Similar authors to follow
See more recommendations
About Fiona Ferris
Customers Also Bought Items By
Are you bored with everything that’s hanging in your closet, and think that the only solution is to go out and buy something new?
Well, this book shows you how to learn to love dressing yourself again, starting with what you already own and combining that with a new season’s mindset… so you can have fun, feel good, look fabulous and all without spending a bomb. Sound good?
If you don't know how to appreciate the clothes you already have, you will forever be adding to your closet and wondering why nothing feels exciting to you.
In The Chic Closet you will find out:
- Inspired ways to regain your excitement for your wardrobe
- Fun tips on building your own 'personal brand'
- How your closet can be a powerful slimming tool
- Why your muse is such an important part of styling yourself
- Why creating your own 'fashion uniform' could be the best thing you ever did
- How to create the perfect wardrobe for you, your budget and your lifestyle
The easier it is to look good with minimal effort, the better your life will be.
Far from being frivilous and selfish, taking the time to learn how to figure out your ideal style actually lets you give more to others. You are more productive and you get to feel amazing at the same time. Life becomes easier and less stressful. Win/win/win/win!
Even if you think style doesn't matter, it does.
You might think people don't notice what you wear and how you wear it, but they do, even if subconsciously. But more than that, it just feels good to look good. You truly can live a better life when you dress better. Why not try something new?
And the good news is that it doesn't have to take a lot of money - or time - to elevate your personal style.
My philosophy is based on inspiration, thrift, elegance, self-development and fun. If something is not enjoyable and easy, then what's the point?
In The Chic Closet you will find out how to fall in love with your wardrobe all over again, and align your look with the images on your Pinterest page that you covet. This will help you find out why the disconnect between those stylish looks and how you dress every day.
If you are ready to uplevel your personal style in a fresh and inspiring way, download The Chic Closet and join Fiona on your journey to a chic personal style which fully clicks with the ideal you!
En este libro encontrarás treinta capítulos o días llenos de alegría, compartiendo formas divertidas y emocionantes de dar el sentido chic ideal a tu vida. Treinta días chic es una guía cálida, alentadora y fantástica sobre como llevar una vida sencilla y hermosa de inspiración francesa. Disfruta de docenas de ideas deliciosas sin costo y siéntete inspirada para mejorar tu vida y la de los demás sin esfuerzo.
A través de su popular blog howtobechic.com, la autora Fiona Ferris proporciona a miles de mujeres de todo el mundo, herramientas e inspiración para elevar lo cotidiano y mundano a lo mágico.
Día 1 Tener un estado mental de Paris
Día 2 Aliméntate con comida real
Día 3 Báñate en la mística
Día 4 Maquíllate los ojos
Día 5 Crea y protege tu jardín secreto
Día 6 Se tu propia tía Francesa
Día 7 Honra tu cuerpo con movimientos chic
Día 8 Se maravillosamente positive
Día 9 Apoya tu fundación de caridad
Día 10 Simplifica tu vida para la abundancia
Día 11 Adopta una forma de ser poco dramática
Día 12 Cuida tu armario como si fuera tu propia boutique de bijou
Día 13 Disfruta de tu feminidad
Día 14 Diseña la vida de tus sueños
Día 15 Cultiva la serenidad y la calma en tu vida
Día 16 Crea un santuario en casa
Día 17 Cuida exquisitamente tu aseo personal
Día 18 De a poco y a menudo
Día 19 Socializar de una manera relajada
Día 20 Ser tu propio chef
Día 21 Inspírate
Día 22 Construye el descanso en tu rutina diaria
Día 23 Ser financieramente chic
Día 24 Vive una vida de lujo
Día 25 Recoge la satisfacción en pequeñas cantidades
Día 26 Haz cada día mágico
Día 27 Abraza la creatividad y disfruta de los beneficios
Día 28 Piensa en tu casa como si fuera un hotel boutique
Día 29 Haz tus diligencias
Día 30 Sumérgete en la belleza sensual
Día de bonificación Tomar medidas inspiradoras
My name is Fiona Ferris, and this was me. But then I took it a step further – I educated myself on being an author, and started self-publishing my books five short years ago. Within two years I became a fully self-supported work-from-home author, and my happy success continues to this day.
