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Online Image, Etiquette, and Self-development Course for Women

Lynda Margaret is the founder and mentor of  The Elegance Course.  The E Course is an image, etiquette and self-development course for women.  Lynda supports her mentored clients as they progress through the course.

Website on the feminine arts – A Lady Like You

Lynda is the author of all articles published on A Lady Like You.  This website (and it’s previous incarnation as Becoming A Lady) have been operating since 2010.

Author of Book – A Lady’s 7 Secrets (2011)

In 2011, Lynda released her Book A Lady’s 7 Secrets.  She currently makes this book freely accessible for subscribers to her newsletter.

Articles

  • 3 “Must-Have” Tips for the Petite or Short Woman

    With these three easy-to-remember dress tips you can use your clothing and accessories to create an illusion of greater height.  The eye can play tricks through the use of shape, style and line. Tip #1:  Smaller Things Make You Look Bigger By wearing accessories that are on the delicate side, the eye of the viewer puts […] The post 3 “Must-Have” Tips for the Petite or Short Woman appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Learn Sign Language

    You may never have had a desire to learn sign language.  I hope that in the next few minutes I can show you why it would be a great feather in your cap. #1: Hearing Loss is Common Hearing loss is much more common than you think.  There are approximately one million deaf people living […] The post 7 Reasons Why You Should Learn Sign Language appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Feeling Empty Inside – Overcoming Emotional Numbness

    What is it that leaves us feeling empty inside? We continue to add more and more ‘stuff’ to our life, but somehow the ‘hole’ inside of us just seems to get bigger. Our world calls on us to be stronger…. tougher… thinner…. richer…. and busier, every day of our life. We strive on…. push forward… […] The post Feeling Empty Inside – Overcoming Emotional Numbness appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • How to Stand Like a Lady – with Poise and Elegance

    Learning how to stand like a lady with poise and elegance, can make you appear thinner, younger, healthier, and more feminine.  It also helps to know how to stand in a pleasing way when you have a camera pointed at you, so as to be sure that you are going to be happy with the […] The post How to Stand Like a Lady – with Poise and Elegance appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Embrace Your Femininity

    How to tap into your feminine energy You should embrace your femininity because it is at the very core of your basic nature.  In the modern world, this inner feminine woman is often left confused.  She often finds herself trying to compete in what is still very much a man's world.  In this world, feminine […] The post Embrace Your Femininity appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • The Top 7 Tips on How to be Feminine

    It is getting harder for a woman to know how to be feminine.  Grace, charm, elegance, and etiquette are skills that are rarely passed down through the generations anymore. So you want to know how to be more feminine and attractive.  Here are 7 tips on how to be feminine in a modern world. Tip […] The post The Top 7 Tips on How to be Feminine appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Jetiquette – Etiquette for Airplane Travel

    Airplane etiquette seems to be something that nobody considers. Plane travel can be very stressful.  Travelers are so focused on all the things that need to be done to get to the end of their journey.  Ticket purchase, queuing, checking in, bag requirements, security, boarding, seating, and customs are all things which can drive the […] The post Jetiquette – Etiquette for Airplane Travel appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Smoking in Public – Cigarette Etiquette

    For those who choose to smoke cigarettes (or ‘vape’ e-cigarettes) in public, there is an expected cigarette etiquette which accompanies this behavior.  As with all etiquette, these social rules are in order to ensure the least discomfort for everyone present.  Smoking in public places is often the cause of must unpleasantness, when the smoker is […] The post Smoking in Public – Cigarette Etiquette appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • The Hostess Gift – Knowing what to bring

    The hostess gift is a way of thanking the hostess for the time, effort, and cost involved in preparing for the event to which you are invited.  It is a good exercise in gratitude to spend a few moments considering the effort undertaken to provide a pleasurable experience for you.  This should ensure that Hostess […] The post The Hostess Gift – Knowing what to bring appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Christmas Card Etiquette

    Many of us still partake in the yearly ritual of sending Christmas cards to those people who are on our Christmas card list. It is a way of remembering those people in our lives that we will not be personally visiting over the holiday season, to let them know that they are still in our […] The post Christmas Card Etiquette appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Greetings – How to meet people with style and grace

    I always remember the expression that “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  The first time that you meet someone is a landmark event for any future contact that you may have with that person.  This makes it very important to start off the relationship in a healthy way, and know how […] The post Greetings – How to meet people with style and grace appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Is it RIP for the RSVP? – Are your invitations getting acknowledged?

