"This is Part 1 of my review of the beautiful and elegant Be Exquisite blog! I started the review from page 26 to page 16. Part 1 of this review will be about the best advice and must read posts. Part 2 will be about the many thoughts and questions that popped into my head while reading her blog (that are likely to inspire future posts). I will review the rest of the blog in a future post."
I really like this blog! I think it's quite unique because I was only able to find four other blogs that discuss femininity and elegance in a similar way and this is the only one by an Elegant Black Woman (EBW). I love that the blog is a mix of quotes, advice, and examples of feminine elegance. Be Exquisite is filled with quotes, proverbs, and dictionary definitions and I enjoyed all of them. I think that people who use such quotes sound more credible because how can you really argue with a quote or ancient proverb? This is one to remember: "You define yourself with your deeds, words, and actions. Others define you with their PERCEPTION of your deeds, words, and actions." I have learned a lot so far from reading and had to look up the definitions of orisha, deportment, and carriage. She also mentioned some elegant Black women like The Supremes, Diana Ross, Ertha Kitt, Naiomi Sims. Dorothy Dandridge, and Dianne Carrol. It's truly amazing that her family spent the time to teach her these things because that was a lot of quality time well spent! I hope she saves her blog posts to give to her own daughter or a female relative. I think that any woman who wants to improve her femininity, grace, manners, and deportment will benefit greatly from reading Be Exquisite!
* Learn about the world because it makes you interesting and gives you something to talk about.
* Think about who you keep company with because they may actually be making your life worse and making you look bad.
* I liked the idea of venerating your ancestors because I don't think people do this anymore.
* Wear clothing styles and accessories that men do not. That will emphasize your femininity.
* Be sensual! Sensuality is about being pleasurable to the senses. You can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar and negativity is not pleasing to the ears. "I think that some men complain about loud women because they are not pleasurable to the ear. We need to speak in a more sensual manner to get what we want."
* I love the explanation that "attractive outfits which accentuate the female form are FEMININE...Attractive outfits which reveal the female form are SEXY". The next time I buy clothing it will all be feminine!"
* Seamless boyshorts are the best underwear because they hold everything in and they don't show.
* "By your own words, deeds, and actions you are continuously teaching others how to treat you."
* Respect yourself. "Let your words, deeds, and actions, place you in the best light. Refuse anything that is not advantageous to you".
* Try to listen to your intuition. "I'm not even sure how to use this because many women like me have been taught that thinking with our heads through reason is the only way to do things."
* There are times when silence has the loudest voice", Leroy Brownlow. "Just because something is true doesn't mean you have to say it," Katherine Triandafilou.
* If someone compliments you say "Thank you" smile and maybe tell them "It was nice of you to say that brilliant!"
Must Read Posts:
* Conversation 101
* How to Sit With Grace
* Maintain Good Posture
* Dressing with Self-Respect
* Acts of Chivalry
* Dare to be Unique
* How to be Perfectly Miserable
* Table Manners
* At the Table