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Mademoiselle C: Life Lessons From Carine Roitfeld

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon at the Cleveland Museum of Art with several other local bloggers. We had an incredible brunch at Provenance, the on-site restaurant, then headed to the theater to view Mademoiselle C. The documentary was about Carine Roitfeld coming to New York to create CR Fashion Book. I’m admittedly not much of a film person, too impatient to sit through most movies without checking Twitter/Instagram/email incessantly, but this movie really drew me in and held my attention. As a fashion film, I was half expecting it to be lacking in depth, all about buying expensive things in the name of “fashion,” but I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was so much depth to the movie. Every five minutes I kept thinking to myself, “Wow, that is such an inspirational quote.” It really was quite philosophic, and I wish I would’ve written down some of the quotes because, of course, they’ve all left my mind now that I’m writing this. While I can’t remember it exactly, my favorite line from the film was when Carine and CR design director Stephen Gan were talking about how much rejection they experienced while trying to create their first issue. They said something along the lines of “We experienced quite a bit of rejection, but out of the rejection came opportunity. It was really a good thing.” 
I found that to be so profound and very applicable to life in general. Everyone experiences heartbreak and rejection in life- professionally, romantically, personally or otherwise- but out of that defeat comes opportunity. Rather than letting that rejection defeat us completely to the point of giving up, we should pick ourselves up and get back to the things about which we are most passionate. Who knows- the new direction might take us someplace far better than where we would’ve ended up without that rejection. 
If you have the opportunity to see Mademoiselle, do it. It was an excellent film- funny, chic, and truly inspiring. 
Thank you, CMA, for a truly wonderful afternoon, and thank you, Carine Roitfeld, for your wisdom and inspiration.  
View from our brunch table
From left: Reena of the CMA, Danielle of DeBoe Studio, Allison of Confessions of a CLE Habitant, Alexa of Cleveland’s a Plum, Shibani of CLE Shopaholic, me, Jen of Why CLE?, Rachel of CLE Fashionista, Nadine of Blog, The New Black, and Beth of Provenance at the CMA


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    February 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    What a wonderful event! it sounds like it was so much fun!

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    Jen @ Why CLE?
    January 28, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    So nice meeting you on Sunday! Love the blog and look forward to reading more!

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      February 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Jen, it was so nice meeting you, too!

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