on their T-shirts. – Wear any sort of jewelry including metal bracelets but their wedding band and wristwatch. – Wear trousers that are too tight, shorts that are too short unless running or in a…

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French Girl as Hostess

French Girl As Hostess (Adaption from the book Entre Nous) “She could dominate a room from a footstool…” Diana Vreeland about Pauline De Rothschild. When a the French girl fetes, she’s got her best stuff out there. As a guest, she’s dressed with distinction. Conversation is a place where knowledge and charm converge. She never phones in her appearance at a party – she’s invested in her own pleasure and in the impression she makes on others. The fete is an opportunity to flex her femmes, to catch a whiff of fresh air in the form of new acquaintances (especially men) and to catch up with friends and family. As a hostess, all of the French girl’s essential qualities come…

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Audrey Hepburn Quotes

Welcome to my favorite little quote book (actually page) by Audrey Hepburn. They are indeed lovely quotes by our beloved elegant ambassador. Audrey Hepburn Quotes On Her Looks When interviewed by the great fashion magazines all over on How to Look as Lovely As Audrey Hepburn, she replied, “My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.” “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” “I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine.” “I never think of myself as an…

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The Elegant Woman in her mature years

How to be elegant beyond 60. A woman can be elegant at any age. Read and study the character of Cece Rhodes who looked as though she has maintained perfect carriage and poise. She is an inspiration for all of us! I know Cece Rhodes from the television series Gossip Girl isn’t the only example of an elegant mature woman. In fact, I wrote about Barbara Bush a while ago. However, she is the one of the more accessible examples simply because she is on a popular television series. You can read about her online, or google for images her. You may even study her mannerisms, carriage and poise by watching Gossip girl. She’s not on every episode unfortunately, but…

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Who is the Elegant Woman?

The Art Of Elegant Living An elegant life – You first have to choose. How do we live an elegant lifestyle? In my opinion, it is one which is uncluttered, simple yet splattered with meaning, love, family and friends selective passionate hobbies. What makes you smile? Finding the pleasures of a simple life. It is a life where one is not in a rush or in a fluster. She may be occupied, but not busy. She’ll have time for her family and leisure but not too much time to the point of boredom. She finds meaning in her work and she does not dread her feet. She is patient and kind, and doesn’t draw attention to herself. See ‘How to…

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