Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Quotes to Remember in 2013

   If your top New Year's resolution is, in the essence of Bridget Jones, "to obviously lose twenty pounds" then think again. Sophia Loren famously said of her enviable, voluptuous figure: "Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti". The Italian bombshell is clearly not a follower of fad diets; by embracing her curves she has been a beauty and style icon for decades.

Spaghetti to look like this?! Okay!
Everyone's favourite New York socialite, Holly Golightley, was another who refused to ditch the pastries and coffee. Audrey Hepburn herself was partial to a sweet treat, revealing during her reign as a British style icon: "Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me."

Audrey as Holly in Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961- Danish pastries all the way!
I for one, am never quite sure how to take a compliment! Swedish model of the 40's and 50's, Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, had the art of modesty down to a tee. Despite being considered one of the most elegant women ever to wear a frock, Fonssagrives-Penn humbly told Time Magazine in 1948: "It is always the dress, it is never, never the girl. I'm just a good clothes hanger." So next time you are complimented on your wardrobe, imagine yourself as the $40 an hour (above the average $25 rate) model.

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn for Time Magazine, 1948
It is inevitable that certain trends of the upcoming year just won't suit you and your bodyshape, no matter how much you adore them. A great fashionista accepts this, in the view of legendary Harper Bazaar contributing editor, Gloria Guinness. Although she was named in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1964, Gloria stuck by this quote: "I don't follow fashion. I believe in consistency. Everytime I have changed my look I have been unhappy." If Gloria Guinness says it's okay to live in the same styles, cuts and colours then it's definitely acceptable.

Gloria at her Palm Beach residence, 1972
I find this quote by Brigitte Bardot very inspiring: "A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you". This year, I will be making an extra effort to take even more photographs than I usually do! Document everything; your friends, events, good food, intriguing people in the street, little things that have meaning to you- be it a particular piece of jewellery, a painting or something obscure- and your wardrobe. This way you can build your own life exhibition and create your own legacy.

Brigitte with her beloved Leica camera
Last but not least, let Audrey's sensible words echo through your mind. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" This year, whenever you feel you are doubting your self and your abilities, embrace Audrey's optimistic look on life. She was, after all, a woman of dedication and success- juggling her Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF status alongside her roles as a female screen legend and a fashion icon.

Audrey as a UNICEF Ambassador in Ethiopia 
Audrey the Vogue cover-girl
Audrey the screen legend- in Roman Holiday

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