i suppose this lil’ library project of mine will force me to confront my motivations over the past year or so-and once again, i have absolutely no idea how this one (of all her books) would’ve made it on to the list. other than some oft-recycled phrases (“decked out in…”), it was a smooth read. jeanne bekker is a trailblazer of a national treasure, and she confirms my suspicions about puffy, so she’s all good in my books.
“Great style is about much more than what we wear. If style was solely dependent on the clothes we choose and how we strut them, there would be many more inspiring people on this planet. While the lifeblood of this business may indeed be fashion’s superficial side, I have learned that what’s at heart of truly great style is personal behaviour-the way we move through the world. That, and the way we treat others.” (180)
“Those of us who choose to stay, and make it despite the odds, somehow aren’t ever as celebrated as those who abandon ship. And maybe it’s that lack of celebration that keeps us humble. I suppose it’s a good thing. The humility this country breeds has put it on the map, in a sense. In my mind, it’s made us a nicer, less aggressive, gentler, and generally more compassionate people. The rest of the world seems to associate these qualities with Canadians. And while I admit that I sometimes envy those who had the guts and determination to leave this country in pursuit of their dreams, deep down I’m proud that I managed to make so many of my own dreams come true while staying in my own backyard. I became a success both thanks to Canada and in spite of Canada. And I wouldn’t have wanted to do it any other way.” (208)
werd. special shout to tali tal on this one.