Note from Tatiana

She sowed in my mind the idea that reality is not only what we see on the surface; it has a magical dimension as well and, if we so desire, it is legitimate to enhance it and color it to make our journey through life less trying.  ― Isabel Allende

Dear woman / Sometimes / You’ll just be too much of a woman / too smart, / too beautiful, / too strong. / Too much of something / That makes a man feel less of a man, / Which will start to make you feel like you have to be less of a woman. / The biggest mistake you can make / Is removing jewels from your crown / To make it easier for a man to carry. / When this happens, I need you to understand, / You don’t need a smaller crown / You need a man with bigger hands.

(Shared by our beautiful muse and brand ambassador ... Thank you Patty!)

I ended my last post with Isabel Allende’s quote ... it’s such a beautiful reminder that our life is a our very own painting with profound depth in every stroke ... how we paint it, how much color we use … how much we enhance it, that is our choice ...

Then Patty sends me the next quote … and it pained my heart and spurred me to post it because I recognized that so many of us women (not excluding any man ... it absolutely goes both ways…. And to all men, please understand that I am a woman therefore can only speak of myself, that which I am familiar with) ... So many of us women need to hear this … so many friends around me suffer in silence, fear not finding love or are scared of hurting their partners and therefore compromise.  I hurt because I see their enormous beauty, the love that pours out of them towards others ... and how little of that they know to give back to themselves.

This is for all the women (and men) that have crossed my path. Don’t expect love because you are giving love. Valentine’s Day is about YOU! Love YOURSELF

… wear your jewels, enhance them, color them … embellish and remember that to be truly loved by someone who fits YOUR crown, we must first learn to love ourselves with patience, compassion, understanding, encouragement, care and a lot of contagious laughter.

You inspired the phrase that now motivates me: “true beauty is not an imposition but a genuine discovery” - Sergio Blancafort


Tatiana von Zitzewitz