Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry.

There's something about these words by Robert Herrick that strikes a chord with me. Of course, I've always seen them coupled with a stunning painting by my favorite Pre-Raphaelite artist, John William Waterhouse, but even alone they are eerily poignant.

Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about life, where I am now, and what adventures and opportunities I should seek out while I am young, single, and have the freedom and the chance. While I disagree with this poem about "that age is best which is the first" and intend to have adventures until the day I die... I never want to hold regrets from when I was young.

Probably the second greatest fear I've ever experienced - the first was that I would be forgotten after my  death - was that I would wake up as an old woman and feel intense sorrow because I had not lived my life to its fullest potential. (And that doesn't mean chasing every opportunity that presents itself, doing crazy and dangerous things, and "following my heart," which I've learned is a decidedly poor leader.) But I do want to have treasured every moment, reveled in the beauty of life, walked with the faith of a child, taken the opportunities God has given me, and maybe done one or two wacky, adventurous things in my time. (I'll let you know what those turn out to be. ;)

The last verse of this poem would be more powerful if it said, instead of "go marry," something to the extent of "go and pursue whatever adventure God has called you to." Because, although we've got the same Author, everyone has a different story. And each one is beautiful and unique.

But seriously, let's not waste the potential of our youth in despair, laziness, or dreaming of the future. Let it be said of us that we gathered every rosebud of life with tenderness, awe, and much excitement.

Carpe diem. Seize the day. :)

-Amanda

P.S. This photo is from a really lovely shoot by Mario Testino back in 04. You can see the rest of the images here.

London Fashion Week Fall 2011 ♥

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Vivienne Westwood red label Fall 2011

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Richard Nicoll Fall 2011


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Twenty8Twelve Fall 2011

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Matthew Williamson Fall 2011

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Osman Fall 2011

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Todd Lynn Fall 2011

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Pringle of Scotland Fall 2011

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Peter Pilotto Fall 2011

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Michael Van Der Ham Fall 2011

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David Koma Fall 2011

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Basso & brooke Fall 2011

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Aquascutum Fall 2011

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Giles Fall 2011

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Graeme Armour Fall 2011

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Erdem Fall 2011

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Mark Fast Fall 2011

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Marios Schwab Fall 2011

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Mary Katrantzou Fall 2011

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Roksanda Ilincic Fall 2011

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Meadham Kirchhoff Fall 2011


Gabriella Marina Gonzalez ♥

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Gabriella Marina Gonzalez Spring/Summer 2011 'The Cyclops Apprentice'
Photographer: Sarah Piantadosi
Stylist: Paul Joyce
Model: Maryna

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Online Fashion

Style is certainly a fantastic field in which a talented individual, having a lot of creativity, ought to activate. If this really is your passion, you need to certainly go a step additional and create a profession in this field. Perhaps, in only a couple of years, you'll be in a position to determine your name within the greatest style publications; who knows? Nevertheless, to achieve this factor, you need to begin searching for on-line style style degrees simply because, to be able to have such a profession, you certainly require a unique degree.
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Within the style field, employers are searching for individuals who don't only have talent but also present a diploma. This really is simply because a diploma can guarantee that you simply know every thing a style designer ought to master. 1 technique to total a degree would be to select a style style degrees on-line course. What ever on-line course you'll select, you need to know that it'll teach you exactly the same issues as a nearby school course, namely human anatomy, psychology and mathematics.

You'll also discover tailoring and sewing methods, textiles and style background. Whilst all these activities are helpful to be able to total various functions associated to style style, you need to take into account that most of them represent some truly enjoyable tasks. But why do you should discover all these issues? Nicely, simply because the much more you realize about style trends, fabrics, textile and sewing methods, the much more most likely would be to discover an excellent job within the style business. To be able to be a really great designer, you need to present abilities, information and passion. Obviously, the passion is an inherent element whilst information and abilities are acquired via studying and experimentation.

open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.





Forever21 denim shirt
Forever21 jeans
Forever21 boots
Target earrings
Payless necklace

Monday, February 21, 2011

casualness leads to casualties



I love these leopard print pumps and, literally, have to force myself to not wear them with every opportunity I get. They may be the most comfortable 5.5" heels ever.



pardon the specs of hair on my blouse. i tried on this shirt after my haircut and didn't realize i was still shedding all over the place. i actually didn't even realize i had hair on my until i looked back at these pictures :(





Target blouse
Antonio Melani skirt
vintage skinny belt
Charlotte Russe pumps

MANIAMANIA ♥

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Abbey Lee Kershaw shows off the beautiful work of Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis in their new MANIAMANIA collection 'RĂªve' shot by Barnaby Roper.

Full of silver, bronze, and hippie-friendly crystals, drawing inspiration from free spirits like the Australian artist Vali Myers, the muse of their latest collection, Reve.

“She was a gypsy who roamed around the world as a free-spirited dancer in the underworld of a post-war Paris, later becoming an artist and muse to many icons of our time, such as a young Patti Smith and Marianne Faithfull,” Purvis explains. “She drifted the world from Positano to New York’s Chelsea Hotel.”


“We wanted to take our aesthetic to a new place that was a little stronger and not as ethereal,”

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

London Fashion Week Fall 2011 ♥

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Charles Anastase Fall 2011
supernaturally narrow and tall, perched on skyscraping platforms, with a frizz of Ophelia hair.

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Topshop Unique Fall 2011
cruella deville with Minnie Mouse


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Acne Fall 2011

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