‘She thought she had a big nose and feet, was too skinny and not enough breast’: Audrey Hepburn’s son reveals how the movie star never believed she was beautiful’  quote from the Daily Mail

Apparently Audrey Hepburn did not believe she was beautiful.  One wonders just what does it take for us to feel and look beautiful.  Beauty is something that comes from a security deep inside that many of us find difficult to find.  Just because you see a beautiful woman, once you get to know her, the beauty can disappear in an instant.  If you ever watched Desperate Housewives, you will soon see that whilst you see physical beauty, all that sneaking around and reacting just takes it away!  Take Teri Hatcher, for example, how beautiful was she in the James Bond film ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and how beautiful is she in Desperate Housewives?  In James Bond, she was sophisticated, mysterious and confident, in Desperate Housewives she is super insecure and behaves irrationally, not so attractive!

Where does beauty really come from?  My very first yoga teacher said to me that we are all born with a shiny diamond inside of us, and as we grow up, we throw muck on it.  When we are grown up, we paint a shiny exterior with a smile and go round hiding who we really are.  Some people hide better than others, but it’s that lack of authenticity that becomes tiring, and as the years go by, it starts to show……. usually around the age of forty!

There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who has presence and is unaffected by what others say….A strong, but feminine woman is beautiful.  I love this Christian Dior quote which demonstrates my thoughts on ‘authentic is beautiful’:

“I will only say now that elegance must be the right combination of distinction, naturalness, care and simplicity. Outside this, believe me, there is no elegance. Only pretension”

Says it all, doesn’t it!  So how can we help ourselves and our clients to feel more beautiful?  I have come up with 12 points….Add your own by all means, print them out and put them on your salon loo door or mirror!

  1. A compelling, sophisticated and alluring woman will remain so whatever her age!  Think Jackie O, Helen Mirren and Julie Christie.
  2. When choosing your wardrobe, stand back, take a breath, don’t get caught up in sidelining short-term trends in favour of authenticity.  No bin-end bargains, elasticated-waist trousers or cheerful prints!
  3. No thigh-length boots after 40 unless you are Madonna!
  4. Re-discover fashion classics for example the Burberry trench or the gorgeously crisp white shirt
  5. Make exquisite and considered purchases and no impulse buys that you will regret!
  6. Attention teeth, consider whitening the teeth, takes at least 10 years off!
  7. Patchy eyebrows just won’t do.  Well groomed brows frame the face and take the eye up away from dark circles and lines around the eyes.
  8. Enhance the lash line with a good semi permanent pen as it won’t smudge.
  9. If you want to look good. SLEEP.  Sleep will refresh your skin and your eyes and you will feel amazing.  No skimping on snooze time!
  10. Disappointment and lack of enjoyment ages you.  Do what you love!  Your skin will improve when you are happy! 🙂
  11. Drink water with ph greens powder (Try Dr Young’s PH Miracle) – your skin will glow, glow, glow!
  12. Don’t wear too much makeup, it settles in the lines and makes matter worse, better healthy glowing skin with light makeup!

Hail the elegant woman!!!













“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common – this is my symphony “- William Ellery Channing