10.1.10

Season of mist




Is everyone familiar with that phrase "People are in your life for a reason, a season, or a life time"?  I have no Idea who said it originally, but its the freaking truth.  The person who gave me these boots and this dress, blew into my life in September of 2008 stronger than the fall gusts that knock trees down around here during that season.  She literally moved into my house, and she stayed there .  .  .  during the coldest, darkest time of my life.  By February 2009, it was time for her to leave, and her exit felt like the worst earthquake I had ever experienced.  Yelling and throwing things and crying and bags stuffed with god knows what and thrown onto front lawns and crazy messes that I won't even go into.  Just as powerfully as she entered, she left.  I have no Idea where she is now.  She is not on my list of letter recipients.  It almost feels like that season of time she was with me didn't even exist.  She left proof though.  In the form of the best vintage clothing, shoes and styling tips I have ever encountered.  I don't wear this dress much because it somehow feels infused with memories, as if she put a spell on her gifts so that I could never forget her.  I was even thinking of selling it, but I can never do that.  I sort of don't want to forget.

50 comments:

Jen said...

Sometimes the very best looks come from clothing that holds profound meaning for its wearer. Good meaning, and bad meaning.

I think this is my absolute favourite outfit of yours. Not only because you look great in it, but because it so clearly means something to you.

Please don't stop wearing it. :)

idée_géniale said...

Oh my god, this is probably one of the best outdoor photoshoots I've ever seen. The colors, the setting, the styling, everything is just right. Its funny how someone can have such a huge effect on your life, then suddenly vanish. I have many of those actually. I wouldn't even know where to begin if I were to write to them.

Fashion Therapist said...

It's funny how people leave an impression in our lives - whether they be good or bad. Sometimes we hold on to the bad because it made an impact and don't ever want to let go, while the good is just that...it's good, but sometimes doesn't make a change in our lives.

Amanda said...

Everything about this photo shoot is beautiful - and the story makes it three dimensional. People leave their mark in odd ways. I'd take lovely dresses over some of the broken things I've had to clean up.

Ce qui m'inspire said...

Beautiful dress, I especially love the photos with the wicker chair.

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junebabie said...

these photos are amazing.

and that's a beautifully tragic story.

Sydney said...

i think about that a lot, actually, especially now that i'm in college. i think about all of the really close friends that i knew for years and years but have lost touch with recently. it's so sad, but i guess not everyone is supposed to stay in our lives forever.

these pictures are gorgeous. the styling and location go perfectly together!

Otis said...

The story deserves a :(

But these pictures deserve a :() (happy duckface)

Senorita Fashionista said...

Your experience really hit home! Everything happens for a reason....your boho dress with boots and belt are so right on! And what a magnificent day to step out! xoxo Jolie

Alyssa said...

Wow. This is a great post... it sounds so strange that someone can blow through your life so seemingly quickly like a whirlwind of whatever they are...

That entire outfit is really lovely, and the pictures are taken in the perfect setting. :) You look great.

Sidewalk Chalk said...

This is probably my favorite outfit I've seen you wear -- you look ethereal and your photos are beautiful.
Some people come into our lives for a short while, but how we learn from it is the key part. I hope you keep wearing this outfit -- even if it reminds you of bittersweet times, you can still make new happy memories while wearing it :) - JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

Jessica said...

I've never heard that phrase before, but it's so relatable. I think we all experience relationships like that at some point.

Lovely photos. You look so pretty. Love those boots!

Jen said...

no matter if the memories are good or bad, i always seem to keep clothes that remind me of them. :)
and this is such a lovely photoshoot. the ones of you by the haystacks reminds me of the chanel fashion show a few months ago!

Meg said...

I can understand that... I really have to say, this entire photoshoot is simply amazing. You just look so romantic and gorgeous and the scenery is just perfect for it!

A Nerd Like Me said...

You are beautiful! Great photos.

kate maggie said...

i tottaly know what you mean. i love your writing. this whole post captured me and took me to another place, if even for 3 minutes. the boots and dress look amazing on you.

Dirty Hair Halo said...

I'm in love with your blog. Your style is truly superlative.

XO

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Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

This whole look is stunning! This dress is gorgeous!!! It's sad that those memories involved with the dress aren't all good........ But at least you look great in it!

Clare said...

These photos are gorgeous, and you look radiant in them.

I've been meaning to thank you, by the way, for all your honesty and openness in your posts. I think sometimes, as style bloggers, we tend to focus simply on where we bought something, or what we like about a particular garment. That's not a bad thing, but it's nice that you let us into a different part of your world.

RobinTM said...

