Don’t Give Up!

Life is not always fair, but there are other ways to be successful, if you can’t go in the front door, go in the back door, if you can’t get in the back door, go through the window! Like my mama told me, if there is a will, there is a way!
Anecia

Dream on!

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“Legend of the Dreamcatcher”

Native American

In Native American cultures, a dreamcatcher is a handmade Willow hoop on which is woven a net or a web. The dreamcatcher can have Sacred items on it such as feathers or beads.

Legend has it that it was created to catch any harm that might be in the air, as a spider’s web catches and holds what comes in contact with it.

The story behind it is of a Spiderwoman who cared for the children and people of the land.

As the people migrated and spreaded out in North America it was hard for her to protect her tribes. So thus the magical dreamcatcher was created to protect all who possesess it from harm.

Just a thought…..Dream on!….Anecia!

Not without your dreamcatcher!

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Coco Chanel

Born Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel

August 19, 1883 – January 10, 1971


CoCo Chanel was a fashion designer, milliner, and dressmaker. To me she was an absolute genius in fashion.

Chanel is the founder of the Chanel brand. Chanel set free women from “the corseted silhouette”, and popularized a sporty, chic casual look. Her brand is globally recognized. Chanel designs couture clothing, jewellrey, handbags and fragrance.

One of her popular fragrances Chanel N 5 has become an iconic scent. Chanel is the only fashion designer listed on TIME magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of the 21st Century. Chanel also designed the coveted interlocked CC monograph, meaning CoCo Chanel, it has been used since the 1920’s to this day.

Chanel designed hats. She became a licensed milliner in 1910 and opened a boutique at 21 rue Cambon, Paris, named Chanel Modes. Actress Gabrielle Dorziat wore her hats in Fernando Noziere’s play Bel Ami in 1912. Dorziat modelled Chanel’s hats again in photographs published in Les Modes in 1912.

Chanel was a determined, ambitious and energetic person and this was very much a part of her professional and social circle. She achieved success as a businesswoman and rose to social prominence in French high-society. Through affectionate connections with very prominent figures, artists and craftspeople, she became a patron.

Chanel was the second borne child to Albert Chanel and Eugenie Jeanne Duvolle. After her mother’s death, she was sent to live in a convent by her father, Albert Chanel, the Sacred Heart of Mary, where she learned to sew.

All of Chanel’s friendships with the people she knew in her life led to success with her fashion house, The House of Chanel.

Chanel also briefly had a singing career, which she decided not to pursue, her heart was with fashion.

Chanel was known for her impressionable wit:

In 1918, Chanel purchased the entire building at 31 rue Cambon, which is one of the most fashionable districts of Paris. Chanel opened her first boutique here and another one in Spain later on. Chanel eventually owned five properties on the rue Cambon, buildings numbered 23 and 31.

Chanel designed for films at MGM. Chanel designed clothing worn on screen by Gloria Swanson, in Tonight or Never (1931). Both Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich became private clients. Marilyn Monroe was also a client.

Gloria Swanson

Greta Garbo

Marlene Dietrich

Marilyn Monroe

Post World War II, Chanel moved to Switzerland in 1945. After 15 years of the Chanel House being closed, she reopened in 1954. Chanel received recognition from Bettina Ballard, editor of American Vogue, or this day Vogue Magazine, and featured model Helene Arnaud deemed “the face of Chanel” in the March 1954 issue of Vogue.

Model, Helene Arnaud, 1954, The Iconic Little Black Dress

Chanel was also famous for creating “the Little Black Dress” as we know today. The Camillia flower came to be associated with the House of Chanel, and it was first used in 1933.

Actress Suzanne Orlandi was one of the first to wear the iconic dress, in velvet with a white collar. Chanel is also famous for the Chanel bag which is highly coveted by the most elite of consumers.

