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Advice to my younger self

Suntanning with baby oil in the 70s was a huge mistake – since my 30s I’ve woanti-wrinkle cream SPF 30_box and bottlern sunscreen on my face everyday. But in my teens I oil-roasted my skin recklessly. THE FIX: Use @reversa_canada Anti-Wrinkle Cream.

Live for each day, don’t diet for tomorrow – I have spent my entire life on a diet. Moments when I did indulge were met with immediate guilt. Life’s too short. THE FIX: everything in moderation. Live for today.

Don’t worry so much what others think of you – I have also WASTED time worrying about what others thought of me. The truth is, we over estimate how much other people actually think about us. Dr. Phil says: If you truly knew how little time people spend thinking about you… THE FIX: Focus on being the best person possible and don’t worry about the haters.

st-john-knits-r16_lookbook_15_bFind yourself in order to find your style/don’t mindlessly follow the trends – it’s important to really understand who you are. Are you a frilly, lacy girly-girl? A practical, no fuss sporty girl? A quirky, funky boho girl? THE FIX: Understand your personal style and stick to that. Don’t mindlessly follow every trend.

Frumpy, dumpy is never in style – There comes a time in your life where you think you can no longer wear sexy, trendy clothes and you’re left only with stretchy pants and over-sized Ts. NO! THE FIX: There are age-appropriate styles for everyone.

Have fun. Don’t be afraid to live life on your own terms.

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True French Style

Having spent 10 days in Paris, I obeiffel towerserved a lot of very stylish women. And men. And kids. Style, it seems, is in the French DNA.

Or is it?

Or is it just that it’s part of the French culture to pay attention to what they wear. To get dressed “on purpose,” which is also my mission statement.

Despite all the books you read about the mysterious French je ne sais quois, my observation is that the French follow a few simple guidelines.

Here’s what I saw:

  • Women wear scarvesclassic burberry scarf
  • Men wear scarves
  • Kids wear scarves
  • Major fashion labels are in France, but Parisiens don’t seem to wear them. Not a lot of Chanel, Hermes or others flaunted – except some Burberry scarves. Michael Kors was the most obvious handbag. Many carried handbags without labels.
  • Contrary to the books, French women do get fat. Not in the same numbers as North Americans, but there are some.
  • Contrary to style books, French women do wear running shoes.
  • French women don’t wear makeup. And look stunning.

Here is a snapshot of the real street style in Paris:

Street style – women: Typically monochromatic with a pop of colour, usually in a scarf or shoes. Everyone wears scarves – they complete a look. Not always dressed to the nines, but always dressed in an “outfit.” Low heeled boots or shoes are common. Black tights with skirts and dresses. Occasionally a hat, not often. Handbags carried at the elbow in a very ladylike manner. Not a lot of designer labels, but always well put together.

Street style – men: suits with skinny pants, scarves over suits/ties. Older men carry traditional briefcases, as do younger men “on the rise.” Others carry backpacks. Trench coats very popular.

What style tips can you take from this? I’d love to hear from you