Simon & Schuster recently sent me a copy of Diane von Furstenberg’s new memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be. Thanks guys! Diane is just cool. This is a woman who loves adventure travel, and bought herself a Fifth Avenue apartment for her 30th birthday. When I turned 30, I was 15 pounds heavier than I am now, and living in a stranger’s basement in Maryland. Fifth Avenue? Wasn’t there yet.
You can imagine that Diane has a lot to say on topics such as love, getting to know yourself, and of course, makeup. She’s a makeup junkie who was inspired by her love of cosmetics to launch her own line in the 70s and write a beauty book. Who knew?
DVF on love: “Love is about relationships, yet the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. You carry the passport to your own happiness.”
DVF on getting to know yourself: Diane once told a graduating class of high school girls, “Become your own best friend. It is well worth it. It means you have to accept who you are, see all your faults and weaknesses. Having done that, you can correct, improve, and little by little discover the things you do like about yourself and start to design your life. There is nothing truer than discovering and accepting who you really are.”
If you aren’t a good friend and partner to yourself, how can you be a good friend and partner to someone else? I wish someone had given me this great advice when I was a senior in high school!
DVF on makeup: “The makeup I was personally using and loved was the professional stage makeup sold at the Make-Up-Center, a block from my first office. The little pots of reds, lavenders, turquoises and purples were irresistible to me, and I used to buy all the colors they had. I loved sitting on the sink in my bathroom with my feet in the basin to be close to the mirror and play with my face. I loved applying the makeup on others, too.”
DVF on insecurities: “More and more I was realizing from my conversations with women how many had insecurities. By listening to their insecurities and sharing my own, we all felt stronger. The stronger I became, the stronger I wanted others to be.”
Sometimes you get over your own insecurities when you realize others have them, too.
Think you’ll check out Diane’s book? In the meantime, I’m loving this classic DVF wrap dress, which I think Michelle Obama has worn.