7 Habits of Stylish People


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There are very few people who can be considered genuinely stylish.

It’s easy to wear the hottest labels but this approach isn’t always sustainable. This can be very expensive and there are some bills which should always take precedence, but also because many fashionable items are no longer in vogue six months down the track.

Scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest the personalities are often wearing the same brands and if you squint your eyes start to morph into one another. Boring!

Then you stumble on personalities which are amazing;  chic, cool, interesting and unique. These women know their bodies. They understand their shape and style and what transpires is a visual love fest. They frame their bodies with clothes, the way an artist frames their paintings.

These women are truly stylish and from which we should aim to take our fashion inspiration. So, here is a list of 7 habits highly stylish people to help inspire you’re style journey.

1. They don’t copy exactly what they see
With Pinterest, Instagram and blogs aplenty there is so much fodder for your style inspiration. Remember it’s fun to admire but it’s not always healthy to emulate.

2. They aren’t afraid of any store—and can find something almost anywhere
Legitimately stylish women will visit any store with zero snob factor, yet they manage to stay true to their look. A stylish person understands quality, quirky and interesting items can be found anywhere from a Vinnie’s rack, Target or Louis Vuitton.

3. They know how to style themselves to their own taste
Most stylish girls will say “I’ve had this blazer for 10 years” and mean it.

The blazer itself is nice, but it’s the way it was styled; great-fitting jeans, loose shirt with an extra button undone, heels, and added a killer pair of modern statement earrings.

4. They always look radiantly natural 
Highly stylish people are often in the habit of always  standing out from the crowd in any situation.

They might wear a pair of sneakers when the others are teetering on sky-high heels, or pull her hair into a top knot when everyone else has long beachy waves. Small elements often make them look more natural but still polished.

5. Confidence is key 
The most stylish women are ones who have confidence, and who know they don’t need the $700 jumper or $2,000 handbag to make themselves appear cool.

A confident person can light up a room in a t shirt and jeans.

6. They aren’t slaves to fashion
Some of the most stylish people are able to have fun with fashion and follow trends without looking like a slave. If you don’t like a trend—even if every blogger under the sun is wearing it—don’t buy into it. It’s that simple.

7. They dress for themselves
During a time where the comparison game is strong, highly stylish people dress for themselves, their lifestyle and what looks good on them.

It doesn’t matter if those heels are the hottest around, if you can’t walk in them, it’s not stylish.


Style Icon: Ivanka Trump #womenwhowork

Trump – what a controversial name at the moment; mostly due to Donald Trump running for President of the United States.

Unfortunately he has had enough attention in recent, well forever, so thankfully he isn’t the Trump I want to focus on.

His daughter, Ivanka, is who I want to discuss. She is a business woman, wife, mother and…style icon; all while oozing elegance and sophistication.

I love that she has it all.

She has been brought up with a silver spoon, but, there is something to be said about a person who then continues to build the legacy one is born into. And no one can deny she has done just that.

In addition to her work with The Trump Organization, she has also founded a her own lifestyle business (which includes a fashion line!), seems to be happily married to her gorgeous husband Jared Kushner, and is mum to three gorgeous children. And all while making it look so easy.

I love the way she balances femininity and beauty with strength and power.


Who is your style icon?








FINALE: Fashions of Royal Women: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

BornJanuary 9, 1982 (age 34), Reading, United Kingdom
Height1.75 m
I couldn’t do a series of fashionable royals without including Catherine Windsor nee Middleton.
Over the years, Kate Middleton has as many critics about her fashion choices, as she has fans. Clearly, I am a fan.
Her style was fairly awkward at the beginning (I chose to exclude those pics…) but since joining the Windsor family, she has grown into a classic and elegant style.
Many experts say her choices are safe, but I get a sense it’s authentic. Lace and pleats are common features, as are dress coats – all of which I love! And despite the occasion injection of colour, she atypically sticks with a neutral palette of navy, white, cream and black. And, nude pumps anyone?
But, at the end of the day, I don’t think Kate is sitting there worrying about what we think; she after all married a Prince, and seems to be living out a happily ever after.
I enjoyed scrolling through Kate’s style over the years, I hope you enjoy the below selection.

