Saturday, November 14, 2015

Portraits of an Icon

While in London, we had the wonderful opportunity to go along to see the Exhibition that was held in the National Portrait Gallery, of the very beautiful Audrey Hepburn.
The exhibition showed her life, from the rise as a West End chorus girl, wonderful actress, fashion icon and then her philanthropic and humanitarian work in her later life.

Here are some important life lessons and quotes from Audrey Hepburn
 Seize the day
Pick the day. Enjoy it to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come. The past I think, has helped me appreciate the present and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.
 Be happy
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy is all that matters.
 Believe in Yourself
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible.
I decided very early on just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.
Step outside your comfort zone
I was asked to act when I couldn't act.  I was asked to sing 'Funny Face' when I couldn't sing and dance with Fred Astaire when I couldn't dance and do all kind of things I wasn't prepared for.
Then I tried like mad to cope with it.
 Always think of other people
As you grow older, you will discover you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

So terribly sad and appalled to hear the news of what has happened in Paris.
My thoughts and prayers go out at this time.
Auckland Sky Tower will join other iconic buildings and light up the colours of the French flag to show solidarity in the wake of todays  attacks and in one small way to show how much we care.


  1. Beautiful Audrey Exhibit. Prayers for the people in Paris and for peace on this earth. Love you

  2. Gorgeous and inspiring post, darling!
    Happy weekend :)


  3. How lucky you were to catch this exhibition Carolyn! Audrey Hepburn was such a wonderful actress and a truly wonderful person for all she did for others. She was incredibly wise as well. The events in Paris have been so tragic and shocking :( I hope that they will find some way to recover.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  4. Dear Carolyn, thank you for the beautiful quotes from lovely Audrey Hepburn,
    I saw some of her movies, and loved her.
    The reality of today, is so scaring, so heartbreaking and filled with sadness, for the many persons whom lost their lives, yesterday evening in Paris, and for their families and friends ! Also here there has been many many persons giving flowers in front of the French embassy , to show their respect and grief !! What kind of world will our grandkids live in Carolyn ! I`m so sad and afraid for the future !!
    Hugs to you, dear !!

  5. Audrey is a very charming woman!
    What is happened in Paris is horrible....
    I hope you have a nice weekend

  6. Yes.. so tragic and definitely a reality check for us here in America. Prayers go out to Paris ..
    I appreciate your words of wisdom Carolyn;) be happy, believe, be kind..


  7. Our thoughts and prayers are for France 💙❤️........

  8. Dear Carolyn, Lovely post and tribute to an incredible lady.Enjoyed reading her life's lessons.
    We are sad watching on TV what happened in Paris. Our hearts and prayers will be on going for Paris and everyone affected by this horrible act of violence.

  9. Lovely wise words from Audrey

    The news from Paris is shocking

  10. So glad that you got to enjoy the exhibition, wonderful quotes from Audrey, she was quite a lady wasn't she. I don't know what to say about Paris, so sad and so terrible. xx

  11. Oh, Audrey will always be a beauty, her face, her smile, her words. I love this first picture of her. It's one I haven't seen before. How nice that you got to see the portrait gallery in London, Carolyn.

    May the light shine on Paris right now.

    love, ~Sheri

  12. What a wonderful exhibit. Thank you for sharing. I would love to visit the National Portrait Gallery someday, it's a dream of mine. I think Audrey Hepburn was a very interesting woman and I always enjoy photos of her and reading those quotes of hers. I hope you're doing well, Carolyn. Take care and have a good week.

  13. I know how much you love Audrey Hepburn so it must have been so wonderful to see this exhibition.Her life lessons sound so good too. So sad to hear the dreadful news from France over the weekend,if only everyone could live together in peace. Sarah x

  14. This is a lovely tribute to Audrey Hepburn! Very pretty quotes. I pray for the people of Paris

  15. Wonderful post Carolyn ...
    Her life lessons sound excellent, especially the last one.

    Yes, the news from France over the weekend was simply dreadful, and my thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this...

    All the best Jan

  16. She was beautiful inside and out! So nice to be able to see the exhibition in her honor. My heart breaks for the people of Paris. xo Karen

  17. Dearest Carolyn,
    Talking about an icon with character that was Audrey!
    So uplifting in a world full with satanic actions around us...

  18. dear caroly,
    YES, she ist a beauty! i love audrey too....and her films :-)
    many greetings

  19. sorry!
    postscript: sie was a beauty....but i think, you untersand me rigt!

  20. She was really beautiful Audrey...what a lovely post and wise words!
    Have a great weekend now, take care...

  21. égérie du couturier Hubert de Givenchy
    pleine de candeur et de simplicité
    une belle étoile
    merci de ton passage

  22. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. Sad about Paris, they have all been very much in my thoughts.

  23. Dear Carolyn, that exhibit looks amazing and so interesting, I love Audrey!
    And I totally agree on her toughts! :D

    What happened in Paris is heartbrecking, but was very lovely to see how the entire world partecipate so warmly at the pain of these poor people, there is still room for hope!

  24. Such a beautiful actress. A treasure for sure.
    Paris...sigh. Very very sad.


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