Monday, November 7, 2011

outfit post: The Best Thing in the World

     Dude: There are some things
           in life I can't control.

     Me:   Like what? Needing sleep?
     Dude: How much I miss you.

Sometimes, I can't help myself.  Darlings, this is one of those times.
I'm feeling a bit Syd-Barrett-meets-Elizabeth-Barrett-Browning, sing songing mad, mad love into everything, with every object in the world reminding me of H-I-M.  And by him, I mean the dude; MY dude.

You know the tune, right? It's on every radio station you dial into.

The Best Thing in the World
What's the best thing in the world?
June-rose, by May-dew impearled;
Sweet south-wind, that means no rain;
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;
Beauty, not self-decked and curled
Till its pride is over-plain;
Light, that never makes you wink;
Memory, that gives no pain;
Love, when, so, you're loved again.
What's the best thing in the world?
—Something out of it, I think. 
                                                                             -Elizabeth Barret Browning
Have you ever noticed that the mania of Eros makes you feel like the most magical of creatures on the planet AND one the most banal of cliches? 

I am stewing in the folly of romance. Every song, every subject, every anything turns my head towards the direction my heart already resides.
My still small voice of reason hisses- that there is no sense in this, that the THIS of this can not sustain itself. A moth may crave flame, dear butterfly,  but there is always consequence. 

The rest of me plays devil-may-care-bear and suits itself up with a fierce + determined purpose: to love without pause, to give without cause, and to hopelessly dash pell mell into the maw of happiness. Such a mess, this madness. It is also the best thing in the world.

"Who so loves, believes the impossible."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Now Wearing:
  • vintage animal print scarf, thrifted 
  • resin tortoise shell/bone ear rings, gifted (thanks Barbro!)
  • vintage brown top, Crimson & Clover
  • 1960's Safari Sport cheetah print coat, This-N-That Thrift
  • vintage gold-tone scaled metal belt, This-N-That Thrift
  • vintage moc-croc brown leather clutch, thrifted
  • skinny jeans in midnight, Freestyle Clothing Exchange
  • animal print "shooties," Freestyle Clothing Exchange


Comtesse de ferveur said...

What a fabulous and heartwarming post to read on a Monday morning. That last photo of you is beyond magnificent. xxx

mispapelicos said...

Enjoy the butterflies and do not think, just flow...
Love u.

Sara Kristiina said...

So sweet post, made me smile! I am happy for you!

A BRIT GREEK said...

Such a lovely post to read on a Monday morning... Plus I cannot get over the outfit! Plus the shoes, the colour/hues & headscarf! LOVED everything about this post.

Unknown said...

"hopelessly dash pell mell into the maw of happiness"

WOW! I want what you're having!

And you look fabulous - especially ADORE your coat and shoes. You look VERY happy/beautiful.

Sarah xxx

Penny Dreadful Vintage said...

This gave me a big, BIG smile. Also, you look fabulous xx

Collette Osuna said...

Im thinking this is my newest fav outfit of yours dollie.....wonderful insightful words for the first thing on a Monday morning....have a great day !!

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Vix said...

God, sleep or not, you look absolutely ravishing and there's that knowing look in your eyes that speaks of love. xxx

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Oh my, I love a good love story! How sweet and fun! You look awesome in this outfit...for sure, one of your best looks! Any guy would be following you around in this!!

Franca said...

Oh Bella, what a BEAUTIFUL post! So happy for you!

Susan B said...

This post makes me sigh with bliss. Ain't love grand?

And you look spectacular.

gabrielle said...

oh i know the feeling! but i am not as good with words.


The Style Crone said...

Romance is grand. And so is your outfit. You really know how to wear a head wrap!

Shybiker said...

Magical, yes. Cliche, no. People who call romance "cliche" are merely jealous of what you have when they don't. Savor this.

Elissa said...

What a lovely post to read first thing in the morning. Thank you for adding a little romance and beauty to my day. And your outfit is fab. Really, really great!

sylvia @ 40PlusStyle said...

great writing, great outfit, great photography and editing!

Unknown said...

OMG, you look amazing!! I love all of the leopard, and your turban is fab!!

Anonymous said...

The sound of love is popping out of every word in this post. That's a beautiful way to start the week.

When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.
~ by Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) ~

The Holly Rivers Show said...

mmmm.triple leopard print...grrr grrrr! x x

Anonymous said...

Such a great post on an otherwise under whelming Monday. You look stunning, your shoes and turban are the perfect finishing touches as well!

theequinebovine said...

HUGE freakin' smile going on over here! What a great way to start my day.

Selena said...

the way you describe falling in love is as close as anyone could ever get to putting it into words. you're glowing! and i love the scarf too ;)

xxx theSIREN

Tomye said...

Beautiful close up! I am diggin the tortoise shell and bone earrings. -T

Unknown said...

Oh how I love when my friends are full of love and in love... and you look pretty damn amazing! love the headscarf and the animal prints and that blouse is perfect on you!

Brooke said...

I've been so busy lately that I haven't been commenting much, but I just had to tell you how much this post brightened my Monday morning. I know the feeling and I believe in the impossible. Your light is contagious! xo

The Closet Shopper said...

Your dude says the sweetest things. That's very romantic, Bella!

Love this outfit. You look incredible. MEOW!


Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Like Sacramento says, just go with the flow baby, go with the flow. Meanwhile I am gawping like crazy at your ensemble - damn it woman you look fecking amazing and just look at that face of love!! xoxoxoxo

WendyB said...

Romance + leopard = yay!

Heather Fonseca said...

So romantic! How exciting that you're in love.
Love your outfit too - that head wrap is way cool. I wish I was exciting enough to try things like that.

Sasha Maria said...

I feel very romantic after reading this lovely post. Definitely the best thing in the world.

p.s. "devil-may-care-bear" made my night.

p.s.s. I need to mention how rocking your outfit is. Leopard print can do now wrong styled like that. And your earrings, definitely in love with them.

Please may I? said...

You look stunning! Love certainly suits you.

X x

Gina said...

I really love the solid colors you chose and how you mixed them with the animal print. Very nice! Cute accessories, too!

Kitty said...

Love everything here, esp. the shooties...that last pic is awesome. At our age darl life is too short-dive in head first, I say.xx.

Anupriya DG said...

OMG! Bella in love!! I'm so excited for you darling! :)

It's really the most wonderful feeling ever........cherish every moment......let your head be where the heart is! Mwah!! <3

And let me say this.....this is one of my favorite outfits of yours so far! Love has made you more stylish! (If that was ever possible!)

Anupriya DG said...

By the way, I've passed on an award to you dear.....enjoy! :)

Susan Tiner said...

Yes! Love is indeed the best thing in the world. Relish in it :).

Anonymous said...

Go with the flow and don't over think it. Life works in mysterious ways, my friend.

love hard.

Jamillah said...

STEW AWAY BELLA!!! I LOVE THIS POST! It made me so happy.

Unknown said...

Oooh I love it -- so romantic and beautiful! Made my day to read this! ^_^

P.S., *love* the leopard coat!

Fajr Muhammad said...

Insanely beautiful and hopefully infectious! You are beaming my dear, keep spreading the light!

Anonymous said...

The outfit is OUT OF CONTROL! I love all of it. You look happy and oh so fashionable. Big hugs xo Mish

squidword said...

amazing top and wedges!! so chic dear!! awesome blog too!!

Kimberlee said...

Love can be so whimsical! Great outfit - sexy leopard :)

Anonymous said...

Lady, you've never looked better! You OWN animal print! Fantastic!