These words by writer and teacher Ernest Agyemang Yeboah probably have a deep meaning and have nothing to do with clothes but they sounded perfect for the post of today, the 1rst of March, which is the first day of astronomical spring.
It’s freezing in Europe, it’s snowing a lot in many countries but I can’t help, I’m dreaming about spring. A lot of posts dedicated to this beautiful season are coming and, hopefully, better weather!
While I was looking for some quotes to write this post, the first of the year, I found these words by Melody Beattie. I know, starting the year with motivational quotes is a cliché, but I try to stay away from those super over-used ones. They’re impractical, sometimes even cryptic, and used so much that they lost their meaning.
But there’re a lot of words that still mean something and at the right moment they can speak to us.
I’m not one of those people who start the year with a list of good intentions, but I often see a new year as a new chapter, it’s true. It’s kind of motivating. It makes me feel the way I used to feel when I was a child and I had to start a new exercise book, thinking “oh, I’ll write down everything is my best handwriting”. I hope some else can relate, please tell me it is so!
Anyway, I don’t believe in “new year, new me” (another over-used cliché). I believe in trying to be a better me, in all the possible ways, as much as I can. Maybe that’s my new year’s resolution. That’s my huge, frightening goal, I want to be the best version of myself. Everybody should have this goal!
I read these words by Italian philosopher Tommaso d’Aquino (Thomas Aquinas) on Tumblr and they immediately struck me. I know their meaning is supposed to be deep, since d’Aquino was a Dominican friar, a theologian and a philosopher who lived in the XIII century but they can be related to many aspects of our everyday life.
It’s so true that what we love, who we love, define us.
I recently read these words on Tumblr (and I immediately pinned them) and I know they’re pretty unsurprising. Unsurprising but true.
In the era of social media, negative people seem to be everywhere, ready to virtually ambush you, sometimes without even understanding what you wrote, because they probably read one word out of three of your thought. Even if 99% of the times I don’t care about what strangers think about me, I admit that sometimes I take it bad. Not because I care, but because it makes me sad that such people exist, vote and reproduce!
The fact that there’s so much negativity, hatred and rudeness in the world, virtual and real one, makes me sad but one thing is sure. Negative people need other people’s negativity and I’m trying not to give them anything. Most of the time you can avoid them and that’s what I decided to do.
We Believe in Style is 5 years old! I usually don’t care about birthdays and anniversaries but I decided to post a quote about style, since it’s the first thing I published in the blogosphere.
So, I chose some interesting words by Iris Apfel, a woman who knows the subject “style” very well.
These words immediately struck me. I was looking for quotes about style since I didn’t want to post something by Chanel or Yves Saint Laurent. I didn’t want something overdone and very predictable!
Clothes and accessories have always been a great way to express ourselves. The way we dress is a way to communicate. So I think Iris Apfel is right, a great personal style is the natural consequence of knowing ourselves very well and keep exploring!
I always note down quotes that struck me. They can be words by savvy men/women or quotes from books, films, TV series (ah, GoT, what a great source of inspirational quotes!). I also note down lyrics of songs and poems.
Some consider this habit a bit childish but… Whatever, I don’t care. I don’t even take it as an offense, I like my childish side!
Anyway, I don’t like all those cheesy, sometimes cryptic (nonsense, maybe?) motivational quotes that I often see on Pinterest. They’re very successful (thousands of repins!) but seriously, does anybody think they’re true? Probably. Hence the theories according to which people who like “deep” motivational quotes are not smart at all. If this sounds totally new to you, read this article.
These quotes about life and how to live are inspirational and practical. And true! You probably already know some of them, but reading them again surely won’t hurt!
“Remember that life’s big changes rarely give advance warning.” – H. Jackson Brown
“Ask for advice, if you need it, but remember that no one is an expert in your life.” – Unknown (at least for me, I haven’t found the author)
“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” – George R. R. Martin
“Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will evade you. But if you notice the other things around you, it will gently come and sit on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“The way you treat yourself is the standard you set for others.” – Sonya Friedman
“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain
“Holding onto hanger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Buddha
I collect quotes on my Pinterest board called Pearls of Wisdom, take a look to read more beautiful quotes!
This is probably an unusual way to wish you a very happy new year, but I love these words by Neil Gaiman. When I first read them I thought “What?!?”, then I loved them, I even posted them on Instagram so, if you also follow me there, sorry… I usually don’t post the same photos here and there but sometimes I make an exception.
Anyway, I hope you’ll love them and find them as inspiring as I did.
It’s been a long time since I posted some beautiful and inspiring quotes but when I read these words, attributed to Alexander Hamilton, Malcom X, Gordon A. Eadie, Peter Marshall and more, I felt like I needed to share them in the blogosphere. So, I don’t know who said them but whoever did, he (or she) was right.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the results of US elections heavily disappointed many people. And the disappointment is not about to stop. At least, that’s what it seems.
I don’t want to talk politics here on the blog but, talking about fashion, you probably know that designer Sophie Theallet, who dressed Michelle Obama in many occasions, stated that she wouldn’t dress Melania Trump. In Italy we would say “apriti cielo!” (which can be traslated, more or less, with heavens above), because that statement caused a debate, where a lot of people said and wrote anything, included very rude and nonsense things that of course I’m not going to write here because, obviously, style is my creed.
I am very sure that, even if sometimes people only understand their “specific language”, you should never lower youself to that language. It can be tempting but it would lead nowhere. As a person who was just part of the audience and that of course is not 100% touched by Trump’s election, even if I’m very concerned about environment and women’s rights (and possible wars), I will keep with me one of the best statements I’ve ever heard in a while. “When they go low, we go high”.
Michelle Obama, as First Lady of the United States, will be very missed. Because of her style, sometimes great, sometimes debatable but always interesting. Because of her battles for a healthier way of life and for true gender equality. Because she proved to the world that a woman can be a lot of things without sacrificing any.
Melania Trump is a beautiful woman with very good taste for clothes. I don’t care if she posed naked. Models and actresses that I admire did it. It’s their job and it was Melania’s. I know almost nothing about her. I read that she personally purchases her clothes, that she haven’t asked to any designer to dress her during the campaign. After all she’s rich, she’s stylish and she wasn’t run for President herself. It totally makes sense.
Said that, I think that if Theallet made that clear, polite statement, she had her reasons. She considers herself an immigrant, since she (legally) moved from France to US to pursue her dreams. And she doesn’t believe in what the president-elect of US believes in, or pretends to.
In a world where a certain type of beauty, money and fame seem to be the only values, I appreciate that somebody stated that “integrity is our only true currency”. Because yes, standing for something is still a value. And it applies to many fields, even if some people don’t understand and don’t appreciate.
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