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Sparks In Your Eyes

My bedroom is a bit of a mess--forgotten objects from one of my roommates fill corners between my own clutter. Lacking the space for a bookshelf I've filled the bottom drawer of my dresser with my favorite novels and DVDs and other odds and ends. My clothes are color-coordinated and my shoes line the free walls of my room, but I'll not do a closet or room tour since I'm not concerned with temporarily removing things for the sake of photographs or leaving them as they are showing the exercise ball (not mine) on the floor of my closet (that is perhaps until the day I have more space so I actually only show my stuff). The truth is I like pretty things--I own more dresses than practical clothes and thus often end up helping people unpack or something, in a dress that looks out of place for the occasion. Yet, even for me aesthetics only go so far; as I tweeted a few weeks ago "I don't care if it's a vintage glass mason jar or a plastic cup, the contents just better taste good." Sometimes I think people get so concerned with how things appear that they forget to pay attention to whether the vintage sofa they're buying is comfortable. I want to be surrounded with things I find beautiful but I don't want to obsess about placement and lighting to the point that I miss out on enjoying what I have. Obviously, there's an edit in what (of my life or others) is shown online--and who would have it any other way? Showing every detail would lead to a compromisation of privacy, or just you know too much information since most of us lead quite mundane lives. And while I make an effort not to completely stage life (ie changing outfits for pictures), it's impossible to be completely candid (especially when using a self-timer); as soon as an observer is felt then behavior changes. But sometimes the beauty to be found in life is the shadows cast by dandelions--weeds overtaking your carefully manicured yard, that with an exhaled breath cast seeds like snowflakes into the wind...
Anyway, while I clearly didn't spend my day merely twirling in a pink dress with sparklers in my hands I did light up a few in the evening because sparklers and bare feet on green grass during warm nights is how I wish every summer day ended.

Outfit details:
Trashy Diva dress

7 comments:

MintJulep said...

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JoAnn, Sidewalk Chic said...

I love the shot where the sparkler illuminates your face. I've always thought you take some of the most beautiful outfit photos, but I think you've really outdone yourself on these! :)

Heather Lou said...

Your photos are always the best best best. I've been following you for a while and they just get better and better. I've made a lot more of an effort to up the image quality on my blog photos and I'm often inspired by your work. Not to be spammy or whatever, but I just made this crazy chevron striped dress I think you would like: http://closetcasefiles.blogspot.ca/2012/07/after-dinner-mint.html

My Hideaway said...

I know exactly what you mean! I think blogging has maybe had a bad effect on some in the fact that they seem to be more concerned with how things will photograph or look on their blogs than they are with living their lives (the sofa is a good example but so many things appear to be just "props"). Everything looking staged, including the bloggers themselves and the outings they take, etc. gets exhausting. The blogs I regularly read are by people (you included) who are authentic and not trying to pretend to be something or someone else. It is true that there will always be some editing, but there is editing in real life too. If you told a coworker about what you did over the weekend, you might leave out some not-so-appropriate-for-work bits, and it's the same with blogging. But there's a difference between deciding what to share and how to share it with creating some staged version of life or creating an "online personality" that feels fake. I guess it's different if you set up from the beginning that you are creating a sort of fantasy blog, that it's not meant to reflect real life and that you are playing a character. But let's face it, most bloggers are not doing this consciously and would prefer to have you think that's their real lives. Anyway, I didn't mean to leave such a long comment! Hahaha. Love the photo of the sparkler lighting up your face. :)

Chloe, Wardrobe Quarry said...

These are beautiful photos. Don't we all wish our days ended with us wearing pretty dresses in a garden and running around with sparklers.

Wardrobe Quarry

rosalyn said...

Love the firework pictures...pure art...so cute to look at...love love love

Daniela Chimal said...

Lovely photos :)!

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