I was always inspired by my mom and her sister's relationship. They are the kind of siblings that become closer with age, and even look alike more in many ways. While they have many differences in their characters, unconditional love and support are the priority in this sisterhood.
I don't have any siblings, and to be completely honest with you, I never wanted any. You know how sometimes kids ask their parents to "buy" them a little brother or sister? I was the opposite - I'd be on the edge every time my parents would start this conversation. It was later that I realized that they were just teasing me. Because who doesn't want to see their child turn red and furious? #familygoals
Despite the popular saying "female friendship doesn't exist", I was always surrounded by great female friends who I can call my sisters. As I learned from my two moms (my mother and aunt), you can decide if you are going to grow a beautiful friendship garden, take care of it, or demand it to grow on its own.
This series, however, is dedicated to the women who, for the most part, don't know about my existence but who contributed a lot to my own perception of life, style, love (wink, read on...) as they did to a lot of other admirers of theirs.
It’s not really an introvert's thing to share her friends with others. But since they don’t know me, I feel ok about it. Chances are that they don’t know you either, so you can't really steal them from me.
I will start with the one whose French accent and a sense of humor stole my heart a long time ago.
Her name is Garance Doré, a French-born usually described as a fashion illustrator, a photographer, and an author. In my definition, she is a maker-woman, who managed to build a noteworthy fashion and lifestyle platform with such chic and elegance. She redefines what we think about fashion, women in fashion, and livelihood.
Her book Love Style Life will give you a full story of how she became the person she is right now. But to give you a quick introduction: she is a fashion illustrator who started her journey on the little island of Corsica in France, she is one of those free spirits who seem to not be afraid of anything, yet she is so charismatic and elegant in everything she does. She is now a founder of style empire Atelier Dore.
Most of all I love her witty conversations with other creative, successful and interesting people from the fashion industry (and more) on her podcast Pardon My French. You can listen to the stories of people like Gwyneth Paltrow, Phillip Lim, Rose McGowan, etc. The relaxed and sincere conversation will make you feel like you’re a part of some secret club.
Garance has taught me that you can be yourself, not taking yourself too seriously, and being open about it with others are really great qualities in life. Sometimes we want to pretend that we are more than we really are, or create the illusion of the perfect life. And she is just embracing her imperfections with humor and light which makes her even more adored by thousand of us, her friends from another side.
I hope you enjoyed meeting Garance and got to know her better. I will be sharing more about inspiring women who are changing the world, or at least the world around them. So if you'd like to get these updates first, subscribe below and you will get all the news first.