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"To be beautiful is the birthright of every woman."
This tip comes Elizabeth Arden, one of the women credited with putting makeup "on the map."
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|Dear Friends, |
I've been having a lot of fun with new clients in the last
few months. I love the moment when they "get it" - when we've pinpointed The
Real You. Everyone - and I really mean everyone - can look their best and find
The Real You by being true to themselves and their look. That means you too!
But how do you find The Real You? I have invested years in
exploring this question, with myself as well as with dozens of clients. I
thought I'd take this month's letter to focus on one of the most important
elements of The Real You:
Only Buy What You Love
At face value, this appears to be a straightforward, simple
concept - and once you've really learned it, it is easy to apply. However,
getting there can be tough. Think about it - in order to follow this guideline,
we have to unlearn years of behavior.
We buy things because we think we should. We buy things
because they're the current fashion. We buy things because they're on sale, or
it's a "good deal." I can't be clear enough, especially on this last point: it
doesn't matter if it's cheap or expensive - if you don't love it, it's a waste
Practice Makes Perfect
Once you've grasped the concept of "only buy what you love"
you'll find lots of ways to practice it - not just with clothing or accessories
but throughout your life.
For example, I was at Target the other day, and wandering
through the home decor aisle I glimpsed (what I thought was) a great Buddha. It
was so peaceful looking and even held a candle. I really like Buddhas. I'm not
Buddhist but I enjoy the serenity of their faces and I have several in my house
and a large one in my office.
When I picked up this Buddha, it was actually plastic and
upon closer inspection, cheap looking. My "only buy what you love" instinct
kicked in. Maybe it was a good deal, maybe it was easy because it was right
there, maybe it's something I enjoy in other forms, but with this particular
item - I knew I didn't love it. So I walked away and was glad that I did.
Open Your Mind to Change
In order to really take "only buy what you love" to heart,
first you must embrace the idea of change. It's a major mental shift to start
tapping into the core of yourself to decide whether you really love something
or not, instead of buying on auto-pilot. Perhaps it's even more of a shift to
give yourself permission to not settle for less than what you love.
So when you start looking around for fall clothes, keep this
simple idea in mind: "Do I love this?" If not, move along. The perfect thing
could be right around the corner.
|A Year in High Heels: The Girl's Guide to Everything from Jane Austen to the A-list|
A Year in High Heels This book is a fun and interesting history of yes, almost everything. It's in calendar form, and each day has an interesting tidbit. Did you know the doughnut was created on June 22, 1947? Or that the original Mary Jane (for whom
the shoe was named) was the sister of Buster Brown (another shoe reference) in a comic book series? If you like fashion mixed with trivia, this book is for you.
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