Lace & Florals

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Throughout the duration of my blogging years I’ve realised how frequently the word ‘feminine’ is associated with an abundance of floral prints, lace and all things pink and romantic. Whilst I’ve always been enthusiastic about cultivating femininity I’ve actually never been the ruffle and lace type. Yes, I admit, I do love pink and a perhaps a little lace now and then.  However, when I look at my wardrobe I realise my preference is in clean lines, earthy tones mixed with jewel colours.  Perhaps one or two pink pieces appear here and there but the stereotypical ruffles and bows just doesn’t fit my style.

These days floral prints and lace are familiar pieces on the fashion runways.  So how is it possible to combine a feminine style without going overboard?  Here’s a few tips and tricks to keep the look understated yet sophisticated.

Keep it simple.  When choosing floral print or lace, keep accessories simple.  Lace speaks loudly, so go for earthy, nude colours for heels to draw the attention to the main piece.  Keep the hairstyle simple.

Look for quality.  Seek out sophisticated, quality pieces when choosing lace.  Always ensure the lace is lined well.  Thin lining is more likely to snag or potentially unravel at the seams.

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Keep it classic. For day wear it’s important to keep it classic, by opting for basic silhouettes like sheath dresses, or pencil skirts. Lace is an already intricate design, so keep it clean by accessorizing with block colours.

Office appropriate lace.  Lace is a perfect way to add a feminine touch to a traditional suit.  Pair a lace pencil skirt or sheath with a fitted jacket or cardigan.  The rule of thumb is to stick to neutral colours and conservative shapes around the office.

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Keep it similar. Its often that lace and floral prints will be printed on basic colours such as white, black or nude.  Use these colours to coordinate your accessories such as handbag and shoes.

Details. Details. Details. There are still some of us that avoid wearing lace.  If so, then go for lace accents.  Perhaps subtle lace accent such as lace sleeves or a lace hemline.  Otherwise why not try lace accessories such a lace clutch as a statement piece.

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Celebrations in Sweden

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Today marks the beginning of wedding celebrations in Sweden for King Carl Gustaf’s second daughter, Princess Madeline to British businessman, Chris O’Neil.  In 2010 Princess Madeline moved to New York City where she began working with the World Childhood Foundation, an organisation her mother co-founded.  It was in New York where the princess met Mr O’Neil and in January of the following year that the couple began dating.  The happy couple announced their engagement in October of last year.  Mr O’Neil has requested that he remain a private citizen and not share his wife’s royal titles and will continue to pursue a career in finance after the marriage.

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Let’s take a walk down memory lane at some of Sweden’s royal weddings in the past. . .

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Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden on her wedding day to Mr Daniel Westling, now Prince Daniel Duke of Västergötland
19 June 2010

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 HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Silvia Sommerlath
June 19, 1976
Pictures of royal wedding and guests to be posted on here and here.  Check for updates!
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Carolina Herrera Collections

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“I have a responsibility to the woman of today – to make her feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful.”
– Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera is known for her exeptional personal style and for dressing First Ladies such as Jacquiline Onassis and Michelle Obama.

 Featured in this blog is a handful of our fravourite designs from her Night and Resort Collections which feature beautiful, clean lines in elegant monochrome colors with touches of feminine mystique.  This look is achieved with luxurious and soigné fabrics such as silk faille, jacquard and taffetta.

Whats not to love?

Take a look. . .

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20 Effortless Ways to Relax

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Listen to music

Take a bath

Relax by a body of water

Watch the stars

Light a candle (or two!)

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Write a letter

Take a deep breath in fresh air

Call a friend

Buy some flowers

Delight in a relaxing scent

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Savour a meal in silence

Take a bike ride through nature

Turn off electronics

Pet a (friendly) furry creature

Examine everyday objects with fresh eyes

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Drive somewhere new

Go to a Farmer’s Market

Engage in small, random act of kindness

Do some gentle stretches

Give thanks

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Why no try an idea today?

Queen Elizabeth II: the epitome of sophistication and style

As The Queen wraps up her Jubilee Celebrations I thought this to be the perfect opportunity to look back over the years in a tribute to Her Majesty’s ever-glamorous style and regal sophistication.  From a young princess to becoming the Queen of England she has proven that good grace and a sense of elegance never go out of style.

“I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”
– Queen Elizabeth

To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?
– Queen Elizabeth II

“The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.”
– Queen Elizabeth II
“Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.”
– Queen Elizabeth II

“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”
– from the Queen’s Christmas message in 2008