Fashions of Royal Women: Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

BornJanuary 17, 1964 (age 51), Chicago, Illinois, United States 
Height1.80 m
SpouseBarack Obama (m. 1992)


OK, so she isn’t actually a royal, but surely she is considered American royalty!

I LOVE this woman. And, she is a woman who loves fashion. Her fashion choices are as bold as she is – doesn’t matter the colour, or style, she has worn it; and she always rocks it! Maybe it’s her badass confidence that makes it work for her.

In addition to her nailing the fashion stakes, she is also a lawyer and writer – yes, I have a big woman crush on her.














Fashions of Royal Women: Queen Rania

Rania, Queen of Jordan

Official Title: Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan (Arabicرانيا العبد الله‎ Rānyā Al-‘abdu l-Lāh)

Born: 31 August 1970 (Age: 45), Kuwait City, Kuwait

Spouse: King of Jordan, Abdullah bin Al-Hussein

Children: Two daughters and two sons

My love affair with Queen Rania started while I was living in London in 2009. I bought a magazine which featured her on the cover. Inside was a 10 + page feature on the Queen, her family, Jordon and its many gifts and challenges.

Not only is she physically gorgeous but she is always impeccably dressed (as one would expect from a Royal), and presents herself as a true leader – she is committed to her country and her people. In my opinion, the epitome of what a Queen represents.

Though her social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube – which I followed obsessively) it would seem she is a committed wife and mother. But, she is also very active in engaging with her people and fighting for the many causes she believes in. Some of these include education for all, women’s rights and community empowerment.

Her style is ultra femme and she seems to mostly wear dresses and skirts. She also dresses modestly (which pleases my taste) while dressing for her very slender figure in form fitting outfits. She is clearly a fan of the global fashions while often acknowledging her Jordanian heritage.

My woman crush is very real and very strong. 










Series: Royal Women Fashion

  1. Princess Mary of Denmark
  2. Queen Rania of Jordan


The joy of a skirt

I’m not what many would consider a high maintenance female – well, in the dressing stakes anyway.

But I do believe my femininity should be expressed. Like my blogging, sometimes it needs to be expressed regularly and sometimes not. I do know that it happens when it happens – naturally.

Not only does my femininity allow me to feel more sexy, but it can boost my confidence and empower me to do what needs to be done – whether that be in my personal or professional life. Femininity is the opposite to masculinity and when you work with, and have relationships with men, sometimes ying is needed to counteract the yang.

There are many ways a woman can feel more feminine; makeup, lingerie, sex, a dress or a skirt; and the best part, is it’s different for every woman. No wonder so many men are confused with how to please us!

To me however, the skirt in particular satisfies a strong sense womanly allure.

Here are some photos which inspires and satisfies my sense of femininity.

What satisfies yours?










Houndstooth paired with a spot of colour

Getting back to my roots this morning – a clothes post!

During many conversations with friends, colleagues and all of you, there seems to be some serious resistance about too much colour or too big-a-pattern. Reading between the lines, I hear too many women worried about standing out and being noticed.

Bugger it! Why not wear pieces you love.

A favourite pattern of mine (and many of you!) is houndstooth – the black and white checkered pattern. I have several houndstooth pieces, including one of my favourite dresses of all time. With a wardrobe bursting with clothes, naturally I also have a couple of fab Ralph Lauren tops – one being a high necked, short sleeve piece. I personally don’t think it’s a particularly flattering top on me. I have a short neck, so a high neck top isn’t ideal. The material is also quite thin and clingy, so again not overly flattering me. But, I love it.

In the pics below, I have paired this top with a fav pair of Jones New York green pants. If you don’t want to stand out, brightly coloured pants may not be the best choice.

What pieces do you love?







Outfit Details: 

Top: Houndstooth, short sleeve top by Ralph Lauren

Pants: Green pants by Jones New York

Shoes: By Ivanka Trump Collection