Princess Diana photographed by Patrick Demarchelier
I've been reviewing my early Stylemindchic posts in preparation for making some exciting changes in my blogging platform. It's been fun to look back and see what what was on my mind a year and even two years ago when I had only 3 faithful followers. The basis of this post was originally posted September of 2012 right around the 15th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. I've updated and refreshed it and thought it would be fun to share a few life lessons I learned from Princess Diana.
Lessons Learned Revisited
I can hardly believe it's been 15 years since the world heard the shocking news that Princess Diana had died. Do you remember where you were? It was August 31st, Labor Day Weekend of 1997, and I will never forget that day. I was vacationing with my family in our home at Lake Tahoe and struggling to put my own life back together following a heartbreaking divorce. We heard the announcement on a news bulletin, following dinner out, and watched the story unfold in disbelief. I watched follow-ups from London most of the night, hoping it was a tragic mistake.
The tribute flowers piled up at the gates of Kensington Palace for months to come. Many of us watched her funeral, as her grief stricken sons followed her flower-draped casket, and cried, for their loss and ours. Our beautiful Princess, our recovering Princess creating her own life for the first time, had died.
Partrick Demarchelier Photography
I was in London for Christmas that December and personally viewed the hundreds of memorial bouquets that were still being laid at the gates of Kensington Palace in memory of Princess Diana. Somehow the holidays in London had lost some of their traditional sparkle that year.
Diana's story has always captivated me. Perhaps it is because she was almost exactly my age, born just two weeks before me, in July of 1961. Her wedding of the century was the same summer I became engaged. I watched through the night with my mom and sister, enjoying tea and crumpets, just like so many others around the world sharing that moment. It was the stuff of fairy tales.
Diana's fashion sensibility certainly had a huge impact on international fashion marked with ruffles, bows at the neck, feminine styles, full sleeves and skirts of the early 1980's. Her iconic hairstyle was copied around the world. I sported that same style for several years myself.
It would have been interesting to see how she would have handled the 'blended family' aspect of a family wedding and socializing with Charles and Camilla. My guess is she would've worn a knock out outfit and held her head high.
via Socialite Life
As I watched the younger generation of Royals presiding at the Queen's Jubilee, and hosting the Summer Olympics 2012, I could sense renewed pride and energy in London.
Diana's story gave me hope during my own time of heartbreak and painful rebuilding
following a devastating divorce in the mid 1990's.
Diana was finally having some fun!
Her fashion sense showed a renewed confidence and updated body conscious style.
I would have enjoyed seeing Diana at this stage of life. We would have both turned 52 last July had she lived. I wonder how her style would have evolved and how she have would handled the challenges of the aging process. Would she have ever found true love?
Life lessons learned from Princess Diana:
1- Marrying at 19 (or 20) is not necessarily a good idea. Additional growth, maturity, independence, and life experience can all enhance the decision making process for such a huge commitment. Take it from both Diana and myself and take your time.
2- Doing for those less fortunate makes you happier and more fulfilled in life, even in the worst of times.
3- Play-even if you have to wear your roller-blades and walkman in the palace.
4- A hand written thank you note is a lovely gesture and a gift in and of itself.
5- Wearing a fab little black dress can always make you feel sexy no matter how challenging the evening.
6- Getting away on a yacht in the Mediterranean is the perfect distraction from real life (second beset is drooling over them on pinterest).
7- A diamond encrusted tiara can't make your life a fairy tale, you have to create your best life for yourself.
8- Genuine love is worth the wait.
I'm not sure that Diana had yet found true love,
but it seems she was beginning to find herself......
the most important journey of all.
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