Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Perfecting gracious living

"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters." -Audrey Hepburn

I have a bit of an obsession with Audrey Hepburn at the moment. I've always admired her, but after watching Breakfast at Tiffany's for the second time a few weeks ago, she has me falling in love with her all over again.
In this 21st-century world bereft of female role models, Audrey, a rare and timeless beauty, remains the epitome of elegance and grace every woman should take note of.
So that is why I purchased How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life, by Melissa Hellstern.
It is a beautiful book which is part biography, part guide to finding elegance in every aspect of life, featuring rarely seen photographs and revelations about the actress who perfected gracious living. Every woman should have this on their bedside table.

Where did all the role models go?

With women like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe long gone and high-flying women like Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama becoming role models for middle-aged women, who is there for the young ones?

I'd like to think Kate Middleton is up there - she is for me - she holds herself with a lot of grace, and her style is just divine. If anyone could come close to being the next Audrey Hepburn, it would be her.

So who are your female role models and why?

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