Inspiration From Gloria Vanderbilt

It’s been a while since I haven’t done one of these. Inspiration is everything to me.

A few months ago, I picked up a copy of The World of Gloria Vanderbilt, a book about this American lady, her paintings and life story which I highly recommend checking out. Being a huge Anderson Cooper fan is how I came to Gloria Vanderbilt, his beloved and inspirational mother. What hasn’t she achieved in life? She is an artist, perfumista, jean designer, mother, model for Harpers Bazaar and most of all a woman who has reinvented herself over and over (something I relate to very much). This dame also lived such tragedy and deep sorrows in her life from a young age, it is so refreshing to see a person be so full of zest at 88 years old. I urge you to watch her being interviewed by Anderson Cooper or read her book.

Because we are a beauty blog, I also want to bring attention to Ms Vanderbilt’s unique sense of style and her art. Photo credit Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, 1960’s via

Tom Ford Wisdom

“Every woman needs a perfectly cut, tailored suit for day; a black cocktail dress; a smoking; a perfect pair of pumps with high heels. The most important key to being well dressed, however, is for a woman to wear something that suits her style and body shape. A woman who is confident and knows what looks best will always look great.”

I love Tom Ford. After I saw his Visionaries documentary on OWN, my admiration for him grew even more. The film has made its way online, a definite must-watch for creative types. He also directed, produced and co-wrote ‘A Single Man’, an acclaimed film with Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.

**Quote is an excerpt from an interview with LA Confidential on Nov 2011.

Good read

Just finished a divine book about the life of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.  It was titled Coco Chanel: A Biography by Axel Madsen. There was so much I learned not only for myself but in general about what it takes to follow a dream. Chanel had drive, passion, work ethic, suffered immense hardships, a life that stemmed from such tragic circumstances. Coco Chanel rose above it all.

I am a little obssessed with it, the rebirth of the brand after WWII, the men in her life and any film that depicts Coco. Now that I read this particular book though, the Audrey Tatou film isn’t quite as developed of a story (but it was visually stunning).