It’s been an eternity since I last posted and, as always, that was not my intent. After the wonderful experience in Houston with the book signing the divine Marsha Harris arranged, I had only three days left in Chicago and the time flew by. Instead of writing I was reading non-stop to Ella. So, please forgive me.
For the book signing, Marsha asked me to write a little something about how to remain Forever Chic, this is what I wrote:
Chic is almost always defined by two words: Style and Elegance.
For the French however, chic is much more than those two words — and thankfully so.
Consider these: Allure, presence, graciousness, sophistication, agreeableness, kindness. . . and suddenly the coveted adjective becomes infinitely more interesting.
In view of the complete definition, here are 15 ways to remain Forever Chic:
- Simplicity reigns above all else. Less is always more: less fuss, less makeup, simple hairstyle, fewer accessories.
- Though effort is involved when presenting a chic façade, the result must appear natural, seemingly effortless.
- Serious maintenance is essential. One must allocate time and money to personal upkeep. (We are our own best investments.)
- A chic woman understands the difference between fashion and style. She knows how to use fashion to enhance her style.
- Age is irrelevant. In fact, it’s probably impossible to be chic when one is very young.
- Every day is an occasion; one must be prepared and dress for the possibility of a serendipitous encounter.
- Always wear perfume.
- Poise and charm are ageless. Both can be cultivated.
- Posture: Head held high, shoulders back, sit tall, stand tall, walk tall. Perfect posture conveys a message of confidence. Confidence is irresistible.
- What is pleasing to the eye is uplifting to the spirit. And, what is nourishing for the spirit is what brings joy to life.
- True elegance is based upon informed intelligence, quick wit and politesse.
- It is unacceptable to be banal; one must be capable of participating in interesting conversation. Conversation involves as much listening as speaking.
- Impeccable manners are de rigueur.
- Kindness elicits kindness.
- Occasionally one hears a French person exclaim, “Chic!” as an interjection of pleasure or enthusiasm. One must be enthusiastic about life, cultivate la joie de vivre.
Please share your ideas.