Suzanne Orlandi, Actress

In 1929, Chanel offered The Chanel Bag by soldier boys. Its thin shoulder strap allowed the user to have her hands free. Chanel updated the design in 1948, creating what would become the 2.55 (named for the date of it’s creation). Karl Lagerfeld updated the Chanel bag in the 1980’s where the clasp and lock were redesigned to incorporate the crossed CC’s, Chanel Logo and leather was interlaced through the shoulder chain. 

In 2005, the Chanel firm released an exact replica of the original 1955 Chanel Bag to commemorate it’s 50th Anniversary of it’s original design.

Chanel’s use of jersey fabric, was not being used by designers, made her extremely innovative. Chanel chose the fabric in hopes to make women more comfortable with movement while travelling to their desired destination. The idea was simple and practical, as well as genius.

The iconic Chanel suit consists of a jacket and a skirt in supple wool or mohair Tweed, a blouse, jacket lining, without the use of shoulder pads which were popular in her time.

Chanel created a line of jewellrey that was considered innovative and consisted of stimulated and fine gemstones. The jewellrey collection was inspired by design traditions of the Orient and Egypt. Chanel also did a collaboration with Paul Iribe creating pieces commissioned by the Guild of Diamond Merchants. The collection consisted of diamonds and platinum. The public viewing of the collection drew over 3,000 attendees.

Chanel liked to soak in the sun, making suntans popular and highly fashionable.

It was a Honor to write this blog for “One of the most Iconic Fashion Designer’s of Our Past, Present, and Future. I hope you enjoy reading it and please leave a comment.

Dream On!



Anecia

Anecia

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“Spirituality”

NIH – Medicine went from a caring service to a technological cure model. Medicine’s goal is to prolong life. Medicine is starting to acknowledge spiritual roots. Healthcare is linked with spirituality. Serving a person is essentially a spiritual activity.

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, what has developed Commonweal for people with cancer, described it well:

“Helping, fixing, and serving represent  three different ways of seeing life.When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken.  When you serve, you see life as a whole. Fixing  and helping may be the work of the soul.

Abraham Verghese

All along, the majority position of Psychiatry has been that Psychiatry has nothing to do with religion  and spirituality.  Religious beliefs and practices have been thought to have a pathological basis. Pyschiatrists over a century have understood them in this light. Religion was considered as a symptom of mental illness. Jean Charcot and Sigmund Freud linked religion with neurosis.

Study DSM3 portrayed religion negatively by suggesting that religious and spiritual experiences are examples of psychopathology. Recent research reports strongly suggest that for too many patients religion and spirituality are resources that help them cope with stresses in the life of their patients. The importance of spirituality in mental health is now widely accepted.

Aging and Spirituality

Jennifer L. Browser

“If we understand the “spirit” to mean the animating or vital force within each person–“spirit” derived from the Latin spiritual, meaning “soul”, courage, or heart, for our living. Spiritual experiences are those events in life and moments in relationships which attune us to that vital or animating force within and which give greater meaning and depth to our day to day living.

 John Turbott 

As John Turbott puts it reapproachment between religion and Psychiatry is essential for psychiatric practices to be effective. The Royal College of Psychiatrists in London has a special group on Psychiatry and Spirituality. The American college of Graduate Medical Education mandates in it special requirements for residency training in Psychiatry, that all programs must provide training in religious and spiritual factors that can influence mental health.

Statistical Benefits of Having Spirituality in Life – csinmichigan

36 percent reported divine healings

49 percent pray about their health

58 percent of Americans pray everyday

75 percent pray once a week

56 percent in Michigan pray once a day

76 percent pray once a week

Traumatic brain patients believed in a higher power and had better emotional and rehabilitation outcomes.

As someone striving to make the most out of life in career and self-improvement. Spirituality has always been the one thing I treasure above all else in my life, it has helped me to get through life’s challenges and I return to it again and again. I’ve taught my children to believe in a higher power. It has helped them achieve in their accomplishments in life.

Life is not always full of adversity, it is also full of joy, happiness, and positive life experiences. Believing in a higher power blossoms graditude for all things in life good or bad.

ANECIA

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