9.12.11

Dont Let Appearances Fool You


These photos were taken in Lisbon.






According to a taxi driver in Murakami Haruki's latest book; when you do something out of your ordinary, the everyday look of things might seem to shift a little. Things may begin to look different to you than they did before.


This fluctuation of normality manifested itself in a cleft within my being, sometime during my childhood. I was good at spotting things that the grown-ups didn't. I was excellent at making reality out of things that were not really real. I could discover entire worlds in a single afternoon. I could invent extraordinary adventures every bedtime and creating wonderful new uses for everyday objects came as easy as breathing. Due to a free-falling series of slightly tragic events, I lived in a bubble of my own making because reality was too painful. However, I may be guilty of inflicting this questionable lilt on life onto my little sister. In my defence though, this was the only way in which I felt that I could protect her.

Now that I am grown-up. I cannot abandon my ways. I still spot things that most walk straight past. I still walk around peering into corners/inspecting pavements and the tops of buildings. I purposefully get lost or go the wrong way just to allow for a break in the beat of the humdrum. I still fill my sisters head with preposterous junk and I generally find it hard to fit into most circles.

Don't let appearances fool you. I am about 10 years old at heart.

Jeans from GAP//Jersey swing top from Allsaints//Snood from Topshop//Shoes from Bloch//Bag from Marc Jacobs//Jacket vintage.

23 comments:

  1. Hehehehehe our adventures and following you around was the best time of my life 

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  2. nicely written - love the easy look you're wearing.

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  3. Awww I just want to give you a big hug! I don't see anything wrong with having an imagination, not going with the flow! In fact quite the contrary!

    It's great that you used it to help you through a difficult period in your life. Some people don't have the strength to keep going, but you do.

    I think you're very admirable and inspirational in fact! The tedium of everyday life lifts when I try to see things from your perspective (or at least what I think is your perspective).

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  4. Kindred spirit :D Even though it's made me "weird" in the estimations of others, I'm proud of my vivid imagination! Those who love me appreciate it now.

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  5. I simply adore you and your blog for this very reason. Our world is filled with wonder and so many people who are caught in the rut of everyday life hardly take notice, it breaks my heart. 

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  6. oh! i am glad that you think so. i hope that you always will. i tried to fight for our childhood xx

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  7. But sometimes I think it prevents me from achieving all these things that people seem to rate achievement/success against :(

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  8. Thank you Kumeko!

    But if these people are happy in their rut then maybe it's a safe place for them. I wonder what would happen if they challenged themselves to try see life in a different light?

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  9. It's not us that are "weird". It's others that are more intolerant and judgemental.

    It is great to be loved for who you are. I am lucky that my husband has not tried to change me like so many people  have tried in one way or another. 

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  10. I completely agree with Kumeko - I think what you've said is exactly what is so wonderful about you. The majority of people are ordinary - and at the end of the day, who wants to be ordinary? (I also feel a bit tearful at the pain between the lines and wish I could hug you.)

    I am also a dreamer and feel sad sometimes that the humdrum of a very hectic everyday life has somewhat suppressed this part of me, quenched my soul a little.  It's all still there though, under the surface.

    Much love to you - you're a complete inspiration & every time I look at my little bracelet I think of you and smile.

    Nic x 

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  11. Beautifully written. Cheers to being young at heart, always. ♡ And to always standing out from the crowd. Definitely nothing wrong with that! (And you look simply lovely!)

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  12. I love the cut of that jacket! Still plowing my way through that book!

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  13. <3 <3 <3
    Since I've known you, I have been seeing things in a different light. Instead of just walking to a destination, I walk and peek, ooo and aahh and observe. I've looking down a lot to find more mini people too :D And it's so much more exciting, thank you!! <3

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  14. Gorgeous pictures! Wow, you write incredibly well.

    Hooray for imagination!

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  15. aww..don't change how you are as you are special..and everyone is allow to have their own perspective and i do enjoy how you express yourself!

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  16. Itsalondonthing Imz10 December 2011 at 13:26

    Your haircut is absolutely gorgeous! Suits you sir 

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  17. Fab as always <3 Love your vintage jacket :) 

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  18. Oh I really feel this post. No wonder there is a wonderful connection between us. I too will deliberately walk a different way just to mix things up. I never consider myself lost when I make a wrong turn. I feel as if I am discovering something new and this makes me happy. It was wonderful to see your sisters response to following your childhood reality. Murakami Haruki is my favourite author. I have read all his work except the new one. Looking forward to it. Xxxx

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  19. Not Just A Pretty Dress11 December 2011 at 16:32

    This post is so moving and so beautifuly written. It is great to be able to use our imagination to create our own adventures.

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  20. This is what sets the Creative apart from the "Normals".  I think everyday life would be tragic the Normal way.  I like the way you live your life!  And I am as guilty of purposefully going the wrong way, just to see what's on the other end.

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  21. Aww Vicky you are adorable! Thank you x

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  22. The first picture makes you look a golden goddess!! I'm pretty sure my REAL age is 12 or so..

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