The weather seems to have a bit of a split personality this weekend...
Today it was completely stunning. We ate lunch outside for the first time this year, and when me and my friend went for a walk, I ACTUALLY lay down in the field. Although this doesn't sound very momentous, the absence of mud or ice is always something to be celebrated. (The walk culminated in a stick-sword fight!)
However, yesterday (when these photos were taken), it was grey and cold. In fact, so freezing that I couldn't do up the laces on these boots with bare hands, as my fingers went numb.
Unfortunately, I hate really cold weather. I'm someone who doesn't feel right if they're not warm enough- meaning I changed my outfit three times yesterday morning so I had the balance between not shivering and also being happy with what I was wearing. I finally ended up in my new cape, recently purchased off ebay.
I love capes at the moment. They are like the coat's quirkier cousin- still just as warm but a little more unique.
Here I am wearing the aforementioned cape, with a silk shirt underneath. What you can't see is that under this silk shirt I have on a vest, t-shirt, a long sleeved top and a thin Jaeger jumper. I then added skinny jeans.
I have a feeling that this is only the second time I have ever been pictured in jeans on my blog. I do wear them quite a bit more than that, but somehow I just find shooting skirts and dresses more interesting!
The grey lace up boots are my favourite pair from Topshop. And for five inch heels, they are surprisingly easy to walk in- when you are not tottering along country lanes more used to being frequented by tractors. The owl necklace is vintage and is kind of the nearest thing I have to a lucky charm. The brown leather gloves are family inherited, and so is the leather satchel.
I bought the vintage camera in a charity shop on friday, and thought it would make the perfect prop here! I really want to start to learn how to shoot on film, but I'm not sure if this is the camera I'll be using as the instructions are all in German..
The photos were taken on an attempted family walk, but it was so cold that mum and little brother retreated to the car while we did important things with the camera. Nearby, we knew there was an old railway carriage that is now used as a sheep shed, and thought it would be the perfect location for this cape to be shot in. The alternative title for this is 'Caped in shades of rust', and that's exactly how I felt.. The vibrant colour worked so well in contrast with the outfit.
What is amazing about a structure like this is seeing how much of the original shape is still there. Part of a door, huge rusting nails, still-working hinges. Such places feel like they are seeped in history. You start to wonder who else might have stood in that carriage when it was still in use, who has shared that space with you at some point in the past?
I've recently been reading quite a bit of poetry, and thought that this quote from T.S Eliotts's poem, 'Usk', summed up the mood of the day perfectly:
"Old enchantments. Let them sleep.
'Gently dip, not too deep',
Lift your eyes
Where the roads dip and the roads rise
Seek only there
Where the green light meets the grey air
The hermit's chapel, the pilgrim's prayer."
- Usk, T.S Elliot
We have just started studying poetry in school, ready for a literature exam, and I was surprised by the number of people who groaned when we found out this was the next topic.
As a poetry lover myself, I was just wondering if I am a lone ranger as far as that is concerned? Does anyone else here love poetry, or do you prefer prose? And if you do like poetry, do you have any particular favourite poets or poems? At the moment I'm enjoying Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney and some of Sylvia Plath's work...
On other matters literary, I realised most of the classics I've read recently are American- The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, My Antonia and now Nine Stories by J.D Salinger. This wasn't on purpose, but its been so interesting reading all of these books, and comparing them. But on to my question- does anyone have any classics (from any country) that they could suggest as my next book to read? I would love to hear your ideas.
Oh & I'm happy to say that I had my six hundredth follower recently. Thank you to every one of you!