Enjoy your holiday but don’t forget to…

Consider the local culture of destination

Sure, “Athleisure” may be hip stateside, but in countries like Japan or South Korea, not only is it perceived as sloppy—it’s also offensive. Same goes for wearing flip flops in Arab, Hindu and Buddhist countries, or skimpy clothing in the Middle East and North Africa. To avoid unwittingly causing offense, read up on the country to which you are visiting’s dress code. An oversized scarf of shawl is also a good investment for more culturally conservative countries.

Hats, fashion, and Sun

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Lovely big hats to off formal daywear, and – as long as you can keep them on – they solve all hairstyle dilemmas at the stab of a hatpin. Big hats look good on tall women with slim-fitting suits or dresses.

A big hat, full skirt and baggy to equal a fashion disaster and, if the wind gets up, probably a hazard to surrounding cars and motorbikes.

Social kissing in big hats is something to practice. Imagine two ladies in cartwheels of hats approaching each other for ‘mwah mwah’. It’s best to approach with your head slightly tilted one way or another, so the approaching hat picks up the hint and tilts her head the other way.

The secret of looking ladylike with a hat on is a question of balance. Overwrought hair and hats do not mix well. Look at the outfit as a whole in a full-length mirror. Be mindful of colour coordination and silhouette, and bear in mind hat practicalities: will you have to slip through doors sideways; will people be sitting in the row behind you have to use periscopes to see?

Enjoy this magical summer!

Celest Lifestyle Team

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Sea, Sun, and Beachwear…

“A girl should be two things: Classy and fabulous.”

Coco Chanel(1883-1971),

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I could not agree more with Chanel and I believe that every lady should be fabulous even on a beach…

So please, Please, Please… INDULGE IN A PEDICURE AND A LEG AND BIKINI-LINE WAX.

Buy swimwear that fits and flatters and invest in a decent beach-towel – a threadbare rag is a horrible sight. A good floaty cover-up is essential when visiting beach bars, as are some decent flat sandals (tottering about in the sand in high heels is not a good look).

AND No bling unless you’re a model! 

Enjoy this magical summer!

Formal Occasions & Dress Codes

Some invitations stipulate a dress code. This is so everyone is dressed to the same level and no-one feels uncomfortably over/underdressed – it’s nothing to get all revolutionary about. Here are the codes, just so you don’t have to look them up anywhere else. Let’s explain…

White tie signifies a very rare, extremely formal event requiring proper ball gowns, top hats, tiaras and gloves and stuff.

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Black tie indicates smart evening wear. For women, this means a cocktail dress, long or short, and any colour you like, including black.

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Morning dress is often used for weddings or a race meeting where you might bump into a member of the royal family. It means formal day wear: a smart suit or knee-length dress and probably a hat.

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Evening wear means smart and evening. (but not as uptight as black tie).

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Smart casual means exactly what it says. Clean and comfortable: no jeans, no sportswear.

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You’ve been warned! Happy styling!

Do I need to style my underwear?

Response: Big YES!!!!!!

There is nothing worse than clothes so tight that you can see all the lines of your underwear topped with the cellulite and spare tyres clearly visible to the world… Just an eyesore… 

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This should be fit for purpose and coordinated with the colour of your outfit. So, no black knickers under white trousers or brilliant whit bras advertising themselves under slinky black tops. Nude colours are always a good option.

Too much lace is not good, because it is hard for clothes to fit well over clumps of crispy froth. If white underwear goes grey or blue in the wash, throw them out; those lingerie whiteners never really work. (Note to self: get on the case.)

Thongs? To pick responsibly. They should be subtle, chic, elegant yet invisible!

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Tights are very sexy, but they are wonderfully functional and it’s nice to know the more expensive, finer deniers are the least likely to snag and run. A lady with foresight will keep a spare pair of tights in her bag.

 

@ Bon entendeur!

The Art of Networking in style

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-16432345-109033103239-1-originalNetworking is the key to business success. It helps you find a job, find best recruits, find investors, find like-minded friends, and customers.

But, for better networking, tip number 1: quality always trumps quantity! Networking is not a business card collection contest! And I have seen so many times some acquaintances talk and take business cards to/from people they had no interest in, just to never get in touch with them.