    The Definition RSVP is a French acronym, “répondez s’il vous plaît”, which translates into English as “respond please”. It is used on invitations in which the host requests that the invitee respond whether they will be attending or not. The Problem Hosts are relating a constant problem that invited guests are not taking notice of […] The post Is it RIP for the RSVP? – Are your invitations getting acknowledged? appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • How to taste wine like a pro

    If you have been invited to a wine tasting and you have no idea what to do, then this article is for you.  You will at least know how to look like you know how to taste wine like a pro. 1.  Look 2.  Smell 3.  Taste That will get you through just about any […] The post How to taste wine like a pro appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Give your nails a home manicure

    Giving your nails a home manicure is more practical for a lot of women due to financial or time constraints. Perhaps you just enjoy caring for yourself and find a manicure an enjoyable time that you can spend with yourself. Here is how to manicure your nails at home. You could print this article out […] The post Give your nails a home manicure appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • The world is just a bigger playground – Be a good playmate

    Do you remember your childhood playground days? Was it a positive experience? Did you feel safe and able to fully express your individuality? We may like to think that we have put our playground days behind us, especially if they were unpleasant. The truth is that life’s lessons will continue to play on us, until […] The post The world is just a bigger playground – Be a good playmate appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Growing short hair – Do it with style and class

    So, you’ve decided that you’ve outgrown your short hair style and want to let those locks grow out.  Growing short hair can take a bit of effort to do if you want to continue to look half decent while it is growing.  You can begin to wonder if you will ever look attractive ever again. […] The post Growing short hair – Do it with style and class appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Self Talk: Clearing out negative thoughts

    When you are alone, how do you speak to yourself ? What words come to mind when you look at yourself in the mirror? Have you ever caught yourself thinking “I am stupid”, “I am lazy”, “I am ugly” or “I am fat”? If you are regularly having negative thoughts, you face an uphill battle to […] The post Self Talk: Clearing out negative thoughts appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • How to keep calm when in a difficult conversation

    There is no room in good society for a lady who is intolerant of the lives  of other people. Such women are soon weeded out as being unsuitable to invite anywhere and generally unpleasant to be around.  We all know what it feels like to find ourselves trapped in a difficult conversation.  We struggle to […] The post How to keep calm when in a difficult conversation appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Keeping a Sleep Diary

    The amount of sleep that we need at night varies greatly between each individual.  Even with each person, the sleep requirement alters, depending on age, lifestyle, and health.  Keeping a sleep diary is the way to keep watch over the needs of your body. How much sleep do we need? Most adult women have a […] The post Keeping a Sleep Diary appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Caring for your Decolletage

    What is a Decolletage? (Décolletage) Your decolletage (also called décolleté) is the skin that covers your chest from your neckline down to your cleavage. It is a French term which seems to have no English translation, except perhaps cleavage or exposed chest area. Perhaps this is due to the fact that, although the décolletage has […] The post Caring for your Decolletage appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Energize the Divine Feminine

    Women are out in the world doing it, and bringing their unique abilities to the forefront of the workplace. This is something so new that it has never been seen before in the history of mankind. But… I am worried… During the 1960’s, emerging feminism equated “Equality of the Sexes” with being the “same” as […] The post Energize the Divine Feminine appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Goal Setting is an important element of success

    Goal setting is a vital element of a lady’s self-development.  Life is a never-ending journey. Unless we have it clear in our mind which milestones we want to reach along the way, we will waste our lives going in various directions that aren’t of our own desire. We also notice that we repeatedly find ourselves […] The post Goal Setting is an important element of success appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • TMI What I don’t want to know about you