Great post... and I totally understand what you mean by someone blowing into your life with such force and leaving in the same way...there for just a season. I absolutely love every photo and what you are wearing.

Lexie said...

beautiful pictures accompanied by a thoughtful post. thank you for sharing.

dress up said...

stunning outfit! you look amazing in it!

jayne said...

wow I've never heard quite such a story attached to an outfit. but it is a beautiful dress

closet365 said...

I've had friends like that. But I am also a believer that they touch our lives for a reason. My "friends" left me with better taste in music and better insight in general. So there's that.

These pictures are just lovely. You found the perfect colors in your setting to compliment the outfit and the result is fabulous. Well done!

Django et Coco said...

Sorry to hear about your lost friend... In the sad memories attach to your items you did make it into a beautiful thing; These are gorgeous picture! Love the setting!

-Coco from Our Paper Moon

D. said...

This setting is beautiful. Some people are only meant to be around for a little while but they leave great lessons behind.

*Diane* said...

You have a fantastic blog. Love your outfit and as for the quote, i truly agree. The exit part is always hard for me though.

Delightfully Tacky said...

You look so perfectly bohemian! Lovely, indeed.

Nadia Kamballa said...

Lovely pictures.. I love the set, very pretty..

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Academichic said...

Wonderful pictures and I love love love that dress with those boots! It all looks soo pretty!

And that an intriguing story behind these items. I always find that I'm drawn to things with a history (good or bad) and those are the things I want to wear over and over. S.

San said...

I love these pictures! And the outfits looks just perfect on you.

Kate said...

I think everything I wanted to say has been said!
That dress is beautiful, stunning, amazing, gorgeous! And looks fantastic on you!

The Closet of Kim (ShopKim) said...

Wow, this location is amazing! I absolutely love these pictures. Your outfit is so beautiful and sweet. I'm sorry to hear it doesn't have all the best memories attached though.

Brittany said...

I think this is my favorite set of pictures you've posted.. the outfit perfect matches the background and everything is just gorgeous!

Isn't it funny how people tend to do that? Reminds me of several friends I've had, but minus the whole living together thing. Especially because you seem like me, where you open your heart so easily to people so they know how to hurt you the most..

myedit said...

Wow, what a well written post and some beautiful pictures to accompany it. I do hope that you took that amazing chair home with you?

Selective Memory said...

I just found your blog the other day, and it's really amazing. Thanks for sharing so openly with everyone who stops by!
I linked your blog in my very first blog post in a new blog that my twin sister and I share. It's still a green sapling, but I'm excited to watch it grow! Cheers!

DearBeatrice... said...

Very cute outfit! and that chair!

chicfaced (Megan) said...

wow. at first i was blown away by the awesome photos and then i was even more blown away by the text! you outdid yourself this time, beautiful photos, beautiful prose. made me think. thanks!

prettydaisy said...

Hi,
I have read your blog for awhile now and decided today was my brave day and I'm going to comment.
I love you 2010 project...I love this dress/boot combo....I was surprised and moved when I read the background of the dress/boots.
Living can be crazy but I really appreciate your fire and determination to be and live. I hope that makes sense. You are an inspiration to me as you face, accept, share the fears and insecurities life.

lottie said...

These pictures are amazing!

sparkle motion said...

i know exactly what you mean about people coming into your life and making such an impact then being gone all of the sudden. i dont have any clothing that reminds me but certain songs and books definitely bring back memories

stephanie renee said...

lovely photos and post, so glad i found your blog!

kingaaaa said...

this dress is beaufitul. and if it reminds you of someone special you should never ever sell it...

Eyeliah said...

I have a person from my past who this reminds of so much. This location is lovely.

Annie, Time Enough for Drums said...

I love the photos of your in the chair outdoors. So beautiful.

Your comments about this woman, so poignant, remind me of the book The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood. Ever read it? Annie.

Maya said...

Every outfit I've seen on this blog is amazing. You are naturally stylish.

Love the new poses! I remember your inquiry as to everyone's opinions on your signature pose - I actually commented on that post to say I'd like to see some new stuff. And these are excellent. You really picked the perfect setting for that outfit, too - you must have an eye for the artistic.

Maya said...

Oh - I just read the passage that accompanies this post (I was so excited by the pictures that I commented on those before looking at anything else). Thank you for sharing this - as a reader, it means a lot to me that you are willing to share the very personal history behind your clothing and style. I have a new appreciation for this post in particular, and for you and your blog.

bcsurvivor13 said...

Well said!
Mom

d said...

Gorgeous pictures!!

Kodi Fujii said...

my favorite

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