11 June 2009

"Well, the grass was thirsty"


The weather has been as fickle as ever the past few days. After a short burst of wonderfully lazy sunshine we went back to dreary days of continuous rain and thunder. The rather grey days allowed for a sudden unexpected respite from lounging on the grass, under the smiling sun, with strawberries by your side. However, for me, rainy days have always created cause for an added reason to dress more cheerfully, indeed a flash of colour on an otherwise washed out day can often provide, even if only slight, a smile to the faces of others.

As such, I decided to wear my bright yellow windbreaker for my walk this morning. Underneath, I wore a striped white t-shirt, the stripes of which are actually two-tone, with a pale blue, underscored by a more prominent navy. Picking up on the navy stripes, I opted for dark blue espadrilles as my footwear choice. Thankfully the ground was merely damp, rather than the pavement giving refuge in its lumpy surface to those sneaky and murky depths of muddied water. In order to compliment the light colour of the jacket, I went for some pale grey jeans, as opposed to a darker option, to allow for a more summery colour palette.

A special thanks to the lovely Chicky Girl for tagging me to share seven things that I love.

1. The musty smell of old books. I actually find it far nicer than the crisp and clean smell of their newer counterparts. I suppose there is a nostalgic comfort in the smell, and indeed the experience itself, of childhood days spent in the library uncovering new treasures. Setting my eyes upon stories and experiences so long forgotten that their voices have become mere echoes and traces of song on the wind.

2. Watching the wind dance across grass. I could spend my whole day sitting beneath the caring rays of the sun just watching the swirls and patterns of the wind on the grass. There is a beautiful simplicity and calm evoked from that unpredictable yet graceful union of nature.

3. The smell of fresh bread. That yeasty, warm and comforting smell takes me on a journey in my mind that is akin to receiving a hug. In fact smell actually acts directly on our limbic and emotional systems, bypassing the usually routes of function, far more than any of our other senses. I suppose we all have a meaning and emotion linked to that simple smell, but it is truly a wonderful one for me.

4. Smiling. The simple power of a smile is far greater than any words could ever even hope to describe.

5. Hearing a baby laugh. It is one of those sounds which can make you smile even if you have had the worst of days. It can both rejuvenate and repair. Indeed I often think of babies as small rays of sunshine, happy and bright, bringing a warmth and light even to the darkest of corners.

6. Tracing my fingers over handwriting. It is something I have always done when reading something written by another's hand. In a way I suppose it allows me to imagine how they felt when they wrote it, and I like to think it allows some type of connection between the reader and writer. Plus I have always held a certain fascination with handwriting and script, I often practice writing in other styles just to see how it changes the way I feel about the words I have written.

7. Waking up to watch the sun rise. I find it strange how something so beautiful can be taken for granted by so many. I suppose waking up in those early hours, with the world quite literally to myself as others sleep occupied by the wonderful freedom of their dreams, fills me with a sense of appreciation for what I have in life. It is a simply beauty, and yet a beauty one could never become numb to. It makes me smile and fills me with a sense of wonder with regards to my day to come. At that moment, life can be anything I wish it to be, I only have to try.

For those of you wondering about my question and answer posts, there are still more to come. Thank you as ever for the wealth of your questions, I really have enjoyed answering them.

Currently playing: Tokyo Dub - Juno Reactor

xxxx

51 comments:

  1. you look dashing! (lol)
    i really love the yellow on yuo and the stripes under is great and very much like the watch .. its all in those details...We Were Damsels

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  2. What a fantastically chic walking-in-the-drizzle outfit. I'm sure your fellow Londoners thanked you (if silently) for wearing that vibrant yellow!

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  3. fresh baked bread...yum!

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  4. re: number 3...yes to the smell of fresh bread but when i said this to my father (because we walked into a shop and smelled fresh bread) he said the smell was not from the bread at all, that they just manufacture a smell and then pipe it through the air vents.

    re: number 4... most of the time when someone smiles at me I just feel confused and unsettled because I don't know why they are smiling.

