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QUEEN OF THE WOLVES

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Here's a look into the inspiration behind our Fall 2017 collection Queen of the Wolves...

A dear friend gifted me the book Women Who Run With the Wolves, and not only was it the inspiration for the fall collection, it has become my daily guidebook.

Here are a few of my favorite excerpts from the book Women Who Run With the Wolves, written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

General Wolf Rules for Life

  1. Eat
  2. Rest
  3. Rove in between
  4. Render Loyalty
  5. Love the children
  6. Cavil in moonlight
  7. Tune your ears
  8. Attend to the bones
  9. Make love
  10. Howl often

 “While it is useful to make bridges even to those groups one does not belong to, and it is important to try to be kind, it is also imperative to not strive too hard, to not believe too deeply that if one acts just right, if one manages to tie down all the itches and twitches of the wildish criatura, that one can actually pass for a nice, restrained, subdued, and demure lady-woman. It is that kind of acting, that kind of ego-wish to belong at all costs, that knocks out the Wild Woman connection in the psyche. No, it is better, more graceful, and far more soulful to just be what and as you are and let the other creatures be what they are too. “

“To love a woman, the mate must also love her untamed nature.”

“Though fairy tales end after ten pages, our lives do not. We are multi-volume sets. In our lives, even though one episode amounts to a crash and burn, there is always another episode awaiting us and then another. There are always more opportunities to get it right, to fashion our lives in the ways we deserve to have them. Don’t waste your time hating a failure. Failure is a greater teacher than success.”

“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.”

“If you have yet to be called an incorrigible, defiant woman, don’t worry, there is still time.”

“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.”

“When we accept our own wild beauty, it is put into perspective, and we are no longer poignantly aware of it anymore, but neither would we forsake it or disclaim it either. Does a wolf know how beautiful she is when she sleeps? Does a feline know what beautiful shapes she makes when she sits? Is a bird awed by the sound it hears when it snaps open its wings? Learning from them, we just act in our own true way and do not draw back from or hide our natural beauty. Like the creatures, we just are, and it is right.”

 

Quotes by: Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Photographer: Rio Chantel

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