Monday, June 11, 2012

Hiding in Hedgerows

This hedge outside of our apartment gets me right in the feels every day. I brush my hands over the top and I am transported to rural England, a place I have never been but have longed for as far back as I can remember. There's something very "Secret Garden" about it. Something reminiscent of Watership Down. I met eyes with a cottontail and was tempted to ask him if Fiver was nearby, if Blackberry was doing well.

Instead, I'm trapped here in the Yoop, stealing moments of shade and yearning for the English Countryside, a better camera, and the ability to capture colors the way they really are. The sun is harsh on delicate things even in the shade.

If I can't share my reality, can it even be called real? I think I'd rather close my eyes and dream of England than contemplate philosophy at this hour. And wish that I could find a way to upload photos and edit them so that they aren't so washed out. Any advice? Anyone?

Outfit Details:
Yellow/Pastel Plaid Shirt: Vintage
Belt: Stolen from ASOS Dress
Shorts: Kohl's 
Earring: FrockStock
Sandals: (I give up. I just don't know.)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Heat Spell

It appears that 90 degrees is my breaking point. 90 degrees is where my brain melts and all I want to do is lie on the ground and admit defeat. The thermometer crept above that 90 degree mark before I even made it out of bed today. I knew before I even opening my eyes that the entire day was going to be a constant battle against the heat.

So Alex and I went swimming. We went out for dinner. And when the time came to take pictures, I headed straight for the shade. Though the stand of trees in only a small belt next to the pond, once you enter the inside of their borders, you've entered a different world. Even here, I couldn't hide from the sun.

Nor could I wear the shoes I attempted to wear the rest of the day. I just received these hand-painted beauties in the mail, and put them on immediately. However, my previous blisters weren't approving of the choice. I had to show you anyway. I just love the little birds!

What I could do, though, was catch a glimpse of the house Alex and I are soon going to live in across the water. Yes! We bought a house! I'll be sharing more pictures and details soon. Even if no one is reading these words but me, one day I'll be able to look back on these days as a huge turning point in my life.

Homeowners... I can't imagine.

Outfit Details:
Blue Top: thirifted
Blue Skirt: Thrifted
Belt: Thrifted
Handpainted Wedges: eBay

Friday, June 8, 2012

Adventures in Wonderland

"'I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great puzzle!'" - Alice, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

After the storm today everything raced out for a bit of the sun before it left us for the day. I took pictures amongst a number of rabbits, painted turtles, and a curious deer. Perhaps it had something to do with the way the world is always new after the rain, but my pictures today all felt a bit out of Carroll's Wonderland. I don't mind. I've been there a time or two, myself.

I couldn't help but be drawn to the pines today. They're some of my favorite trees. The scent of them, with the added ghost of the rain we had drew me right to them. Maybe, too, the forest tones of my new dress and my new Seychelles sent me that way. Whatever the reason, it was a magical place to stop, if only for a few minutes.

Outfit Details:
Forest Green Dress: eBay
Two Birds Necklace: Frockstock
Seychelles Flats: eBay
Head Scarf: Vintage

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer Comes in Golden Rays

Apparently, when life turns hectic, my blog is the first thing to go. School and roadtrips and general business, and then the lack of desire to do anything but lie in bed and read took over my life for awhile. Not to mention that Alex and I are buying a house, and the Memorial Day Weekend rafting trip I was in charge of. Anyway, I'll try not to let that happen again. I'm happiest when I'm blogging, it seems.

The weather here has been beautiful, but too warm for my tastes. I want to be creative, but how do you dress creatively when a mini-dress is too warm to wear? I'll have to figure out this summer thing if I don't want my posts to be stale.

In the meantime, I can show off my new ASOS dress that's really only appropriate for summertime wear. I've never worn anything so short. But part of being creative is being adventurous, right? So here's a call to adventure.

Outfit details: 
Dress: ASOS (similar)
Sunglasses: Claire's
Bird Necklace: Frockstock
Belt: Vintage
Sandals: No idea, actually.