Fashion, Lady

How to Own Your Style with Confidence


Even though the idea of discovering your signature style sounds really attractive, one thing is certain – it’s a process that requires a lot of time, energy, and effort, which can be really overwhelming for many women. However, the final results are completely worth it. Defining your style and being confident about it is one of the best possible scenarios, so stay with us if you want to know how to make that happen. Here are some useful tips on how to accomplish that and feel as confident as never before, so check them out.

How to define your personal style?

Defining your personal style isn’t a process that can happen overnight – it can take a lot of time, possibly several years until you’re completely sure that something perfectly fits your personality. We’re sure that so many ladies are still searching for their signature style, and that’s completely fine simply because it requires experimenting and playing with colors, patterns, fabrics, and patterns.

You have to understand that fashion isn’t about obeying the rules, since that certainly won’t help you define your personal style. Instead, you can take those rules as some general guidelines, but it’s totally up to you to decide what to wear and what to skip. This means that you shouldn’t try to keep up with the latest fashion trends at all costs. Of course, if being trendy and fashionable is your cup of tea, you can always include such pieces to your everyday combos, but we’re saying that head-to-toe outfits that blindly follow the latest trends probably aren’t the best possible choice.

Understand your body shape and find signature pieces according to it

The first step towards finding your personal style and being self-confident is understanding your body shape. This step is crucial because you simply need to learn which silhouettes will always look flattering on you, without exceptions. If you still aren’t sure about your body shape, you can use a body shape calculator to find out. Of course, your friends and family can be of great help, since they’ll always be honest when something simply doesn’t fit right or looks silly on you.

Besides that, you can take pictures of the combos you’re trying on, which can help you a lot to spot the pieces and silhouettes you should stick to. When it comes to your signature pieces, it can be literally anything you like – from a pair of killer heels and a designer bag to colorful scarves and interesting brooches. Remember Anna Wintour and her famous sunglasses? That’s what we’re talking about! If you’re more into alternative fashion and some authentic pieces not everyone can wear, you should know that it’s actually a huge plus, since such pieces are truly unique.

This means that you will be noticed no matter what, which will help you stand out even in a crowd of people. One of the all-time favorites when it comes to this style is definitely a signature gothic corset, which was adored and worn by a lot of celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kim Kardashian. Apart from being really fashionable and stylish, this piece will accentuate your waist and make it look even tinier, which is never a bad thing!

It isn’t about the labels, but about your self-confidence

Defining your signature style and elegance is much more than just sticking to particular brands and labels – is more about being self-confident and comfortable while putting together your outfits. As already stated, style is personal and there should be no rules and trends to keep up with. You should follow your heart and know what looks amazing on you, and to stick to those pieces no matter what. Your style comes from within, from knowing exactly who you are and who you want to be, and that’s what makes you different from millions of other girls.

If you think that you’re beautiful, others will see you that way as well. That’s why you should love yourself in the first place, because if you don’t do it, no one else will. Always believe in yourself and you’ll see an instant improvement in your personal style and the way people perceive you. That’s the key to success when it comes to defining your signature style.

As you can see, coming up with your personal style can be a time-consuming process that can’t happen overnight – it takes a lot of time and effort, but it’s completely worth it in the end. Once you accomplish this task you’ll feel much more confident and authentic, which is exactly what counts most!

Written by Amy Mia Goldsmith

Regular contributor to Highstylife.com and Elegantluxelife.com. Contributer to a number of publications including Stuartsays.com, Sifascorner.com, Polishedpolyglot.com, Glitzandglamourmakeup.co.uk

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Dressing Well


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How do you feel about how you look?

Do you feel the need for a new makeover?

Do you feel like you need to put more effort in making yourself look more beautiful?

Beauty is a widely communicated topic world-wide. We have etiquette experts, leading lady’s in focusing on Makeup and Beauty, socialites in every city that talks about being beautiful in magazines, newspapers, articles are everywhere!

For a while now I have been wanting to target on “Dressing Well”. When I lived in Melbourne growing up I wore special dresses on a Sunday morning to church, and for years I wore only dresses on Sunday mornings, NEVER pants – that was Sunday nights. I used to love dressing up, and powdering my face. I didn’t wear makeup till I was about 16. I started with just eyeliner and lipgloss, but when I entered my early twenties I became obsessed with mascara, and eye-shadow, and contouring, etc.

