Monday, August 31, 2015

Dressed for Battle


As I restocked my shelves down here in California, I started mindlessly flipping through all of the books I own yet rarely glance at. One of which is all about Jackie O. Like most people, I could look at pictures of her for hours as I admire just how majestically she presented herself to the world. I mean, did the woman ever have an "off day"? So, so artistic that one.

However, after drooling over image after image of her at official events, I decided to search some of her candid images online. After years of admiring her as the icon (and almost as a bit of an object in that regard), I started to see a bit more of HER in these impromptu photos: Smiles at her children, long glances at her husband, struggling to get her hair out of her face in the wind and a woman wrangling two children down the street- their age alone indicating that she was undoubtedly now their only parent.

And you know what? It served as a reminder that I shouldn't question whether or not Jackie O ever had an "off day". It's very well-known that she had many. Perhaps they didn't reveal themselves in the form of unfashionable outfits or unkempt hair - but she was certainly living and breathing them as she navigated the many peaks and pitfalls of her life.

That little hour served as another reminder* to me to see people as the multi-faceted humans they are. Everyone struggles. Everyone is fighting a hard battle. Everyone feels that they are falling short in some arena of their life- no matter how utterly fabulous they can often look in the midst of their war.

Let me continually remember this more and more and more as I continually try to be kinder, kinder, kinder (here).

*A second reminder was the fact that opening books when you pack/unpack will ultimately eat away about 4 hours of your time as you move from productive work to sitting on Google for 10 hours accomplishing nothing. #TheMoreYouKnow

16 comments:

Pat Hatt said...
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Pat Hatt said...

Very true, no matter who you are there is always some part of life where you have to climb a huge pile of s*** to get through.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Love this post! Jackie O definitely had a lot of struggles, her (cheating) husband died in her arms but she did look fantastic in that Chanel suit! She and Kate Middleton always look(ed) fabulous, but they're just as human as the rest of us and have their day to day struggles.

Madilyn Quinn said...

Yes, books do tend to be distracting.. don't read while trying to move! :)

Great post, I completely agree!

Katie @ Running With Wine said...

awww what a sweet post about Jackie O! She sure did manage to keep her head up through it all though!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

fabulous post, you are very right.
and now i want to search for candid pictures of her. so, up until a few years ago i didn't know who she was - we have a radio person at home who went by jackie o lol i had no idea she wasn't the original.

Robin said...

I try to remember something similar when I look at some people's pictures. They might never appear to be "off", but we don't know everything that is really going on with the person.

Melissa @ Always, Lissa said...

What a great post. I've had similar thoughts about my grandmother. She was always meticulously dressed and made up and passed when I was young. One day while looking through old photos I found like four pictures of her nor made up and it made me start thinking about her life and her "off" days. Anyway, I love everything about this post. She was definitely an elegant and beautiful woman and it's interesting to look at the candid pictures, like you mentioned. So much we can learn, just from photos.

Melissa @ Always, Lissa said...

What a great post. I've had similar thoughts about my grandmother. She was always meticulously dressed and made up and passed when I was young. One day while looking through old photos I found like four pictures of her nor made up and it made me start thinking about her life and her "off" days. Anyway, I love everything about this post. She was definitely an elegant and beautiful woman and it's interesting to look at the candid pictures, like you mentioned. So much we can learn, just from photos.

Melissa @ Always, Lissa said...

What a great post. I've had similar thoughts about my grandmother. She was always meticulously dressed and made up and passed when I was young. One day while looking through old photos I found like four pictures of her nor made up and it made me start thinking about her life and her "off" days. Anyway, I love everything about this post. She was definitely an elegant and beautiful woman and it's interesting to look at the candid pictures, like you mentioned. So much we can learn, just from photos.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Melissa- oh, I love that Melissa! Thank you for sharing!!!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Pat- yes, we all certainly do!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Kate- the Chanel suit forever!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Madilyn- ha, yes- I am learning that!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Katie- she certainly did

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Robin- so, so true.