Elegance in Art

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Watercolour + real petals = absolutely perfection.

As soon as I had laid eyes on these gorgeous pieces by Limzy Zhi Wei – I was stunned! 

Limzy is an Malaysian artist, based in Singapore finds her inspiration  from what surrounds her in everyday life to create these beautiful designs.

Scroll below to see more of her beautiful creations!

Limzy is also known for her #instaartmovement

Want to see more of Limzy’s work?

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Full Feminine Skirts

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There is something incredibly feminine and graceful about a full skirt.  When I brought my first recently, I (almost) drifted back to my girlhood years when I used to delightfully spin around and watch the pleats flair outwards.  I am so excited to see that full-skirts are right on trend at the moment and are popping up in stores all across town in a plethora of gorgeous summery shades and patterns.  Not only is this silhouette perfect for summer but a great trend to carry through winter with a knit top and a pair of heels.

Below is a collection of gorgeous styles and colours to get you inspired!

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Hurrah! Sleeves are Back!

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After bowing to pressure from the public, British fashion brand M&S has promised customers that 90% of their dresses in their fall collection will feature both 1/2 and 3/4 length sleeves.  If you’re like me, you might be thinking its time for a fresh, few fashion look in the sleeves department.  Perhaps its finally time to finally toss the strapless/sleeveless look!

The chain’s new style director has made a new pledge to customers: “‘You told us you wanted dresses with sleeves, so for autumn 90per cent will have sleeves. I can personally promise that I mean real sleeves, full, three-quarters and half.” This promise came after customers criticized the brand of the dominance of unflattering sleeveless and cap-sleeve dresses.

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The new collection will feature bright pops of colour and longer hemlines with a greater use of wool, silk and cashmere fabrics.

I have a suspicion that M&S won’t be the only fashion label to bring sleeves back… Just take a peek at our latest fashion raves for a subtle hint.

Alice Temperley: Resort 2014 Collection

Carolina Herrera Collections

What do you think?  Is it time for sleeves to make a comeback?

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Your Votes Revealed!

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A special thanks to all my lovely viewers and readers who have voted and sent in your thoughts about what you’d like to see featured more frequently on Grace & Poise and also for your suggestions on how to improve the content on this blog.  Within just seven days we had over 250 votes come in: many of which were your own personal ideas that you’ll see featured in the upcoming posts – keep eyes peeled!

Your Votes:

The Etiquette column featuring up-to-date advice on manners and common courtesy  received maximum votes.

The Motivational/Inspirational column was the runner-up.  Primarily our monthly, Words of Wisdom and the ‘Today’s Reminder‘ updates posted daily on Facebook and Instagram prove to be popular.  This feature will certainly continue.

How-to fashion/style column/OOTD came third and is a feature which interests me greatly.   Along with suggestions of commencing a new column featuring my personal style (OOTD) I look forward to creating a new addition to Grace and Poise.

Youtube.  Second-to-last votes went to creating a YouTube channel.  While this is something that I would love to do and I realise that many of you have voted that you’d like to see this feature I recognised that at this point in time it will have to be put on the back-burner.

Frequency in posting was what many of you voted for.  It is definatly something that I would like to improve on and I’ll promise to do my best a featuring posts more regulary.  However, due to work and study commitments I can’t make any great promises.

Other Requests:

Along with the suggested votes, many of you wrote your own suggestions and requests.  A special note of thanks to those who sent in their personal requests such as:

  • How-to improve manners
  • Personal posts – we’d like to get to know you better
  • On the topic of Gentlemen
  • The articles on femininity is a favourite
  • More unique posts
  • Finding the balance between being dignified vs. fun
  • How to be witty in a lady-like manner
  • Feature more celebrity/movie characters/book character examples
  • Advice on how to deal with flirts and annoying people
  • How physical should you be with male friends?
  • Classiness in different styles: like bohemian/trendy/ romantic
  • What does good humor look like?

Whilst this poll officially closes today, a new one opens which will remain open for the duration of the blog as a window for new readers to share their thoughts on what they would like to see featured on this blog and share their comments and make suggestions.  The poll will be displayed on the right column of this blog for future suggestions.

