Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Birthday Prince




On Tuesday, it was Gavin's birthday. We've both been working alot and our schedules always so oposite, but by some miracle we had a day off at the same time and it fell on his birthday ^.^ I snapped a few photos of him opening his gifts and playing with his cake sparklers...I'd forgotten completely to take out my camera throughout the rest of the day, but I like these ^.^ We're making some pretty big plans for the coming year, can't wait to get started!


  //Dress: Modcloth // GAVIN"S SHIRT: Urban Outfitters
 

Saturday, 16 August 2014

plaid on plaid


Hey evereyone, let me introduce you to one of my new absolute favorite outfits (not a dress, the top and skirt are detachable ^.^) from chictopia!. Besides the fact that it is plaid ;which my love for grows every day we get closer to autumn months...it's a pretty unique look that I've rarely seen the likes of before. It was love at first sight. The fact that it is detacheable as well makes it more versatile, I can pair the skirt with a sweater in the cooler month, and the top with a black skirt or black high waisted shorts in the warmer ones. Speaking of cooler weather, it certainly has been feeling like autumn this week...we've been needing our coats (or at the very least a warm sweater.) as it's  been quite cold and gloomy/rainy. However I am NOT complaining. I love it, fall is my favorite season...I could live in it all year long. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

  ://Dress:  Chictopia
 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

There is magic here

 

 This is is a place I visit religiously. it's right near my house and is unbelievably beautiful. It actually happens to be an overgrown abandonsed millitary housing, which has literally been torn out years ago with nothing left but patches of pavement and old lampost. Other wise, there are willow trees, field's of queen anne's lace, fireflies at night, wildlife (Gavin and I once had two baby dear frolock right past us.) and entrance to some wood-lands. I decided to wear this dress from Chicwish on some of my adventures there. (I'm wearing an old modcloth slip and shorts underneath), altogether it's a very comfrotable and lovely look that I'm sure I'll wear too much the remainder of the summer.
Hope you are all having some great adventures ^.^


  :Hat: \Urban Outfitters // Dress:ChicWish
 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Bright Star

Bright Star, would I were steadfast as thou art?
I've been mentioning for quite sometime my plans to expand the content of this blog, and figured it's about time I start. I carry a variety of different passions and want to focus on other things as well as fashion. 
Literature is my first love, and has continued to be a passion/comfort/inspiration to me over the years, and one of my very favorite writers is Jhon Keats. Everything about Keats holds a great fascination with me, his vocabulary, his mind, his life story and his love for Fanny Brawne. The photos and gifs in this post are all snaps from the film Bright Star, which is essentially a film which focuses on the life of Jhon Keats, specificaly his struggle as a writer and effort to win the love of Fanny. I strongly recomend watching the film if you are a lover of literature and romantic imagery; I also recomend reading some of his love letters to Fanny here:
 in having read the question: After reading Wordsworth's "Lyrical Ballads", does your favorite poem coincide with the author's ideals of poetry?
My focus in this post will be the poem Bright Star in regards to Wordsworth's Preface to lyrical balladsin having read the question: After reading Wordsworth's "Lyrical Ballads", does your favorite poem coincide with the author's ideals of poetry? 
I found the question thought provoking and decided to share some thoughts on here.
 
Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art--
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors--
No--yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever--or else swoon to death.
 "Bright Star, would I were steadfast as thou art'", a poem written by Jhon Keats puts forth all great aspects in which all true poetry holds. Bold statement, I know...but if you need a second opinion, ask Wordsworth. Author of Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth claims to know what aspects makes a piece of poetry valid and focuses largely on Using one's imagination to portray ordinary things in an unusual and interesting way, as well as writing about incidents and situations from comon life in order to substantiate one's work.Upon reading the work of Jhon Keats, in particular Bright Star, we see how Wordsworth's writing fundamentals are implemented in Keats' work, as he uses a combination of genuine ardour and eccentric perpective to compose his prose.
Wordworth writes: "The principle object, then, which I propose myself in these poems, was to choose incidents and situations from common life"... This is not an uncomon idea. In fact, it is popular among writers even today to believe in the quote "write what you know.". It's the safest way to demontrate sincerity I suppose. Do I believe this myself? It's hard to say...I don't believe it's meant as literal as it sounds."what you know" is obective and some of us spend most of our time "in the clouds," so to speak which can also translate into some realy great romantisized versions of what we know. If you've researched the life of Keats, or even watched the movie, you know Keats had his share of troubles, and yet his writing paints portraits of beauty and remaind steadfast in its dream-like essence, despite the truth of heart-ache and struggle. Keats manages to remain sincere in literature rather than portray something feigned; for instance Keats writes:
 "No--still steadfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft swell and fall."
 These lines represent his desire to spend eternity with the one he loves (Fanny, as we can tell from the way he adresses her in letters as "star","fair star" or "bright star"). Quite true to his comon life, Keats held a deep longing for Fanny Brawne; however, he was unsucceffsul as a writer during his lifetime, and therefore was quite poor and not fit to mary. In his writing Keats manages to create a haven of sorts for the two of them to exist in the same place together...a place in which thier love is rightful and they could always be together. Still, he continues to remind us of his reality: "in lone splendour, hung aloft the night" is implied as a state he finds himself in typically...creating the perfect balance between romanticism and reality. 
Wordsworth writes in "Lyrical Ballads": "Throw over them a certain colouring of imagination, whereby ordinary things should be presented to the mind in an unusual way." 
Keats has a unique and romantic vocabulary, making his work imediately recognizable. His writing tends to lead the mind to wander, and view pertinent topic's through varied and even unconventional perspectives. Even in "Bright Star" he writes: 
"The moving waters at thier priestlike task,
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft fallen mask
of snow upon the mountains and the moores--"
In reading these lines, we feel as though we are peering down at earth from above; giving us perhaps, a star's view. He uses these decriptions of the earth's particular cycles to demonstrate his desire for an unchanging love that will repeat for all time. He leaves us with an extraordinary picture to quite an ordinary human desire. 
   Wordsworth's critisism and specific criteria for poetry are perhaps not so relevent in today's widely divers society, nevertheless, his ideas are still valid and do give at least some direction to good writing; which needless to say, Keats' writing falls under the category of. Though I'm pretty certain anyone who can read is capable of apreciating his timeless work. 
So there's my thoughts/answer to the question mentioned above. I'm thinking of trying to do a quick piece on mayne literature or film pieces I find interesting...My blog's main focus will likely always be fashion, I'd still like to add some other elements that are part of my every day life on here ^.^
I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.



Thursday, 7 August 2014

DWEEB

 Two items I've owned for a couple of years and am only now pairing them together! This DWEEB top from topshop and skirt from American Apparel. I've spoken out in an earlier post about my obsession with white on white and finally put a look together! There's just something so fresh about all white outfits that it's almost impossible for it to go wrong...the same effect as all back really. It's my new trick for those days when you're just too lazy to put a look together, or just don't feel like trying that day: all black or white outfits. EASY. PEASY. and yet still look put together without having to put any real thought into it ;)

  
  Top: \topshop // Skirt:American Apparel