Polish your nails

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Polish your nails

 

Everybody knows that well-groomed nails is an important part of elegant look. However not everybody knows that this can help to improve the skin condition if you have AD. How come?

Let me tell you about my experiment that I unconsciously started early last year. The weather was not encouraging that day and my mood was down mainly because of exacerbation of AD. I decided to lift my mood up by treating myself with professionally done manicure. I already felt better knowing that a specialist will take care of my hands for me and make them a bit more beautiful. I did not even have to explain my disease as my beautician accurately guessed my ailment. I felt ecstatic when I was choosing the color of my nails. I opted for a pink sand varnish that was discreet, classy, and universal. It turned to be a right choice as the final result was beyond my expectations. Finally I did not have to hide my hands behind my back or in the pockets. Few days later I noticed also a side effect of this treat. My skin started healing and it was not because I stopped scratching. The reason was that when I was scratching, I was not damaging my skin and this is because the gel nails are thicker and blunter than the natural ones hence it is impossible to injure yourself. This was one of the best gifts I have ever offered myself. I have not only had beautiful hands, but I also unintentionally found a way to help my skin get better. Since then I have been doing the professional manicure and pedicure on a regular basis (every 5-6 weeks) and I noticed a huge improvement on my skin. I scratched myself much less because I do not want to destroy well-done nails.

Another good news is that you can achieve a similar effect with just a professionally done manicure. When you see how beautiful hands you have, you will never want to ruin it by scratching.

 

Effortlessly Chic Maxi Dresses

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Effortlessly Chic Maxi Dresses

 

Have you ever thought how to look effortlessly chic when it’s hot and your legs are swollen so much that you can’t fit the jeans you wore a week ago?

This happened to me this summertime. The problem of water retention is not new to me but this year it has shown a new (puffy ;)) face.

And although whole my body was swollen and my face was round and puffy like a full moon, I found a way to look effortlessly chic and feel comfortable even in the hottest day of the year. How? Please let me share with you my secret weapon: maxi long dress. Believe me, there is nothing more gorgeous and feminine than an ethereal maxi dress! I find it very romantic and glamorous. And no, long dresses are not only for skinny, tall models with incredibly long legs.

I strongly believe than every woman despite the body shape can look gorgeous in a maxi dress as long as she is respecting some rules.

The rule of thumb is to keep the right proportions. Choose a full-length dress that fits well your body especially around hips, thighs, and waist. Opt for maxi dresses with a v-neck in natural colors as they will make you look taller and leaner. If you want more variety, choose the prints that are scaled to your body size.

Naturally long, vertical prints are the most favorable for the body, as they have a great elongating and slimming down effect. Be careful with color blocks – they may make you look shorter and wider.

I’m not very tall, but I’m not a pettite either (171cm) and I love wearing my maxi dresses with ballerinas or simple elegant sandals. However if you want to add yourself few more cm you can wear the maxi dresses with pumps, espadrilles, or high-heeled sandals.

With the right accessories you can create a look you want, but always keep in mind that “less is more”.

Hands up who else is a maxi dress lover?

Top shopping tips every chic women should know

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Shopping

I have with my friend this tradition to go once per year for a girlie weekend somewhere in Europe. Since we live in different cities and both of us have quite busy lives, the girlie weekend is a great solution. We can focus on girlie stuff that make us happy (shopping), catch up with what is going on in our lives, and all without feeling guilty that we do not focus on kids, partners, schools, houses and so on. The rule is very simple: the destination city must be other than the one we are living in. This helps us to relax and disconnect from daily routine. 

This year it happens that we went to Mendrisio – a little lovely city in Italian part of Switzerland. Apart from its historic and cultural values, there is another reason why people (especially women :)) love this place: the FoxTown Factory stores. There are about 160 stores covering 250 brands, most of them are focused on fashion, but the home and watch lovers will also find something for themselves.

Speaking of shopping, I would like to share with you some tips that will make your shopping experience more enjoyable and save your wallet/account from drought.

First thing: do not get fooled by discounts. Buy only if you need the piece. Spending money on something that you will not wear, will not make you happy. When you try the clothes, make sure to follow these easy top shopping tips (source: stylecaster.com)

 In case you are not really in shopping mood, the region offers tons of other attractions like i.e. Switzerland in miniature, which is only 12 km from Mendrisio. I look forward to going there with my daughter one day, but for now I look forward to my girlie weekend.

