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I remember seeing Kerry Washington and Diahann Carroll as they were quoted in the O Magazine’s May (2011) issue Timeless Beauty feature, and these screen mavens make it perfectly clear…when it comes to impeccable style,that there’s no generation gap. I love their inner and outer beauty. These timeless queens, are an inspiration of motivation and empowerment – in beauty and style.

Diahann Carroll…“Kerry reminds me a lot of myself at her age.  She has a trained eye for detail and what suits her figure.  And she has an innate self-confidence, a coolness about how lovely she is.”

“My fashion life exists mainly through work, so I dress to be event appropriate.  I see clothes as a performance.”

On her grin-and-bear-it approach to stilettos: “I will suffer while I’m being photographed, then change into another pair of shoes.”

On her devotion to shapewear: “You have to remember that a body is going into that pretty dress.”

“I always want a long line and a neat, clean look – the simpler, the better.”

Kerry Washington…On working a modern mix of designers and affordable labels: “I inhabit a lot of different worlds and I’m always trying to fin balance.” “Fashion is an art.  Clothes are a costume we use to express who we are.”

THE LONG VIEW: From poolside to restaurant, few things are as stylish in the summer as a maxi dress; the look remains popular for its comfortable but striking silhouette. This tie-neck silk version (Marc Jacobs) includes its own corsage. Washington gets a lift from a pair of patent leather wedge sandals (KelsiDagger). Cuffs, Marcia Moran. Earrings, Kacey K. Dewey Nicks/O Magazine Photographer.

 

Wisdom of the Ages

LOVE THE AGE YOU ARE…here are some words of wisdom from some incredible women in the spotlight from Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka at age 11 to 50-year-old Grammy winner Aimee Mann.

“Enjoy the love of others, but revel in the love of yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to save you.” —Aisha Tyler, 40, comedian and actress, FX’s “Archer”

“I once heard someone say, ‘If it’s not happening now, it’s not happening.’ That stuck with me—I realized there’s no reason to pre–freak out about problems. It’s made such a difference in my life.” — Aimee Mann, 50, Grammy Award–winning singer and musician

“Always do what’s right, even if other people aren’t.  Don’t do something just because it will please people, and don’t do something just because it’ll upset people.  My mother told me that.” — Kiernan Shipka, 11, actress, AMC’s Mad Men

“When you’re hurt or angry, let go by tapping into your humbleness. You want people to remember you for your grace.” — Stevie Nicks, 62, singer and songwriter, “In Your Dreams”

“It’s important to listen. Most people just want to know that they are heard.” — Anne Meara, 81, star of the Yahoo.com Stiller & Meara Web series.

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Travel. Beauty. Style. engages women through an empowered life of Luxury Travel. Leisure and Life of Style. We seek real affluent minded women, to offer real, mind, body soul’U’tions, as we are transformed into queens through storytelling and capturing memories with Virtuous Journeys.

Travel is our lifestyle; our luxury tribe – where we come together as one collective, united and driven by the desire to experience the best of the best, rooted in the freedom of possibilities – abundantly available through luxury travel, with beauty, as our canvas, and style as our artistic tool.

Join us as we explore and get culturally inspired. Travel. Beauty. Style. is our luxury gateway. Blog features focus on experiencing diverse cultures through the life of luxury, uniquely and creatively. Gather your bucket lists, cameras, journals, passports, chic outfits, trendy beauty must-haves and tastebuds…sit back and relax, as queens don’t catch feelings, we catch flights, trains, and ships – in beautiful style!

  • Robin Rue

    Olivia Pope! She is one of my favorite actresses on tv! I think she is so pretty, too! Loved reading this interview.

  • Alli Smith

    I have loved Diahann Carol forever and Kerry Washington is amazing as well. I’m such a quote person and the words of wisdom you shared are great. Beauty is definitely timeless!

  • I just love this advice! I’ve always been a fan of Kerry Washington. I so agree with Aisha Tyler’s comment too.

  • Amy Smith

    Love the dresses. I love Maxi Dresses and Maxi Skirts! They are comfortable and can be dressed up or down depending on what you are doing!

  • Tomi_C

    Love, love, love Diahann Carroll. Wise words from all even the 11 year old.

  • Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    I tell my kids that it doesn’t matter how good you look on the outside if you’re an ugly person on the inside. I encourage them to be kind to everyone, especially those they see that don’t seem to have a lot of friends. Their popularity can really help someone else.

  • Candy Kage

    You do see dressing as an performance. Everything is beautiful and you look great. Here on the farm not much call for dressing nice to do chores.

