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!!!