Elegance

Do you ever find that some people you just click with?

My mother, Maggie and I recently met a beautiful lady called Libby – who I have adopted as my fifth aunty. Libby has lead an exciting and inspirational life – working hard and studying in depth, as well as attending the most glamorous parties as a professional model, wearing custom made dresses by the likes of Adrianne Winklemann (what a dream!)

One day Libby lent me a book. It was cream covered with simple black lettering entitled ELEGANCE in serif font. As I flicked through the pages, annotations in pencil symbolized the devotion Libby spent studying the book and how so many women can resonate with it, or learn a thing or two in their persuit to becoming the next modern-day Audrey Hepburn. 

Elegance, written by Kathleen Tessaro will make you laugh and cry as protagonist Louise lets you into the unvarnished truth of her life using her quest for style as a metaphor for self actualisation.

One quote in the book that reminded me of Libby’s elegance said,

There is nothing more tragic than the sight of a badly ageing beauty who never had to develop her wit or imagination in order to amuse her companions… They are poor company and almost invariably develop ‘champagne chins’

And a ‘champagne chin’ she is not!

So I just want to say thank you Libby, for all the love and support you have given me, laughs, girl talks and wise words of wisdom you speak. You’re an icon of beauty, both inside and out.

Libby kindly gifted me two of her stunning dresses, the first is a custom made, black velvet Adrianne Winkelmann which I have paired with a gold chain necklace, thin gold ASOS belt, natural makeup and a chic chignon.

Photography by Maggie Gould

The second dress is the most gorgeous cream silk fabric, which I wore with a beautiful silver bracelet which was a birthday gift from mum and a cute daisy chain.

What I have learnt from ELEGANCE:

♥ Beauty is no guarantee of happiness, instead strive for elegance, grace and style

♥ Shop alone and only turn to specialists for guidance

♥ It is better to develop a strong sense of your own style than to rely too heavily on the opinion of another

♥ If you don’t speak honestly now, you never will

♥ Never be seduced by anything that isn’t first rate (Hah! I take it quality thrifting is acceptable?)

♥ Suit up and show up. Even if you feel like the whole world can see that you’re made of little pieces, badly glued together

♥ God made you the way you are and there is no point fighting nature to the extent that you become neurotic

♥ Have three normal meals a day. Eat what you really want. Stop when you’re full

♥ Buy a few elegant staples rather than an outfit for every flitting mood

♥ Elegance can be acquired only at the price of numerous errors that are best remembered with good humour. And in the end, it is in the moments when we forget ourselves entirely that we are at our most beautiful

So ladies, always strive to be a woman of elegance. Appreciate the small things in life. Be gracious. And as Roald Dahl once said,

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely

Love & Sunshine!

Liv xx

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