I still pinch myself that this is my reality, and I genuinely believe that if I can do it, anyone with a desire to write can do it. In this book I share everything I have learned, along with my best success tips to help you on your author journey.
What’s in The Chic Author?
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 How I became a successful author in a few short years
Chapter 2 What to write about?
Chapter 3 Don’t settle for a mediocre life!
Chapter 4 How to find the time to write
Chapter 5 Create a motivating goal for yourself
Chapter 6 My favourite way to structure my writing
Chapter 7 How to write
Chapter 8 How would SHE show up?
Chapter 9 How to get past your fears
Chapter 10 Write fast
Chapter 11 The flow of your book and ‘extras’
Chapter 12 The hidden benefits of exploring your author fantasy
Chapter 13 How to edit your book
Chapter 14 Creating a beautiful cover for your book
Chapter 15 Formatting your book for publication
Chapter 16 Self-publishing or traditional publishing?
Chapter 17 Why I chose Amazon to publish my books
Chapter 18 Pricing your book for success
Chapter 19 How to market your book for free
Chapter 20 How to gain readership for your blog and social media pages
Chapter 21 Just start!
100 Ways to Create Your Dream Life as a Successful Author
If you are a reader of my blog ‘How to be Chic’ or follow me on social media, you might have seen my ‘30 Chic Days Series’ on making the most of staying at home. I have spent several weeks confined to the home. We all have.
My writing is all about living a simple, beautiful and successful life without spending a lot of money. I enjoy decorating my home on a budget, having a ‘make-do and mend’ mindset, being creative, and dreaming up my own inspiration.
After finishing the series, I knew it needed a wider audience and hence this book was created. I have polished up the daily entries and added to them where appropriate. In addition, at the end of this book I leave you with 21 Ways to be Chic at Home – a summary of inspiring ideas and points to have you feeling more buoyant.
I find with inspiration that it helps my state of mind enormously. Things can seem heavy and insurmountable, but then with a fresh perspective, suddenly the sun comes out and you are feeling brighter.
This doesn’t just apply during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic situation either. In all hard times, whether it is a divorce, death of a loved one or loss of a job or business, there is grief. But there is also always tomorrow. A better day. A day for living.
It is my wish that this book cheers you on, gives you new ideas to thrive with, inspires your creativity and helps you to carry on. You already have the magic within you, and I can’t wait to share all of my inspiration to help you bring it out.
What’s inside ’30 Chic Days at Home’?
Day 1 - Create a cozy nook
Day 2 - Inspire yourself and dream of better days
Day 3 - Scent the air with music
Day 4 - The joy of getting things done
Day 5 - Go on a health retreat
Day 6 - Keep in touch with technology
Day 7 - Lockdown chic
Day 8 - Welcome colour
Day 9 - Read a good book
Day 10 - Create something
Day 11 - Sort your photos
Day 12 - Keep the faith
Day 13 - Have things to look forward to
Day 14 - Rest when you need to
Day 15 - What will you change after this time?
Day 16 - Use your nice things
Day 17 - Set your goals
Day 18 - Learn something
Day 19 - Find your favourite comedy
Day 20 - Be a bright spark
Day 21 - Make do and mend
Day 22 - Self talk
Day 23 - Create order
Day 24 - Go with the flow
Day 25 - Move it baby!
Day 26 - Take a nap
Day 27 - Luxurious mornings
Day 28 - Take the wins
Day 29 - Be different to everyone else
Day 30 - Future plans
Bonus Day - Being feminine around the home
Bonus Day - Keep the home fires burning
21 Ways to be chic at home during difficult times
Inside you will find thirty chapters (or 'days') with thoughtful ways of creating a wonderful haute couture way of living. A beautiful, unique, precious, timeless, custom-designed lifestyle that fits you perfectly. A life in which you feel like… yourself.
