Umm…Quaintrelle?

First, what the heck does “quaintrelle” mean??

Quaintrelle (kwein•trel) n. a woman who emphasizes a life of passion, expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures.

It seems a little odd because it originates from French. It is the female version of a dandy.

Basically, a quaintrelle is a femme with a certain joie de vivre (joy of life). As a quaintrelle, one would fill their lives with such beauty and passion that brings joy not only to themselves, but to those around them. A quaintrelle is usually someone who stands out from the crowd. Just as much, a quaintrelle is associated with an old-fashioned sense of style and elegance (think tea-parties and lace).

Some renowned quaintrelles include:

Coco Chanel Audrey Hepburn Marlene Dietrich

From left to right: Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich

(After some comprehensive research, I’ve found most associate quaintrelles with white European icons.)

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So Why American Quaintrelle?

America is a nation viewed by outside lenses as a youthful, consumer-driven, self-entitled, immoral nation. It’s citizens are categorized as arrogant, selfish, and highly overweight. As a millennial, I’ve discovered my generation to be overly-entitled and have a heavy case of white-savior disease (just throwing around some International Relations terms so I get some use of that degree!).

Despite all the negative back-lash, America and its inhabitants could just as well be described as wildly ambitious and driven.

So why would I choose to attached the title of my blog to these ideas? On the surface, I believe most countries have negative beliefs associated with them. Perhaps it is our way of challenging one another as well as our distinct human way of thinking ourselves as better than outsiders.

America, the melting pot of the world.

So many eclectic ideas are formed here. Despite the abundant initial negative views that come to mind at the mentioning of the United States of America, Americans are beautifully individualistic. They are free in their craziness and feel less constricted by society’s traditions. More often than not, they are passionate individuals, striving to achieve the American dream. Families and individuals still grow up with this dream in their heads – there are still hoards of immigrants escaping to the land of plenty, chasing after the dream of creating their own success.

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In a nutshell, that is what this blog is: a lifestyle blog about a woman emphasizing a life of passion in her own individualistic way, striving to achieve her dreams by connecting to the world around her.

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As the old saying goes, no woman is an island!

 WHAT DOES THIS BLOG DO FOR YOU?

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Let’s face it, I’m learning. I don’t think people ever get to a point where they “grow up” and stop learning. Blogs are everywhere. On every topic. Will this blog change your life? Maybe yes, maybe no. Will it help you gain a new perspective on the world around you? That’s for you to decide. 

Though, I hope it challenges you to stop and enjoy life’s little pleasures, remind you to step out of your comfort zone, and most of all helps to remind you to always ask the hardest question of all: why.

If you’re interested in exploring new places and ideas (and don’t find me too overly eccentric or dull) then I hope you’ll join me in this journey. I’m excited about what’s next to come and if you are too, subscribe by entering your email and following me below.

 

 

 

 

 

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