75 responses

  1. Donna
    11/06/2010

    Loved this…it brought a smile to my face! I was reminded of a family I knew in elementary school…they did not have alot of money, but you just knew they had so many riches. I remember the children would come to school in freshly washed and crisply ironed clothes, shined shoes, clean hair…even if they only had a couple of outfits. Their home had shiny hardwood floors, fresh garden flowers and something was always cooking on the stove and smelled so good. Such a simple and elegant life as you would say…:). XO!

    • DeeAnne
      11/06/2010

      I love that story Donna!

      Have a lovely weekend in your favourite spot!

      D

      • stella
        06/11/2013

        DeeAnne,

        I enjoyed your list. In item # 75 apologize is misspelled.

        Stella

    • priyanka
      21/10/2013

      Ahhhhhhhhhh . Small story from your past .. And soo beautiful to read .

    • Nalani
      29/12/2013

      I enjoyed this too :) awesome share

  2. Bob Bielecki
    11/06/2010

    With your permission , I will go with Watch for #28 ….not that I couldn’t rock a set of pearls!!!

    • DeeAnne
      11/06/2010

      I’ve always thought that if any man could rock pearls, it would be you Bob!

      Best,
      D

  3. Jamie
    11/06/2010

    I love this. Love it so much.

    And what I love even more than this is your new British way of writing: “Apoligise” “savour” “favour”

    We’ve lost you to the Brits. Ah. It was only a matter of time I suppose…

    • DeeAnne
      12/06/2010

      haha.

      Spellcheck is a whole different thing these days!

      Love you x

  4. Kelsey
    11/06/2010

    Love, love, love this!!!

    Will specifically work on #’s 22, 42, 56, and 88 this summer.

    Such a fantastic Friday find, thank you!

    • DeeAnne
      12/06/2010

      So happy you enjoyed it Kelsey, and very nice ones to work on ;-)

  5. Donna
    11/06/2010

    Lol…I noticed the British invasion too! I have a little of that left over from my Hongkong days! Number 83 is so me…white is the only colour! Xo!

  6. Susan Nye
    11/06/2010

    Thank you … you forgot no white shoes or spectator pumps before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. Have a lovely weekend, Susan

    • DeeAnne
      12/06/2010

      ahhhh…spectator pumps. tres elegant!

      Very best wishes Susan,

      D

  7. tinagleisner
    12/06/2010

    Too funny all the rules women used to follow. It’s a different world today and changing more each day that soon what we believe is normal won’t be (maybe that’s true for how our kids look at us already?)

  8. Easy and Elegant Life
    14/06/2010

    Very, very nicely put. May I share your list, with full attribution of course, with my readers?

    • DeeAnne
      15/06/2010

      Thank you very much for the kind words. It would be lovely of you to share it, too!

      Very best,
      D

  9. Grace Boyle
    15/06/2010

    Ah, I absolutely love this! It’s incredible and makes me proud to be a woman :)

    • DeeAnne
      16/06/2010

      Thank you so much Grace! So very lovely of you to share that comment.

      xoxo,
      D

  10. Trinidad Pena
    15/06/2010

    I LOVE THIS. This is a long lost art. You mind if I repost it on my blog http://thebudgetsocialite.com/ ? Crediting you and linking to your site, of course!

    I especially like #31, 60, 82, and 96! I’m sorry for commenting twice. I had to fix my spelling errors. #101 should be use proper spelling and grammar. Ha!

    • DeeAnne
      16/06/2010

      Thank you so much for your kind comments Trinidad! It would be an honour to have my post shared on your blog. (I also love your suggestion for #101…I struggle there, too!)

      Very warm regards,
      DeeAnne

  11. Theresa
    16/06/2010

    I loved this!!! I have always loved your blog now I want to follow you and spead the news. Please add me to your list! Jamie Varon (My daughter) showed me your blog a while ago when she was developing the site and I have always loved the design.

    • DeeAnne
      16/06/2010

      I’ve been dying to meet you Theresa! You have the most wonderful, brilliant, beautiful, funny, kind daughter! You’ve really done a great job with that one, and you should be very proud.

      Thank you so much for your kind comments on the post! Jamie said that you loved the design as much as I did, and I’m so happy you’ve decided to follow and spread the word! I look forward to getting to know you!

      Very best,
      D

      • Theresa
        19/06/2010

        Thank you for your compliment about Jamie! I love her so! I am looking forward to meeting you!
        BTW I had all the girls that work for me read your post so they can clean up their pretty little asses..What!? Did I… I mean… so they can be lovely…. elegant and classy!!

        They loved it and they are following you too!!

      • DeeAnne
        21/06/2010

        Thank you for sharing my site, and the post! I’m happy to hear that everyone is enjoying it, and that you all probably had a bit of a laugh (as I did), about all the elegant things we DON’T do. It’s definitely an ongoing search, and goal, for me.

        See you in London!

  12. Maureen
    16/06/2010

    Fabulous list, DeeAnne! I enjoyed reading all the suggestions. Well done!

  13. DailyDivaDish
    16/06/2010

    This is a beautiful list!
    XO Piper

  14. Caitlin
    18/06/2010

    I love this! Many women forget the importance of elegance, I love the design of the website as well.

    • DeeAnne
      21/06/2010

      I think you’re right, Caitlin. Many men and women forget the importance of elegance, and all it can add to our lives and to the lives of those around us.

