I'm acting with a sense of urgency. I don't waste time or opportunity. The frenzy isn't due to an awareness of mortality, although there's a bit of that. No, my heightened activity is motivated by positive force -- i.e., desire. Pent-up, half-century old desire to be my true self.
I won't bore you with tales of my past, but I'm throwing caution to the wind. Before I die, I want to live. No matter what. And that includes, very especially, women's clothes.
Here's what I wore today. It was fun to assemble and joyous to wear. I'm displaying a pin that my best friend Ashley gave me. It's cute and fit the outfit perfectly.
What do you think?
(P.S., At the end of this post is a famous poem.)
This poem was written over 300 years ago in 1648. It is called "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time."
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
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 forever tarry.
Yay! So great. I love this outfit, especially the pants! And the heels. And the pin. Okay, everything. <3ReplyDelete
That pin is fabulous! The whole outfit is so different from what you normally wear. It is great to see you pushing your boundaries.ReplyDelete
I love that poem. I reminds me of my favourite poem of all time, Nothing Gold Can Stay. I memorized it when I was about 12 when I read The Outsiders for the first time.
There is of course no better moment than now to act upon your dreams.
I know what you mean about the outfit. I believe it's important for me to explore all styles of womens clothing. Doing so, I discover unexpected delights, like things looking better than I thought, fitting better than I expected, etc. I was surprised at how well this ensemble turned out. It makes me look pleasantly slimmer.Delete
Ah, Robert Herrick... I've been thinking about the Jenny Joseph poem lately (... 'I will wear purple and a red hat...'), the attitude sort of speaks to me... But I get your point about the last call. However, if we're talking about the last call, hold the roses, I'll have a double whisky...ReplyDelete
Oh wow! Those are awesome trousers. Also love the poem. Amazing how words can touch us centuries after they were written.ReplyDelete
Leave a lasting mark.
I too am trying to figure out what it means to live. It is a daily battle, but I'm slowly getting there I think.
Great outfit, dynamic and lovely on you! The pin is special touch. I am glad you are living life with gusto- continue on!ReplyDelete
Beautiful. This post speaks to my heart so deeply. <3ReplyDelete
Love the striped pants!!ReplyDelete
Love that pin--and your shoes :) Great ensemble. I've heard this poem before but I can't remember where. Thank you so much for sharing; it's beautiful. XOXOReplyDelete
Nicely done, the pattern print is perfect and the addition of the heel pin is like a cherry on top. Big hugs my friend.ReplyDelete
Get it!!! I love your positive attitude!ReplyDelete
You, m'dear, have me inspired to punch fear in the face! :)
...8...9...10... It's a knockout!Delete
You look great! I really like that waistcoat!!ReplyDelete
Th pin is adorable and love the mixing of patterns, it can be hard to do this well. You look great and so glad you are going for it and living!ReplyDelete
Allie of ALLIENYC
A positive force is the best force for making changes :)ReplyDelete
good for you!!! I have a couple of English degrees, so I am very familiar with that poem!ReplyDelete
I think my renfaire friends would be a fan of that poem! I really love this outfit! The vest pops against the top and pants :) That pin just screams you as well! A+ Ally!ReplyDelete
Yes to living life now! I'm so glad you are :)ReplyDelete
And that pin is gorgeous.
This is a rely gorgeous outfit. The color/pattern mix is SO beautiful!!ReplyDelete
It sounds like you're weary of leading a compartmentalized life. I hope I'm not being presumptuous in assuming that you do this...? One of life's greatest joys is being accepted as our authentic selves. I hope that's happening for more and more each day Ally.
Thank you, Marilee. And you're right about my being tired of being put in a box. Five decades of that...Delete
Beautiful outfit. I swear, your style keeps getting better and better. I love the prints and silhouettes you wear <3 You are SO chic!ReplyDelete
Your outfit is cute and that pin is adorable.ReplyDelete
Ugh,,, why are you so engaging??????ReplyDelete
xx, yes let's live,,,,,,
Love the outfit and that pin is awesome.ReplyDelete
I still so badly want to see you with a short sassy hairstyle!!! Please!!!!
YES!!! LIVE YOUR TRUE SELF!!!! There's not a single thing in the world you could say to me that would make me as happy as what you said in this post. <3ReplyDelete