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Deep Roots Are Not Reached By Frost

When I first started my blog I was feeling terribly alone and bored in Pennsylvania. It was the summer after my semester in Japan and I was working on my college's campus and I remember looking at my co-workers and wondering why it was so difficult to connect to people in my native tongue when I had just spent six months in Sapporo making friends in stumbling Japanese. I was reading a number of personal style blogs and I became so wrapped up in the world of those girls. Not because it presented some idealistic vision of daily life or some glamorous peek into a lifestyle I would never afford, but because their words echoed thoughts in my head. They had seen the same black and white movies I had grown up watching and their inspirations were displayed on their sleeves. I largely started a blog to engage in a  dialogue with these girls who revered Bette Davis and FRUiTS magazine in equal parts. Who also discovered Jean-Luc Godard in their youth and thought France wasn't just a honeymoon destination but perhaps a vacation they could carry their melancholy to. Girls who spent more time indoors with their hearts skipping beats over heroes and heroines in novels while feeling no similar stirrings for the peers that wandered the halls of their schools. It's a terrible thing to feel--not unique and weird in a special snowflake way--but madly fascinated by things that you attempt to share through movie nights or book suggestions to friends only to find that author who captured your soul with a few phrases and took you to depths of despair in a single chapter, holds no interest to the girl who sits next to you on the bus...I knew I wasn't alone in my interests and the Internet was this bridge to kindred spirits. I've lived in Greece, Washington, and Virginia between that Pennsylvania and now. It's nice to remember your "roots" every once in awhile.

Outfit details:
vintage shoes
Rebecca Minkoff backpack

15 comments:

jessie said...

I love the way you write. :)

Thais said...

I totally love your today's outfit. I have a very similar blue dress and I wear it with blouses underneath as well. So cute and chic. I love it.
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MintJulep said...

When I started my blog it was very much for the same reason, only I wasn't feeling a difficulty connecting to my college mates, but my co workers. And the funny thing is, I still feel like the odd one out, even in this cybergalactic world, ahah.
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Kelly Jade said...

Just found your blog absolutely love it, you write beautifully and amazing style!!

Will definitely be returning

www.kellyjade.co.uk


XXX

Aletheia said...

wow stunning photos... love your outfit, specially shirt, shoes and bag... well, the all mix is perfect. xx

daria said...

it's true, blogging and the internet in general are great ways to connect with people that actually share your likes. especially when you grow up feeling a bit "aside" from your peers.
and it's nice seeing other girls in other parts of the world wearing pretty dresses over shirts :)

Ilaria Lo Cascio said...

That's why I would start a blog... ;)...
feeling exactly the same way!!!
the odd one, the stranger in your own country and city...

love your blog!

Winnie said...

I love this and I remember starting my blog back then too and discovering a whole host of people like me. I so remember your blog from back when you were studying at college, it seems like a lifetime ago. I adore these pictures Rebecca, they are so beautifully shot.

reckless daughter said...

As soon as it cools down here I am wearing this color scheme. Pure autumnal bliss!

It's crazy to think about where I was when I started blogging... even though physically I've been in LA for most of it (time to move!). I remember being so thrilled when I first started reading your blog and a few others I that discovered around the same time (late 2007/early 2008). In most cases, I was and remain infinitely different to my "LA girl" counterparts and felt very alienated when I first arrived here but here was this group of inspiring, intelligent and like-minded girls from all corners of the globe who made me feel much less alone. I am still so thankful to have found that!

Kristian said...

Yes. Just...yes.

Elana said...

I've been a consistent reader of your blog for a few years now, but I rarely comment, perhaps because you almost feel like a celebrity to me. I couldn't resist commenting on this post, however, because of how much it resonated with me. Attending college in a tiny town in the Midwest, I've found it extremely difficult to find friends with similar interests as me. I've met people I like enough, but I rarely come across someone who can not only fall in love with Clark Gable with each repeated viewing of It Happened One Night, but has also swoons over each new Rachel Antonoff collection. I only started blogging in May, but I've already been floored with the amount of women I've had the pleasure of meeting who I can relate to more than the people I know in real life. It's a wonderful community we have and it's nice to know that someone I admire so much (I often cite you as my favorite blogger), feels the exact same way.

Your outfits, including this one, constantly inspire me and I can't thank you enough for being a "friend" I could live through vicariously during my college years.

And with that, I'll end this embarrassingly long comment and get back to embarrassing myself in real life.

Kayla said...

One of the reasons I love blogging! It's like have kindred spirits all around the world. I used to find it frustrating that no one saw the world like I did and enjoyed the same things as me, then I discovered blogging. It is so nice to be able to talk about the things I love with people, even if we are worlds away.
Also, I have said this before but you write so eloquently. Your outfits and photos are amazing and they are always accompanied by beautiful words.

Sarah said...

Love the outfit, the colours are fab!

Lizzie Beth said...

This is such a beautiful post. I think it is so easy to feel like you are alone like that, even when you are surrounded by people. I went through a stage quite recently of feeling like I didn't really have anyone who totally got me...I am lucky to no longer feel that way and I didn't start blogging until after this point but it is lovely to find bloggers that echo your thoughts and tastes x Lizz

Lauren said...

Rebecca, your words are beautiful. This is exactly why I love your blog--it's equal parts style and substance. :) It sounds so hokey, but keep up the good work!