Friday, October 5, 2012

A quaintrelle life

I have a new favourite word!


I don’t know how I’ve lived my whole life and never come across this word before.

From Wikipedia… a quaintrelle is a “woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures.”

Sometimes I feel we are all so busy getting through the Monday to Friday that we don’t make time for the things that we are passionate about.

I’m going to find a really pretty font, print out “Quaintrelle” in large letters and stick it on my mirror to remind me not to go through life passively, but rather passionately.

Life isn’t a practice run… as far as we know we only get one go through.

So from now on, although tracksuit and cargo pants are easy, so are skirts, tights and dresses… in fact, a dress is one piece so technically even easier than pants and a top. I am not tracksuit pants!! That’s not who I want to be… (except at the gym). I don’t feel like me when I dress down… I lack zip, vim and vigour when I slop around and don’t take care with my appearance.

I’m not making judgement calls on anyone else and what they choose to wear… I’m simply saying that is NOT how I want to present myself to the world and, more importantly, to me!

So ‘Quaintrelle’ on the mirror is going to be my coach and a life of passion my mantra.

I hope you have had a great – PASSIONATE – week and that more of the same is to come this weekend!


Who is this gorgeous creature, you ask? Why, one Betty White! Now there’s a lady who has lived her life with passion!

Denise xx


  1. I LOVE that photo!
    And I love this post. It's nice how you clarified about not judging how others dress, but just how you want to look and feel for yourself. That is what it is all about.
    I am working on this too- with a 2 year old, I have been slouching around for a while in jeans and a tee. I am trying to sew things that are wearable in my daily life and also make me feel great.
    Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  2. Betty is gorgeous, isn't she? Then and now.
    Thanks for the kind words A.J.A. - I'm so pleased that the idea resonate with someone else.
    I must confess though, so far my plan hasn't gone so well - I've come down with the flu so I'm back to slopping around... BUT I am wearing a gorgeous (fake) gardenia in my hair with my PJs, so I'm sure although it's quite a jarring sight, I do feel a little glam in my sickness. :-D