Sunday, September 9, 2012

Ways to Add a Bit of Glamour into Your Life

Got this list from Live the Charmed Life and there were around 100 on the list, so I modified it and made a few notes. I love how most of the tips doesn't even require spending, it's more on the mindset and how you carry yourself. Glamour need not equate to luxury. Enjoy!!!
1. Dress up more often…for work, for play or just for running errands
2. Maintain your manicure and pedicure
3. Emphasize your best feature, and play down any flaws
4. Pin up your hair, pour yourself some Champagne and hop in to a bubble bath
5. Wear a head scarf and big, dark sunglasses a la Grace Kelly
6. Have a Kir Royale before dinner
7. Share far less personal information, and always leave a bit of mystery
8. Save for a holiday in the Seychelles (or Maldives or Turks and Caicos)
9. Have your next small dinner party catered by an up and coming chef
10. Be fluent in one of the romance languages
11. Hold your head high, and walk with confidence
12. Have dozens and dozens of roses in your home, especially on your nightstand
13. Be sure your bedroom is the most glamourous room in your home
14. Enjoy Champagne brunch more often (or a mimosa or a bellini which are tdf at brunch)
15. Throw a masquerade party
16. Dress to the nines for your next date…hair, make-up, glamourous dress and sky-high heels…just make sure to tell him, so that he can suit up, too
17. Say less about that nasty cold, and say more about the latest book you’ve read
18. Attend an art gallery opening
19. Become a sparkling conversationalist or…
20. If you’re shy, say very little at all
21. Never make excuses, and forget being down to earth
22. Wear more updos
23. Live in Paris for a year (or Italy or somewhere that you can get drunk with too much culture)
24. Wear your hair in Veronica Lake waves
25. Two words: red lipstick
26. Wear ballet flats to and from Pilates, rather than trainers
27. Take a little bit more time to do your hair and make-up each day
28. Read Vogue
29. Wear lovely lingerie to bed
30. Have coffee and/or breakfast in bed more often
31. Avoid gossiping…it gives off the appearance of your own life being dull and uninteresting
32. Write love letters to your significant other
33. Fill your life with so many fascinating things that there’s no room for complaining
34. Stay on top of fashion and style, no matter what your budget
35. Make the effort to be more interesting
36. Cultivate friendships with other interesting people
37. Use a lower tone of voice
38. Whisper
39. Keep others’ confidence
40. Study art and Italian in Rome on an upcoming holiday
41. Take an architecture tour in Chicago
42. Dress up and go shopping 
43. Throw a black-tie Oscar party at your home
44. Invest in some drop dead gorgeous costume jewelry
45. Do not travel light (though I don't totally agree with this one)
46. Find a talented personal shopper at your favourite department store…they can help you choose an impeccable wardrobe, and stretch your fashion budget
47. Leave the words ‘cute’ and ‘comfortable’ out of your wardrobe
48. Learn to make a Manhattan (I don't do well with vermouth, so maybe another liquor of choice?)
49. Remember that glamour has more to do with attitude and style, than it does with beauty
50. Be happy in your own skin
51. Have dinner at that one place where you think is a bit on the higher end
52. Never discuss diets, no matter how closely you’re watching what you eat
53. Arrive 5 minutes late
54. Eat dinner after 8pm
55. Dine alone
56. Donate and volunteer for a worthy cause
57. Choose a glamorous icon and fashion your style after theirs
58. Dress well to travel
59. Invest in quality leather luggage that will last a lifetime, and grow more worn and stylish with age
60. Wear vintage clip-on earrings
61. Be a bit more Holly Golightly
62. Be a bit more Rita Hayworth
63. Be a bit more Salma Hayak
64. Cultivate a taste for caviar
65. And espresso
66. Learn to dance the Merengue or the Tango
67. Get married in Venice
68. Rent a Vespa (one of the many things that I haven't done while in Europe. i was scarred for life with what happened to me in Ibiza)
69. Don’t discuss the weather, unless it’s the weather in an exotic location
70. Have a glass of wine and antipasto for dinner
71. Wear Lululemon clothes to workout, rather than old sweats
72. Move to Manhattan (i wish)
73. Be a student of both art and fashion history
74. Have an eclectic and creative circle of friends
75. Spend Christmas in the West Indies (or somewhere exotic and tropical which can even be somewhere in the Philippines)
76. Avoid being provincial, and be curious and open-minded instead
77. Let a black sheath dress, beige trench and black stilettos be your uniform
78. Read Esquire to get the men’s perspective on substance and style
79. Pack a luxury picnic
80. Wear a lovely day dress and peep toe pumps when you tour
81. Avoid appearing stressed, overworked or overwhelmed
83. Experience the markets of Marrakesh
84. Fly first class
85. Take the Eurostar
86. Take the Orient Express
87. Take in Fashion Week
88. Retire to the French countryside…
89. Visit Russia
90. Wear a sundress, sandals, hair scarf and sunglasses for sightseeing
91. Always remember that glamour requires engagement and effort
92. Marry someone with both style and substance, who loves to travel and who makes you laugh.

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