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.

Enjoy your holiday but do not forget to …

Colour coordinate your clothes…

Don’t get us wrong—color is a good thing. But when it comes to packing a suitcase, ease up on those teals, magentas and fluorescent yellows. Unless you have the wardrobe to support it, it’ll be near impossible to throw together a fully-coordinated look on the fly. For easy outfit planning, pack 75 percent neutrals, leaving the remaining 25 percent for colorful pieces within the same family (i.e., pastels with pastels; earth tones with earth tones; jewel-hues with jewel-hues).

Enjoy your summer holidays and don’t forget to…

Check the weather

Your travel wardrobe should be chic, yes, but it should also be practical. And weather-appropriate wear is the touchstone of smart dressing. Headed somewhere rainy? A waterproof jacket, rain boots and layered clothing will be essential.

Or, if you’re desert-bound, load up on breathable, lightweight options for the day and sweaters and pants for (cooler) nights.

To get a sense of what kind of weather conditions await you at your destination, set a forecast alert on your iPhone and monitor the weather patterns in the days preceding your departure.

Have fun!

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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My Little Paris

Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And this summer million people are going to visit the most visit city on earth. And for us Londoners, it’s a quick getaway being 2 hours away from London. And as you may know, Stephanie Tumba, CEO and Founder of Sté Tumba Capital, which owns Celest Lifestyle, is from Paris.

And we believe she’s the best person to talk to when it comes to the city of lights. Here a few questions for her.

  1. Where are you from and where do you live?

I am from Paris and live in London.

  1. What is the best thing about living in Paris?

I absolutely love the food culture in France.

  1. What are the cities that people from another country should definitely visit?

I would recommend Paris (of course), Bordeaux (best vineyards), Biarritz (amazing beaches for surfers), Grenoble & Lyon (sea, ski, and good cuisine)

  1. What are the national dishes that everyone should try?

Duck à l’Orange is a pleasure for any palette.

  1. The best season to visit your country 

Spring. It’s not too cold not too hot. Paris can go up to 40 degrees in Summer.

  1. Share some photos that you took from different parts of France. 

 

  1. Are there any events or festivals that will be interesting for tourists in France? 

Top 3 would be Festival des Vieilles Charrues in Carhaix, Solidays in Paris and Electrobeach music festival in Le Barcarès.

  1. One thing which all tourists have to do when they are in France?

Try frogs and snails 😉

  1. Share with us some photos of Paris
  1. What are the top 5 sightseeing attractions that everyone must see in France?

In France: Eiffel Tower, Versailles Palace, Mont-Saint-Michel, The Camargue and The Palais des Papes.

  1. Talking about food: the best place to eat in France?

May I pick 3, please …

Well,  Alain Ducasse in the Plaza Athénée Hotel,  Le Mirazur (Menton) and Hiély-Lucullus in Avignon.

  1. What is the best place for shopping in Paris?

Galeries Lafayette, 10am on Mondays 😉

  1. Are there any places that tourists rarely go to visit but they are really good? 

Place des Vosges

  1. Are there any interesting events or festivals in Paris

The Festival “Les Femmes S’en Mêlent” – the major event of the independent female music scene

  1. One thing to do for tourists when they are in Paris? 

Definitely climb the Eiffel Tower.

  1. Are there any places in and near Paris that definitely worth visiting?

Le Marais, Ile de la Cite, and Les Jardins du Luxembourg.

  1. Five words that can describe Paris?

Romantic, Delicious, Bold, sunshine, and beautiful.

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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!

This summer: Tie? Or no tie?

A few weeks ago, John Bercow allows male MPs to dispense with neckties, ending longstanding convention in the House of Commons. The news will come as great respite to men looking to shake off the fusty sartorial tradition as temperatures outside hit 30 degrees.

It’s even a good news (or bad) for the industry as figures showed that the number of men who buy more than one tie a year has steadily dropped since 2009.

Some of the high-end menswear labels have already spotted the niche and their designers are creating shirts that are meant to be worn without a tie.

Here are the shirts we like:

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The button down shirt

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À la Tom Ford, it’s ideal with a jacket as your collar won’t look messy.

Abbreviated spread shirt

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It is considered as the smarter, sportier and smaller variant of the normal spread type of collar. This is a very versatile type of collar. It can be worn with or without a necktie.

Beware, losing the necktie can fade your look, so you need to be wary of your general appearance…

Our top 3 tips would be:

1/ Nail the fit. Avoid a sloppiness look.

2/ Undo two buttons. The tie-less appearance is not a buttoned-up look, so neither should your shirt be. You’ll definitely want to unbutton at least two of your shirt buttons. Make sure to pick a V-neck style undershirt. An undershirt showing looks bogan! i

3/ Add colours and accessories. Be edgy! Buy special shirts with a bit of colour, get a nice watch, a lapel pin, pocket handkerchiefs, and so on…

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Picture from the idleman.com 

 

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!

Godfrey Hotel Chicago Review

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1/ Background (Purpose of the trip business or leisure, alone? How did I travel to the propriety? Easy to find?)

 We travelled to Chicago for our summer holiday so for leisure. We travel to the hotel by cab and it was easy for the cab driver to park and find it.

  2/ Check-in experience

  As far as I recalled, we checked in around noon. Their check in time is 4pm (too late!) and they didn’t have any room ready so we had to leave our suitcases at the reception.

 3/ Services offered by the hotel

As far as we know, they have: a gym, one or tow restaurants and a bar at the rooftop.

4/ What I liked the most

Decoration. Hip, chic, and trendy.

 5/ What I disliked most

Staff, they didn’t have an adaptor for UK/USA, which we found outraging for a so-called international hotel of this value. The wait of 20 minutes for a waiter to serve us at the restaurant (he was too busy chatting up his colleague ;-)).

6/ Checkout experience

Easy but the valet service wasn’t working and was inefficient. Valet from hotel next door, helped us out to get into our taxi.

7 Summary

 Location – 4/5 => 10 minutes walk to centre.

Welcome – 2/5 => Average, staff doesn’t look at you in the eyes, don’t greet you, don’t explain where is what, we didn’t know how to get to our bedroom, very average to what I am use to.

Room – 4/5 => nice room.

Bedding – Quality of Sleep – 5/5 => great

Staff – 2/5 => Please look above.

Cleanliness – 5/5 => impeccable.

Bathroom – 5 /5 => great with loads of toiletries and towels at out disposal.

Internet – Wi-Fi – 3/5 => not the best, but ok.

Value for money => 4/5

 9/ Will I go again?

No, I didn’t like the customer service/staff/valet service.

It took the hotel 4 weeks to refund our deposit and they do not respond to emails after your departure.

 10/ Hotel information (Check-in & Check out Times, Address, telephone, price, website)

 http://www.godfreyhotelchicago.com

 Check-in: 16h

Checkout: 11h

127 West Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654, USA

A security deposit of $100 per night (max $300) will be required upon arrival. The amount is fully refundable upon checkout, subject to a damage inspection to the exclusion of any damages.

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Hope you have a better experience than us

Celest Lifestyle Team

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