WHAT IS ETIQUETTE?

WHAT IS ETIQUETTE?

Etiquette is a fancy word for simple kindness. ELSA MAXWELL Etiquette is at the centre of the zeitgeist of our global age. Because we now live, work and socialise with people of varying backgrounds, cultures and experiences, we must learn to understand, adapt and be sensitive to the different situations we find ourselves. Etiquette enables us to make quick adjustments in our behaviour to accommodate people with different cultures, priorities and expectations. It also enables us to always present ourselves in a way that is kind and respectful to others. Etiquette will help you to be poised, self confident, sensitive, charming and flexible in any situation. Wherever you are and who ever you’re with, the following definitions of etiquette holds true. Etiquette is: good manners – Putting you and others at ease. being kind and speaking kindly. been thoughtful. being polite – Being aware of and respecting the feelings of others. honouring your promises. being respectful – Respect should be mutual. listening emphatically. respecting protocols. self control and deportment. being compassionate – An understanding and concern for the challenges, problems and difficult life events of others, and a desire to do something about them is one of the basic principles of etiquette. BE A STORY WORTH...
HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A QUICK FACIAL

HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A QUICK FACIAL

Nature gives you the face you have at 20; it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50. GABRIELLE ‘COCO’ CHANEL Your face is key to expressing your individuality. It is your signature, your brand and what people visualise when they think of you, so take good care of it. Start by scheduling a facial to deep cleanse and revive your complexion. How to Give Yourself a Quick Facial Wash your face using the right cleanser or face wash for your skin type. Avoid soaps – the solidifiers that hold a bar of soap together are sightly caustic and could irritate or inflame your skin. Next, use an exfoliating scrub in a circular motion on your face and neck, including your lips and avoiding your eye area. Rinse off the scrub thoroughly with warm water. An exfoliating scrub removes dead skin cell layers leaving your skin glowing. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Next, apply a lip moisturiser on your lips and an eye gel around your eyes. Apply the right face mask for your skin type on the rest of your face and neck. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash off the mask thoroughly with warm water. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and apply an alcohol free toner to a moist cotton ball and wipe over your face to restore your skin. Massage in the right face moisturiser for your skin type into your face in a circular motion. Make sure that your neck is also well hydrated to stop premature neck wrinkles from forming. Apply an...
MY BEST SKINCARE STRATEGIES

MY BEST SKINCARE STRATEGIES

Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to ageing, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs. DR. GEORGIANA DONADIO Your skin is a vital and the most looked at organ on your body and should be treated with care. Every twenty years your skin reveals your treatment of it, the environment’s treatment of it and it’s chronological age. It prominently shows any signs of ageing; wrinkles, loss of elasticity, uneven skin tone, etcetera, for every one to see. The good news is that a healthy diet, the right skin care regime and lifestyle choices can improve the appearance of your skin. The greater news is that you can actually repair some of the damage that has already been done with a good skin care regime. Please see below my best strategies for caring, protecting and rejuvenating your skin, especially your face – that most exposed part of your skin. My best skincare strategies include the following: 1. Eat a nutritionally rich diet that will nourish and rejuvenate your skin: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to hydrate your skin – about eight to twelve glasses. Water carries nutrients to your cells and flushes out toxins from your vital organs. Hydration supports your energy levels, gives your skin a fresh, radiant glow and is essential for the overall health of your skin. Reduce your intake of sugar and avoid food that can cause chronic inflammation in your body. Avoid caffeinated and carbonated sugary or sweetened drinks and snacks. Increase your daily intake...
THE POWER OF COLOUR

THE POWER OF COLOUR

I want to know one thing. What is colour? PABLO PICASSO. Colour is one of the most essential and least costly element in dressing yourself appropriately and attractively. It is one of the essential tools for choosing the right make-up for your face, building a flattering and effective wardrobe and for managing the impression you make on others. Colour is contagious. The colour you’re wearing has an immediate and powerful affect on you and the eyes of the beholder.  It has an impact on your: natural colouring – your skin, hair and eyes; figure; mood or perspective on life; and others’ perception of you. Fine Artists understand the power of colour and have mastered how to use it as a precision tool to make their masterpieces more pleasing. Whether you’re Asian, Black, Caucasian or Hispanic, learning how to use colour effectively in your makeup, hair and wardrobe will transform your appearance and other’s perception of you. Each of us has a unique skin tone. Discovering and wearing the colours that best compliment your skin tone and overall colouring will delight the eyes of the beholder, energise you and make you look healthier, slimmer, younger, smarter and more radiant. Your skin will look smoother, your hair will glow and your eyes will appear brighter and more youthful. You will seem confident and be better able to manage the impression you make. People will notice you, not what you’re wearing. Conversely, wearing the wrong colours, will make you look pale, fatter and older. Your skin and hair will look dull or sallow, your eyes will look tired, any lines on your face will be...
THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS OVER, DON’T FORGET TO SAY THANK YOU

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS OVER, DON’T FORGET TO SAY THANK YOU

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD As the holiday season ends, don’t forget to say thank you to all those who made this time precious and memorable. By Thank you, I don’t mean a half-hearted text or email. It is more thoughtful and stylish to handwrite thank you notes to friends and family for gifts received and time-shared over the holiday. And before you start worrying about time to do this, it takes me about two minutes per card and forty-seconds to address the envelope. Our nearest and dearest have spent their hard earned money on gifts, food and entertainment and given us their time to cheer, encourage and to show us that we are loved. A Thank you note shows that you took the time to acknowledge and appreciate their kindness and efforts. This needs to be done now that normal postal service has resumed and by the end of 14 January. A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. CICERO BE A STORY WORTH...
HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A QUICK FACIAL

HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A QUICK FACIAL

Nature gives you the face you have at 20; it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50. COCO CHANEL. Your face is key to expressing your individuality. It is your signature, your brand and what people visualise when they think of you, so take good care of it. Start by scheduling a facial to deep cleanse and revive your complexion after the Christmas and New Year’s stress and excesses. How to Give Yourself a Quick Facial Wash your face using the right cleanser or face wash for your skin type Use an exfoliating scrub in a circular motion on your face and neck, avoiding your eye area. Rinse off the scrub thoroughly with warm water. Pat face dry with a clean towel. Apply a lip moisturiser on your lips and and eye gel around your eyes. Apply the right face mask for your skin type on the rest of your face and neck. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes. Wash off the mask thoroughly with warm water. Apply an alcohol free toner to a moist cotton ball and wipe over your face. Massage in the right face cream or gel for your skin type into your skin in a circular motion. You may repeat this facial weekly. BE A STORY WORTH...
MY BEST SKIN HEALTH AND SKIN CARE TIPS

MY BEST SKIN HEALTH AND SKIN CARE TIPS

What makes people look youthful is the quality of their skin … NIGELLA LAWSON Your skin is a vital and the most looked at organ on your body and should be treated with care. Every twenty years your skin reveals your treatment of it, the environment’s treatment of it and it’s chronological age. It prominently shows any signs of ageing; wrinkles, loss of elasticity, uneven skin tone, etc., for every one to see. The good news is that a healthy diet, the right skin care products and lifestyle choices can improve the appearance of your skin. The greater news is that you can actually repair some of the damage that has already been done with a good skin care regime. Please see below my best tips for caring, protecting and rejuvenating your skin, especially your face – the most exposed part of your skin. My best skin health and skin care tips are: Rest: Seven to eight hours sleep a night makes your skin look radiant and better than any skin cream can. Diet: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to hydrate your skin (about six to eight glasses), and to cleanup your system, so that toxins don’t buildup. Fruits, grains and vegetables keep blood moving through your skin. There is a clear connection between healthy skin and good circulation. Stay away from dehydrating elements such as alcohol and smoking: Monitor your alcohol consumption. For healthy skin, you should not drink more than three units per day. A large glass of wine at lunch or dinner is three units. After that, drink water. If you drink, choose red wine. Red wine...
SIMPLIFY AND EDIT YOUR LIFE

SIMPLIFY AND EDIT YOUR LIFE

Nike makes some of the best products in the world, products you lust after, absolutely beautiful, stunning products. But you also make a lot of crap. Just get rid of the crappy stuff and focus on the good stuff.  STEVE JOB’S ADVICE TO NIKE’S PRESIDENT AND CEO, MARK PARKER   Anything that you do that is not fruitful is your crappy stuff. Anything that you have that is not essential is your crappy stuff. My questions to you are:  What crappy stuff do you do that you need to stop doing to focus on the important stuff? What crappy stuff do you own that you need to get rid of to make more room for the essential stuff? Make it a priority to simply and edit your life. Some tips to get you started are: Edit down your objectives: Concentrate on three main objectives at each time.   Too many objectives are not objectives. Don’t forget to look at how you spend your spare time. How much entertainment do you really need in a day? Is it worth using some of the time you spend in front of the TV or Facebook to learn a skill that will help you to achieve one of your three objectives? Simplify your wardrobe: Design a wardrobe that is versatile enough to meet the demands of your life. A wardrobe with 12 pieces of quality classics that are versatile and can transition with your lifestyle is stronger than a wardrobe with a jumble of 120 pieces. Simplify your personal style: Are you spending hours every day styling your hair, getting your nails done, waxing...
WHAT’S IN A NAME?

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Hollywood Studio Image Makers understood the importance of a person’s name and the big difference a name can make to an individual’s image. No work on image building is complete without ensuring that the person’s name influences his or her target audience in a positive manner. In Hollywood, plain Norma Jean Baker became Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Scicolone became Sophia Loren, Issur Danielovitch became Kirk Douglas, Archibald Leach became Cary Grant, Maurice Micklewhite became Michael Caine, Betty Joan Perske became Lauren Bacall, etc. The result is that each of these actors considerably increased their perceived value and earning power. The main lesson here is that your name is a vital asset and has an impact on what you are trying to accomplish and how you are perceived. Many of us are influenced by the tittle of a book, a piece of music or a movie. As such, people form a distinct impression when they hear your name. Because your name does affect your image and your image determines your level of acceptance by your target audience, it is vital that you ensure that your name is working for not against you. Key questions to consider are: What does your name say to your public? Does it reflect your character and personal brand? Is it fitting to the image you aspire to? Generally, the best names are those that reflect the personal brand and personality of the person behind it. Such names are also distinctive, memorable, positive and go a long way...
VALENTINE’S DAY STYLE

VALENTINE’S DAY STYLE

Dress shabbily, they notice the dress. Dress impeccably, they notice the woman. COCO CHANEL This Valentine’s Day, try something simple, fresh and unpredictable. The focus should be on you, not your dress. Forget red or heart shaped jewelry and no skimpy outfits. Where romance is concerned, a little mystery goes a long way. If you’re going out, why not try a little black or white dress and one item of jewelry with history. Your makeup should err on minimalism.   If you’re staying in, then just a white shirt and jeans may suffice. Your theme should be simple, elegant, relaxed and appropriate. Regardless of what you wear, the details matter – good grooming is essential, so wash your hair and get a manicure and pedicure. Underneath all, an alluring underwear will make you feel beautiful, even if your date doesn’t get a peek. Your image tells your story, M...

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