Irene’s Insights

I meet amazing people everyday on the streets of New Yorke. One of the great things about older people is their willingness to share what they have learned, over the years,with others.I met Irene on the bus heading to Lincoln Center and asked if I could take her picture. She told me that she was in a hurry, so I took a quick photo, handed her a card with my email on it and we have been emailing and chatting on Facebook  ever since. Irene has a great website where she shares her “Images and Insights” . I asked her to share some of her inspiring and thoughtful bits of wisdom on Advanced Style. I hope you enjoy and I would love to hear some of your own favorite quotes and writings!

Irene’s Insights
1 – Women and men of a certain age can be role models for a youth-centered society, by paying attention to their ID:
“I” stands for INTELLIGENCE – which can increase with age – evolving into wisdom. Frequently what you see is what you get. 

“D” stands for DEMEANOR – or as Mother used to say “Pretty (handsome) is as pretty (handsome) does.”
 “WOW” is an acronym for “Woman Of Wisdom”!  How about “MOD” for Man Of Distinction”?
2 –  Here’s my favorite Dorothy Parker poem, “Indian Summer”:
In youth it was a way I had
To do my best to please,
And change with every passing lad,
To suit his theories.
But now I know the things I know,
And do the things I do:
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you!
3 – From designer William Morris on your home, your haven, your castle:
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
4 – On becoming less of a control freak – a modification of a familiar ditty:
Row, row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily,merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream
But rowing is TOO MUCH WORK! :
5 – Advice to women from a pro, Audrey Hepburn:
It is important that a man helps you around the house and has a job.
It is important that a man makes you laugh.
It is important to find a man you can count on. And doesn’t lie to you.
It is important that a man loves you and spoils you.
It is important that these four men don’t know each other.
These are Audrey’s “beauty tips” – read at her funeral:
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run its fingers through it.
For poise,walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more that things, have to be restored, renewed,revived, reclaimed and redeemed.
Never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that your two hands are: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
6 – My obituary:
I Arrived Small and Weak
I Shall Leave Old and Bold
  • I LOVE her and I love your blog! What a bright and witty woman. I think the most interesting and fashionable women are the ones with some age on them. They seem to care less and less what others think. LOVE that about them! ~Serene

  • Wonder – thank you for introducing Irene.

  • I LOVE Irene!

    #4 is one of my own favorite sayings

    #5 the quotes from Audrey and Katherine are fantastic!

    Most of all, Irene is one very together lady and I wouldn't mind being just as wise and beautiful when I am older.


  • i've never seen anyone wear purples so beautifully.
    my mom passed part of #1 on to me: "pretty is as pretty does". so true.
    thanks to irene for sharing her words of wisdom!

  • Carla

    Thank you!!! LOVED this post! Let there be more men and women of intelligence, wisdom and demeanor! LOVED the Audrey Hepburn quote!

  • I love her too, what an amazing and wise woman!
    Really like your blog, different and inspiring!
    Xo Nina

  • I love her too, what an amazing and wise woman!
    Really like your blog, different and inspiring!
    Xo Nina

  • I love the blog :))))

  • Just LOOK at the beadwork around the neckline! Is that a necklace or part of the top? Either way it's gorgeous!

  • That´s an awsome blog it!

  • Heart your blog!

  • Irene has managed to include wisdom from two of my favourite women, Dorothy Parker and Audrey Hepburn. I love the photo of Irene in her purple hat and fab necklace. Ari, you said you were changing the design of your blog–the font seems to be much smaller in this post than in previous ones. Remember, our eyes aren't what they used to be!

  • Anonymous

    thank you for your wonderful, unique and inspiring blog – and all the unique personas you show 🙂

    another blog you may like is anders (I hope you don't mind she is German and in Germany)

    as a non-blogess, I will come back regularly and find "food for my thoughts"

    all the best from Germany

  • there is some truth that some older people have styyle. they experimented in their youth, found out whats best and keep doing that at an old age

  • Love that they're aka as "Ari's Girls"! And love the chic gray hair, vivid colors, bakelite jewelry, hot nail polish and the adaptation to the shoes!

    ~ Susan