And what are your shopping tips?

Stylish coming back to school

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Stylish come back to school

I’m back! First of all please accept my sincere apologies for silence through the last two weeks. It’s a bit busy as I started my specialised MBA, hence apart from full-time work, and 3-year-old, who suddenly became huge hugs’ lover, I have tons of studying. But I don’t complain; in fact my energy level has never been higher. Hm, what will I do with so much energy? Oh, I know! I am gonna use it (before it vanishes:))! I am starting from drafting my editorial plan so you won’t be left without the post ever again. I am also catching up with some reading. Through months if not years, I managed to gather a nice collection of books that I always wanted to read, but never have enough time to do this. Now, thanks to some travels linked to my MBA, there is a chance to sort this out. In fact there are some of books that became my life bibles and I am not afraid to recommend them. So if you want to read something but you do not know what to read, here are some positions worth of your time :

– “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie

– “Career advice for ambitious women” by Mrs. Monneypenny

– “Switch” by Chip and Dan Heath

and something more relaxing:

– “Madame Chic” – by Jennifer L. Scott.

Enjoy your reading!

Travel light

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Travel light

In my previous post I revealed how I select the pieces for the trips. Today I would like to give you some tips how to pack in order to travel light.

Of course, you won’t be able to always travel with little luggage. The size of the luggage depends on various criteria, i.e.:

– the length of trip,

– the destination,

– the purpose of travel (formal, informal etc.)

– season of the year, and so on.

I would like to focus on the trips up-to 2 weeks. For this kind of trips you will be able to prepare a cabin-size luggage. How to pack? It is simpler than you think. I use the part with the net and zipper for the clothes and the other one for shoes, toiletries, chargers and all “harder” items etc. I use smaller and softer items likes socks, scarves etc to fill in the free spaces between the items or to block and protect other objects. I always pack the shoes in the cotton bags on the bottom of the luggage, and place the bigger toiletries next to it. This way the more delicate items won’t be crashed by the heavier ones when the luggage stands on the wheels.

Additionally, I roll on all the pieces that can get crumpled (shirts, blouses, dresses etc), and take them out from the luggage and hang them on the hangers as soon as I arrive to your destination.

Tip: When I travel I often try to choose the clothes that don’t wrinkle. It is more practical, especially during the business trip. However I have quite few pieces that require ironing no matter what. I am doing this in the hotel before going to bed. Most of the hotels are equipped with the iron nowadays, so this is not a big problem. Voila! This is all what you need to travel light!

Bon voyage!

Chic Girl Travels

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Chic Girl Travels

Travels used to give me headaches. Mainly because I always wanted to travel light yet often I have a dilemma what to take and how to pack, so I do not finish wearing everyday the same or taking too much clothes. Thanks God practice makes perfect. After years of shorter and longer business trips, long weekends and casual trips I managed to find a way to pack only what is necessary. The principle is simple: always chose one color palette per trip. This way no matter how you match tops with bottoms, it will work well. The number of pieces you pack depends on the length of the trip.

In one week I am starting my MBA in Milano. My first staying will take 7 days. Since some social events are planned, I decided to stick to black-white-olive-beige palette. By choosing 4 tops (fake fur vest, black sweater, white shirt, beige turtle neck knitwear), 3 bottoms (black, olive, beige trousers), 1 dress, 2 pairs of comfortable shoes, 2 shawls, I will be able to create at least 10 different classy combinations, which gives me a great choice for 1 week. Also the mix of lighter and warmer pieces makes me prepared for any weather.

Proper selection of jewelry and handbag will be a great final touch to make the outfits unforgettable.

Voilà! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

And what are your cloths selection’s tricks?

Chic Girls Speak-up!

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Happy New Year!

This is it! New Year is here! I love it, because New Year means new beginning. In other words you get a brand new canvas or – if you prefer – a book with blank pages and it depends on you what you will paint on it or write in it. This year I want my canvas to explode of colors and joy! For me, it will be an intensive, yet interesting year because of my almost 3.5 year-old daughter, who starts the school later this year, my EMMS (specialised MBA) in 3 awesome cities: Milano, Barcelona, and Madrid, girlie weekends with my friends, romantic weekends with my husband, and of course my blog: a source of joy and opportunities to inspire others, a platform where I share my passion for fashion with other Fashionistas!