  • I love those dresses and I love the advice! It’s great to have such inspiration coming from a wide variety of age groups.

  • Debra Hawkins

    Love these dresses and this is such good advice. I love seeing such good things coming from so many different ages.

  • What some great pieces of advice, from so many different ages. Even the 11 year old has some wise words to offer.

  • I think Kerri Washington could wear a brown bag and look beautiful and full of style. Serious, these are so stunning photos.

  • Gisele Gamble

    I agree, great advice. Grace Slick said “When we’re young we need to be seen but not heard and when we’re old we need to be heard but not seen.”

  • Pam W

    These are all such great pieces of advice. I especially like “if it’s not happening now, it’s not happening.”

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    This article has so many great quotes and pieces of advice that women should hold dear. These pictures are simply stunning. I have loved Kerry Washington for a long time! Well and Oprah too! 😉

  • sara

    This is fabulous advice and I also tell my daughter all the time, if it is not going to happen, it wont happen. She has learned at a young age that this is totally true!

  • “Enjoy the love of others, but revel in the love of yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to save you.” This is my favorite quote by far.

  • Such empowering women and quotes! My favorite is Aimee Mann’s !!

  • These are good messages to keep in mind every day! Changes are going to happen as we age and it’s not always a good idea to stress about them.

  • Jake Smith

    Aisha Tyler said it on point. Intellectual women are so sexy nowadays.

  • reddel

    These women are such wonderful examples of how to live not only with style but with grace as well. I admire them both for how they humbly manage their success and their lives. Love the quotes too!

  • Kathleen @AnyTots

    Love those advices. I’m feeling down and hearing quotes like this are actually up-lifting. Love the age you are stuck to me though. Thanks for the post.

  • Well little old Kiernan Shipka hit the nail on the head with her quote. I can’t believe she’s only 11!! I wish I could say I was that smart and strong at that age. You go girl!!

  • Loving the age you are is very important. While in my 40’s, I found the quotes quite inspiring. My favorite is the one by Aisha Tyler: “Enjoy the love of others, but revel in the love of yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to save you.” Very well said, Aisha!

  • Ave T

    What a great advice! I’m with Kerry Washington – fashion is an art and clothes often work as a costume. I wish I’d know more about fashion.

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    I love the unique pieces of dresses featured here. They are empowering and inspiring as well. I like it when she said that clothes are seen as a performance. Sometimes I also think that way.

  • Kelly Reci

    This is such a great advice. I like seeing such good things coming from so many different ages.

  • Such lovely women, inside and out. Love that even the stars mix affordable pieces with higher end fashion. Makes it seem like it’s ok that I do the same thing.

  • Rosemary Anderson Palmer

    I see so many cute things out there but ultimately know it’s not age appropriate so I pass. In this day of aging gracefully, so many tend to forget that. I love to see a woman with style.

  • Elizabeth O

    Such a great advice coming in different ages. Kiernan Shipka, 11 years old had a great point that Don’t do something just because it will please people. She really nailed it. She’s so smart little girl.

  • Kate Klaus Kelly

    This is all great advice. I love Kerry Washington. She has great style.

  • Chelley Martinka

    “Enjoy the love of others, but revel in the love of yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to save you.” I needed this.

  • Lena B

    These women are gorgeous! I am learning to love my age – I have to admit it is hard as I am trying to do so many thing at the same time

  • I see and meet a lot of stylish women but classic and regals will always stay. Love this article about lovely women.

  • Eva

    Love these quotes! I just sent the one by the 11 year old to my son. So much great advice here.

  • This is wonderful thanks for sharing!

  • Carissa

    Both women are gorgeous!!! Great advice!!

  • Clothes are my favorite costume. They allow me to express my independent style. It is another thing that sets me apart from others.

  • I love feeling good in what I wear. I do NOT suffer through heels any longer. Diahann Carroll is better than I am! LOL!

  • Daria Vinning

    I love the quotes, especially this one, “When you’re hurt or angry, let go by tapping into your humbleness. You want people to remember you for your grace.” — Stevie Nicks, 62, singer and songwriter, “In Your Dreams” I view my hair going blonde and my nail art as an act of expression. Thanks for sharing!

  • Wow, this is amazing. Love the photos and the gals in it. So fashionable and elegant.

  • Kasi Perkins

    Loving the quotes! They are both timeless beauties for sure!

  • Valerie Robinson

    Beautiful post full of beauty, wisdom and inspiration!

  • I love this post. Great advice from the women you featured. Thanks for sharing. Kerry Washington is the best.