|(Photos and quotes via Marie Claire US)|
I´m a huge fan of magazines. Fashion, lifestyle, home decor, crafts...I certainly don´t discriminate. I love them all! They have always been an incredible source of inspiration, letting me discover new things, inspiring me to try new fashion & beauty trends, urging me to make my home more beautiful, persuading me to leave my comfort zone and be bolder and more adventurous. One of the things I love most about my magazines are the interviews. Not only with celebrities (and honestly, it´s not always easy to find a good and intelligent celebrity interview), but with all people that succeeded in their lives, made something important and can play role models for all of us. I´m always eccstatic when I stumble upon a really great conversation, and each time I open a new magazine, my Stabilo is never too far, as I love to highlight the most inspiring ideas.
And now, I´ve decided to share those ideas with you, my lovelies. Because a great dose of inspiration never goes a miss, and we all have moments in our lives when we need a few wise words to cheer us up and show us that life is so beautiful, only sometimes we are too busy to acknowledge it!
Back in december, when I first read the article dedicated to my beloved Emma Watson (in Marie Claire US), I was really impressed by how wonderfully normal, grounded and intelligent this girl was. Never proud, never vain, always polite and down-to-earth. I´ve been going back to this interview ever since and I´m still equally amazed. So what does Emma have to say...
...on fashion:"I think fashion is a great way to express yourself. I read a great quote by Jean Cocteau: ´Style is a simple way of saying complicated things´. It´s fun. It´s escapist. It can change the way you think or feel. In this day and age, the way you present yourself to the world is a big deal. What I find hard is that everything is analyzed to the point of obsession. I love fashion, but that´s not going to be the most important thing about my day. I´m never going to look perfect all the time. I will make mistakes. Maybe I´ll make the worst-dressed lists. But I would rather make mistakes and learn my own way and be who I am than pay someone to tell me how to dress and who I am. I´d rather not be perfect."
Emma appears to have spent her entire adolescence as a classic good girl, unremittingly hard-working and conscientious. "I do the things in my own way, but I´ve never felt any need to rebel. To be honest, I´ve always had far too much freedom. I had a job when I was 10. I started living on my own when I was 17 or 18. I´ve earned my own money; I´ve traveled the world. What would I rebel against? I´ve had so much freedom, sometimes it was hard."
...on how she copes with the problems:
"It´s like the fish Dory in Finding Nemo: Just keep swimming. Just keep hoping it´s going to be OK. Everyone has dark periods in their lives, but I haven´t had too much time to wallow in it; I had too much to do. There are times when I feel overwhelmed, but when I do, I take a bath, I speak to friends, I go for a run, I listen to music, I read. Sometimes I´ll just get a big piece of paper and write everything out - whatever is bugging me. When it´s all written out and you can see it, it feels more manageable. Then I´ll go through it all. The biggest problem gets a one - whatever is worrying me most - and the second gets a two. I go down the list and then I´ll deal with each one - at least, with the ones that are within my power. With the ones that are not, I take a deep breath and try to let it go."
...on being sexy:
"At every photo shoot they want to make me sexy, put on shitloads of makeup, make me look like a rock chick. It just felt like I was being pushed to be something I wasn´t. But that´s just not me, I don´t get my flesh out. I mean, I wear minidresses, but I try to do it tastefully. You don´t want to see too much. I hate seeing big, huge cleavage. My reaction is: Put it away! If it´s too much, it´s just vulgar. I think it´s so much sexier to be understated. It´s more intriguing to be sexy in a less obvious way."
...on being perfectionist:
Even as a 9-year old, Emma manifested a near-obsessive commitment to her goal: "I started working on the audition (for Harry Potter) at 9 in the morning and didn´t stop until 5 in the evening. The tape was just me doing the same thing hundreds of times over, until I got it exactly right. I was just amazed at my stamina. The grown-ups said ´We had to stop you; you wanted to keep going´. I´ve always been like that; I give 100 percent. I can´t do it any other way."