May Book Club Pick

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Spring is finally upon us! Our May book pick is sure to add a pop of color to your day! Iris Apfel's new book Accidental Icon: Musings of a Geriatric Starlet is one not to miss. 

If you haven't yet come across Iris, you've been missing out. Anyone with an appreciation for design, fashion, or color will adore her. 

She was a boutique interior designer, and started the fabric and textile company Old World Weavers with her husband, Carl. They traveled the world together for work and had many an adventure to tell stories about.

It wasn’t until her mid 80s that the whole country started to know her name.

The Met Museum in NYC held a last minute exhibition, “Rara Avis” (rare bird) featuring some of her clothing and incredible fashion accessories and jewelry.

The show was so successful that several other museums such as the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts were lining up to run the exhibition in their galleries.

Since then, many more interesting and creative collaborations have come her way, including a limited edition line with MAC Cosmetics and becoming visiting professor for the University of Texas at Austin’s Division of Textiles and Apparel in 2011, at the tender age of 90!

A funny and fascinating documentary was filmed about her, and can be viewed on Netflix (go check it out—It won’t disappoint). And she has published this book at 96.

She has so many great witticisms and nuggets of timeless advice.

She is truly a role model for finding your true self, living life to the fullest, taking pride in your work and always staying active.

Her stories of growing up, starting her business, traveling the world, and taking on countless adventures in her 96 years (and counting) are nothing short of inspirational.

Here are some of our favorite Iris quotes:

"If you’re not risking, you’re not living. It never hurts to take a risk, to try something new."
"You only fail if you do not try."
"I never thought that I couldn’t do something because I was a woman. I wanted to start a fabric business, so I just figured out how to do it. If I had thought about opening Old World Weavers too much, I probably would have thought only of the pitfalls and then I probably wouldn’t have pursued my dream. Sometimes you just have to take action, even if it’s a small step."
"You can turn on your phone and follow a famous person’s life almost to the extent that you are living it. Whatever happened to the cultivation of an inner self? It’s painful and it’s work, but it always pays off."

"I believe we are put on this earth to do something. If you stop using your brain at any age, it is going to atrophy and eventually stop working. It’s harder when you get older, but you just have to do it. Why curl up in a ball and wait to die?"

"If an experience was wonderful, don’t try to re-create it. It will never be as beautiful as it was the first time."

You will love every colorful page of this playful book; it will feel like you are across the table from Iris herself, listening to her recount the tales of her life and work. Check it out, and let us know what you thought over in our Facebook Group!

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