If you regularly read this blog you noticed I took an (unexpected) break from blogging in September, when I was supposed to start writing again after an uninspired summer. Well, I didn’t write anything except for one post, and I feel pretty sad about this. I do really care about We Believe in Style but I neglected it for a long time. Too much time. I was thinking about coming back with a post about fashion, as I posted a photo of a draft in my Instagram stories but I decided to finish this old post, dedicated to happiness, which I started to write when I was deeply unhappy. Fashion is coming back, soon!
Happiness has always been a sweet, scary word to me. When it comes to life goals, people use to talk and write about almost everything but happiness. Isn’t it strange? If you google “happiness facts” (if I simply search for happiness an Italian brand of clothing comes out as first result), you’ll find many articles that will say more or less the same things. Doing good for others make us happy, being kind makes us happy, flowers make us happy, happiness is a choice, and blah blah blah. These ideas sound like religion stuff, to me. Of course doing good and being kind make us better persons, but it doesn’t guarantee a state of bliss.
I have the feeling that nowadays happiness is underrated, that some people mistake the pursuit of happiness for selfishness, as if being happy wasn’t necessary to live. Do you wish to be happy? Oh, you’re selfish! The world is a mess and you want to be happy? Oh, you’re sooo selfish! Henrik Ibsen wrote that “it is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life”. I agree.
These are some quotes about happiness. Some of them are pretty unconventional and maybe politically incorrect. That’s why they’re true.
I’ve always found amazing that, back in the 18th century, the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America considered the pursuit of happiness as an unalienable right, along with life and liberty, even if I find very true the words of Italian writer Erri De Luca, who wrote that one must earn and defend his/her freedom but happiness no, that’s a gift.
People, obviously and rightly, have their own idea of happiness and it’s strange they often don’t accept the idea of others. I’m not a big fan of Kanye West (I just like some songs by him) but I immediately loved his words about happiness: “I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness”.
The most beautiful and saddest definition of life and happiness I’ve ever read is from “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo (the novel is full of beautiful sentences). “Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practical entrances. Happiness is an antique reliquary painted on one side only”. Aren’t these words so poetic?
Milan Kundera wrote one of my favorite novels, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”, where you can find this definition of happiness, which I can relate so much.
And these are other quotes.
These are among my favorite words about happiness, also because I love butterflies.
These words are also attributed to Alexander Chalmers and many other writers and thinkers, so I don’t know who actually spoke or wrote them, but they’re beautiful and relatable.
Choosing the title of this post was difficult. At the beginning I thought about a simple (SEO friendly) title like “true quotes about happiness” or “happiness: a thought and true words”. Then I changed my mind and I went for Edith Wharton’s words, even if the best title could maybe have been “happy are the loved ones and the lovers and those who can do without love. Happy are the happy” by writer Jorge Luis Borges. But it was too long.
To end this post I chose the words of Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni that say (maybe not in the most correct way) “be happy! And if sometimes happiness forgets you, don’t forget happiness!” which always remind me that happiness is the ultimate life goal. Don’t trust those who say it isn’t so.
Forget about New Year’s eve, that date is only about partying and dressing up! Which is not bad, of course, but it seems more and more people consider September the actual beginning of the new year.
September 1st marks the beginning of autumn, according to the meteorological calendar. And for many people, myself very included, autumn is the season of new beginnings.
“Autumn shows us how beautiful is to let things go” – unknown
A new beginning also means letting things go. Projects, ideas, whatever doesn’t work or doesn’t “spark joy”, even negative people. Before I started to write this post I read the words of an Italian entrepreneur who wrote she decided to abandon some projects she cared a lot about but that wouldn’t have worked and be profitable. Her post was inspiring.
Also, I prefer autumn-clean to spring-clean! I think it’s time to get rid of clothes and shoes I don’t want to wear anymore.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisps in the fall” – Francis Scott Fitzgerald
I don’t know about you but I love the colors of autumn and all the crispy leaves on the sidewalks. I don’t understand those who think that autumn is a sad season, I find is so lively.
“Autumn carries more gold in his pockets than all the other seasons” – Jim Bishop
Talking about fashion, because that’s what we mainly do, here on We Believe in Style, gold is one of the colors of this autumn. I’m glad about it. Gold is so chic!
Such a beautiful dress by Sara Battaglia.
As you know, Karl Lagerfeld passed away. Kaiser Karl’s contribution to fashion is immense and he was never afraid to speak his mind, for better or for worse.
These are some great quotes by Lagerfeld. Some are controversial, and I love them for that. To me, he was a free man, forever young.
“I’m very impeccable and clean before I go to bed. It’s just like before I’m going out. When I was a child, my mother always told me that you could wake up in the middle of the night and be deathly sick, so you always have to be impeccable. I laugh about it, but I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door.” – Karl Lagerfeld
“Be politically correct, but please don’t bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that’s the ending of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation.” – Karl Lagerfeld
“They are this horrible thing where you are distorted. The chin is too big, the head is too small. No, this is electronic masturbation.” – Karl Lagerfeld (referring to selfies)
“I’m a working-class person, working with class.” – Karl Lagerfeld
“Fantasy is often better than reality. It’s much more inspiring not to go to places than to go.” – Karl Lagerfeld
“When people talk about the good old days, I say to people ‘It’s not the days that are old, it’s you that’s old’. I hate the good old days. What is important is that today is good.” – Karl Lagerfeld
“Youthfulness is about how you live, not when you were born.” – Karl Lagerfeld
“Forgiveness is too easy. I can forget by indifference, but not forgive. I prefer revenge.” – Karl Lagerfeld
“Guilty feelings about clothes are totally unnecessary. A lot of people earn their living by making clothes, so you should never feel bad.” – Karl Lagerfeld
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Three new year’s quotes that are not cheesy, because I admit starting the year with a post about quotes is anything but original.
These words by the American journalist and novelist immediately struck me, they’re so true. Do you ever feel like time flies and you are not capable to do all the things you’d like to do because of lack of time? Or because you fear you’re not capable and you blame the time, which goes too fast? I do.
So, these words by Hemingway are a good reminder that every day counts, that you can make a day count. And that it’s all about today.
I found inspiring quotes about home decor and some inspiring photos of interiors on Instagram. So here they are.
William Morris was an English textile designer, typographer, philosopher and more, born in the XIX century and member of the Arts & Crafts Movement. He designed many beautiful wallpapers and spoke words of serious designing wisdom.
I will never understand people who decor their house with objects they don’t like just because they’re trendy. A house tells so much about who lives there and should reflect a person’s taste and personality.
This is such a lovely corner, I love that lamp.
How many of you would like to have an empty room waiting to be decorated? These words make this situation seem pretty poetic.
Words of wisdom about decorating a kitchen.
I don’t know about you but I like kitchens that look lived-in. Sometimes you see photos of gorgeous kitchens but they make you wonder if someone actually use them and eat there or they’re just a set design.
So true, even when it comes to fashion.
I don’t know who said this but he/she was obviously right. I think sometimes people don’t make the best out of the space available in their houses.
Hanging a cool print is always a good way to decorate a wall at a very affordable price. You can even hang a particularly beautiful cover of a magazine. I’ve always liked Slim Aarons photos, most of all this one.
I once lived in an apartment and there were dimmer switches in every room so I 100% agree with this statement.
The house with matchy-matchy fabrics look like an old English country house but sometimes they only look creepy. There’re so many fabrics, why choosing only one?
I’ve always loved Toile de Jouy, look how beautiful this bathroom is.
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!