There's far more to living a truly stylish life than the brand of jacket you wear or the price tag on your shoes. With the new year dawning and resolutions being made, why not keep these tips in mind for a particularly stylish 2017.
MIND & BODY:
When you think of truly stylish women, they all have one thing in common; they don't lose their heads over little things (or even big things) and deal with situations with style and grace. Taking adequate care of your mind ensures you're able to live in a state of happiness, see the good every day and have the mental capacity to deal with issues when they arise. With our busy day to day lives it's easy to let this aspect of our health slide when you're working long hours, bottling up stress and not taking enough time to be still, silent and reflect. However if you consider your mental health as vital as your physical health (which it certainly is), it becomes easier to prioritise time for you brain.
Download a free app like Daily Yoga and each day set aside however much time you can afford, to stop, stretch, meditate and most importantly connect with your inner self. Daily Yoga has sessions that last from as little as 10 minutes, up to an hour and allow you to tailor your session to what you're in need of, whether that is to de-stress, improve flexibility or encourage weight loss.
Another important aspect of taking care of your mental health is to spend time on hobbies you enjoy. Whether it's joining tennis or dance lessons, going to the movies every cheap Tuesday or even cooking delicious meals, making sure you give yourself a strong work/life balance will lead to a far happier and healthier life.
From personal experience I can testify that when I regularly practice even the shortest yoga/meditation sessions and ensure I leave work on time so I can enjoy other aspects of my life, my mind is far sharper, I'm more creative and most importantly I feel generally happier. Make it your 2017 resolution to take at least 10 minutes a day to clear your mind and at least once a week indulge in an activity that makes your heart sing.
A new favourite pass-time of mine is certainly interior styling. My Pinterest and Instagram accounts are now full of perfect living rooms, to-die-for desks and everything in between. Your home should be something you are proud of and a place you enjoy bringing family and friends over to. By creating a mood board (or Pinterest board) of the themes and styles you desire in your home, you can carefully curate a look that suits your personality and that of your home. From this you can then look through stores like By Design, Pillow Talk and Freedom for the pieces you've be lusting over to create a home just as stylish as you are!
I could go on for years about the elements you should have in your wardrobe and what specific items give off an ultra chic vibe but you can read about that, here. What I will say is that when living a stylish life, never underestimate the power of your undergarments. Not only will ill-fitting garments show through like neon beams, you'd be surprised how much impact they can have on your overall confidence.
When you put on a brand new set from Honey Birdette, there is no man or woman that can stand in your way! Knowing you've got a gorgeous set of lingerie on underneath your clothing is your own little secret but something everyone will notice all over your face. Just like popping on a pair of high heels, wearing beautiful underwear will change the way you stand, sit and feel, making you instantly appear more stylish.
Give it a try and see the difference for yourself. I guarantee you will feel more beautiful, sexy, confident, stylish and ready to take on the world.
Finally, the finishing details are what will make or break you when it comes to a stylish life! Skin, hair and nails simply must be cared for constantly. Head to your local Ella Bache and speak to one of their experts about a skincare regime that will work for your skin. Glowing skin will undoubtedly make you feel more beautiful now, but it's also an investment in the future, unless you enjoy that leather handbag look of course.. A weekly face mask has recently been added to my regime and I can't sing it's praises high enough! My skin is clearer and glowing more than ever before.
Also speak to your hairdresser about what kinds of products you should be using on your hair. As a blonde, I have to be very careful to not further damage my hair with unsuitable products and regularly use treatments to keep my hair from splitting and becoming unsightly at the ends.
When it comes to your nails you don't have to be booked in to the salon every fortnight and spend a fortune on manicures and shellac, just ensure they are neatly cut and filed and make use of gel polishes like those from Sally Hanson or quality polishes from Natio or Essie for a salon finish at home.
I wish you all a very merry Christmas surrounded by your nearest and dearest and of course a very stylish 2017!
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