Thursday, August 19, 2010

100 Free Ways to Add a little style to your life....

66. Have efficient routines for getting ready and out the door; also for shopping and tending to details of life; know what looks good on you so you can spot it in an instant -- whether it's in your closet or in a store. It's fun to play with our looks and also to learn what we can about taking care of ourselves as we move through the stages of life. We also like to take extra time getting ready for special occasions. However, for daily life, we need routines and organizations that can help us present ourselves well quickly and, then, to get on with the more important things of life.

67. The signature -- one way of thinking about style is to have a signature. This can be a signature scent, a signature fashion silhouette a signature fashion personality (ladylike, romantic, boho, sporty, dramatic, etc.) a signature piece or type of jewelry; a favorite flower; a stamp that you use on notes; personal stationary. Some women don't like signature statements because they enjoy change too much to settle on one thing. Others, however, enjoy developing signature style. As long as you don't let your signature become a rut, have fun with it. You can keep a signature fresh by thinking about what the essence of your signature is and choosing new things that have that same essence once in a while. For example, if your signature is beautiful long hair, update the way it's cut now and again.

58. Set out to really love at least 12 close people in your life, including your spouse and children and a few close friends of different ages. Enjoy spontaneous moments with them, but also be intentional. Pray and think about these people and what they need.

68. If you get the sudden urge to make a drastic change to your hair, wait for a few days before acting on it. The great thing about hair is that whatever you do to it, it will grow back. However, the process may take a while. Make sure it's what you really want to do and not a whim.

69. Think doubly hard before cutting your hair short. We women are conditioned to believe that after a certain age, even as young as twenty-one, we should cut our hair short. We also think that short hair will be easier to keep when we enter the years of child-rearing and other responsibilities. Men do not think this way, however. Many a man is disappointed when his wife cuts her hair right after marriage or right after having a first child.

If we think about it, that's not so strange. After all, our hair is one of the most powerful symbols of our femininity. In earlier eras, it was considered a woman's crowning glory. It was not until the 1920's, when film stars cut their hair to look more youthful under the harsh lights of that era's movie sets, that short hair fads began.

After you give it some thought, you may still opt for a short do. However, at least consider the possibility of having longer and softer looking hair.

70. Fast from media images for a time -- say a month or so. You'll be more comfortable in your own skin if you are not comparing yourself to the images that the media present. It's fine to tune in just long enough to know what's in style, but it's not helpful to imbibe a steady diet of what Madison Avenue and Hollywood deem to be beautiful.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

100 Free Ways to Add a little style to your life....

Fashion is in the clothes; Style is in the wearer.
Hara Estoff Marano

Fashions fade; style lasts forever.
Yves St. Laurent

61. note to self: Acquire temperance: This quality allows you to enjoy pleasures, such as eating, without being done in by them. The person who is temperate in eating will not have to try a myriad of diets or cut out certain foods altogether, because they will moderate their intake.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
Mother Teresa

62. Take an afternoon once in a while to have fun with your looks. Try new hairstyles. Sort through your closet and combine clothes in new ways.

“If you haven't cried, your eyes can't be beautiful.”
Sophia Loren

63. Review clear ways of speaking and writing. All of our tools for instant communication are wonderful. However, in habitually using the informal lingo of Twitter and email, we can become sloppy in our grammar, spelling, and choice of words. We need to keep our language skills in shape in order to communicate effectively in personal conversation and in written letters or documents.

64. Dress so as to highlight you and not your clothes.

65. Be authentic and humble, not pretentious.


100 Free Ways to Add a little style to your life....

Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup. Sara Teasdale

56. Organize from the inside out -- first, the heart and mind, then bedroom, bath, and closet, and then desk and calendar, and so forth. Keep the spaces nearest to you tidy and pleasant. Also, pay attention to your "command centers", the places from which you operate your life. A desk, a kitchen, or even your car could be your "command center", depending on the flow of your daily life.

57. For an instant fashion pick-me-up, polish shoes and purses.

58. Gently use a toothbrush and a bit of mild soap (like Woolite) to whiten lace, lingerie straps, etc.

59. Remember, a stitch in time really does save nine. Tend to spots, loose or broken stitches, loose buttons, pilling as soon as you possibly can.

60. Remember, the bed-head look is hard to pull off, unless you have a perfect and young face and have an entourage of make-up pros and hair stylists following you around. Most of us look better with a neat hair-do. Wavy-haired girls can get away with a little more tousled look, but even that must be artfully done.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, August 9, 2010

100 Free Ways to Add a little style to your life....

51. Learn the forgotten art of saying no to oneself. We're not talking about self-denial for self-denial's sake, but the ability to deny oneself for a greater good. A life well lived takes discipline, of which is judicious self-denial.

I am a spiritual being... After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ.
Max Lucado

52. Make it a practice to be punctual. It's hard to look and feel elegant when you are rushing in at the last moment. Also, if you make the effort, others will appreciate the fact that you respect their time.

53. Clean out your purse and other bags, briefcases, totes, etc., often. I know from not-so- stylish experience that nothing spoils a look like having to dig in a crammed bag for something.

54. Keep your car reasonably neat and clean. This is another lesson from my own experience!

55. Take 1 or 2 minute stretch breaks now and again throughout the day. This is in addition to your usual stretching routine. Short breaks will help your circulation, keep your muscles from knotting up, and, perhaps, keep your spirits high.