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Daring Greatly (& #WCW) // Style Icon Iris Apfel

April 1, 2015

In this series, we are looking at women who have dared greatly in their lives and continue to inspire us to keep living our lives fully and passionately.iris apfelIris Apfel may be in her 90’s now, but that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to be the style icon that she has been for well over 50 years. Starting out as an interior designer and a textile designer for the white house in the 1950’s, her personal style preceded all else as she continuously put together eclectic outfits and that are truly works of art.

“When you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t have to think like everybody else” – Iris Apfel

Throughout her life, Iris Apfel has been inspired by art, haute couture, and textiles she collects. It is hard not to be inspired by her outward appearance, but Iris also is know for her unconventional insights on style, fashion, and life. A new documentary by the late great documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter) about Iris is “more than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.” It is always inspiring to see people doing what they love, expressing themselves with no censorship, and creating a truly impassioned life. Here is the trailer if you would like to see.

“Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression and, above all, attitude.” – Iris Apfel


Daring Greatly // Julia Child

January 29, 2015

In this series, we are looking at women who have dared greatly in their lives and continue to inspire us to keep living our lives fully and passionately.julia child

Julia Child was 36 when she moved to France with her husband, Paul Child. It was then that she first tried French cuisine and decided she must make it accessible for Americans to make as well. It is easy to think that Julia Child, or any high profile person that has achieved great things doing what they love, may have just gotten lucky or had no doubts along the way about what they were trying to accomplish. But what I love about Julia Child is that she didn’t even start to cook until she was closer to 40 than 20. She had many roles before publishing her two volume cookbook (among many others), getting a PBS show, and becoming a ‘top chef’ – she went to Smith college to become a writer, went the NYC after graduation to work in advertising where she eventually got fired, and later she worked in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) as the liaison for U.S. government officials and their intelligence officers in Washington D.C. which was where she would meet her husband.



When we get out of college, we have a rosy picture of immediately diving into our career and continuing on a straight path, but in fact, life gives us so many twists and turns. If there is one thing Julia Child’s life has demonstrated, it is that it is never to late to change your mind, change your passion, or to start to live out a dream. Her book, My Life in France, is truly inspiring as she takes you through her adventure of learning to cook as a true beginner in one of the toughest cooking programs in France.

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“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

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“Upon reflection, I decided I had three main weaknesses: I was confused (evidenced by a lack of facts, an inability to coordinate my thoughts, and an inability to verbalize my ideas); I had a lack of confidence, which cause me to back down from forcefully stated positions; and I was overly emotional at the expense of careful, ‘scientific’ though. I was thirty-seven years old and still discovering who I was.”

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“Valentine cards had become a tradition of ours, born of the fact that we could never get ourselves organized in time to send out Christmas cards.”

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Daring greatly

November 6, 2014

After watching the trailer for the Joan Didion documentary yesterday, it stayed with me all day and I kept thinking about the life she built for herself, following her passion of writing through the face of many adversities and ups and downs. It is so easy to get caught up in what your life should look like, or to constantly try please others, or even to feel that a passion is not worth pursuing. But someone recently just told me something that is so simple but so true, “Life it just too short to squander it.” So in this new journal series, we are looking at women who have dared greatly in their lives and continue to inspires us to keep living our lives fully and passionately.


There is not much written about the women of the Ringling Brother’s Circus, but what’s not written comes through in these photos. See more of the behind the scenes circus photos here.131122-ringling-circus-1949-13 131122-ringling-circus-1949-04131122-ringling-circus-1949-05 131122-ringling-circus-1949-06 131122-ringling-circus-1949-08