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Sofia!

November 3rd, 2010

I used this second picture on FB during doppleganger week a while back …. when my hair and hers was longer. I really don’t think we look much alike. We both have slightly masculine features, although her lips are very voluptuous and mine are very Claire Bow.

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  1. November 3rd, 2010 at 17:46 | #1

    Kristi,

    The French really love Sofia. I was in Paris very recently and in the lobby of our hotel, there were three or four copies of a French magazine with her on the cover. I wish I could remember the name for you. I leafed through it for a minute or two. There are some fantastic photos of her in that magazine. It must be the October or November issue. If I happen to find it, I’ll let you know.
    She isn’t beautiful in the way that most people think of beauty, but there is something about her that is classic and striking.

    Adrienne

    • November 4th, 2010 at 10:15 | #2

      Adrienne, please do let me know the names of the magazines. I love Sofia for so many reasons — Italian-American like me, an uber talented director, not ruined by growing up in a famous family, shuns Hollywood for European life — I could go on and on … she embodies effortless chic to me.
      Eurochic,
      Thanks so much. I think your hair looks great all the ways I’ve seen it — shorter and longer.
      Christine,
      You’re right. PS Its so much fun to hear about your plans on FB. Congratulions. Life is obviously good for you and its fun to see!

    • November 7th, 2010 at 07:32 | #3

      Adrienne,
      Thanks so much for looking for me …. have a great weekend.

  2. November 4th, 2010 at 09:29 | #4

    Sofia looks gorgeous dressed up or dressed down and with or without makeup. She just radiates elegance all the time.

  3. November 6th, 2010 at 10:07 | #5

    Kristi,

    I looked and looked for that magazine online and could not find it anywhere. I could kick myself for not buying a copy while I was there.
    I forgot to tell you that I loved your makeover post. Your hair looks healthy and the length complements your pretty features. The makeup application was also spot-on – fresh and youthful.
    What a great birthday present to yourself.

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What is it about those Italian women? You know the ones I’m talking about: beautiful, sexy, dressed to the nines just to take the kids to the park. They have a certain something that is indefinable. It is in the way they dress, the way they prepare their meals, the way they spend their leisure time.

It is because they know the importance of la bella figura. Roughly translated from Italian, it means putting you best foot forward in everything you do. It means cutting a beautiful figura. The opposite of la bella figura is la brutta figura, which is what someone might say about the falling down drunken guy at the party or the super tackily dressed woman at church. It means ugly figure.

La bella figura is much more than your appearance. It goes much deeper than that. It is about how you act. It is about how you treat others. It is about how you care for yourself, your home and your family. Living a life in line with la bella figura doesn’t take money. In fact, it is more about how to have class without a lot of money.

Someone who exudes la bella figura will have clean, pressed clothes and be well groomed. They will not be rude or sloppy. Their fingernails will be impeccably groomed. Their hair shiny and clean and their shoes will be polished. They will not have stray threads hanging from their suit hems. They will not be driving a car in need of the car wash.

La bella figura means driving that 15 year old car and meticulously cleaning it and caring for it. It means keeping your belongings in good repair. It means taking time to clean your house and not cluttering it up with meaningless objects.

When you focus all your spare energy, time and money on the things that bring you the most amount of pleasure, then you are truly living a life in line with la bella figura. The best part about it is that you don’t have to be Italian to do so. You just have to think like an Italian.

Italian children are raised to present la bella figura in whatever they do. From the time they are small and are groomed perfectly to attend church or school, they know that appearances count. They count because it is the first thing people judge about you. That first impression does matter. Appearances are also important because when you take the time to look nice, you are showing that you care about yourself. When you care enough to look good, it shows you have good healthy self esteem. Nothing is more attractive than self confidence.

In addition, dressing nice also shows respect for others. If you invite people over for dinner and greet them in flip flops, baggy sweats and a stained shirt, it is really disrespectful to them. The same if you dress sloppy to go to church or even to the market. By dressing nicely and being well groomed, you show respect for everyone in your world.

Having la bella figura means presenting yourself in the best light possible in all your interactions.