      Thank you so much for the compliment on the website, too. The content is mine, but the gorgeous design is the work of Jamie Varon of Shatterboxx.

      Very best,
      D

  15. The Mrs.
    21/06/2010

    I love this list! Too fabulous!

  16. van
    29/06/2010

    thank you for this list! i especially like the one with spraying lavender on sheets. I love lavender so much i named my website after it.

    thanks again!
    vanessa
    My Lavender Fields

  17. Jennie B
    13/07/2010

    This is another fabulous list! I’ve sent this to at least ten different people to share. Thanks so much! *besos Jennie B

  18. Simply Luxurious (Shannon)
    18/07/2010

    This is lovely – truly lovely. I will be printing this off and posting it in my office as reminder. I found myself nodding my head the entire time. Well done. (Oh, and thank you for turning me on to The White Company – I hadn’t heard of them before, but it looks like the perfect store for my tastes (white bathroom, white sheets, white plates).
    I am thoroughly enjoying your writings. Take care. -S

  19. Sweet Freak
    10/12/2010

    Whew! Great tips, but that’s a lot of learning. Simply Luxurious has the right idea – I’ll have to print it and put it near my bathroom mirror as a daily reminder. Merci!

    • DeeAnne
      10/12/2010

      It’s a lifetime list for me!

      xoxo,
      D

  20. Isabel
    15/06/2011

    Such a simple, but quality life! I love meeting such genuine souls as these, and yourself of course! Lovely

  21. Erika
    30/07/2011

    I wrote my own list of 100 things, and one of them was that I wanted to be elegant. Now I have the instruction manual. :)

    • DeeAnne
      01/08/2011

      Thank you for the kind comment, Erika! I can’t wait to hear how your journey to elegance goes, and what you’d add/subtract form the list!

      xoxo,
      D

  22. Wayne
    21/09/2011

    I stumbled upon this from google and from the looks of it, I see this blog might be tailored to women, but every man can learn a lot from this list.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you :)

    • DeeAnne
      21/09/2011

      Thank you Wayne. What a very kind comment!

      Best regards,
      DeeAnne

  23. Olga
    26/09/2011

    DeAnne, I absolutely love everything on this list! Love it! Love it! Love it! I can do this!

  24. Euphemia
    14/12/2011

    Oh my goodness, thank you for this. I have an important event ahead of me and this list reminded me who I am, what I value and how far I’ve come. My nerves are soothed and my confidence restored. Phewf! I’m keeping this list close at hand.

    • DeeAnne
      20/12/2011

      Thank you Euphemia, and I hope you enjoy your event!

      Best wishes,
      DeeAnne

  25. JUDY RYAN
    15/06/2012

    LOVED IT !!! SENT IT ON !!!!

  26. Fiona @ Everyday Spiritual Wisdom
    18/06/2012

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful and reading your list of 100 has inspired me :)

    Thanks to The Simply Luxurious Life for highlighting your blog in her newsletter, I’ll be signing up right now.

    I think I’ll be off to clear the clutter and write a thank you note,x

  27. Natalie
    18/06/2012

    Thank you so much for this list. LOVE it. It’s perfect! Promising myself to review it often.

  28. Fabianne
    19/01/2013

    Hi Deanne,

    I agree with everything thing you’ve pointed out. Expertly written! Thank you for sharing this timeless tips.

    • DeeAnne
      22/01/2013

      Thank you so much for your very kind words!

      My best wishes,

      DeeAnne

  29. Murphy V.
    17/04/2013

    I loved this. Thank you. I’m nearly completely caught up with school, my house is perfectly tidy and now I can be socially respectable as well, thanks to this post!

    I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep up with 45 but I’ll certainly try!

    -Murphy V.

    • DeeAnne
      18/04/2013

      Hello Murphy,

      Thank you for the very kind comment, and I’m so happy that you enjoyed the post, but you sound like a very warm, thoughtful and conscientious person, and that’s what makes you so very much more than just socially respectable!

      My very best wishes,
      DeeAnne

  30. Kathryn
    29/07/2013

    How my mother was raised and tried to raise me. How America used to be! What ever happened to manners and graciousness? Thank you for posting! NOW, would love to see How to be a Gentleman for the gents!

    • DeeAnne
      02/08/2013

      So happy that you enjoyed, and the men’s version is now up!

      Have a lovely weekend,
      DeeAnne

  31. Carolinr
    31/07/2013

    Lovely, thoughtful, worthwhile. Bravo!

    • DeeAnne
      02/08/2013

      Many thanks!

      My best,
      DeeAnne

  32. Helene Mary
    06/11/2013

    Several days have attending the funeral of my mother,would died suddenly in a tragic car accident. A close friend of mine said to me that his wife describe me as elegant. This kind comment gave me such comfort. I so wanted my mom funeral to be exactly as she wanted. This gave me such comfort, in a time of such despair. Words can be so powerful. People are sometimes unaware of what a impact they can have on your self-worth. Kindness and compassion both in acts and words can change your outlook on yourself and others.

  33. Sastique
    08/01/2014

    Wonderful list. Thoroughly enjoyed reading through them. Not too sure about the image portraying elegance though…then again who doesn’t love Jennifer Aniston ;)

    Love your website too. I’ll be coming back for more!
    -Amber M.

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