Diana Vreeland helmed the stylish pages of HARPER'S BAZAAR for 25 years before moving on to Vogue. During that time she penned an advice column with chic, extravagant ideas for the modern woman.
Why Don't You...
- Find one dress that you like and have it copied many times? You will be much more successful than if you try to produce the same effects each evening.
- Have an elk-hide trunk for the back of your car? Hermes of Paris will make this.
- Order Schiaparelli's cellophane belt with your name and telephone number on it?
- Have your bed made in China—the most beautiful bed imaginable, the head board and spread of yellow satin embroidered in butterflies, alighting and flying, in every size and in exquisite colors?
- Paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys' nursery so they won't grow up with a provincial point of view?
- Cover a big cork bulletin board in bright pink felt banded with bamboo, and pin with colored thumb-tacks all your various enthusiasms as your life varies from week to week?
- Have every room done up in every color green? This will take months, years, to collect, but it will be delightful—a melange of plants, green glass, green porcelains, and furniture covered in sad greens, clear, faded and poisoned.
It's imperative to frequently question our day-to-day existence and seek new challenges.
This might mean revamping a closet, deciding which relationships to pursue versus which to abandon, or wearing white vintage gloves with an afternoon tea dress.
Everyone has that illusion.
But you weren’t. The only problem is if you think too late.
Everything is new. At least, everything is new the first time around.”
Words to live by, certainly.