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  5. Aw, I love your outfit! The yellow jacket is so beautiful and stylish!

    I enjoyed reading your list. It made me so happy! :D I think it's important to appreciate the small things/joys in life. ^^ I agree with everything, especially number 4 and 7. Btw, number 6 is so cute! <3

    Have a great day! ^^

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  6. I know! Its almost not fare that they are so alike! Some times I feel like a write to bad English. So you have to tell me if I do=) I'm going out to drink some staropramen and Hoegaarden its finally nice weather here in Sweden!

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  7. You are so cool. Seriously. I dig your thoughts and style. Yellow is my #1 fave color. And I enjoyed reading the things that you like. Yes smiles are powerful, it can diffuse the stormiest cloud.

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  8. fantastic look :)
    i really like yellow on you!

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  9. Aah you look so cute, love that watch!
    You love alot of things I love, Honestly no new book can beat the smell of my old childbooks, everybody calls me crazy when I tell them its one of my favorite smells!

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  10. and u should totally keep on doing that! I love it when people do it ! (maybe I should do it more often hehe..)
    Oh dude, love the yellows here !! looks awesome

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  11. i agree with the first poster, damsel - you do indeed look dashing. love the glasses and the outfit is awesome.

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  12. i agree with the first poster, damsel - you do indeed look dashing. love the glasses and the outfit is awesome.

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  13. I love the jacket and watch! Yellow just so happens to be my favorite color Dapper...

    I agree there's something wonderfully comforting about the smell of an old book. Luckily my house if full of books old and new, so much so that we haven't room on shelves for all of them, and I'm at no loss for that wonderful scent.

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  14. again a nice combination..love the yellow jacket with the stripes tee.. :)

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  15. if i saw this sunny outfit on a dreary afternoon, it would brighten my day!

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  16. I like your windbreaker and watch. I don't wear enough yellow. The weather here used to constantly rain, now it's staying in the 90s. It's either too rainy to go outside, or too hot.

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  17. I'm not a big fan of yellow since it does not look any good on me, but I think it looks fab on you! The best method against rainy and grey days is a lot of colorful clothing...

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  18. You look great! Love that striped tee and your watch!<3 :DD

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  19. I'm in London now..The weather is so confusing. We should go for tea!
    xx-LJ from SOS!

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  20. i love that yellow on such a gloomy day, great choice!

    mmm fresh bread. i have gluten intolerance, and even though i can eat bread (it kills my stomach) i love it when my mom made it for me. YUM

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  21. I absolutely love that watch :D
    Is it a Swatch?
    I always have fun saying that.

    You know, as much as I love the smell of new books, I've never really had the pleasure of smelling a truly aged piece of literature. One that has really seen decades upon decades pass.
    However, I have had the oh, so lovely pleasure of having aged library books that smell like Aunt Lois' gumbo or Grandmother Cicilia's spaghetti...(as I said: lovely!).

    There definitely isn't anything better than smiling, and a baby's laughter brings it in a heartbeat! I miss it so much! It's the most precious thing that can ever befall anyone's ears :)

    Mmmm, I love tracing my fingers over others handwriting. When I get a letter from my grandmother for my birthday or something of the sort, it makes me feel as though she's actually with me. It's odd, isn't it?

    Hahah actually, when in school, I have quite the messed up sleeping schedule just so that I can watch the sun rise. Since the sun rises at around roughly 5:15AM at some times of the year, I'll be up by 4:45AM on some days. I just find it extremely calming and the perfect way to start the day. When you begin your day with such a beautiful thing, such as a sunrise, how can you start off in a bad mood?
    :)

    xo,
    hk

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  22. oh so adorable, i love everything head to toe!! x

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  23. Agreed- yellow is a great color on you! I loved your list of favorite things as well! You covered a lot of the senses: smell, touch, sight, feel.... Very lovely thoughts.