Speaking of which, I want The Rules of Chic to provide content that meets the highest standards of excellence, therefore I prepared a mini-survey to get you know better and better understand your needs. Let me know what you want to read about this year! Your opinion counts so speak up girl! 

Today, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. Happy New Year 2015!!!

 

The Power of Scent

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The Power of Scent

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Have you ever been in a situation when you decided to switch your perfumes but eventually you finished buying the scent you have been using for ages? It happens to me over and over again. I feel lost in the sea of proposals on the market but believe me, the resignation is not the right decision.

Smell is a very personal thing. Because it is invisible, it is not the first topic when discussed the personal style. However when it’s chosen with the right attention, it can be a compelling statement about your personality, therefore we should not neglect this matter.

Let’s start from discovering six major types of perfumes. Take your time to explore each of them and choose the one that emphasizes the best your style and personality.

Floral: flowery and feminine; usually it is a combination of various flowers warmed with the touch of spice or fruit for a soft, powdery finish.

Citrus: crisp, lightly fruity and clean; combines juicy notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit, yuzu and other citrus oils.

Oriental: warm, musky and spicy; their bouquet includes intoxicating and intensive substances such as musk, vanilla, exotic resins and wood, often accompanied with exotic flowers and spices.

Chypre: woodsy and rich yet fresh. This scent is sharp based on harmony of oak moss, labdanum, patchouli and bergamot.

Fougère: outdoorsy and light, often described as green. Harmony of oriental components is refreshed with aromatic lavender, rosemary, coumarin and oak moss.

Gourmand: sweet and food inspired, like vanilla. This group unites sweet perfumes, built on harmony of oriental notes like wood, resins, flowers and spices, and sweet components: caramel, vanilla, chocolate, almonds, honey.

Still not sure what is your perfume personality? Take a quiz prepared by Elle Canada. It will help you to dispel all doubts and bring you a lot of fun!

Those who want to broaden their knowledge about scents, I encourage to have a look at Perfume FAQ’s infographic – a really funny way to learn more about perfumes. (Credit goes to danfenudesign.) 

Enough talking. Let’s act! I believe you are ready to buy YOUR perfume now. 

Once you are done, let me know what is your signature scent!

Evening Glamour – Jewelry

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Evening Glamour - Jewelry
Usually evening glamour is about shining and magic. Although finding the right balance in the evening look can be tricky, there are little tricks that can help you to manage this aspect.

First of all decide on the statement piece of your look. If it is a dress, then choose more delicate jewelry. If the evening attire is more modest, then you can wear more pieces of bijou. However do not forget that sometimes one breathtaking piece is all you need.

At all cost avoid wearing more than 2 pieces of bijou at a time. It will look too excessive. If you have a jewelry set, consisting of a bracelet, ring, necklace and earrings, follow the rule of thumb: earrings + ring, earrings + bracelet, or necklace+ ring.

Make also sure your accessories (clutch, shoes) are in line with the rest of your look. If they are your statement pieces, make sure you ditch the other bling.

Finally, always take into consideration your age, height, and the build, when you choose the jewelry. If you want to draw attention away from the neck area, look for longer necklaces. If your neck is wide, you can offset it by wearing graduated necklaces. Girls with a bony neck and chest should consider more multiple-strands necklaces.

To sum up, whatever you wear for your glamorous night out, make sure you feel comfortable and the proportions are right.

Enjoy your Christmas break and let me know what else would you add to this list!

Christmas dinner & classy white shirt

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Christmas dinner & classy white shirt

Christmas is almost here. Shortly we start visiting our families and friends. I’m sure many of you are wondering what to wear for this occasion. I often find it quite tricky, because when you visit your family you want to feel comfortable in your outfit, yet you are obliged to show the respect to your family. Achieving this result is not always easy especially in multigenerational families. Through the years I tested many different options to come to the conclusion that white shirt is the most universal solution and certainly the best one for people who have skin problems like me.

In fact, to be honest with you, when my skin worsens and AD is winning with me, I tend to wear the white shirt, because it buoys me up. It gives me an impression that it is not so bad and makes my skin less red (at least in my head).

White shirt will never let you down. You can pair it with pants, skirts, even with nice pair of dark jeans. White shirt will always upgrade your look and add a lot of freshness especially when your skin is not perfect. It is always appropriate so do not be afraid that you will be overdressed. Choose the right bottom and accessories, grab nice chocolate as a gift, and make a great show!

Enjoy your Christmas break!