The blues and the reds

Audrey hepburn moon river

You know when you get the blues or the mean reds? The blues and the reds — whatever you want to call them — well, there isn’t much you can do with yourself but to linger somewhere that makes you feel better.

Some people go have breakfast at Tiffany’s; I go sit on the fire escape of this small apartment building in New York to listen to the woman, who says ‘darling’ more times than I ever could, sing.

Resting my back to the brick wall in lose fitted pants and a knitted sweater, I always stay one floor down from her, waiting for the first few strings of her guitar to be played. Hers is a soft voice, melancholic, but not weary, and the song she sings, well, it is about everything and nothing, just as I go on thinking about everything and about nothing.

It takes me a while to come out from under the cloud of the blues and the reds — I am not sure whether I am ever completely out from under it. I usually need the woman to play her guitar and sing a couple of times…

 

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The necklace

statement necklace“Suddenly she discovered, in a black satin box, a superb diamond necklace, and her heart throbbed with an immoderate desire. Her hands trembled as she took it. She fastened it round her throat, outside her high-necked waist, and was lost in ecstasy at her reflection in the mirror.”  The Necklace, Guy de Maupassant.

In my stories darling, I have often been accused of fleeing off somewhere while someone is trying to tell me something — Butcher, Baker and even Proust noticed. I can’t help it really, there are times during my day when I move in leaps and needless to say, I haven’t heeded to the tick of a clock in a very long time.

There is one thing that does help keep my feet pinned to the ground however, at least, its heaviness round my neck reminds me to stay where I am, rather than go off somewhere, and that is a heavy necklace. Donning such a statement piece is enough to turn a simple ensemble into a glorious fashion moment.

The best thing is, there are so many elaborate ones available out there that you don’t have to end up paying for it for ten years as Maupassant’s Madame Loisel ends up doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story credits: Image via eastonevents. 

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Fennel

vogue australiaI was walking in circles in a field of fennel yesterday darling.

I was in town again — the dizzying, sun scorching town, where women don black layers of dirt under their nail beds and where eyes are dark and distrustful. I had been walking aimlessly about when I found myself in a field of tall, wispy fennel which I could not get out of.

I brushed through the wisps, staining my dress with yellow dust. I did not have a hat on; I was dizzy and feeling heavy from the exposure to the sun.

Free People Slip Dressdress quoteI could not see anybody and yet, every turn I took, every sigh — every movement — I knew it was being judged by observant eyes.

Story credits: Image via Vogue Australia.

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