When it comes to dressing, I have always liked lace kind of dresses – white lace or ivory laced dresses are my favourite because it is so effeminate, delicate and charming. I was a Cue enthusiast and people would brand me with that name! My first outfit I ever bought with my first pay in my first job was a CUE jacket and skirt, and I still have it after 10 plus years! I loved that outfit and wore it a lot.

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I think if you have a corporate/administration job working in an office it is important to impress your bosses with the way you present yourself. I once put in a bit of effort and had a compliment from my boss! He said he was impressed! So, if you do work in an office environment it is imperative that you dress appropriately, and refine your look.

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Currently, Cue has a “wear to work” section on their website, and I think it is the best brand out there if you want to have a Corporate look.

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You can pair a classic Black Cigarette Pant with a Georgette Ruffle Front Blouse.

Dresses

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Check out this Black Lace Full Hem Dress for $409. It comes in size 6 to 14. It is made from corded lace, features cap sleeves, a boat neckline and a full tulle skirt. The belt that comes with it is also Rose Gold.

There is also the Textured Lace Funnel Neck Dress for $339 which is a Zip front dress, has a funnel neckline, and a slight A line hem.

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Dressing well involves getting your hair done as well. 

Looking Irresistible involves getting yourself together, and finding the perfect outfit and making yourself look right. If you haven’t seen my post on the brand Irresistible Me, check out the difference of me with my normal hair to wearing the new hair extensions!!! There is such a difference! Making sure you wash your hair at least twice a week, doing a hair treatment or mask once a week and doing a blow wave or straightening your hair is beneficial, and its imperative that you do it regularly if you want to keep yourself well-groomed.

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Now, back to the topic of wardrobe changes, Don’t forget to check out Australia’s In Style Fashion section! There are a few outfits to check out!

One for a Friday night movie:

Shop the look: 1. Equipment shirt, $220; net-a-porter.com 2. Zara sweater, $26; zara.com 3. Jennifer Fisher earrings, $215; barneys.com 4. Adidas sneaker, $100; needsupply.com 5. Adidas pants, $90; adidas.com 6. VOID Watches watch, $155; voidwatches.com 7. Mango bag, $80; mango.com

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A Beyond cozy way to master day to night dressing

Shop the look: 1. Melissa Joy Manning, $165; net-a-porter.com 2. Theory bodysuit, $160; net-a-porter.com 3. G.H. Bass & Co. loafers, $110; ghbass.com 4. Tibi dress, $495; modaoperandi.com 5. Aurelie Bidermann earrings, $320; shopbop.com 6. Mango clutch, $50; mango.com 7. Prada sandals, $1,000; net-a-porter.com

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This is the latest October issue, and in the Style section there is a Coop polyester and cotton dress that can be found on Trelise Cooper’s website.

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Here is a list of websites and style bloggers aiming at  Corporate Fashion Wear:

Closet Affairs Melbourne – Jessica Takla is a corporate fashionista showcasing & blogging about her work wear

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Corporate Fashion on Pinterest – a collation of pictures, and you can find the websites from there!

Pink Peonies – I just stumbled across this fashion blogger blogging about “all things girly”.

This time tomorrow – Most original wear to work looks, Krystal features daily images of her creative office attire. She loves her stilettos, and doesn’t mind pant suits.

9 to 5 Chic – Appropriate for: A corporate setting or a big, important meeting, her clothes can be a BIT pricey for the average girl, sophisticated, classic pieces like trench coats. If you have a meeting with your top boss—look to her for inspiration!

Viva Fashion – Carmen teaches you how to get that latest look of Pippa Middleton, but with affordable items you can find at places like Kohl’s (american department store) which would be like Myer. She also reviews the latest looks from places like Zara and Target, so you don’t have to spend hours browsing the Internet doing it yourself!

For MORE great fashion, beauty and lifestyle tips head on over to Glitter Guide – My mouth is watering over the photo of a Blush Berry Smoothie Bowl!

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Exquisite Emmalisa

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Must Know Fashion Labels


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Recently I was talking to a lady in Merredin who owns a quilting company In2Quilting, and I walked in with my InStyle magazine and had a chat with her. As we got talking, I read out some brands to her, and she knew not of Elie Saab. We both came up with an idea of me recommending brands to those that don’t know of them. Growing up in Melbourne I have walked and shopped everywhere, and I have quite a bit of knowledge when it comes to designer brands.