Through her popular blog ‘How to be Chic’, author Fiona Ferris provides thousands of women from around the world with inspiring ideas on living a simple, beautiful and successful life.
Can you relate? Do you have a similar story?
I think it’s fair to say that most of us already know the basics to losing weight and maintaining slimness... in theory. So what’s stopping us doing that, instead of spending all our time and energy following diets, going for the next quick fix, despairing over our clothes not fitting yet eating more to feel better?
Imagine if you simply went about your day in a normal and carefree manner, eating what you knew was tasty and healthy and not giving it a second thought until it came time to prepare your next meal. Imagine how much mental space and energy would be freed up to do other things.
It’s something I have pondered a lot over the years; I mean, how hard can it be to eat normally and be a normal weight? To peacefully co-exist with food? What was wrong with me that I could not get this one part of my life right?
The answer my friends, is M I N D S E T. Once I started working on my mindset, I realized I could find my way back to my happy weight – gently, patiently and lovingly.
Of course, I knew I needed to change the way I ate, but having the right mindset helped me keep on going and not give up at the first hurdle (or craving). The great news is that eating well and looking after yourself becomes easier over time. It becomes your new normal.
I know from personal experience that if you can get your food thoughts under control, it releases so much mental energy and you are set free to start living your life; instead of spending much of the day thinking about food and eating; trying to eat normally and feeling out of control.
Everything in this book is designed to change your mindset in lots of little ways, from many different angles. If you make small enough changes and have them bed in as ‘just what you do’, the ‘I don’t want to change, I’m comfortable the way I am’ part of your brain will not be triggered.
Diets address the outside world – what we are eating – but they do nothing to change the inside world – our mindset. Changing the outside world brings the novelty of something new, plus willpower works for a while; but then our mind will snap us back to what we were doing before, because the changes we made were superficial.
Sometimes one trick that had worked for a while stopped working so well for me and I found myself slipping back into old habits. So I started devising a chic toolkit of sorts that I could dip into whenever I needed the motivation.
I have so many techniques in my toolkit now, that if I fall off the wagon I can pick myself up so much quicker than I used to. As a result, my eating (and my weight) is much more stable and therefore healthier. I also have a wonderful peace of mind around food that I did not have before.
If this resonates with you, I invite you to join me. Like my first book Thirty Chic Days, this book is set up into thirty distinct chapters, or ‘days’.
This book isn’t a typical diet book with a list of rules, to-dos and meal plans. I hope that it won’t be dry or bossy or prescriptive. My goal for this book is to be happy, inspiring, encouraging and a little bit silly at times; because when we get too serious, we stop listening.
Despite the natural beauty, despite your looking forward to the coziness of winter, you find that a few short months later yes, again, things have gone awry. You have ploughed headlong into winter without design or plan; you are wearing the same clothes as last year because you have not put thought into your wardrobe; you have put on weight from indiscriminate eating and you are complaining in your head, or worse, out loud that ‘it’s cold today’. This was me!
Many warm-blooded creatures hibernate when it is cold out and go with their natural instincts by doing so. They do not enter the spring season stressed out; rather, animals waking up from hibernation are coming to sleepily, well rested and ready for the warmer season; so, why don’t we?
We would not go to sleep for months on end, but perhaps we can take a leaf out of their book and make each winter a mental spa time of rejuvenation, beauty and pleasure.
I decided to write this book as a kind of insurance, to remind me of my exciting winter plans. It is easy to be enthusiastic about the winter season when the leaves are turning. Fall fashions are always fun to look forward to, even for a non-fashionista like me – the September issue of Vogue! I can rekindle my love for the colours of plum, navy and camel at this time of year. But a few months later the novelty has already worn off.
This book is also a toolkit of all the ideas that have worked so well in previous winters, as well as new ideas I want to capture. I started this book in autumn, and am now finishing it up in spring. I am so pleased to have tried all my ideas out in a ‘test’ environment!
