Do you ever finish a book and have the biggest smile on your face? Well that was me when fishing The Woman I Wanted to Be. I've talked about Diane von Furstenberg's book for probably the last month and I'm so excited to finally review it and share some of my favorite quotes and what I learned from her! This book was exactly what I wanted it to be; raw, true and honest. She told the truth, she probably elaborated more on points that others would have just skimmed over and she admitted a lot of things I would have never had the guts to put into print! This was more of memoir than a how to start your own successful business, but you definitely learn a few things along the way! I once thought of her as simply the woman who created the iconic wrap dress 40 years ago, but after reading her story, she is so much more than that!!
She told the truth//
Not only did she succeed, but for every success story, she had an equally terrible failure. She didn't have a plan and admits that was to her detriment. She learned from her mistakes and because of this I felt like she really allowed readers to know it's ok to fail as long as you take your failure in stride and not blame others for it. Her life was pretty charmed, her mother's however was not and I think that was the part I hung onto the most and actually ended up crying a bit while reading the book...on the train...before work!
DVF is a wonderful storyteller. I read reviews of the book before I purchased it and a lot of people said they thought she was bragging during the entire book. I couldn't disagree more! I found that her elaborate story telling painted a vivid picture and I could see her in every situation. At parties with amazing people, dancing at Studio 54 or lounging on yachts in the Mediterranean. Her life is and was very extravagant, but she never once came off as bragging about it or trying to show how much she had! In fact I think she wrote the way she did to show women there is nothing wrong with rewarding your success with wonderful gifts to yourself!
She's got gumption//
I've always loved the word gumption because it means having a wonderful spirit and being resourceful in your initiatives - that word cannot be a better descriptor of DVF!!! She didn't set out to be a world famous designer, mostly because she didn't know it's what she wanted to do, but a few smart moves and a few not so smart business endeavorers led her to where she is today.
She's had many suitors//
She was very detailed about this part of her life, which spanned decades. I won't ruin it for those of you who want to read the book, but it's juicy!! Why I loved this part of the book is that I think a lot of women can relate to meeting someone and changing themselves for that person, I mean we all saw/read Eat, Pray, Love...certain chapters had a very similar feel!
While reading I took screenshots of quotes or phrases that struck a chord with me, here are some I thought you'd find inspiring too!
"I've longed believed the "ifs" were the doors to my future, and I dared to open them one by one, as they came along"
"Passion and persistence are what matter. Dreams are achievable and you can make your fantasy come true, but there are no shortcuts. Nothing happens without hard work."
"Love is life is love"
and then finally my favorite...
This book was probably one of the top 10 books I've ever read for a variety of reasons, but mostly because I saw so many different women in my life that all could have been my very own DVF. From my sister who is a fearless career women, to my mother who is selfless and has more gumption than anyone I know, to my grandmother's who have both persevered. There is a little DVF in all of us and I think for me after finally reading this book I am closer to knowing exactly what kind of mark I want to leave with the woman that I am and will be!
Have you read this book? Who are some women that inspire you? xo,
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