As I was shopping online on www.matchesfashion.com I came across some Dolce and Gabbana Shoes that I simply adore!!! They have a laced pattern, and are embellished lace pumps. They are $971, a bit pricey but totally worth it!!! They are classy, and would look stunning wherever you are!!! They are a beautiful shoe, and I have added them on my list for when I move back to Melbourne. They will simply catch one’s eye wherever you are.

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The shoes would look great with a Diane Von Furstenburg Zarita Long Dress which is $292, which is quite cheap for a designer brand!!!! It has a lacy look and would match with the shoes above. The colours will go well together, and cream/ivory colours are soft to make you look like a princess.

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To complete the rest of the look, opt for a Bottega Veneta Knot metal mesh clutch. It is mostly elegant, and would make you look a million dollars!!!! The clutch bag is $4,158, which is quite expensive, but if you have the money to splash for a designer brand. Bottega Veneta is the way to go!!!

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What is your favourite shoes to go out in?

What accessory can you use to make you look elegant?

NEW NEUTRALS

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Adorable FASHION Designer Dresses


As we’re getting closer and closer to summer, I have been all online searching summer dresses everywhere!!! I have come across a few favourites but haven’t bought anything yet, as I am organising myself for Melbourne. Just a couple of days away!!! I can’t wait!!! These dresses are added to my list, but while I’m in Melbourne I will probably go crazy with shopping and forget about my list!!! I have listed below a few “summer favourites”, and I hope you like them.

Here is a Spaghetti Strap Floral Print Crop Top and Skirt I found on Zaful. Click on the picture for information and to buy!!! This is a FASHION statement, and is so pretty for the summer.

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A graceful Marchesa Notte dress with metallic embroidery. With Sheer mesh layers of the skirt, and a thin gold belt. Is cap sleeves and lined. It is 100% nylon and $1,259.

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I simply adore and LOVE this Strapless tulle dress by Saint Laurent– It is a part of the RUNWAY Collection and accented with ruffled layers, a flattering bow waistband, and a long dipped hem. This is expensive also, so if it’s a bit pricey for you, check out my favourite store, Forever New. There’s a pretty lace wrap dress called Zena, which is only $159.

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If you have some cash to splash, check out this fashion designer brand dress. It is a Dolce & Gabbana Flower Detail Lace Dress. It is $5,349.

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I recently bought a red lace dress from Forever New that I may post up next week. This is a Valencia Dress found on ShopBop. It has a lattice trim and sheer short sleeves. It is similar to my Forever New dress, but I just LOVE the sleeves!!! Click on the Shop Bop advertisement down below, if you want to shop for this $402 dress.

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The last dress is a bit more cheap at $80, on the Forever New website. It is a one-shoulder floral design in pink, orange and purple. It is called “Eliza“, and is fashionable for daywear, for out and about town. Pair it with some sandals or a bangle, and you’ll look very summery.

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Next week I shall post a photo of my new Forever New dress that I am wearing for my friends engagement party. I recently went all out at Forever New as it has some gorgeous stuff!! For not so expensive, not so cheap dresses, Forever New is the go-to. For a list of the BEST Australian Fashion Designer wear, go to POPSUGAR.

Exquisite Emmalisa

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Elegance, How to be a lady, Lady

How to be a lady


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As I have said before in my “About” page, I have done an elegance course in Etiquette, & Self-Manner. It is important for most women to learn how to conduct themselves in a graceful manner and obtain qualities of self-assurance, and self-confidence. I recently bought two books that have helped me gain confidence no matter what the situation is. If you would like to buy material on being a lady I recommend “A guide to Elegance” by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, and “How to be a lady” by Candace Simpson-Giles. They are my “go-to” and “how-to” books on living with an elegant style. Information on elegance is endless, but sometimes you have to pay to do a course and the information I can give is totally free. I have written down notes from the course that I did, and the books I have listed are also on my Instagram page. The purpose of an etiquette course is to teach young women to conduct themselves in dignity, character and poise. I even learnt this from watching a “Barbie” movie!!!

I am going to start with the “Mindset of a lady”

Firstly, I would like to say that “a woman becomes a lady through training, self-awareness, and a lot of love”.