    “It is so lovely to meet you.  I am looking forward to hearing a lot more about your life, family, friends, career and interests.” Before you take this as an open invitation to tell me absolutely every boring detail about your life, let me tell you what I don’t want to know about you. TMI […] The post TMI What I don’t want to know about you appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • The Dying Art of Listening Skills

    Understanding of people around you is gained by being able to really listen. Although we hear instinctively, listening skills need to be developed and worked upon. A woman who does not know how to really listen to people will come across as being self-absorbed and lacking compassion. Great tips Here are seven great ways for […] The post The Dying Art of Listening Skills appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Shake hands confidently as a woman

    In the westernized business environment, it has become commonplace for women to shake hands with clients and associates.  This also can extend in the social environment, depending on the situation. Women can have a tendency to offer a very limp handshake, or otherwise behave like Sumo wrestlers.  This makes it very important for a lady […] The post Shake hands confidently as a woman appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Hairstyles for Women – Cutting to your face shape

    What face shape do you have?  Have you managed to get to your age without even knowing?  Let that stop right here.  In order to make correct decisions about the best hairstyles for women, you should really know what your face shape is.  Most women are able to tell you their sun sign in a […] The post Hairstyles for Women – Cutting to your face shape appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Explaining the Invitation Dress Code

    It is always lovely to receive an invitation to an event.  It’s even more pleasurable if you know how to dress to the requested dress code. Invitation Dress Code White Tie (Formal) – This is as formal as it gets.  Wear a floor-length evening gown that fits you perfectly (and covers you).  Gloves are preferred, […] The post Explaining the Invitation Dress Code appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Buying shoes – Get it right the first time

    Wearing the right pair of shoes means a lot to a woman. Men may call it our obsession, but until they have stood for an hour in high-heel shoes that are causing their feet to bleed, they can’t possibly know just how important buying shoes that are fit for purpose are. If we are in […] The post Buying shoes – Get it right the first time appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • A Very Simple Skin Care Routine

    This article is designed for the woman who doesn’t currently have a skin care routine in place.  She may feel overwhelmed by the vast array of products on the market and their purposes. This skin care routine is very simple and can be achieved on almost any budget.  The skin on the face is quite […] The post A Very Simple Skin Care Routine appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • The Secrets of Self-discipline

    Definition of self-discipline: Control of oneself, willpower. There is often an image in a woman’s mind that to become a lady is to live a life of leisure.  The reality is vastly different.  A lady is constantly working on her self-development and self-discipline to ensure that she is able to get the best from herself. Some […] The post The Secrets of Self-discipline appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • High Tea Etiquette

    High tea is being reinvented. It is a great way for people to make friends and network in a pleasing environment. This should be a time for you to enjoy yourself. Being aware of the etiquette involved in taking high tea will ensure that you can relax without worrying about whether you are showing your […] The post High Tea Etiquette appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Easy Conversation Starters – Small talk is big business

    Typical Conversation Starters… “Yesterday, I did blah, blah, blah..” “My child said blah, blah, blah..” “I saw blah, blah, blah on the TV.” The reason that good conversation starters are lacking in our modern times is that we have become lazy and self-absorbed. We much prefer to talk about ourselves than discuss something which may […] The post Easy Conversation Starters – Small talk is big business appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Getting in and out of a car with poise

    This is a favorite with the paparazzi.  Every week there seems to be another terribly embarrassing photograph of a celebrity ungraciously getting in or out of a car.    All of the fame and money in the world is no substitute for an education in female poise. Why poise is important Most women will live their […] The post Getting in and out of a car with poise appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • How to Apply Lip Liner Correctly – with Video

    Knowing how to apply lip liner is the secret to not only having beautifully defined lips, it also works to reduce lipstick bleeding and can be used to get extra staying power out of your lipstick color. If you feel that your lips are uneven, proper application of liner can create a more appealing lip […] The post How to Apply Lip Liner Correctly – with Video appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Female Chastity in Today’s World

    Did the sexual revolution that rocked America in the 1960’s change forever the expectation that a lady live in chastity? Are women free to express their sexuality in public and still be respected as a lady?  Does female chastity still have a place in today’s world? It is fatally easy for Western folk, who have […] The post Female Chastity in Today’s World appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • What is a Casual Dress Code?

