That Girl

Sometimes I want to be that girl. Everyone knows the one; a fey creature that seems spun out of myth instead of reality like the rest of us. You spot her in the middle of a crowd or on a busy subway platform passing you as she gets on and you get off, or maybe you'll see her at a bonfire with friends as you walk down the beach one summer night and you're filled with the need to meet her. You don't know what it is exactly that catches your eye, maybe it's the way she smiles as if she has a secret she's never shared with anyone, or maybe it's the way she moves as if air was water and you can't really describe her appearance or clothes except to say they're somehow an extension of herself--as if it is more than clothes she's wearing but some piece of her soul she wove into a dress and disguised as something mundane, but it still glimmers and shines and clings to her form in a way that says it's so much more, that she is more than the bodies that surround her. It's unlikely you will cross the expanse of strangers or subway platforms or barren sand to form an introduction, so instead she remains a distant figure that haunts your memory long after she slips beyond your sight. Sometimes you'll remember her in quiet moments when you're driving alone late at night with only the streetlights for company, or other times in the middle of a boring conversation that seems to summarize your mundane existence, or when your grandchildren ask you if you loved anyone else before you met their Granny and you'll wonder what would have been if things had gone differently and fate had seen fit to give you a second chance to actually meet that girl. She's the girl actresses try to emulate on the silver screen, the one screenwriters and authors write into all their books--trying to pen their hero into a relationship with her since they know she'll never enter the story of their own lives.
Most of the time I want to be myself--more of an observer than someone hoping to be seen, noticed, remembered...But sometimes I want to be that girl the one that catches your eye--and in those times sequins seem appropriate, even at a river's edge.

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*pictures by Jon

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24 comments:

  1. I think I know that girl. Ever such a different creature as if she got out of an imaginary world in a book instead of out of someone's womb. Someone real.

    By the way, from what I've known, you're kind of like that girl as well.

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  2. You know what, I think you are that girl already :)
    And of course, we all know someone like that, someone who always seems to catch everyone's attention, someone that we just want to get to know and we're not sure why that even is.

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  3. You're right, everyone want to be that girl. I think you look the same as her :)

    Viktorija

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  4. I too often long to be that girl...but when I try I end up a poor imitation at best, or a mockery, at worst, so I've since given up on that and I just try to be me. Because that, I can do.

    Sincerely,
    Joanna
    www.ModaMamaBlog.com

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  5. I know what you mean, Those girls are always my style inspiration, they don't inspire me to be like them.. instead they inspire me to be myself in every aspect of life. And they remind me to be completely myself and not to worry about what anyone else thinks!

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  6. So beautifully written! I could read it over and over again :)

    Hailey from http://squidsquads.blogspot.com

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  7. I read books about that girl and look at the stark relations of her, differences and all, to my life. I'll never be the alluring mystery of a girl, I'll never be Daisy Miller, but then again, maybe I can learn from her and keep her secrets and even make them my own.

    I think you are that girl-- you're mesmerizing!

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  8. Perception is everything: in my eyes you sort of are that girl!
    http://fashionfauxpas-mintjulep.blogspot.com

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  9. Haha, you're kinda that girl for me.

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  10. I think that even that girl is not That Girl to herself. Your attention is always caught by someone else.

    So, you might be that girl and never know it. You seem like you would be, to me. Certainly that is what these lovely photos indicate.

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  11. I know exactly what you mean, and I think that you are that girl. In an endless slew of fashion/style bloggers, you stand out as the most ethereal, and the most interesting, as if you have secrets you've never told us! Love your blog, and I would love to know you. (Hopefully, that doesn't sound too creepy, because it isn't meant that way!)

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  12. I know what you mean! You definitely are that girl in these pictures in a sense that you look so effortless and ethereal like a water fairy! To capture the essence of the girl you dream to be, I think you just need to be confident in who you are, no regrets, no looking back and people will see you as that girl!
    Love this post!
    ~ Jillian

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  13. Beautifully written and photographed.

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  14. I love what you wrote. I think every girl wants to be That Girl at some point, the Manic Dream Pixie Girl. But I think it's important to note that those girls don't really exist as much as they can exist for one person. So That Girl you spotted may not be That Girl for someone else. Just like how you're definitely That Girl for a number of people.

    And you're right, sequins definitely do the trick :)

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  15. with truth & beauty. the words, & the photographs. :)

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  16. Rebecca,

    I think you are poetry made woman. You are so beautiful and aery with your bird face and limbs, and I love the way you write. You are my girl crush. <3
    Lilsirene,
    lilsirene.blogspot.com

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  17. I am always seeing "that girl". I wonder if, sometimes, each of us IS that girl...only ever through another's eyes though.

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  18. Love the dress. I'm a sucker for sequins. Beautiful pictures!

    http://operationwearmycloset.blogspot.com/

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  19. you ARE that girl to a lot of people, me included. 5 years and counting. (;

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  20. inspiring post and I know the sort of girl you mean
    xoxo Ilana
    www.mymodernvintage.com

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  21. One of my greatest friends in a 'that girl' and I always feel privileged to be friends with such a person. But you are definitely someone I would notice and remember. Your clothes always seem to resemble who you seem to be (well through your writing anyhow) and I think that's great. How funny that 'that girls' are the types to be oblivious to the attention they receive too. Wonderful, wonderful dress. And you never cease to find beautiful settings, do you?

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  22. There is something so romantic and captivating about your prose in this post. Thank you for sharing. You have quite a talent.

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