The beauty of becoming a lady is a timeless thing. Much is to be learnt, and when it comes to training I think the best thing to do is look up on elocution tutorials on YouTube. I came across quite a few lessons, and they teach you how to speak well, and how to present yourself in a proper way. A great film to watch is “My fair Lady” with Audrey Hepburn. It is amazing to see the change in presentation and speech so dramatically.

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A lady is someone who has found the true essence of what it is to be a woman. My favourite website is http://www.elegantwoman.org. There are HEAPS of articles on elegance, how to be lovely, etc and they have the right information you need. They also do courses, if that’s what you want to do.

Your opinions and experiences affect all that you do. How you accept life comes across in your attitude, and the mind of a lady will show.

Consider this, a lady embraces the truth of WHO she is and lives her life with strength and conviction in the knowledge that a lady is a magnificent being of charm, beauty and class.

A lady defines what is sensitive, delicate, kind, beautiful and cultured.

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Being in tune with beauty does not mean being weak and ineffectual. True beauty comes from within, and what’s in your heart will always show to others.

Just as a diamond reflects such sparkle and beauty, yet is one of the hardest stones, equally a lady can exude feminine beauty whilst remaining strong. The best and my most favourite TV show that exemplifies “ladies” is the much loved series, Downton Abbey. Watch this, as it will help you talk like a lady.

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The way that a lady thinks and feels about herself is crucial. It always comes across in conversation, and I have understood this from experience. If you have a positive attitude and mindset, it will radiate and come across in your personality, and people LOVE that!!!! Read books by Georgette Heyer, Julie Klassen or Stephanie Laurens. It will help you widen your vocabulary.

Your love and care for yourself radiates outwards to all those that you come into contact with.

“Know yourself, and love yourself” are indeed important mantras for every lady.

Ask yourself:

Why do you WANT to be a lady?

Have you ever felt less than a lady?

Also, what aspects of being a lady are important to you?

Exquisite Emmalisa

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If you want to do a course, I recommend Etiquette and Co, They do a two day refinement package, and I am pretty sure they are held in Sydney. If you live in Melbourne, go to Tanya Powell Modelling Agency. They are great, and such friendly people.

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Also, Go to How to be a classy lady article to improve yourself in personal grooming and dressing well. It has great highlights on improving posture, hygiene and dressing elegantly.

One book I have is “How to be lovely“. It has quotes by Audrey Hepburn, and is a great light read. Add this to your “elegant book collection”, and you will be well on your way to being a loveable woman admired by most people you meet!!

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How to look like a Melbourne Lady: Accessorise


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This is my second blog and I think I’m starting to enjoy this! I recommend to any girl that needs to clear her head and put their mind to some use, or are even getting bored with their life should start doing it. It is enlightening and after doing just one blog I feel a sense of fulfillment and achievement. It was something I desired to do but was feeling a little intimidated as there are sooo many bloggers out there!!! From girls in London, New York, etc, there are alot of amazing women out there that are intellectual and share unique information that I thought I probably don’t have anything to share but EVERYONE has something to share. I’m a believer of Personal Development. Do a course. Learn something new. There is so much to do. I am amazed at women who write books. I personally think you have to have an amazing mind to come up with stories and information. It’s not easy. Although, I have heard on the other hand anyone can write a book. I have started one myself and am looking forward to coming up with a story that I do not know about yet!! It’s a fiction book and I’ve started the first chapter and onto the next!  For a good story, and if you like fiction, I recommend The Governess of Highland Hall. It is by Carrie Turansky and you will find a picture of the book on my Instagram page. It is a stunning read and if you’re suffering withdrawal symptoms from Downton Abbey, it is a must read. So easy to read and yet, stunning.

This blog was meant to be about wearing white but I have gone on a tangent!!!

Moving on, if you need new heels I totally recommend these leather heels from the Wittner Store. Go to http://www.wittner.com.au. They are $179.95. Pair it with a Swarovski leather stainless-steel and crystal watch for $499 and go to www.swarovski.com to buy it. It will sparkle against your skin and make you look dazzling, and then buy a Karen Millen leather bag on the Karen Millen website.

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This is a simple, elegant handbag that is sure to grab any girls attention. You will be on your way to looking pristine and amazingly gorgeous. These accessories would look great for an office outfit or even if you are just walking the streets of Melbourne. It will make you look like a “Melbourne Lady”.

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LOVE

Exquisite Emmalisa