Apr 7, 2014

Isn't She Lovely!

Rara Avis by Iris Apfel Bicolor Square Bangle Bracelet
My latest inspiration has come from an unlikely place.  Although I've always been fascinated by the style and grace of older women, when most women reach a certain age, we are usually busy finding ways to make time slow down.  All I can say is, my mind has been changed by Iris Apfel. 

A little over a month ago, I ran across a photo of Apfel on Facebook and I was immediately blown away by her unique, flamboyant style.  My curiosity about this lady has grown since then so I decided to do a little research.  Why was I not surprised at what I found out about this rare bird with the stylish glasses, jewelry, feathers and furs? 

Apfel spent 50 years in the textile business in New York City, but she always yearned for more.  Her penchant for all things style has catapulted her to a place WE never imagined her being.  As she explains it, she has just always been herself.  Her unique presentation has taken her places that other 90+ year olds would have long stored in their attic of dreams.  As a result of her nomenclature personality and style, she now has a color line at MAC and an accessories line at HSN.  The only thing I can pray for now is that she develops a clothing line for HSN or some other outlet! 

The primary takeaway from my new inspiration is that she believes that women should never get to the point where we just sit still and not do anything and not express ourselves.  Iris Apfel is the ethereal originator of JUST DO IT!
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