Thursday, 14 July 2016

30 chic days: day 29: what I learnt from joining in with howtobechic.com

I have almost finished blogging my 1st ever 30 chic days, as part of a general, international, invite from blogger Fiona Ferris & her internationally successful How To Be Chic blog site, to do 30 chic days with her. Fiona is on facebook also. Fiona's new book 30 Chic Days is a bestseller on Amazon - way to go Fiona!! & the 30 chic days that I have been doing is to support that. Fiona is also a fellow kiwi, so that was an extra impetus.

I also spent a whole night binge reading her 30 chic days series, of which she has done 4. The best type of bingeing, in my opinion. I must be honest, being chic is a wee bit new to me. I was once, when I worked with a swiss-italian woman who inspired a friend & myself to copy her. I loved doing that. But that was back in the day, & life then took over. There was no time for chicness, or so I thought.

Chic-ness is to do with skill, accomplishment & denotes a certain flair, a certain je ne sais quoi. Fiona certainly looks chic, although I do notice that she has emphasised more, one's inner qualities. Such as serenity, gratitude, organisation, thrift, & she not only works on these things, but periodically also reviews them, for herself. Which in itself, is quite chic, I feel.

So that is a really important hint: learn to be skilled in an area of quality, & revisit it from time to time. Fiona has also made her home life rather chic, & it has inspired me.  She had little routines & little arrangements in her home. I have been updating my routines over this 30 days, so that is a big plus. And, as a visual person, I tend to need whatever I am involved in, to be within sight, but I am being more dedicated with my diary lists instead, rather than have clutter, & putting my wee "doing" stack away. Which of course, is chic.

Fiona also has many posts on her blogs about clothes, dressing, elegance, & beauty. The main lesson in maintaining your complexion, according to Fiona, is regularity. I agree. I have been more methodical in this. She changed her life to include little routines. For  example, extra hand, nail & chest care. It inspired me & over this 30 days, I have been massaging my hands & chest each evening before bed.

I also notice that Fiona dresses tres chic-ly, & is very up to date in an elegant way. I have been secretly watching where-ever I go, to see who is chic. My understanding of chic dressing has changed, & I like it. This will be an ongoing project for me: moving into appearance chic.

I realised quite quickly into the 30 chic days, that I really did not enjoy writing so much about myself! And my diet was not that interesting. Fiona has some lovely food posts & recipes. A while ago, I was going to post my recipe for red lentil soup, & something made me look to see of Fiona had also done so. She had! It was a bit different, but I was quite tickled by this. (I didn't post my recipe!)

But I was ok with posting each day, & it was a happy priority. I only missed a day, when the internet was not working in my area. I have lived & practised awareness for most of my life, but over these 30 chic days, I needed to have a different sort of awareness: was I dressing chic? was I behaving chic-ly? was I speaking chic-ly? was I eating chic-ly?....etc. This was new. And enjoyable. The whole 30 days has also been fun. So, thank you Fiona.


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