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How to Live a Formal Life on a Budget | 5 Tips


Chapter 11 in Lessons from Madame Chic is Live Life as a Formal Affair. It's one of my favorite chapters because I truly believe that adding formality to your life can improve your every day experience in countless ways.

Today, I'm sharing 5 ways to live a formal life on a budget. Adding elegance to everyday life is attainable for everyone. I hope you enjoy today's video.

1. Clear the Clutter Clean up your space and work with what you have. Living in a cluttered environment does not give you an opulent formal life feeling. Decluttering is free, everyone can afford to do it. Most people need to do it, including myself. Go over your hot spots and the places that regularly need maintenance.

2. Consider the atmosphere You know that nice candle you received for your birthday? The one you’re saving for company? The one you say you will burn later? Burn it now. Put on classical music or healing atmospheric spa music (or whatever you like) to make your surroundings more serene and formal. Get excited about curating the atmosphere in your home, like you would curate an art museum.

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3. Dress up every day Almost everyone has nice outfits that they are saving for special occasions. It’s time to break out of your comfort zone and wear these outfits on a daily basis. I’m not telling you to go shopping. I’m telling you to wear what you have. If you’re in the habit of dressing down everyday in sweats and exercise clothes, it might be time to try a change. Note now you feel when you wear nice clothing at home for no reason at all. You might feel uncomfortable. You will probably feel uncomfortable. Journal all those feelings and emotions and explore them. Why? What subconscious beliefs are you holding that tell yourself that you and you alone are not good enough to wear this outfit for no reason at all? Once you break through those feelings of discomfort you train yourself to enjoy dressing well on a daily basis and soon, you will become uncomfortable with dressing down in sweats. It will become unheard of to you.

4. Set the table Even if you have the most limited resources for setting a table nicely, most people have place mats or a tablecloth. Perhaps you have one or two tablecloths that you are saving for a special occasion… I encourage you to use those on a daily basis. What do you do when the special occasion comes? Don’t worry about that right now. Living a formal life aims to get you out of the mindset that you save your best things for later. Use your best things now. When you save your best things for later it’s like you’re subconsciously telling yourself that you don’t deserve the nice things every day. That’s not true. You do. So use your tablecloths, cloth napkins, and placemats. If you have none of these things, you can bring nature indoors. Create a bouquet from flowers or foliage outside.

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5. Read more Reading... It’s so quaint! Does anyone do this anymore? Or do we prefer to binge watch television in our spare time? If you used to be an avid reader, but it’s been ages since you picked up a book, why not get back into it. Reading in the afternoon while well-dressed gives one a wonderful feeling. You will feel very formal and maybe even old-fashioned (in a good way). If you have access to your local library this is free! Of course, I recommend you read my Madame Chic series. But I also am leaving a long list of great books for you to dive into to help you on this journey: books by my talented author friends like Myka Meier, Bryan Kozlowski, Dr. Chloe Carmichael, Professor Richard Thompson Ford, Linda Przybyszewski and more.

🗝 Books
Long Live the Queen by Bryan Kozlowski
The Jane Austen Diet by Bryan Kozlowski
The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski
Dress Codes by Richard Thompson Ford
Nervous Energy by Dr. Chloe Carmichael

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