Words….and their extravagance

You don’t have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive – Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland began her now legendary 25 year tenure at Harper’s Bazaar, writing a column of audacious advice & extravagant ideas that helped redefine American women and 20th century fashion.

way ahead of her time
way ahead of her time – sounds like good practical advice to me!

A few quotes: “The bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb”

“You gotta have style to get up in the morning”

“The first rule that a geisha is taught, at the age of nine, is to be charming to other women…Every girl in the world should have geisha training.”

There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself,” Vreeland famously said.  And she devoted herself to this infectious, all-encompassing idea that you could make yourself as interesting – as fabulous-as you wanted.  Why be boring? She also, luckily for us, never seemed to say anything that didn’t qualify as a perfect (not to mention totally Tweetable!!) little life quote.

What a life, what a fabulously stylish life!

dvJohn Esten is the author of “Diana Vreeland, why don’t you, Bazaar Years”