Wednesday, September 4, 2013

ways to find your JE NE SAIS QUOI

8 easy steps to dressing à la française -

The French phrase 'je ne sais quoi', which means ‘I don’t know what’, is often attributed to that certain special something that we can’t exactly pinpoint, but are fondly attracted to when it comes to someone or something.

1. Allow yourself moments of solitude.

2. Keep certain things to yourself.

3. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake.

4. Be willing to take risks. Wisdom comes with experience. Spread your wings.

5. Continue to learn.

6. Listen to what continues to call to you.

7. Indulge in conversation with those who intrigue you.

8. Travel where you have always wanted to go.

9. Read biographies and auto-biographies of people who capture your attention.

10. Turn off the technology and just go where the moments take you.

11. Be impossible to define by anyone but yourself. How? Never stop growing, learning and searching for new knowledge about yourself and the world.

12. Ignore stereotypes.

13. Follow your own path even if no one seems to understand why.

14. Don’t be agreeable if you don’t agree.

15. Choose battles that pair up with what you value most.

16. Ignore the outside world’s opinion. Pay it no mind. It will intrigue them all the more.

17. Strive to be respected, not liked.

18. Take the time to understand the rules, then break them when necessary.

19. Always choose quality over quantity – clothing, relationships, decor, thoughts, etc.

20. Appreciate your unique beauty. Channel your inner Diana Vreeland.

21. Choose your friends wisely. Then, nurture, nurture, nurture.

22. Appear to live effortlessly. Part of what makes someone attractive is the mystery.

23. Embrace your femininity. This doesn’t mean you have to dress in head to toe pink [unless you want to], but it does mean to be authentically who you are.

24. Practice self-discipline.

25. Become observant of all that goes on around you. So much can be learned.

26. Speak when you have something to say. Don’t simply speak to fill the silence. Silence isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

27. Meditate. Slow down. Be still. Focus on your breathing. Clear your mind.

28. Dress for the occasion.

29. Turn routines into rituals to be enjoyed.

30. Keep a record of your thoughts. Review what appears regularly. Listen. Act. Remember.

Most importantly, when you find that certain something within your own life that makes your ordinary routine sing, giving you pleasure that you could have never imagine previously, revel in it, luxuriate in it and then build upon it so that it remains within your life.

Bonne journée mes amis! [Good day my friends] - 
The Simply Luxurious Life

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