Monday, August 4, 2014

Summertime Stillness


I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.

~ T.S. Eliot


I can't believe the summer is half over, and that August looms ahead of me. Summertime is one of those things I always look forward to and am much too busy to fully enjoy. It's usually gone before I really tasted it. Fortunately, after the craziness that was this past school year, even the busy state I am in seems relatively peaceful and I have been able to snatch a few real moments. The ocean has called me to herself, I've enjoyed a few good times with friends, and had a wonderful visit with my sister and my little nephew pumpkins. There have been good, true moments of stillness in the midst of the dance of life.

  • Blouse by EXPRESS - thrifted
  • Jeans by American Eagle - hand-me-down
  • Sandals by capelli New York - from Burlington Coat Factory
  • Bracelet handmade by my bosom friend
  • Earrings also a gift from said friend
  • Ring by Touchstone Crystal - gift from my aunt


What has your summer been filled with?

Here's hoping you've had moments of stillness in the midst of the summer rush, and that relief comes in the form of cool breezes (preferably across the ocean) and simple memories made.

xo
-Amanda

Photos by Lydia Flynn

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sea Fever


I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking.

~ John Masefield


I finally dipped my toes into the atlantic ocean this week. It had been my plan to go to the beach first thing after finishing cosmetology school, but one thing led to another, and it was almost a month before I got down to beautiful Newport. My sister and were able to enjoy the sunshine as well as a ferocious breeze.... I also read a bit more of Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (which is a masterpiece), gossiped with a mermaid, drove around spying on the mansions, and walked along the cliffs. It was wonderous.


This isn't what I wore to the beach, but it was a nautically inspired Sunday afternoon getup.
  • Cream Blouse by PETE & GRETA - gift from my aunt
  • Striped Skirt - used to be a dress, refashioned by me
  • Belt - thrifted
  • Red Shoes by SM NEW YORK - thrifted
  • Necklace - gift from a friend from the Dominican Republic
  • Gold Hoop Earrings - handmade by Kathy Snyder
  • Star Bracelet - hand-me-down
If you're an east or west coaster, have you been to the ocean yet? And if you live far away from the sea, how do you survive? Tell me your secrets.

-Amanda

Photos by Lydia Flynn

Monday, June 23, 2014

Just a note to say...

... I GRADUATED! (Among other things.)

Click over to FlyGirl to hear more about what I've been up to the past month, and what's coming up. Hopefully I'll be in blogland more often. Thank you, as always, for following along.

-Amanda xo

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, Audrey


I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. 
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. 
I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.


People, even more than things, have to be restored, 
renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; 
never throw out anyone.


Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.


The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, 
because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

Happy Birthday to one of the most beautiful, wise, and giving women to grace the screen. 
Audrey, I love you muchly.

-Amanda