{monday muse: i'm just a girl}

As 2012 starts to wind down, I find myself thinking about 2013 and what I would like to accomplish in the new year. While I was having these deep thoughts [smile], I decided that creating a board full of inspiring women for this month's Monday Muse would be just the kick in the pants I needed to run full charge into the new year. The common thread between all these women is their strength, impeccable style, and ability to remain relevant in their own unique way, utilizing their own unique voice. Even Audrey - who has unfortunately left us - continues to inspire women around the world; That's staying power.

Along with needing motivation for 2013, I think another reason I have strong women on the brain is due to the fact that we saw No Doubt perform twice last week. Talk about a band - and a woman - that continues to remain relevant after so many years. Gwen is a force.

Now, mind you, this list is by no means comprehensive or exhaustive. I was tempted to make this inspiration board the longest running board this blog has ever seen, but I refrained myself. I certainly could have added Oprah, Martha Stewart, Gloria Steinem, Anna Wintour, Kelly Wearstler...Well, you get the picture. I encourage you to please share your own. Who would you have me add to this board?


image source: Gwyneth Paltrow via Keep it Chic / Grace Coddington via Vogue / Gwen Stefani / Michelle Obama via She Finds / Rei Kawakubo via Fashionologie / Jenna Lyons via See Management / Audrey Hepburn via Hip Hip Gin Gin



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  1. Gwyneth, Michelle, Jenna, oh my! I love those women. What  a powerful group of ladies you've got there! I'm always in awe (and more than a little jealous) of women who seemingly have everything together and look so chic doing it. SIGH. Maybe one day when I'm a grown up I'll look like this?? For now I'll live vicariously through them (and my fictional character, Sylvie, haha). As for adding someone...I love Meryl Streep, I think she is flawless and is grace personified. 

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  2. What an amazing group you've assembled, and I love the photo you chose of MO. Too often we see her dressed in suits or glam-mom, just to show she can. Don't get me wrong, I think that's great, but it's really nice to see her in TOTAL glam mode, and in that gorgeous blue too. And I love the quote from Grace Coddington too, it's one of my favorites. I'd maybe add Julia Child. She wasn't afraid to reach for what she wanted and follow her passion in a man's world. And in Paris too, no less!

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  3. i would add private people - relatives and friends who are strong and inspiring.  joy to you, n

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  4. What a list of glam girls:)

    There are so many to add. I'm going the non-glam/non-celebrity route.
    I'm adding Bréne Brown and Janine Shepherd.

    Great images and I do miss Audrey Hepburn. Timeless!

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  5. Gwen Stefani just keeps looking better  and better as the years pass, doesn't she? And what a lovely blog you have! I just discovered it today and will be stopping by again :)

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  6. i love all of your choices. i love gwen too, i remember the days when i played the tape over and over in my car, and she has just turned into such a stunning powerhouse of a woman. i am so bad at answering questions like this because i totally choke under the pressure of thinking ; ) but let me try . . . well, i love zora neale hurston, maya angelou, mother theresa (obviously) and i really love betty white, i love that she shows you can still be spry and funny in old age. 

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  7. How smart you are to get inspiration from these impressive women! They're all on my list, and I'd also include Maya Angelou, Pema Chodron, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Joan Didion. These are women whose powerful ways of thinking never fail to stun me. 

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  8. Oh, yea, I love me some Meryl Streep too. I also think Diane Keaton is pretty cool.

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  9. You just reminded that I don't know near enough about the amazingly talented Julia Child. Need to work on that. Oh, and what about Twyla Tharp?

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  10. Private people - Great suggestion, Noreen. That's the true test: When you know someone in real life - flaws and all - and still believe they're inspiring. I can certainly think of a few in my life.

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  11. I agree, Gwen really does get better and better.
    Thank you so much for stopping, Lauren! Happy to have you.

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  12. Such a great Gwen memory. I can still remember when the band played on my college campus.
    Well, you stumped me with Hurston. I will have to Google her. ;) Your other three picks should definitely be added to the list. Go, Betty White!

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  13. Great suggestions! Joy, I'm currently reading The Year of Magical Thinking by Didion, and now I want to read all of her books. I love the flow of her writing and the things she notices; It's really beautiful and poignant. Well, especially in this particular book.

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  14. Yes, Brene Brown, she's a good one. I'm afraid that I'm not familiar with Shepherd, so will have to look her up. Coming from you, I have no doubt she's amazing.

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  15. I love that picture of Michelle Obama. She looks so strong .

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  16. Beautiful images! They are strong, beautiful, independant women. 
    I'm with Erin,  I'd add Meryl Streep too. xx

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