Sunday, November 20, 2011

Carrying Yourself With Grace and Poise

This morning I headed out to Church and lunch..."HERE'S WHAT I WORE"

Skirt: Sarah Campbell
Blouse: Stein Mart
Cardi: Neiman Marcus
Shoes: Bandolino
Flower Pin: Stein Mart
Tights: Stein Mart

The Accessories:
Pocketbook: Chanel 2.55
Cologne: 'Mademoiselle' by Chanel
Lipstick: 'Talisman' by Chanel
Nail Polish: 'Natural Pink' by Chanel
Shoes: Mary Janes by Bandolino
Necklace & Earrings: Pearls
Wedding Band: 'Eternity' by Cartier
Bracelet: Chanel

After lunch, I headed to the newly opened Fresh Market. I always enjoy shopping at The Fresh Market. The prices are a bit high, so I get my favorite "special treats" there...Pimiento Cheese, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, frozen party appetizers, seasonal coffees, pastries, and I just love their seafood!

After that I stopped in at the "tacky mall" to do a little recon work in preparation for Black Friday. After hitting up a few stores, I sat down on a bench in the center of the mall to tweet for a bit and take a rest. Being the people-watcher that I am, it always amazes me when I see ladies walking like a man or slumped into their chair, with their legs crossed like a man...or worse than that, sitting with their knees apart.

Your posture and the way you carry yourself is important and is as much a part of your image as your wardrobe. If you slump, it gives others the impression that you are lazy.

Standing gracefully:
~Stand with your feet slightly apart.
~Hold your head straight, with your chin parallel to the floor.
~Balance your body's weight evenly over both feet.
~Hold your shoulders up, back and relaxed.
~Keep your stomach pulled in and your bottom tucked under.
~Let your arms fall freely at your side.

Walking gracefully:
I learned to walk with a book on my head...Head up, shoulders back, bottom under, stomach in...and glide...just glide y'all!

Sitting Gracefully:
Sit straight down on a chair, remembering to sit up straight and lean slightly forward on the chair. Cross your legs at your ankles and move your legs to the side. {If you move your legs to the right side, then the left leg should be tucked under the right leg} Keep your knees together as if you were holding a pill between them!

Place your left hand, palm down, just above your knee and place your right hand on top of your left hand.

Of course, Jackie Kennedy knew how to sit!
These ladies know how to sit...knees together, ankles crossed, hands on knees...leaning slightly forward.
Grace Kelly...sitting just like a Princess!


Tammy B said...

I remember in 5th grade, my reading teacher sent the boys out to the playground. She then lectured the girls on sitting properly. When she demonstrated sitting when the knees together, she separated her legs to demonstrate not to do that. I remember all I could see was her white girdle. I was shocked and appalled. I still haven't recovered. I always sit with my knees tight together. You can't get a breath of air between them. Since my accident, I don't walk as gracefully as I did, but I'm getting there. I may have to get out the book and put it on my head.

Unknown said...

Are you talking about the Fresh Market in Jensen? Oh my gosh, I may need to pay it a visit this week!

Miss Janice said...

BAH, the Fresh Market...2300 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart. {Near Monterey} Fabulous!!!

Anonymous said...

You just look gawgeous, Dahling! :) You always dress so beautifully! It's too bad mothers today don't teach their daughters the tips you've just left us.
I want to with you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Whosyergurl said...

I'm not surprised you included Jackie O. She was the picture of a lady. I admire her, still. And Kate? Our new princess to love. Gracious!
xo, Cheryl

Madras and Pearls said...

I -so- love your etiquette posts. Growing up north, we of course learned how to be graceful and gracious, but your tips showcasing southern hospitality and such are great! Have a fabulous holiday :)

bevy said...

Love your " sitting properly" lesson... But thankful I have boys so I don't have to constantly remind them! ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Miss Priss! :) I hope you had a great Thanksgiving...I'm still stuffed! :) I can't wait to see your home all decked out for Christmas. I'm slowly but surely getting things up!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)