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  24. You look fantastic. I really like that windbreaker. I always love the smell of old books. We have an annual library book sale. So many people donate books to it to be sold. I love buying so many old books. I'm in heaven.

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  25. such a cool windbreaker. love the watch too. Oh, I really love to watch the grass swaying on the prairie..especially, in Kansas...and seeing the buffalo wallows, somehow it gives a rich history to how the buffalo once roamed there and you can imagine it...and by chance you might still see a couple of buffalo in the wide open spaces.

    Oh on the subject in that "post" a friend of mine was sharing that with me..who found that out about her boyfriend she lives with like six months after they moved in together.

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  26. Thanks for the note. Oh yellow is a great idea for a rainy day.

    I have a friend who only likes the smell of new books.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

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  27. That is such a cool watch.

    Its good to read that you like such unique things in life. It makes me want to look around at what is outside in my neighborhood now.

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  28. aww, i love your outfit! that is a very nice jacket.

    haha, and don't worry about asking what the dart is; that's not a dumb question at all! i think it stands for... dallas area rapid transit? yeah, that's it. anyway, needless to say, it's just the name for our public transportation here. it's kind of confusing at times, but i'm going to try to get better. i really love being with all the different people.

    by the way, i also LOVE ALL of the things you listed here!! seriously, it's like you're reading my mind! especially 2, 5, 6, and 7. all seven of them are perfectly explained (:

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  29. you trendy, you. check that watch.. with a matching cardigan.

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  30. you trendy, you. check that watch.. with a matching cardigan.

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  31. Love the colors in your outfit and that watch is rather epic.
    Also, baking bread somehow is more pleasant than even cookies...

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  32. I'm loving you in pale yellow.
    so much ♥

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  33. I love the outfit! The stripes and windbreaker are wonderfully sailor-ish and I'm always a fan of yellow. I also love that two of the things that you love are scents. Memories of scents are always the strongest for me.

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  34. you always bring sophistication.

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  35. LOVE THE YELLOW JACKET, BRIGHT COLORS LOOK GOOD ON YOU..IT MAKES ME SMILE!

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    ONE LOVE,
    JOWY
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  36. i loved that last paragraph. oh second last i mean.

    love the watch too by the way :)

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  37. Very cool outfit.

    I love the smell of old books too, always have. I love how you define the things you like, it sounds dreamy. Lovely blog you have here.

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  38. You look great in yellow! And I love your seven things, esp. waking up to watch the sun rise. So true that we take a gorg sun rise for granted and don't really appreciate its beauty. Fantastic post!

    xo, Becs

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  39. You are one of very few, I think, who looks good in yellow. You look great, I love your windbreaker! And I also love these seven things...The sound of baby laughter always cheers me up. They really do "babble out the very heart"...

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  40. I find the scent of musty books intoxicating, I think its the promise of a shared experience that I find so enjoyable.

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  41. You look great in yellow! Lucky you---as I can't wear that color close up to my face now that I am blonde---I miss it! I love your favorite things---I agree---except for the early morning thing.

    I'd rather watch the sunset---get the "sweet" light.

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  42. I just love your outfits ! You are so stylish !

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  43. I [hearts] your watch. Love it. And I also absolutely adore the smell and feel of warm fresh bread. So much so that I have vowed to make my own at some point =.]

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  44. I was looking at your "Inspired By" list and I noticed what I think (correct me if I'm wrong) was Oswald Boateng? I love him too! and snazzy blog you got here :)

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  45. The watch is the most perfect thing I've seen and I simply adore the yellow of your hoodie! So pretty!

    Whenever I have exams, I always wake up right before sunrise just so I can sit on my balcony and watch the sun rise. I think it's the bright side of waking up too early :)

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  46. OMG YELLOW IS MY FAV COLOUR!!!! ahhh u look great!
    i love ur watch!

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  47. That watch is awesome!

    I like the smell of old books, but only MY old books. I love the sound of babies laughing, sometimes I Youtube it... Heh.

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