I have mentioned Audrey Hepburn a few times in the short life of this blog, and I’m about to do it again. What can I say, the woman was pretty incredible. I know it is important for me (and I’m sure for you all to) to remind ourselves that working on internal beauty is essential to achieving external beauty. So I’ll share with you a great quote that inspires and grounds me that you may have heard before. When asked to share beauty advice, Audrey Hepburn had this to say:
“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows.
The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
If you share this with another woman, something good will happen — you will boost another woman’s self-esteem, and she will know that you care about her.”
This blog is about finding your unique style and expressing your unique beauty to the world. We at Y&L have said it from the very beginning, fashion and what you put on for the world is great, but it’s just one part of the equation. When you are beautiful on the inside, that beauty manifests itself on the outside. So our challenge to you is to take at least one piece of Audrey’s advice and put it into practice… and then share your thoughts about it with us. Speak words of kindness, or give food to someone in need. Or when it may seem tough to see the good in people, open your eyes and your heart to find it. It is even more powerful if you do these things for complete strangers. I personally will be making an effort this week to see the good in people, and to speak authentically kind words to strangers… I’ll let you know how it goes!