Your Chance to Vote!

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Without you, my dear readers – the blog would be virtually non-existent.  What would be the usefulness of writing a blog if no one cared to read it? So, I’ve been thinking…

Content Overhaul

With the revamp of Grace & Poise commencing in September of this year I hope to be able not only to give the design of the blog an (much needed) overhaul but I’m also looking ahead to how I can improve the content of this blog.

So… I need your thoughts!  What would you like to see on Grace & Poise?  Is there a specific category you enjoy reading more than others?  How do you think the content can be improved?

Grace & Poise on YouTube?

Over time, I’ve had several readers contact me requesting I create a YouTube channel for more of a practical, face-to-face approach.  If you think that’s what you’d like to watch – vote below!

Etiquette

If you’d like to see more ‘how-to’ etiquette articles like this or this – let us know below!

Words of Wisdom

Do you love our monthly Words of Wisdom column?  We’d like to know your thoughts!

Fashion/Style

Keen to see more fashion/style related posts like this one or maybe this one?

Have your say below…

Merci!

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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6 Shoe Classics Every Woman Should Own

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“For women, shoes are the most important. Good shoes take you good places.”
― Seo Min Hyun

It has been famously said: “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she will conquer the world.”  The ideal pair of shoes, coupled with an stylish outfit can bring an ensemble together with perfection.  Not only does a pair of shoes complete an outfit but it provides the wearer to step out with a more confident image.  Here we look at the six classic shoes that every woman should have in her wardrobe.   These pieces are what I’d call the staples: the ever-stylish shoe that remains in your wardrobe whatever the current fashions may dictate.

The ballet flat.

Where would we be without the flat?  Perfect for a casual stroll down the market on the weekend, perfect for an elegant evening on the town.  Perfect for almost every event life throws at you! One of the great things I love about the flat is that it never goes out of style and comes in almost every colour, shape and design there is to suit your personal taste! Don’t let this key wardrobe item go amiss!

The nude heel.

Upon acquiring my first pair of nude heels for a wedding over a year ago, I now wonder what I ever did without them!  Ideal for the office, a formal affair such as a wedding or on a stylish date.  Ironically enough, after I made my purchase, I noted nude heels were all the rage due to being Kate Middleton’s fravourited items at the time.  I now know why!

The black pump.

Despite my fondness of nude pumps, I still commend a stylish pair of black heels.  There are a small number of colours in my wardrobe that don’t match with the nude colour (grey for example) and this is where I always go back to your trusty black heels.

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A tall winter boot.

In winter boots are a must!  Practical and stylish for a working girl’s wardrobe or casual enough for the weekend’s shopping mosey.  I suggest a black colour as it always looks stylish and can be kept in top condition with a regular polish.  Other colours and shades tend to slip in and out of trend easily.  For instance, one year it will be glazed look, next year it will be distressed, tan or chocolate brown.  So invest in a black pair and they’ll reward you by always looking classy and will style easily with most outfits.

The strappy summer sandal.

I admit, sometimes in summer the ballet flat needs a holiday.  This is where a trendy sandal can take its place.  Unlike heels, boots and flats I don’t spend an excessive amount on sandals since they most probably get the worst treatment. (think: beach, park, camping).  This is where you can splash out a choose something colourful and embellished.

The outdoor shoe(s): runners and flip-flops.

Only a few of use can tip-toe around in Christian Louboutin heels all week, which opens up an opportunity to add a few outdoor shoe classics to the wardrobe. An elegant, stylish woman is bound to have a regular exercise routine and this is where the runners come in to play.  Investing in a comfortable, durable pair of runners can become an extra motivation to keep up with your exercise regimen.

Yes, flip-flops may be an unexpected necessary to a lady’s closet.  The beach or spa is no place to be tippy-toeing around in your best.  Pull out the flip-flops!  As a disclaimer, I don’t believe flip-flops should be worn outside of the beach/spa surroundings, (such as the office!)  Keep a pair of nice summer sandals handy when outside of such areas.

