Coco Before Chanel DVD Giveaway!

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“What inspired you to become a refashionista?” 

This question comes up fairly frequently in conversations.

You can read the “About Me” section on my blog to get a bit of the ideas behind my motivation, but a big inspiration was this movie:

English Translation: Coco before Chanel

 (Starring the divine Audrey Tautou of Amelie fame) tells the story of Coco Chanel’s life from her childhood in an orphanage (where she learned how to sew), to the beginnings of her great fashion empire.  

The scene that especially inspired me was where she was living with the Baron Balsan in his Chateau, and wanted to hang out with his wealthy socialite friends.  Balsan bought her this expensive, verrrrry ornate dress for the occasion.  She hates it.  Rather than wear it, she takes apart one of his dress shirts and one of her plain dresses, and turns these pieces into a new dress that suited her and looked amazing.  What could be more elegant?

This is what I wanted to do.  I didn’t want to settle for clothing I wasn’t all that into when I knew I could creatively reconstruct things I would really feel happy in.   I, of course, don’t have 1/1000th of the skill of Ms. Chanel, but that doesn’t mean I can’t create a wardrobe for myself that I actually enjoy.

I want to pass this inspiration on to a lucky reader.  Just leave a comment on this post between today (Dec 10) and next Thursday (December 16).  A random winner will be announced next Friday (December 17)!   If you are selected, I will ship a brand spanking new copy (DVD) of this wonderful film to you, no matter where you live (even overseas)…just in time for Christmas!    Good Luck!

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