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20 Powerful Ralph Lauren Quotes That Will “Style” Your Life

20 Powerful Ralph Lauren Quotes That Will “Style” Your Life

We often hear fables of rags to riches. But here, we have a gem of a creator who fought obstacles and became one of the most stylish men on Earth. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the iconic Ralph Lauren, whose work has inspired years and years of fashion. For someone with a high school diploma and only the power of a few dreams, the climb has been tough. So we have brought to you the most inspirational quotes by Ralph Lauren (a college dropout no less) that can give you that push you’ve been looking for. Remember, start small.

1. “I never went to fashion school. I didn’t know what a designer was. I knew I had something, but I didn’t know what it was. And it could just have easily been nothing.”

Lauren goes on about the importance of dreaming and using that dream to influence your work.

2. “People ask how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams.”

And, like most of us, lots of inspiration for our dreams came from the silver screen.

3. “I was very influenced by movies; I was very influenced by a world that had a sense of dream.”

One of the most important things is to value the work that you do.

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4. “The clothes that I design and everything I’ve done is about life and how people live and how they want to live and how they dream they’ll live. That’s what I do.”

Even Kanye has appreciated and praised the dedication of Lauren.

5. “If I were to cater to Kanye, he would know that I’m catering to him. The fact that I make what I make—he gets it. He gets the quality and he respects it. And I think that’s the key, why I work all the time is to do that. That’s the fun.”

Even if it is a tiny stroke of brush, your principles should drive you. It’s about the bigger picture.

6. “I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.”

Ralph Lauren believes in consistency. You must be consistent in your ideals; that will shine through everything you do.

7. “Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.”

Style is sustainable and unique. It does not change like the fickle-minded catwalks every year.

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8. “[It’s] not one thing this year, one thing another year.”

Where we think of changing our outfits every single day, Ralph Lauren was not above repeating designs.

9. “I’ve always done the style that I loved, so I didn’t mind sending an old pair of jeans down the runway.”

The pioneer in making style everlasting has a great tip on having a distinct and fresh personal style. And even better, how to cultivate it.

10. “Taste and style is beyond clothes. It’s in food; it’s in quality. Working out, healthy bodies, organic food—they’re all part of the same thing.”

Look inside yourself for that daily stylespiration and not at Pinterest. Ralph Lauren is here to help you.

11. “Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”

So style is an intrinsic part of you. It is about how you carry yourself and your esteem. It does not come only through clothes.

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12. “Personal style is about having a sense of yourself and what you believe in every day.”

Though he started working with men’s fashion, he is insightful about how women should style themselves.

13. “It’s the kind of clothes that mothers and daughters can wear, in terms of concept … It’s not about age. It’s about taste, and it’s about lifestyle. I believe women of all ages can wear anything.”

Well, that is your green light for androgynous fashion.

14. “I started in the men’s business, so I always sort of have a touch of menswear in terms of where I’m going, … And I think one of the sexiest looks for women, instead of wearing a low cut thing, sometimes a man’s suit is more.”

Being humble is the best you can be, but also believe that you can make something extraordinary.

15. “You have to create something from nothing.”

Remember the words of discouragement from your past and  turn them into compliments.

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16. “He said, ‘The world isn’t ready for Ralph Lauren.’ I never forgot that because…I thought that was a compliment.”

You have to not only have passion but also the hunger to excel in whatever you choose to do.

17. “Knowledge is not a passion from without the mind, but an active exertion of the inward strength, vigor and power of the mind, displaying itself from within.”

And lastly, Ralph Lauren asks to be able to live life in the best way possible, since,

18. “The world is open to us, and each day is an occasion to reinvent ourselves.”

Cameras can preserve our memories. And libraries collect them. Make your life an emblem of both.

19. “My eyes are on my life. They are my private camera. I extend all the experience from my private life into my work, because living is my library.”

Remember, it is all in the effort of living and recording a life that makes little and big changes. In style, living, and loving.

20. “It’s about living the best life you can and enjoying the fullness of the life around you—from what you wear, to the way you live, to the way you love.”

Ralph Lauren was a school dropout and worked as a salesman of ties. With such humble beginnings and such eventual success, what is stopping us from having the motivation to make something beautiful out of our lives?

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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