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Introducing the Elegance Round-up

Across the globe, literally in every corner there women who possess an impeccable sense of style and elude incredible elegance.

Today I’m introducing a lovely new column, the Elegance Round-up!

If you share a love for stylish, elegant bursts of couture inspiration keep your eyes peeled for this new column!

It should also be noted that the ideas presented would not be a reflection of the individual but simply a reflection of the elegance and style presented.

Starting 2010 with Style

A New Chapter Begins...

“The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.”

As a New Year falls upon us, it provides us with a perfect opportunity to review our past year?  What goals have we accomplished?  What areas in our personal life do we need to work on?  How could we improve on family relationships and boost our friendships?  Does our wardrobe needs some refreshing or reorganizing?

Reorganize Your Life!
Ah yes, how simple does that seem!  Don’t be discouraged however, take a moment or two to write down a simple itinery of your day.  For example, your waking time in the morning and retiring at night, meal times, set aside times for regular exercise and quality family time.  I’ve personally found that if I’m struggling to have enough hours in my day, getting up an hour or so earlier in the morning makes such a difference! If your not naturally a ‘morning person’ give yourself some time to wake up, have a glass of water, and spend a few minuets mapping out your day.  Oftentimes, we find it hard to get up in the morning because we’re going to bed so late!  It’s is said that one hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after, so it’s important to get to be at a reasonable time.

Are you trying to shed those few pounds that have crept up on you through the year? Remember diets don’t generally work, lifestyle changes are what you need.  Why not rally your friends together to power-walk once or twice a week.  Exercise can sometimes become boring if you do it alone, so company is always appreciated and it’s a healthy and free!

Refresh your wardrobe!
Go through your wardrobe, toss out the items that have lost their shape or elastic. Double check your socks and pantyhose for holes or ladders.  Do you have some clothes that are past there used-by-date?  Go over your shoes, even your outdoorsy ones – get them into some sudsy water on a sunny day and give them a good scrub.
It’s around this time that many shops are getting rid of last years fashion.  Go though your wardrobe and see if you need to update any items.  Jot down what you need on a list and take it with you when you go shopping.  That way you won’t overspend and you’ll get what you really need.

Reconnect with loved ones!
Over the year, it’s too easy to get way-laid with work and personal commitments.  Have you a friend who has been left by the wayside?  Now is the perfect occasion to re-connect with those loved ones.  Why not jot down a little note on some pretty paper and send it through the ‘old-fashioned’ snail mail?  What a surprise they will get!

If you’re on Facebook, go through your ‘friends list’ and write a note to someone who may need encouraging or a old classmate you haven’t kept in touch with.

Do you have an old girlfriend who is going through a hard time?  Why not organize a day out in the city, sightseeing a free art-gallery or take a picnic lunch to the botanical gardens?  It’s inexpensive and you’ll both enjoy the time together!

Give, Give, Give
There is a quotation that says “The capacity to care is the thing that gives life its deepest meaning and significance. ” by that I’ve made my life motto.  We all know that when we give to others, we receive the greatest blessing!  The most unhappy people are those that only think of themselves.

This year why not make a purpose to to lend either your hands or time to make the lives of others a little more bright.   Volunteer you’re services to you’re local community at fundraising events.  It’s a great way to get involved in your community and get to meet individuals from different walks of life.  It’s a proven fact that volunteers live longer!

Learn to Forgive
Let’s face it: we all make mistakes.  And to live a stress-free, happy life we must learn to forgive.  Forgiving is an essential quality to have in life.  I’m sure we have all witnessed at one stage of our life when someone doesn’t forgive. It does not produce happiness or health but it eats you away and makes you a miserable person.  I’ve also found leaning to forgive someone even when they don’t come to you and ask for your forgiveness is an equally essential character trait to have.  It’s important to learn how to forgive and not hold a grudge against the person who has wrong you, will make your life much happier! An old proverb says “The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget.”