Have you ever felt like you were in a story? Playing some important part? A spy perhaps? Or a courageous woman on the home-front, endeavoring to do all she can to keep the boys in the war safe? That’s what this outfit made me feel like. It made me feel important and put together, however eccentric it might have looked to other people. Because, if there is anything that I have realized in the past few days, it’s that two things can either cheer me up, or really get me down: Chocolate, and what I am wearing. Let me explain…
Before we went out on the photoshoot for today’s post, I was dragging my heels, making up all sorts of excuses not to go out and take pictures. Why? I didn’t really like what I was wearing (it was missing something, and sort of boring), and I had refused myself a bite of chocolate after lunch. Now, I know some of you may think it wrong of me, but I typically have a little bit of that dark, sweet treat after lunch; when I feel like it of course. But that day I had said to myself, “Nope, you have had too many sweets in the past few days! Save it until dinner.” But, if you have ever deprived yourself of something you really wanted, you know how you can get grumpy about it, don’t you? Well, that’s what happened to me.
But what cheered me up?
This outfit (and finally having that little bite of chocolate right before I stepped out the door). I felt like I was some sort of adventuress when I slipped on this jacket and my compass necklace. Those two pieces always seem to create that feeling when I wear them. When I added my red beret and boots, Swiss Army instantly sprang to mind. So that’s what I went with! Yes, my outfit is extremely eccentric, but having that bit of fun with my clothes really cheered me up. I think, after this experience, we can sometimes let down our self-set boundaries, such as not having that bite of chocolate; or not wearing a jacket over a vest, over a dress, with the colors not exactly matching. Because in my opinion, if those boundaries get in the way of you being a nice person, nay, being a blessing to the people around you, dump them! There is nothing worse than putting your own selfish goals (however well-meaning they may be) in front of the joys of the people who surround you each day.
Hat: Me-made // Jacket: Nordstrom Rack // Weskit: Me-made // Dress: Me-made // Tights: ? // Boots: Modcloth // Necklace: c/o A Pocket of Whimsy
Okay. Enough with the lecture! Onto the location! It’s not very often that we girls go “into town” for a photoshoot, but this day we discovered two amazing locations, in the least likely of places. A stairway on the side of a building, and a view of town that can be topped by no other. Where was the stair? In the middle of town! On the side of a yucky building. And the view? See for yourself.
This, my dears, is the best view of our country town that I have ever seen. Where did we find this amazing view? In a cemetery! Probably one of the weirdest places we have ever taken photos, I must say. But it positively took one’s breath away to be up on top of that hill, looking down on the little gathering of buildings that we call our hometown. Suddenly I was in the shoes of generations of people who talked, lived, and died in that town. I could see the children walking to school from the farmhouses across the fields. I could see the town thriving and living again, so far removed from the sleepy state it is in now. Thank God for views like that. For beautiful hills, and stairs in the most unexpected of places. For life, eccentric outfits, and chocolate. And for a wonderful sister who can capture the most breathtaking pictures.
Have you discovered any hidden treasures in your surroundings?
Do you have a sleepy little town where you live?
What do you think about self-set boundaries?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer