Significant Beauty

"Why do you always look at things with such dreadfully practical eyes?" she interrupted.
"Because I've been studying evolution, I guess. It's only recently that I got my eyesight, if the truth were told."
"But it seems to me you lose sight of the beauty by being so practical, that you destroy beauty like the boys who catch butterflies and rub the down off their beautiful wings."
He shook his head.
"Beauty has significance, but I never knew its significance before. I just accepted beauty as something meaningless, as something that was just beautiful without rhyme or reason. I did not know anything about beauty. But now I know, or, rather, am just beginning to know. This grass is more beautiful to me now that I know why it is grass, and all the hidden chemistry of sun and rain and earth that makes it become grass. Why, there is romance in the life-history of any grass, yes, and adventure, too. The very thought stirs me. When I think of the play of force and matter, and all the tremendous struggle of it, I feel as if I could write an epic on the grass."
-Martin Eden by Jack London

Outfit details: dress- vintage, belt- secondhand, shoes- Urban Outfitters, bag- Pull and Bear, ring- a gift from my sister
I thought I had lost this harlequin print dress and was quite downtrodden, so you can imagine my excitement when I found it again. Unfortunately, it still needs to be hemmed and the waist also needs to be taken in when I'm feeling less lazy...
Outfit details: dress- vintage, shoes- Bona Drag, bag- ShopRuche, ring- a gift from my sister, cardigan- H&M

CONVERSATION

88 comments:

  1. I love that polka dot dress, this scenery fits you so well :)

    that is a really great quote, who knew its Jack London!

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  2. I really love your nailpolish and I've seen you wear it in your past outfits. What color and brand is it? Thanks!

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  3. Love Jack London - I think loving him is a prerequisite for living West of the Rockies :)

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  4. Yes, science IS beautiful. :)

    Bejesus, I adore that harlequin print dress. To quote Mary Poppins, it's practically perfect in every way.

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  5. The Harlekin dress is so wonderful!

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  6. Lovely pictures as usual. I must agree there is beauty everywhere surrounding us if we only stop to appreciate it.

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  7. I love the dress! and those shoes are so cute, they look like ballet slippers

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  8. fantastic photography! cute outfits too x

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  9. You have such lovely pictures =)

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  10. I love your dresses.
    And your favourite ring to.
    and the landscapes of your photos are so beautifull.

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  11. Everything is just so pretty...your dresses...your accessories..the scenery...love your photos....BTW...thanks for dropping by my blog...

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  12. Wonderful excerpt and dresses (especially the harlequin).

    I very much agree, things are always much more appreciated when you know the story behind it all.

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  13. I know I'm continuosly writing the same thing, but recently I particularly love your style and all these outfits are gorgeous!

    Also, I definitely have to add the places where you're taking your pictures to my "places to visit before I die" list!

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  14. I adore your harlequin dress, it looks quite lovely on you. So jealous of your lovely weather!

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  15. Love, love that pretty harlequin print dress! The neckline is very attractive. What a gorgeous part of the world you live in!

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  16. Beautiful, Beautiful!
    This dress is so amazing :)))


    xoxo,

    Kira

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  17. That is such an amazing excerpt from the novel. I love the print dress in the second set of pictures! You look like a character out of a book! xxoxoxo

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  18. Love love love those dresses, I just got that exact ring from my friends store here in SF, I'm in love with it. That reminds me I need to figure out where it is. washington is so pretty I miss home.

    here is my pic of the ring
    http://prettyprettypirate.blogspot.com/2009/07/sailing-away.html

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  19. I love both of the dresses, they are so perfect for the summer. The ring is also very unique and the scenery is beautiful. ♥

    xo
    Tina

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  20. P.S. I love your blog header!

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  21. be careful with that harlequin dress! It's one of my favorites ;)

    I find it totally amusing that you are tiptoeing through wheat fields in your studded ballet slippers - that's so great!

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  22. oohhh,the dot dress is my favourite!I remember that you said you got it from Etsy no?How come every time I pay a visit there I dont find anything equally fantastic?Bad Luck!hehe!And as always perfect photographs!

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  23. Both dresses are adorable. And the ring is awesome, really original! I love the landscape where you take your photos, the scenery is so beautiful!! :)
    Sincerely Louie, Ciao!

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  24. So sad that boys would hurt the butterflies :-(
    Your harlequin dress is hands down in my top 5 faves of your dresses. There is also your new red dress and the ASOS Butterfly dress, the Yellow Trashy Diva and the rose printed one. :-)

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  25. The harlequin dress is so perfect on you! It's one of those pieces that I know I probably wouldn't wear, but you wear it so nicely, that I want it.

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  26. i love the dress and the blue nail polish

    XX
    Vi from Cali

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  27. i definitely remember this harlequin print dress ... i'm so happy you found it!

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  28. you own the most incredible dresses :) thanks for your nice comment on my blog :)you're so kind!

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  29. That quote is amazingly beautiful. I love it! Ooh, also the second dress, so pretty!

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  30. I love the 2nd outfit and the passage at the beginning of this post is so true!

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  31. I always feel good and warm everytime I see your photos with the field or sea as a background... Make me wish I was there. You always look beautiful in everything you wear - because you're so natural, full of honest expressions and passions... There's no beauty without emotion, and you valued your beauty with valor. :)

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  32. Love your dresses, and you must live somewhere so so beautiful! LOVE these pictures, so serene & picturesque! :)
    xx

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  33. Dress is to die for! Remind me of the 60's and I just love love love the 60's!

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  34. Oh the harlequin print dress is adorable and the beautiful landscape, I do envy you!

    and thanks for sharing the quote, it's lovely.

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  35. Ooo the nail polish is such a pretty color! And I love how your dress and the detail on the your shoes have the same design. Really pretty. :)

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  36. cute dresses!!

    personally, i've always been on the other, less functional and naturalistic, side of the aesthetic debate...

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  37. I agree with Claradevi- you have a way of capturing yourself and your landscapes to perfection, it makes me wish I could be there feeling the wind blow across my legs and through my hair or to smell the sea in the background. I love it. :D

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  38. that checkered dress is cute. love that it's diagonal,sweet! love it and as usual your pictures are just gorgeous :)

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  39. Brilliant excerpt from Jack London. It sums up pretty neatly one of the main reasons I'm studying science.

    Love the harlequin dress! The colour reminds me of chocolate and vanilla ice cream and similarly yummy things :)

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  40. i love that quote. it's so hard for me to put into words how i look at this world and how i am constantly amazed at all the beauty and life around me. you must have read so many good books -- got any recommendations?

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  41. As always, your photos are lovely and your outfits, equally so. Love the print to that second one, especially. :)

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  42. the harlequin is absolutley gorgeous, If you ever feel like selling it you know where to find me!

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  43. I love polka dots dress so much...

    X♥X♥

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  44. woow!!
    you are really cute
    i like you so much ^^

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  45. I love that polka dot dress! It suits you perfectly.

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  46. FANTASTIC!

    Those dresses are so retro and very chic!
    TOTALLY LADY!

    Blue nails + mustard bag wow... =)







    lainarollercoaster.blogspot.com

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  47. you live in such a lovely place! I'm totally jealous! I love the harlequin dress! Also, it's funny you quoted 'Martin Eden'- I just dug it from my bookshelf and passed it on to my 13 year old sis a few weeks ago! I read it about 6-7 years ago, I can barely remember anything from it.. :(

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  48. That quote is amazing. The same thing happened to me when I started doing physics. Just beautiful. & that dress! The first one is absolutely perfect. The second one is pretty beautiful too. You have so many amazing dresses!

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  49. I love the field where your photos are taken! I want your ring, love it

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  50. Beautiful quote, beautiful locations, beautiful outfits.

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  51. I can't decide which dress I love more! Either way, you look gorgeous.

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  52. I love the second dress. I'm wearing that same nail varnish right now (:

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  53. I like your harlequin print dress. It reminds me of Phillip Lim!

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  54. Both of those dresses are fantastic! You look lovely! And the blue nails are tres fab!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  55. I love that harlequin print dress!! You look so amazing in it. The first dress is really pretty too, but I just think that the second one is so much better :).

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  56. You must live in one of the most beautiful locations ever. I love that field and the lake.

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  57. I really do believe that the more you know about something, the more beautiful it becomes. I guess it is having a depth of appreciation more than admiring simply the physical beauty.

    I love your shell ring so much!! And the blue nail polish looks wonderful. Oooh and your second dress looks fantastic, so glad you found it again :) Hope you're having a lovely day dear.

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  58. the harlequin dress is so gorgeous!!

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  59. I'm as tiny as Rachel Bilson, too, and I try sooo hard to dress like her. You are just as stylish as her, though. :)

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  60. Wonderful - I still adore the shell ring.

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  61. i really like the shell ring. and i like that you're using a more unusual blue shade of nail polish.

    kinda agree with you and dapper kid. for me, the source to even begin to appreciate the beauty comes from above.

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  62. I am *so glad* your blog was recommended to me. I love that quote. I love the polka dot dress. I love the sea shell ring. And I love that you show me pieces of your beautiful homeland, since I've never had the pleasure...but have wanted to visit for years. I love it.

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  63. Both dresses are delish but I am especially enamoured with your little harlequin number.
    Great finds, I say!

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  64. What a beautiful quote, and I just love your little seashell ring. The dresses are quite lovely too.

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  65. OMG! I absolutely love both of your dresses! They are so adorable! You always have the cutest dresses... <3

    By the way, I nominated you for an award. You can read the post on my blog.

    ~ Caitie

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  66. Another amazing couple of dresses - absolutely beautiful. Polly x

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  67. My word, these dresses are magnificent!

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  68. so you alter the dresses your self ?
    good job .
    i cant for the life of me learn to sew.



    and love the nail color!

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  69. What a lovely quote! I guess there's a certain amount of beauty just in the unknown and, once you know something, it loses that beauty, but gains a different sort of beauty, more substantial and more meaningful. Nonetheless, I have a huge appreciation for both sorts of beauties.

    I adore both your dresses. They have such cool prints and rather unique color schemes.

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  70. blue nails + blue sky + seashell ring, that's got to be one of my favourite photos of yours now.

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  71. thanks for the lovely comment :)

    These pictures of gorgeous! I love the harlequin print dress. The location where this photos were taken looks amazing. :)

    thelonelyteapot
    xxxx

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  72. Beautiful beautiful dresses you've got! You have really nice places for picnics and walking about :)
    That ring too is great!

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  73. I think that harlequin print dress is one of my favorite pieces of your wardrobe that I've seen.

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  74. I can't get enough of the beautiful landscapes you take your outfits in!
    The harlequin print dress is just so sweet so I can understand your excitement at having it surface again XDD It goes really well with the blacks in your outfit too!

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  75. Lovelyyy quotee
    Pretty outfitss

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  76. I get so jealous every time I see that polka dot dress too. And now I want the harlequin one too!

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  77. nice ring!!! match with the scenery

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  78. i LOVE your seashell ring. where is it from???

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  79. That harlequin print dress is amazing! So simple and adorable. :)

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  80. beautiful shots and dresses! Wow. And still loving the ring. Lovely.

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  81. Ah! Your harlequin dress is simply beautiful! I, too, would be a bit downtrodden if I thought I had misplaced a gem like that!
    You backgrounds are amazing! Every single photo is so breathtaking, I just wish I could jump into each scene.

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