Mastering the Art of Sophistication | Part 1

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Sophistication lies in the smoke and mirrors of what you say and how you act. To kick off my mini series on mastering the art of sophistication, I will be taking some inspiration from the Dictionary of Joanna Lumley, sharing the words you should be slipping into your everyday wit and repartee…

Quintessential – ‘that’s such quintessential Austen!’ (N.B. talking about books and authors always wins sophistication points)

Zest – Nigella style: ‘Mmmm, I can taste the lemony zest in this cake’

Cachet – ‘no other film star had quite the cachet as Carry Grant in To Catch a Thief

Eclectic – ‘you’ve got such an eclectic taste in jewellery!’

Debonair – one of my most recent faves, see how I used it in my Mastering the Art of Posh Drinks post

Avant-garde – ‘that’s a little avant-garde for you, isn’t it?’

Philistine – ‘don’t be such a philistine, everyone ought to know more about Karl Lagerfeld’s cat!’

Zealous – ‘there’s no such thing as being over-zealous when it comes to Chanel No. 5’

Cosmopolitan – aside from ‘may I have a Cosmopolitan?’, this adjective can be used interchangeably with many nouns from cities and books, to food and drinks… however you see fit!

Passé – ‘French Vogue is so passé, it’s all about Scandinavia now’

 Slender – ‘is it impossible to find a young, slender female paratrooper? I think not’ (taken from Miranda Priestly: to be understood only by The Devil Wears Prada fans)

WARNING: OVERUSE OF THESE WORDS WILL RESULT IN THE OPPOSITE OF SOPHISTICATION. USE WITH CAUTION.

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What I’m Wearing


Top | Zara

Skirt | Mango (old, similar linked below)

Boots | Zara

Blazer | Zara (old, similar linked below)

Sunglasses | Céline (linked below)

Necklace | H&M

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1 Comment

  1. lydiatomlinson
    February 4, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Ahhh Chantelle thank you so so much beaut!! xxx

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