Read ‘How to be Chic in the Winter’ to discover my strategy for not just surviving, but thriving this winter; on how to have a chic and beautiful winter season and emerge, like a butterfly ready for a gorgeous spring and summer.
Chapter 1. Know that winter is a different season
Start winter with a goal
Be ahead of the game
Look forward to winter
Chapter 2. Create a winter menu plan
Breakfasts that are warming, filling and healthy
Lunches for work and home
Dinners – tweak the winter classics
Fiona’s favourite winter recipes
Red Lentil and Tomato soup
‘Bangers’ (sausages) and mash
Apple and Boysenberry Crumble
Chapter 3. Break up the long winter
Learn something or have a project to complete
Chapter 4. Work on feeling good
Home as your winter sanctuary
Dress in clothes that make you feel good
Be cozy when you are at home
Take care of your grooming
Chapter 5. Keep your motivation up
Do things quickly
If you are a summer person
Make plans for the next six to twelve months
Chapter 6. Create your ideal chic winter season
Bonus journal questions
About the author
Instead of feeling constricted and broke when you are on a slim income or have debt to pay off, ‘Financially Chic’ invites you to look upon it as a fun and exciting adventure; where you can gain as much enjoyment as possible for the least amount of cost, as well as learning to get ahead financially. It feels creative and satisfying and will set you up for a lifetime of good habits, no matter the age you are starting from.
My wish for this book is that it encourages you to think about money in a way that makes you feel in control, uplifted and inspired to steer yourself towards a joyous and prosperous future. I want to share my contagious beliefs that dealing with your money can be fun and exciting. I know many women have a fractious relationship with their finances and can often be quite scared of dealing with things. I have felt that way in the past too.
I do hope you will join me in this journey because it feels so much better to have a good relationship with your money than not. I love the saying Look after your money, and your money will look after you. It does not have to be scary, and you do not have to worry about becoming greedy if you focus on your finances; all that will happen is that this important area of your life will feel happier, freer and more bountiful. It is a glorious feeling and it is well within your reach.
I hope that by the end of this book you will be eager and enthusiastic about your own finances, in fact, I am sure you will.
How I became interested in personal finance
About this book
Chapter 1. Start from the beginning
What do you believe about money?
Make your finances fun and enjoyable
Simplify your life
Chapter 2. Be savvy and a good steward of your money
Living well on a moderate income
Add up what your vice is costing you
Try out cheaper options
‘The free part’
Cap limits in your life
Decide for yourself what you splurge and save on
Spend more time at home
Make your own meals most of the time
Do not be afraid to ask for gifts
Slim down your magazine choices
Chapter 3. Live like a millionaire now and feel rich every day
Do not wait to be rich to feel good
Use your good things
Surround yourself with beauty
Keep only what your future self would have in her beautiful home
Visit five-star luxury and soak it in
Replace broken items with quality, cherish the rest
Feel luxurious in budget-friendly ways
Curate your wardrobe
Cultivate an expensive-looking personal style
Have an elegant personal demeanour
‘Expensive’ décor on a budget
Chapter 4. See how you rich are already
Know where your finances are at
Speak positively about your finances
Cultivate a happy and relaxed feeling around money
Contentment as a financial tool
Think beyond a purchase to its exit
Chapter 5. Inspire yourself to a wealthy future
Keep your vibration high
Share your dreams with your other half
Commit to being debt-free
Take inspiration from expensive stores
Read inspirational money books and find fun ways to educate yourself
Think as if you were creating your own personal brand
Have role models
Inside this book you will find thirty chapters (or 'days') full of joie de vivre sharing fun and exciting ways to bring your ideal chic life into being. 'Thirty Chic Days' is a warm, encouraging and fanciful guide on living a simple and beautiful French-inspired life. Enjoy dozens of delicious no-cost ideas and feel inspired to uplevel yourself and your surroundings in an effortless and enjoyable way.
Through her popular blog 'How to be Chic' author Fiona Ferris provides thousands of women from all around the world with tools and inspiration to elevate the everyday from mundane to magical.