    I find the topic of casual dress code to be a very interesting topic.  There is a subjective element in its understanding. What one woman considers to be appropriate is rarely shared by women generally. While it is something personal to a woman’s taste and style, there are also other elements at play. “Casual Dress […] The post What is a Casual Dress Code? appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Female Body Odor – How to Smell like a Rose

    Sometimes you can’t smell your own body odor.  Sometimes it nearly knocks you out! We just have to face it as something that all human beings have and make sure that we have a self-care system in place which stops us from having to worry about whether we smell or not. What is Body Odor […] The post Female Body Odor – How to Smell like a Rose appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Are Women the Weaker Sex?

    The phrase “the weaker sex” is considered offensive to many people. I believe that the phrase is representative of acceptable oppression of women and should be considered obsolete in our modern language. Now, the ladies being together under these circumstances, it was extremely natural that the discourse should turn upon the propensity of mankind to […] The post Are Women the Weaker Sex? appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Is Women Swearing Acceptable?

    I know that peer pressure encourages us to swear. Swearing is verbal communion, where we use keywords which represent various emotions and connect us as a group. I understand this need to be accepted in our community.  However, as a lady, I seek to minimize offense that my ignorance might cause to other people.   […] The post Is Women Swearing Acceptable? appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • How to Build Confidence and Self-Esteem

    Of all the questions that I am asked by my clients, without question, the number 1 question is from women asking how to build confidence.  A woman who isn’t comfortable in her own skin doesn’t have much confidence in herself.  She wants to blend seamlessly into the background and not be noticed by anyone.  Perhaps […] The post How to Build Confidence and Self-Esteem appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • Table Manners – My 8 Top Tips on Dining Etiquette

    Do you have a fancy dinner to go to and don’t have time to sift through volumes of material on table manners? Did you feel uncomfortable at an event and don’t want it to happen again? Don’t have the time? Whatever the reason, let me just give it to you straight in one quick, easy […] The post Table Manners – My 8 Top Tips on Dining Etiquette appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • How to Relieve Sore Feet in High Heels

    You know the feeling…. You buy a gorgeous pair of high heels and they soon turn into your arch enemies… Sore feet in high heels cause you nothing but sheer agony.  This is nothing short of inconvenient at the very time when you are trying to look calm and collected. I am beginning to find that […] The post How to Relieve Sore Feet in High Heels appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • How to Get the Perfect Eyebrow Shape

    Eyebrow Shaping Tips for the Feminine Woman Eyebrows frame our face in the same way that a beautiful painting is framed.  Knowing how to get the perfect eyebrow shape will frame your face beautifully. A delicate face with big busy eyebrows is unnerving, as is a strong face with pencil thin lines. What about those […] The post How to Get the Perfect Eyebrow Shape appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • How to Cross your Legs like a Lady

    Many women will see this title as a contradiction. This is because strict etiquette says that a real lady does not cross her legs, so it should not be possible to say that a woman can have crossed legs. Well… I live in the real world… The reality is that over 70% of women have […] The post How to Cross your Legs like a Lady appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • How to Care for your Hands

    Knowing how to care for your hands will keep them in beautiful condition Whether we are aware of it or not, people make judgments on you based on the condition of your hands. People are sensitive to discovering information about people from non-verbal cues. They can deduce if you are disciplined, organized and self-caring by […] The post How to Care for your Hands appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]

  • First Impressions Matter – How to Make a Good First Impression

    Never underestimate the importance of making a good first impression The moment I see her, I get a sense that she is someone special….  Her posture is my first impression, for her form is obvious to me, well before I can make out any of the finer details. She holds herself upright with a straight […] The post First Impressions Matter – How to Make a Good First Impression appeared first on A Lady Like You. […]