TIP OF THE DAY NO. 67 – CASUAL OR DRESSY?

TIP NO, 67 – CASUAL OR DRESSY?

In the days of our grandmothers, there were definite guidelines about what type of dress to wear for an occasion. And if you read stories set at the turn of the century, you may run across day dresses (or even morning dresses). carriage dresses, riding dresses, dresses for receiving callers, and so on.

In our days the distinctions have been narrowed to: casual, formal, and everything goes. But the reality is not so simple. Often when one asks for the dress code, the answer is , “Oh. you know just dress casual.” Since this word is interpreted in so many ways, you may see party-goers in everything from jeans and sweatshirt to a trouser suit with a satin blouse.

CASUAL means an attire that is comfortable, not contrived,  a look that does not say ‘dressed up.’ But it does not mean sloppy, nonchalant, or unattractive. You can be casual in a nice pair of pants, a silk blouse, and a leather jacket, or in a cotton dress with sandals and a straw hat.

If you tell me ‘but I want to be comfortable’ – please don’t use this as an excuse not to make an effort and look your best.

See you tomorrow

    scan0004-2             Brigitte

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 63 – GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

TIP NO. 63 – GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGE

If you feel that you were short-changed because you are small. rejoice. Small women keep their youthful appearance longer than tall women.

Just think of your friends and compare. Doesn’t Jane at 5 feet 2 inches look younger than Doris who is 5 feet 9 inches? So instead of wanting to be taller, just count your blessings!

See you tomorrow

      scan0004-2                           Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 57 – WHO DO YOU DRESS FOR?

TIP NO.57 – WHO DO YOU DRESS FOR?

The answer is for YOURSELF

What do you mean?” you might ask. It is not something we think about, but when we have a date, we dress to look nice for the man we meet.When we go to work we dress appropriately for work, but otherwise – what happens?

Please don’t say ‘nobody sees me anyway.’ Are you nobody? And to convince you a little more, remember how you feel when you look good! I am sure that you walk with more confidence, that your spirit is higher, and you feel happier about life.

You can feel that way everyday if you make yourself a priority and make the extra effort to look nice and be well dressed all the time – it will change your life and make your days brighter.

See you tomorrow

              scan0004-2                Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 55 – THE ONE YEAR RULE

TIP NO 55 – THE ONE YEAR RULE

I am sure you have heard this one before, but sometimes we forget. The rule is that if you have not worn a garment for one year, it can be for one of the following reasons:

– you don’t like it anymore

– it does not fit anymore

– it does not suit your lifestyle anymore

– it is not in fashion anymore

Only one of these reasons is enough to take it out of your wardrobe.

When it comes to evening and party dressed the rule chances to two years – because the reason you might not have worn it in the last year is that you had no occasion, so you can give it another chance.

See you tomorrow

              scan0004-2                       Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 49 – CAN WOMEN LOOK BETTER?

TIP NO. 49 – CAN WOMEN LOOK BETTER?

Never before have we had as many clothes, and options – what to wear–  than today. So why do we seldom see a well dressed, well put together woman? (by the way this is also true for men?)

Doing some research and people watching, I came up with the following 3 reasons:

1. FIT – most garments don’t fit well – too long, too tight, too loose, shoulders not in the right place, sleeves too long, too baggy

2. CONDITION OF CLOTHES – wrinkled, out of shape, snagged, (I know the wrinkled look is in, but nothing replaces an ironed, crisp looking shirt).

3. COORDINATION – Brown pants, a red and black plaid shirt and a blue jacket don’t look good together – the I saw wearing it really did not care – she must have just thrown these items on, without even looking in the mirror.

Nobody makes all three mistakes, but even one is enough to prevent a woman from looking well dressed. But it is not difficult to correct these missteps – paying a little attention, taking a little more time to check things out – or like we say today be more in the NOW when it comes to looking your best.

See you tomorrow

                         Brigitte

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 44 – NEVER SLEEP WITH YOUR MAKE-UP ON

TIP NO. 44 –  NEVER SLEEP WITH YOUR MAKE-UP ON

When at 89 my mother died, she still had beautiful, clear skin, and was often asked what her secret was. “Never going to bed with my make-up on” was her reply.

It is also said that your gens have something to do with good skin, but this being so or not, taking good care of your skin will keep it young and healthy looking. – and it is therefore, most important to keep it clean – to remove the pollution of the day – to give it rest,  a chance to breathe.

I know from experience that there are evenings I am so tired that I would rather just fall into bed, but making the effort not to, my face rewards me the next morning with looking healthy and fresh  —  your skin too will look better if you take your make-up off every night!

See you tomorrow

       scan0004-2                    Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 43 – HOW LONG SHOULD YOUR HAIR BE?

TIP NO. 43 – HOW LONG SHOULD YOUR HAIR BE?

When everybody’s hair on television got longer and longer I was wondering how it is possible that suddenly every girl has beautiful long hair? “But they are all extensions.” a friend of mine said, and when she explained what they are, I understood that  beautiful long locks can be added, you don’t have to be born with them.

But for most of us,  hair cascading  over our shoulders is not the look we need for our lifestyle – on the contrary – for a professional image a shorter look is more appropriate and also easier to manage. And for those of us who have passed our days of youth, a shorter style looks younger.

There are many older women, some even have grey hair, who wear their hair long, down to/and  over their shoulders – they would look so much better with shorter hair, and not run the risk to look like an old girl.

The next time you go for a haircut, talk to your hairdresser, maybe cutting an inch (or more) will make you look years younger, and be more appropriate for your lifestyle.

See you tomorrow

        scan0004-2                               Brigitte