However, this is not the point of this article, here are a few tips to networking like a lady in style.

1/ Dress for success

 Get clothing as fitted as possible,  don’t let your clothes distract (like a below the belt cleavage), spend money on key pieces like accessories. 

2/ Arriving and departing

Being late shows irresponsibility, disrespect and it certainly not regarded as lady-like.  Plus, the long explanation yo you lateness makes you look dishonest. The right attitude would be to anticipate and send a text or call before, this would be more courteous, classy, and ladylike.

If the event is 3pm to 8pm, do not hold up your host and say goodbye quickly.

3/ Walk

Chin up and walk gracefully in heels, if you can’t walk in heels, please train or refrain!   

4/ Talk Conversation in networking

Gossips are entertaining (let’s be honest) but trashy. It’s funny but certainly not classy. If you are stuck in gossip conversation: just nod, smile,  but don’t lower yourself at his or her level. Gossiping on people makes you look untrustworthy, insecure, and unprofessional. People around you will never really trust you.

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Underwear … How to wear them like a Lady

As a lady (as oppose to fashionista) your underwear should be fit for purpose and co-prdinated with the colour of your outfit. So, no black knockers under white trousers brilliant white bras advertising themselves underneath slinky back tops. Nude colour are always a good option. Too much lace is not good, because it is hard for clothes to fit well over clumps of crispy froth. If white underwear goes grey or blue in the wash, throw it out!!!! Those lingerie whiteners never work!

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Tights aren’t very sexy, but they are wonderfully functional and it’s nice to know that the more expensive, finer deniers are the least likely to snag and run. A lady with foresight will keep a spare pair of tights in her bag, and no lady will ever wear pop socks with skirts. Would you?

 

Personal Grooming – Act like a Lady

A lady will always make herself pleasant to be around if not you won’t be invited twice at the same place or your friends will carefully select where they can “show” you or who they can “introduce” yourself to.

If you have awful teeth, have them fixed to the best natural looking way. Nobody wants a Colgate lookalike bleaching looking teeth.

If you wear the same perfume every day, beware!!!! You will become immune to it and spray a toxic amount of it intoxicating your friends. More importantly, perfumes come in different strengths, the most expensive ones are the strongest, please use responsively as follow:

  • Perfumes => a hint wherever you like will suffice;
  • Eau de parfum (Perfume Extract) a dab wherever you like will do;
  • Eau de toilette (a couple of quick bursts)

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Little tip that I do just before living my flat, I spray perfume into the air in front of me and walk into the cloud. t’s enough to settle and make you smell alluring!!!

Being a lady

 

Happy New Year! A new year, a new you! Here is a fantastic category for you… Be the lady you deserve to be… Act like a Lady and you will attract gentleman and the best people you can possibly meet… Here you go!

A lady will always look poised, effortless, and more importantly unruffled. She will have in her wardrobe well-cut, flattering outfits, suitable for her figure, in proper fabrics such as linen, cotton, wool, and silk, leaving the ugly 100% polyester clothing in the shops where they belong!

A Lady’s clothes will always be appropriate for the occasion or the time pf the day. And believe me, this level of chicness,  it’s not easy to achieve. Nothing screams more “trashy”  than a woman with too tight clothing or dressing like she’s going to Cannes for a Sunday brunch.

Examples of unladylike woman by Celest Lifestyle

Examples of unladylike items:

  • low-cut and too-tight white jeans;
  • cheap see through white skirts and trousers;
  • fake leather;
  • fake brands (rather have a  nice looking Guess bag than a fake Louis Vuitton bag);
  • over-worn shoes and anything else.

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Of course, there will be time when you will really need to stand out amor the crowd. For this you will need confidence to wear this outrageous hat, cleavage, or high fashion dress. Chin down, furtive eye contact, and awkward body language will make you look  like a gigantic Asda bag in a Dior shop even if it fits you like a glove.

All through this category, Celest Lifestyle (Lifestyle and Fashion consultancy  agency based in Chelsea ,London) will give you tips to look like the lady you deserve to be.

Celest Lifestyle Team