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Princess Mary: the World’s Most Stylish Royal

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In a recent survey conducted by Hello! magazine, Denmark’s Crown Princess was voted the world’s most stylish royal.  The stakes were high with competition being the popular Duchess of Cambridge who came second and Queen Rania of Jordan who came third.

So what makes Mary the most stylish dresser of all?

Princess Mary style reflects a genuine and passionate interest in the international fashion scene, in choosing pieces from local Danish designers to attending some of the leading designer’s fashion shows during the annual Copehagen fashion weeks often with her personal stylist, Anja Camilla Alajdi.

Mary is a master at transformation: from an average Danish woman riding her bicycle along Copenhagen’s cobblestone streets for an evening out to an international style icon.  In December, 2004 the Crown Princess spoke to Vogue where she said, “It is important that I look smart and elegant and appropratly dressed for every occasion.  I’m still developing my style to fit in with my new role.” During the 9 years since that interview, there is no doubt that the Princess has clearly defined what works for her in both style and wardrobe. But through each phase, one factor never changes: her inner glow that makes each ensemble look natural, relevant and completely individual.

What characteristics make Mary’s style stand out as an icon for so many women?

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Understated elegance.  Mary understands that great style emerges from dressing simply and avoiding unnecessary adornments.  Mary’s simple style often reflects a well-known look with the addition of a small personal detail to enhance it and make it her own.  Often paring a simple linen shift dress that is close to being out-of-date with a beautiful cashmere top lifts the look from plain to chic.  With help from her stylist, Mary has managed to strike a clear style by combining elements such as a coloured belt tied at the waist, pointy shoes and wide-brimmed hats.  These are all small elements which creates an icon: the ability to make people recognise a style through small, personal detail to enhance it and make it her own.

Expensive with the common.  Whilst Mary maintains her unpretentious charm her wardrobe has bestowed touches of the unattainable.  Mixing exclusive pieces with common accessories, Mary has created a clever and subtle mix of everyday fashion with regal eminence that makes her a style icon for women everywhere.

Inspiring design.   The poll showed that 68% of respondents found Princess Mary’s style ‘inspiring’ and much like the Dutchess of Cambridge there are several style blogs that are purely dedicated to tracking her her every sartorial move, providing information on what she wears and where to get it. (See links below)

Experimental style. There is no doubt Mary loves to mix and match fashion.  Over the years Mary has shown us how to combine a ladylike look with the latest fashion trends.  Not afraid to experiment with bold colours, prints and different styles, Mary has often displayed a sense of adventure when it comes to fashion.

Pairing is crucial.  A key element in Princess Mary’s put-together look is the key element that she keeps her assessories minimal and pair with each other.  This look, from her visit in Washington is a perfect example: handbag, heels and hat are all perfectly matching.  This provides the look to be ‘pulled-together’ from head to toe.  When wearing lighter colours, pair accessories in more earthy tones.  Wearing darker colours gives one the opportunity to experiment a little more.

Know your style. Knowing your style is knowing yourself – your character and your personality.  What are your natural colours and advantages?  Time and time again Mary has proved that she knows exactly who she is and is able to focus and enhance precisely what she wishes to enhance.

The final touches. As a natural innovator of royal fashion, Mary has remained faithful to wearing a hat when on royal duty.  Often assisted by her fravourite milliner, Susanne Juul, Mary has created a collection of stylish hats that resemble her modern yet elegant wardrobe.  One particular characteristic of Mary’s style, as previously mentioned, is her way of carrying through a complete look.  She always shows perfect attention to detail from head to toe and a hat adds the finishing touch.  Unfortunately, the general use of hats is a dying fashion but Mary understands that nothing gives more style and a touch of pizazz to an outfit than a beautiful headdress.

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Poll Results:

1. Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark – 68 per cent

2. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – 67 per cent

3. Queen Rania of Jordan – 61 per cent

4. Letizia, Princess of Asturias – 59 per cent

5. Madeleine, Princess of Sweden – 56 per cent

6. Charlene, Princess of Monaco – 52 per cent

7. Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden – 47 per cent

8. Zara Philips – 45 per cent

9. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands – 38 per cent

10. Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway – 33 per cent

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Follow Mary’s Fashion:

Style of Mary Blog

Royal Outfits of CPM Blog

Princess Mary Style Blog

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