Sabina's Life

Life lessons according to Iris Apfel and my 7 year-old daughter

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Photo of Iris via lifestylehunters

If you’ve been reading any fashion publications as of late, I am sure you are well acquinted with the new documentary IRIS, a film by Albert Maysles, which spotlights the 93 year-old fashion icon.  According to Magnolia Pictures, the studio behind the film, it is “More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.” ( – See more at: )

I have come to the conclusion that Iris and my 7 year-old daughter Sienna have many things in common, and can teach us all some much valuable lessons:

Live out loud – don’t be afraid of color

Iris:  “Life is grey and dull.  You may as well have a little fun when you dress and amuse people.” Iris

Sienna:  “You need color in your life mama. Color makes you happy.  Stop buying black.”

March to the beat of your own drum

Iris:  “ I like to improvise. I always think I like to do things as though I’m playing jazz – try this, try that.”  Iris

Sienna:  “I like to freestyle mama…check out my crazy moves.”  Sienna, in the parking lot, breaking it down, wildly flailing her arms around.

Overdo it – be eccentric

Iris:  “More is more and less is a bore.” – refinery 29

Sienna:  “The sparklier, the better!” Sienna, in her oversized glitter headband, glitter hair clip and glitter purse.

Embrace individuality

Iris:  “What’s my style is not your style, and I don’t see how you can define it. It’s something that expresses who you are in your own way.” – via  One Kings Lane

Sienna:  “Stop picking out clothes that YOU like – pick clothes that I like,”  pointing at the bejeweled rainbow tie-dye fringe dress.

Happiness is everything

Iris:  “I would advise you to be happy rather than well-dressed. It’s better to be happy.”  via

Sienna:  “This is the best outfit ever!”  in her leopard tights, frozen tee, leopard cardigan and leopard sneakers ( rainbow hued )

xx Sabina

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