May the creative wellspring keep flowing forever and ever amen

Last week Kyle and I watched IRIS. If you have Netflix, you should probably check it out in the next 24 hours for personal enjoyment. It’s the story of love, creativity, a lifelong partnership, and a sweet, quirky, keeping-busy woman named Iris Apfel.

iris and carl apfel image co la timesHere are my top three positive takeaways from watching the documentary:

1) Have fun getting dressed and expressing yourself

2) Pursue friendships with those who have qualities you love. For Iris, friends must have curiosity and humor.

3) Don’t rely on your looks. Build depth and interesting character. Looks will fade and most of us can’t coast through life by being pretty.

iris in living room

…and one candid kinda hater-ish comment: I could never live like her and Carl. Their homes were so cluttered! On a plus side – I get it. Their homes reminded me of the obsession that fueled noted fashion photographer Bill Cunningham to live cramped between zillions of filing cabinets filled with photographs, negatives, and camera equipment. And hey, no surprise, he and Iris and Carl were NYC fashion A-lister pals.

Get her look! layer layer layer, embrace patterns, textures and intricate wovens, rock flat shoes with pride, don’t do bodycon – in fact, boxy tops are a-okay.

Iris’s HSN jewelry and accessories collaboration – link // bam pow flats // boss lady flats // cat flats // big round sunglasses // big round sunglasses // simple, dark jeans // faux fur coat // jacket for layering // embroidered denim shirt (these shirts horrify me and yet they were somehow adorable on Iris) //

Additional reading: One Kings Lane’s Iris article. H&M’s article on Mrs. Apfel.

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