Living a literary life doesn't just mean having one of those magical old double-height libraries that require a sliding ladder to reach the highest shelves (although I dream of that, too). Maybe it's just a little poetic flourish here and there. For instance, I wouldn't mind starting each morning by reminding myself of a tenderhearted admonition from one of my true heroines, Colette, author of much-loved subversive classics like La Vagabonde, Cheri and the Claudine novels: You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. It certainly bears repeating! If said while seated at the perfect vanity in homage? All the better ["Colette" vanity, on sale at Anthropologie for $199.95]. Related: keeping a crumpled copy of the poem "Chanel Lipstick" by Reetika Vazirani in the drawer.
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