Monday, October 24, 2016

A Great Reminder from Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel dazzles in jade! Photo from her website.

I’ve admired the novelist Danielle Steel since I was a teenager living in the Philippines. One of my friends introduced me to her books when I was a sophomore and I was hooked for a long time. Danielle helped get me through high school and college with her engaging stories, when geometry eluded me, when biology and chemistry made me want to take a nap. I would sometimes read her novels right in class! Later on, when I was being extremely bored by the novel Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson while I lit major in college, Danielle’s fresher (and of course more modern) touch reminded me why I liked fiction enough to want to study it in school.

Danielle as a young hottie, 1982. Photo by Ed Kash/Hulton Archives/Getty.

I also just admired her as a person. I admired that she had so many kids (seven, plus two stepsons), yet worked her writing around their schedules. I was wowed by her work ethic. I loved (and still love) that she is a big fan of fashion—I know my first interest in certain brands like Gucci came from her mention of them in her novels. Later on, when I was a bookseller, I admired that she could sell books like no other lady writer—she was right up there in terms of sales with Stephen King and Tom Clancy. I remember a publishing rep who would come into the bookstore where I worked once told me that Danielle Steel was the only one of Dell’s novelists who actually earned back every penny of the millions of dollars she was paid in advance (and in 1990, when I was a bookseller, it was $60 million for a five-book deal). She earned it back and then made even more money for herself and the publisher!

A Danielle Steel poster at my local subway station in Brooklyn.

I was charmed to see a picture of Danielle in the subway station close to my house a few weeks ago. I loved that this extremely successful novelist is being promoted with subway ads! Every time I see a photo of her I remember all the fun and glamour she brought to my life with her books when I was very young and I am grateful to her. She still makes me smile and I still have the utmost admiration for her!

I swung by her blog to see what is new with her and liked a recent post she wrote called “Life is Short—Buy the Shoes,” about ageing and how people still need fun things in their lives when they are older, like crazy shoes or a dog or a romantic companionship, even if their children are telling them they DON’T need those things. I think she is right! If you get a chance, swing by and read it and let me know what you think.

Charlotte Olympia Mid-Century Kitty Glitter Flats. Frivolous! Necessary!

I thought I’d add a pair of glittery Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats here since these seem like exactly the kind of shoes some people would say you don’t need and yet Danielle (and I) would argue that indeed you do need them! She is right when she says you can’t always be sensible in life and that frivolous things can oftentimes bring you the most joy.

Danielle wearing two amazing blackamoor brooches. Photo from Haute Living.

Here’s to sparkly kitty flats and a great reminder from Danielle to keep living life to the fullest, no matter your age!


hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Those flats are wearing jewels.
Danielle Steel is a very attractive woman and she looks like she has taken great care with her skin over the elegant.

Linda said...

Danielle Steel has the most beautiful clothes and jewelry. And I totally agree with enjoying frivolity whenever you can--they can be the small joys of life we need. Also LOVE those Ivanka Trump ruby earrings on your sidebar--that is one elegant and accomplished young woman. Thanks for this post and sharing those gorgeous earrings!!!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

I didn't know she had a blog? I remember reading her and bradford and archer in the days before SATC hehe. I didn't know you lived in the Philippines either? xx

Rosie said...

About 21 years ago, the summer before my son started college, he toured with his band in San Francisco. The band met another local musician, Nick Traina, who was at their performance. They hung out with him for a very brief time in SF.

Shortly after, Nick, a very troubled young man died tragically by his own hand. Only then did my son learn that Nick was the son of a very famous, very wealthy woman - Danielle Steel. It was such a loss.

Ms. Steele looks as beautiful & elegant and she did years ago.

GSL said...

The Phillipines? I know The Thrilla in Manila was a bit before your time. I've never read Danielle Steele but think she'd be a lady I'd find quite fun, interesting, and well brooched.

Denton said...

Charlotte Olympia is the absolute best shoe designer working today.

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Wow loved learning more about her. I had no idea she wrote a blog. I just adored that post on 'Buy the shoes.' She was spot on. I couldn't agree more and still buy pretty things for my 99 year old grandma when no one else does. Like I said I saw her shopping at Neimans so she does get around. Now I have to keep my eyes out for her. I admire her work ethic.I was reading her bio. Amazing and energetic woman. She's still very beautiful too! Kim

Jill said...

Hi Hostess, yes I agree, Danielle is still very beautiful! x

Jill said...

Hi Mom, I could see you in those Charlotte Olympia glitter shoes. Maybe they will go on sale! xx

Jill said...

Hi Naomi, I didn't really know about her blog either until recently. It seems she updates it fairly regularly. I love that you read her, Bradford and Archer before SATC. That is so great! I lived in the Philippines as a teen since my father, who was in the Navy, was stationed at the Naval Station in Subic Bay. That is part of why I was able to go to Seoul for a visit! xx

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! That is amazing that your son spent some time with Nick. I have read a bio of Danielle Steel and her own book about Nick's troubles and death and it was a sad story all the way around. I bet she still misses him terribly.

I hope all is well with you! xx

Jill said...

Hi GSL, I'm so glad to see you here again. I did not want to banish you, I would never do that, but I am a sensitive soul! I can't help it. I'm working on it. Apparently it's not going very well, ha. I lived in the Philippines in the 1980s. I graduated from high school there, at a Department of Defense Dependents School! I am a true Navy brat in every sense of the word ha ha.

I would like to meet Danielle Steel some time. I think I will keep my eye out to see if she ever does signings. God knows she doesn't have to but she might like to meet her fans every once in awhile!

Hope you have another political post up your sleeve before Election Day. x

Jill said...

Hi Denton! I agree with you 100% about Charlotte Olympia. I really love her stuff--the shoes, the bags, even the little makeup collaboration she did with MAC. I am so glad I was able to pick up a pair of her kitty flats on sale. I love wearing them this time of year. I hope you have bought a pair for your wife! x

Jill said...

Hi Kim! I am so jealous you saw Danielle at Neimans!!! I am going to read her blog regularly, I want to see what she writes about. I LOVE that you buy pretty things for your 99-year-old Grandma, that is absolutely the best. I am not surprised you do that, you have a very generous heart. xx