Today is Coco Chanel’s Birthday. 132 years ago she was born to a woman that was unmarried, and working as a laundry woman. She would have been 132 today if she could have possibly lived. Her parents were nomads so to speak. Coco’s mother died very young and Coco was sent to live in a convent. Later in life Coco would change her name (she was born Gabriel) She would claim she had been born ten years later, and that her family was a bit more romantic than they actually were in their daily lives.
One of her famous quotes is that “My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”
She truly did.
Chanel is a household name in this household. I don’t feel embarrassed by that because Coco Chanel was a woman that was controversial, over came many obstacles and never cared what anyone thought of her. She was set on being who she was going to be. She was going to be successful. And she was going to have her way. She stuck to her guns and surrounded herself with people that were true and loyal to her. I think that is rather admirable.
Chanel gave the world many things. Perfume, little black dress, jewelry, notice of camellia, the Chanel suit, and the Chanel bag.
One of my favorite quotes from Coco Chanel will forever be
“I don’t care what you think about me, I don’t think about you at all.”
I feel that way sometimes.
You know the one thing that I love is that as Coco aged, she aged! No botox. No face lift. She was herself.
She was distinguished. She had a distinct look that made everyone stop and take notice. Not only of what she was wearing, but of what she had to say. She was a “make your own fun in life” type of person.
I wonder who will be the Coco Chanel of Prisses generation? I don’t know that we see that feist. Time will only tell!
Happy Birthday Coco Chanel!