Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Romantic Heart




I have a confession.

Growing up, I thought I was a little odd... not odd in the typical sense, but odd in the sense that I loved, loved, loved Jane Austen, the Victorian era, Marie Antoinette, antiques, and romance. At just seven, I realized I was decidedly girly, and the thought of Summer camps and basketball made my stomach hurt. Oh yes, host a tea party and I would be there in a pinch. Give me a doll or makeup for my birthday and I would be eternally grateful. And while the all the children my age around me enjoyed snowmobiling and rollerblading, I was happy to spend time reading The Babysitters Club, making storybooks, reading through magazines about decorating, and watching any movie with Audrey Hepburn.







It wasn't until I was in my early 20's that I truly found more people like me. They certainly weren't in Vancouver. (though I'm sure that now I could find some) They were through other blogs online, all over the world—like Roséline, of This is Glamorous, Louise of Pandora, Daniella of Dress, Design & Decor, Sasha or Everything Fabulous, Linda of Simply Seductive, Charmaine of Beautiful Things to Share, and a few others that I just adore. I am a real mix. And as much as I love modern, (and I really do) sometimes even rap and hip hop music, my heart still lies in the romance of a time long ago, where high tea was expected, dresses were welcomed and pen pals were cherished. That is how I find all of my blogging friends, as more modern day pen pals—except we have the opportunity to share much, much more and inspire one another through images and words...

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images: Erin Wasson by Dusan Reljin + link

25 comments:

  1. I'm the same way- it's wonderful to know I'm in such lovely company, Sarah!

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  2. I've always been a romantic, girly-girl, as well, creating glamorous little stories in my mind. Decorate something? It becomes a glam little story. Entertain? It becomes a glam little story. Seems impossible to even want to do anything in a ... boring way. ;)

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  3. I completely love that first image Sarah...beautiful!

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  4. we would have totally been friends at 7 years old. i am so still that way! :) pride + prejudice is on my DVR. i cant stop watching it.

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  5. Sarah,
    These images are perfect! Wspecially love the french lace dress.
    Teresa

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  6. Ah yes, I can definitely identify. I've always loved girly, romantic, historical... and the thought of doing any sports was enough to make my stomach ache. My hero growing up (and still is) was Anne Shirley. Oh, how I wanted to be Anne!

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  7. Oh Sarah! So happy to have "met" you through blogging, one of these days we'll have to get together to have tea and shop around in Vancouver! Thank you so much for the mention, I adore you blog even more! It's always a treat to stop by here and find so much wonderful inspiration that I totally love! It's so nice to find people with the same interests as yourself...

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  8. I feel the same way, Sarah. Blogging has been such an enriching experience and allows me to be my true self and share with and be inspired by people with the same interests as me. And you, my friend, are one of the most inspiring!

    Hope you're having a lovely week xoxo

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  9. Sarah I was the same! Babysitters club, Sweet Valley high, Clueless, Emma, oh yes! I remember always thinking I was born in the wrong decade, I really wanted the big dresses, and the exquisite dinner parties.

    Oh and I really adore these images, they capture the very essence of romance and femininity.

    Cheers for stopping by my blog, enjoy the rest of your week :)

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  10. you told this so beautifully... i still feel odd a little, in a good way... (my oddness was somewhat different from yours, i guess... i've never been girly... but i was kind of special, i might hope)

    xoxo,
    agnes

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  11. What a sweet post Sarah, I absolutely agree!

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  12. it is such a relief that i'm not the only one who felt that at a young age! i am 100% the same :)

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  13. Now I know what I should have done to keep you at camp ;) made your cabin into a romantic affair - you would have stayed longer than 1 day maybe - or until they made you do sports - darn - they always made you do sports - why couldn't they just do girly stuff, like practicing tea etiquette - you are special to me in every way, and I love you exactly as you are :) I wouldn't have wanted you any other way

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  14. We should have met!!! I was totally into reading and dressing up... and romantic books and day dreaming of romance!!! and I couldn't understand how not all the girls where into the same. My ballet only feed my love for tutu dresses. Love finding out that we have more things in common!! :)

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  15. hello lovely sarah -- we would have been fast friends growing up -- at seven years of age, re-painted my bedroom an astonishingly lovely shade of pink and would have used actual oil lamps on the bedside tables instead of table lamps, had it not been for my parents' concern that it may be a fire hazard . . . was also at this time that my entire wardrobe was pink, palest pink and perhaps a few dusky pinks here and there . . . thanks for including me in this beautiful post xo

    {p.s.} wonderful to see erin so soft & pretty -- such a departure from her usual surfer-girl style

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  16. Oh what a delightful post....I just adore the young you and now the older you!

    It's great to have such an opportunity to find likeminded people through this wonderful medium.

    I just love these photo's too, dreamy.
    xoxo DJ

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  17. This was such a lovely post! Beautifully written.

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  18. love your words. curiously, as for me, it took time to reveal this part of feminity. and i still feel a little bit eclectic, loving pink and romance, as well as loving black and sailor tattoos, loving classic music as well as rock and hip-hop. but what i love most in blogging, as you said, is to share with others. xoxo.

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  19. Such lovely comments! Thank you! I was smiling reading all the way through :)

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  20. I'm a bit late in commenting, but certainly touched (I can't even put into words) that you included me in your list... my childhood and early teens was spent coveting everything I saw in Vogue magazine and begging my mother to make me the dresses I saw in those editorials... I remember so desperately wanting wide leg jeans and of course, there were none to be found in the small town that I grew up and still live in now (but much bigger)... I felt there was a bigger and better world out there and I still feel that way now, but as you've noted it is so much more "accessible" through blogging and the friends that are made as a result... thank you, Sarah for being one of those friends!

    xoxo

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  21. Linda -- that is so so sweet! (about the dresses) It's been wonderful getting to know you, also :)

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  22. Oh gosh, I was so bad at sports. Always last to be picked in teams, lol. I would of rather watched Audrey Hepurn movies and eat cake with you! hehe

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  23. Yes! That's me. I'm almost 16, and I feel the same way. I love Jane Austen - I love the movies, Pride & Prejudice and Becoming Jane, oh and Marie Antoinette are a couple of my favorite dresses. I like to wear vintage clothes and really don't like wearing the same old same old Aeropostale or Abercrombie shirt that every girl up here wears. I love horses to death and I shoot archery, but at the same time I love shooting photography, sewing, browsing through pages of flickr photo's and design blogs!

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