Host in style – Fleur de Lys Napkins

If you want to entertain in style and impress your guests, it is important to dress the table perfectly and correctly. Set aside, the forks, glasses and plates, you want to go the extra miles with setting up your table with a cloth for each guest.

A standard table setting would consist of the following for each person:

– table mat
– cutlery for each course
– as side plate and butter knife
– glasses of each wine served plus a glass of water.
– your napkins which will give your table an amazing look especially if you can fold it and present it perfectly.

1 – Fold your square napkin into a triangle and bring the left and right corners towards the top corner.

2 – Fold the resulting diamond in half, from the bottom to top, and then fold towards you, in half again.

3 – Turn the napkin over and once again bring the left and right-hand corners together and tuck in.

4 – Stand the napkin upright and peel down the two side folds.

5 – Finally, peel down the top corner.

Tipping around the world

Hello fellow fashionistas

Upon my trip in Japan 🇯🇵 recently, a question came into my mind upon dinner. Am I expected to tip or not? In fact, this question came a billion times upon my summer tour around the world. Whilst in Austria, it’s consider rude not to, Japan as another way to deal with it.

In fact, tipping is not customary in Japan. It can be considered rude and insulting in many situations.

Be sure to put the tipping money inside of a decorative envelope and seal it before handing it to the recipient with a slight bow. Pulling money out of your wallet to use as a tip is generally frowned upon in Japan.

You’ve been warned! 😉😮

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!

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

XoXo

 

 

 

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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