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Day 32 25/02/2012: Inspiration, Elegance, Personality according to Paulo Coelho and Coco Chanel

With yet another day of rain storms, I lounged about on my bed for most of the evening flipping through old sketchbooks, fashion and interior design coffee table books, and playing two very heated games (at least in my head) of Chess with Friends. All this inspiration seeking and day dreaming led me back to Paulo Coelho’s Blog. He is one of my favourite authors and his messages always make me think. One post in particular was from one of my childhood idols and whom will always be an inspiration. Coco Chanel’s drive and refusal to settle on anything less than her best in the most graceful way possible is something, I find, both men and women could learn. She came from nothing only to become maybe the single most influential figure in fashion. Even those who know nothing about fashion know the Chanel name. We remember her for the woman she was and spirit she continues to be, not what she wore.

“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.
Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

I must have read this at least five times each day for the past few days. I know a woman who flashes how expensive her dinners at fine restaurants cost, how expensive her clothes and newest diamond rings cost, the latest gifts from her doting husband, the latest cocktails at the latest bar. …..zzzzzz. It’s great to have these things, truly, but what happens when that’s all you have? The gossipy, cynical realist in my head is thinking about taking bets on how expensive the divorce will cost. I think we all know someone like this in our lives. On men, we often laugh and say the flashy sports car is small penis compensation or a middle aged crisis. What about the bragging of material fashions? Personality compensation? From personal experience, I can say, once you lose those things, they don’t seem to be so appealing. My family once lost our home, possessions, friends, pride, dignity after a bitter law suit we couldn’t afford to fight anymore against a business partner who embezzled everything. Anyone who has gone through a divorce or breakup knows what it’s like to have to start over when he (or she) takes the furniture and house, the dog, the X Men Trilogy, all the wine from that romantic holiday in Bordeaux. Not long ago, a family friend and her husband escaped from their burning house through the 3rd story window. They lost all those beautiful baby shower gifts, their home, their dogs, their toothbrushes. Things are nice, but you can’t create a personality on them. A common conversation starter is, “what would you save if your house was burning down?” My loved one’s life is the answer I always give now after visiting this beautiful couple in the burn unit and all they could think of was each other. Below the article and link. xoxo

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A woman has the age she deserves.
There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!
Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.
Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.
Elegance is refusal.
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.
Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity. Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.
Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.
Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
There are people who have money and people who are rich.

by Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971), a pioneering French fashion designer

Reference: Paulo Coelho’s Blog

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