Welcome to the Refined Network.
We are a group of bloggers who believe that it is not only possible to incorporate elegant, luxurious and refined living into our everyday lives – but that it is essential to do so.
“Luxury is the opposite of vulgarity. Luxury is the opposite of status. It is the ability to make a a living by being oneself. It is the freedom to refuse to live from habit. Luxury is liberty. Luxury is elegance.” – Coco Chanel
We are grown up enough to realize that a fabulous wardrobe, flawless skin and a picture perfect life does not a well-rounded person make – but yet also realize the benefits of those things. Sure, we want to be stylish; but we also want to be well read, give back to our community and be elegant and graceful. We love to be called elegant, but we also want to have a satisfying career, amazing abs, good skin and a well decorated home. We want to be glamorous, yet maintain successful relationships with paramours and family, a balanced Bank account and be organized, be happy enough to recognize the good fortune in our lives and relaxed enough to enjoy it… We want the whole package. It’s about finding out how you can cultivate life’s pleasures in a way that makes you feel like a billion dollars. It’s about expressing your life’s passions through personal style, refined pastimes and gracious living. It’s about quality over quantity, substance over stuff and choosing luxe over lazy.
“Extreme luxury isn’t the most bling-bling, it’s extreme refinement, which is couture at its finest.” – Karl Lagerfeld
This network, and this blog by extension, is all about how our contributors sort through their lives – refine it, if you will – and incorporate those lessons into their everyday lives. The process of refinement involves removing impurities or unwanted elements in order to get to the ideal substance. This is what the Refined Side is about; Removing the bad behaviours society has made so easy to fall into and embracing luxurious living with elegance and refinement.
“Luxury is not a necessity to me, but but beautiful and good things are.” – Anais Nin
People somehow spend more time reading about the bra-less twerking antics of Miley Cyrus or the latest happenings with the Kardashian family than they do planning for success or finding pleasure in their own daily lives. They have become lazy and stuck in a rut of watching hours upon hours of reality television rather than embracing their own. Bad food and lifestyle choices have led to weight gain and faces full of blemishes that hundreds of dollars worth of cream and camouflaging clothing can’t solve.
La Vie en Luxe?
Our tagline, La Vie en Luxe, simply means to live a luxurious life. What do we mean by a luxurious life? It means finding ways to add luxury to your everyday life in a way that brings you – and you alone – pleasure. Perhaps your luxury is a new handbag every season, perhaps your luxury means a quiet coffee away from a screaming toddler. Perhaps your luxury means a back massage from a partner, perhaps it means a weekend getaway to the Seychelles. Perhaps your luxury is having freshly painted toenails every Monday morning, perhaps it’s unwinding with a glass of wine after a long day. Luxury is whatever brings you pleasure and comfort. Our Contributors are as varied as our readers are – across borders and geographies, age and relationship status, economic situation and ideas. We want to show you that anyone can live La Vie En Luxe, and we hope the Refined Side inspires that for you.
So what can you do about it?
The Refined Side is all about making a commitment to yourself – embracing a luxurious, elegant and refined lifestyle that may have previously alluded you. Don’t misunderstand us, the lifestyle is not about an unattainable level of perfection. It’s not about having lots of money and it’s not about having (or not having) children and husbands. It’s about finding how you can incorporate elegance and glamour into your everyday life through small adjustments that in time will add up to feeling better about yourself – inside and out.
We are not perfect ourselves.
None of us are perfect. You’ll not have to look far to see some examples of when our Contributors have made mistakes in trying to embrace La Vie En Luxe, yet will share with you how they recognized their learnings and moved on. Let’s face it, none of us perfect – and we’re never going to be. We’re simply making a commitment to living our lives with the Refined Side tenet in mind – living with glamour, elegance and refinement – and truly believe that focusing on adding these luxuries to our lives will make them better.
Whether you identify with one of us and find a new source of inspiration from a contributor’s blog – or you identify with all of us and come to love the Refined Side as we do – it doesn’t matter. We want you to live la vie en luxe, which to us means living a life defined by your own version of luxurious living. Whether you’re a country girl homesteading on a farm (like Michelle), a city girl with kids (like Amanda) or a single girl finding her way (like Dawn), there is something here for you. There is something that each and every one of us can do right now – today – to make our lives more luxurious.
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Welcome to the Refined Side.