I love to feel feminine, and am always creating my own inspiration. I find that introducing little pockets of femininity into my day helps everything run smoother. I feel more ladylike and life is enjoyable – even when I’m doing mundane tasks.
The second post in this series is on using the sense of sight to be more feminine.
I was reading UK Hello Magazine the other day (I love it!), and there was an interview with Terry Gunzberg, former YSL employee (she invented the iconic Touche Eclat) and founder of her bespoke makeup brand By Terry. She lives in a divine, rather nice home in Paris and I loved what she had to say about art. She has been collecting for years, a piece at a time, and she bought a small artwork with her first paycheck.
She said her mother took her to galleries when she was young, and that she gained an appreciation from that. I don’t often go to galleries, but when I do, I enjoy viewing the paintings, particularly older ones. At high school I studied art history for a year and I can still remember details of the renaissance paintings we studied.
The study of art seems like such a feminine pursuit to me. There are many ways to be cultured and I choose art as one of mine (it makes up for the fact that I don’t enjoy live theatre and am so-so about ballet).
Viewing beautiful images
I've mentioned Victoria magazine a million times, but leafing through a copy (I declutter most other magazines but not Victoria) is like a feast for the eyes. My own personal and decor style is much simpler than those pictured, but I am always inspired to be more ladylike and refined afterwards.
Glossy picture books are the same - Vicki Archer's 'My French Life' and 'French Essence' transport me to Paris via stunning large-scale images, and her writing style allows me to dream. I adore them both, but if I had to pick a favourite, I'd choose My French Life by a pip.
There are blogs that delight the eyes also - Mrs Shockley's A Home for Elegance has gorgeously curated images, and Margaret Powling's Devon Dreaming is lovely also - I particularly love the latest two posts on fashion and perfume. From what I've seen of both of these ladies homes, they take a great deal of care in making them elegant and feminine in their own style.
Do you have a femininity with sight tip to add? Please share in the comments below, I’d really love to hear.
PS. If you're stressing about Christmas, I invite you to read my book 'A Chic and Simple Christmas'. You can view a sample on Amazon to see if it's your cup of tea (click on the cover image to 'look inside'). 'A Chic and Simple Christmas' is my take on creating your perfect holiday season, and I share with you a bit about mine.