Day 1 Have a Paris state of mind
Day 2 Eat real food
Day 3 Bathe yourself in mystique
Day 4 Make up your eyes
Day 5 Create and guard your secret garden
Day 6 Be your own French aunt
Day 7 Honour your body with chic movement
Day 8 Be beautifully positive
Day 9 Support your signature charity
Day 10 Simplify your life for abundance
Day 11 Adopt a low-drama way of being
Day 12 Curate your wardrobe like it is your own bijou boutique
Day 13 Indulge in your femininity
Day 14 Design the life of your dreams
Day 15 Cultivate serenity and calmness in your life
Day 16 Create a sanctuary at home
Day 17 Take exquisite care of your grooming
Day 18 Little and often
Day 19 Socialise in a relaxed manner
Day 20 Be your own chef
Day 21 Inspire yourself
Day 22 Build rest and repose into your daily routine
Day 23 Be financially chic
Day 24 Live a life of luxury
Day 25 Collect contentment in petite measures
Day 26 Make every day magical
Day 27 Embrace creativity and enjoy the benefits
Day 28 Think of your home as if it were a boutique hotel
Day 29 Walk your errands
Day 30 Immerse yourself in sensuous beauty
Bonus Day Take inspired action
If you enjoyed Jennifer L. Scott’s ‘Lessons from Madame Chic’, Tish Jett’s ‘Forever Chic’ or Shannon Ables’ ‘Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life’, you will love ‘Thirty Chic Days’!
This book deconstructs just why this was, and details how to create a holiday season that will not only make you happier, but also more enjoyable for your loved ones.
No matter the time of year you are reading ‘A Chic and Simple Christmas’, whether it is the second week in December or the middle of April, it is never too soon to start thinking about your ideal Christmas holiday season. By this I don’t mean start your gift shopping; I mean really work out for yourself what you would like to experience, and start creating and planning for that.
If your holiday season experiences don’t quite match the idyllic vision you have in your mind, I’d love for you to be inspired by ‘A Chic and Simple Christmas’ where I share how to create a holiday season you will love.
Table of Contents
Choose what a chic Christmas season feels like for you
Christmas style versus your personal style
Declutter what doesn't fit your vision of a chic Christmas
Prepare for a chic holiday season
Clear all non-essentials from December
Get shopping out of the way
Keep yourself healthy
Declutter in advance
Simplify before the holidays
Gifting vs non-gifting
Enjoying the holiday season
If Christmas entertaining stresses you out
Be extra gentle with yourself
Accommodating two or more families
Simple and relaxing
When you’re a guest or have guests to stay
What to wear?
Have exciting things to look forward to in the New Year
Be your own cheerleader
Plans for the year?
Make every day like Christmas
– The Christmas ‘Best of’ from my How of be Chic blog
A Serene Season
A Christmas Tail
A Simple Christmas
Relax, it's only December
The Importance of a Good Routine
A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This book is a collation of mini-essays from 'How to be Chic' and contains my first three ebooks together in one volume. I offer you fun and useful ways to elevate your daily way of being, which can often be done instantly and without cost.
For the most part all that is needed is a change in the way you are thinking. You may find a new idea which will instantly resonate, causing you to transform the way you do things and begin to effortlessly achieve your personal goals. That's when the magic happens!
Have you ever noticed how you can read something uplifting and it switches your mindset so you end up having a better day than you might have otherwise. What you focus on becomes more prevalent in your life, so why not choose to focus on something beautiful.
'How to Live Well' contains practical and easy ways to bring more peace and elegance into your life.
'Chic Inspiration' gives encouragement to create your own version of a truly charmed life.
'How to be Slim and Healthy' is focused on the topic of blending the European way of eating into your own life wherever you may live - for pleasure, slimness and good health.
Please join me for weekly inspiration on living a simple and beautiful French-inspired life at howtobechic.com and pick up my free special report ‘21 ways to be chic’ while you are there.