proust questionaire

Two things that I love very deeply include literature and YSL. And since YSL had an intense fascination with Proust (so much so that the house he lived in, when he died, was redecorated with each of the rooms designed and named after famous Proustian characters), and I've been wanting to do something unique in a post, I thought it would be lovely to complete the famous Proust questionaire (I also have a weird love for filling out surveys, questionaires, etc.). Although this questionaire was not originated by Proust, it was made famous by the remarkable answers he submitted while answering the questionaire as a "social game" at when he was 13 and 20 years of age.

I'm not Proust, but I have some strong ideas about things ;).

Proust Questionnaire.

Your most marked characteristic? stubbornness, perseverance, sense of humor, intense sass

The quality you most like in a man? intelligence, sense of humor, loyalty, spontaneity

The quality you most like in a woman? sense of humor, passion

What do you most value in your friends? sense of humor, spontaneity, passion, loyalty, trustworthiness, an appreciation and love for doing and constantly learning

What is your principle defect? i'm too hard on myself

What is your favorite occupation? fashion journalist, stylist, most things independent and artsy that aren't 9-5. i can't handle a routinized schedule

What is your dream of happiness? being a successful fashion journalist, loving someone who loves me, and being constantly surrounded by dear friends and lots of activity. i'd love for all of that to be highlighted by an amazing wardrobe, lots of travel, and ever-changing new experiences

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes? three things:

1. working a job that you hated

2. never being in love with someone

3. not having a strong relationship with your family, and not having at least one best friend/soulmate

What would you like to be? happy, loved and successful

In what country would you like to live? france

What is your favorite colour? black, cerulean, coral

What is your favourite flower? gerber daisy

What is your favorite bird? mmm, ravens. and seagulls, because i was really surprised by them when i moved to chicago they were everywhere (there are no seagulls, or beaches, in iowa)

Who are your favorite prose writers? haruki murakami, ernest hemingway, oscar wilde, john irving, stephanie meyer (i knowwwwwww, twilight. it's fine)

Who are your favorite poets? allen ginsberg, sylvia plath, oscar wilde, william shakespeare, edgar allen poe

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? edward, zooey, dorian gray,

Who is your favorite heronine of fiction? franny, esther, ruth

Who are your heroes in real life? my mother, ysl, kate

What is it you most dislike? dishonesty. and i really, really dislike any decision that favors "playing safe" over going for what you want. always take risks.

What natural gift would you most like to posess? ever present charisma, fearlessness

How would you like to die? peacefully, or something terribly romantic

What is your present state of mind? content

To what faults do you feel most indulgent? shopping, eating

What is your motto? everything is relative

Your name or Pseudo? amanda, barb, man man, barbsy, peanut

And because I don't think a fashion blog post is complete without images...here are some images I've come across in my blogging recently that I found delightfully spectacular:


  1. Okay, you are seriously ridiculous and I want the half of my brain back that you stole! I was JUST going to blog about Kate Lanphear AND we are now using the Proust questionnaire monthly on the site, featuring different designers. Great minds think alike, huh? Actors.

    And btw, just LOVE your answers. You are a sweet, smart and sassy girl, Miss Amanda. MWAH!

  2. Brandon, you realize that as professionally trained actors, we always know how to be brilliant at a moment's notice. Plus, we're just always tuned into what's really awesome.

    Did you see the Proust questionaire with Silvia Fendi in this month's Elle? That's where I got the idea!

    I'm so excited to watch YOUR Proustian endeavor...mwah mwah mwah mwah xoxoxoxo!

  3. Hey Amanda, love your blog! Read about you on twentythirtyforty and totally recognized you from Loyola, I knew Kate freshman year!I work for the Stitches Fashion Program in Chicago. I hope to run into you at some events. Keep up with the clever, fun posts!

  4. Love the Proust questionaire. I'm going to fill one out too! Sup excited for our fash date next week!

  5. mmm, thank you all, for the wonderful love!