Origami Girl

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

In which there is soppiness, sunshine and a shoe rack

I don't think that me and Andy have ever taken so many pictures as we did on this day. I have a folder full of them because Andy seemed more than ever before to be delighting in capturing pictures of me. Perhaps it was the weather and the getting out of work early, but we were in one of those giggly silly moods. Perhaps it was that we had just had milkshakes.

The sun and the still air reminded me of America. 

Although I often am very critical of American politics and such things, the times the two of us spent there were wonderful. I love the food, the feeling of being miles from home and leaving every bit of responsibility behind, but I especially love the smell of the still warm air we had in Texas (and the ability to go into a pool when it got too much). Any moment where I get that scent of Summer brings back all those feelings of escape and happiness.

As I blogged a while ago, and any picture of my hand reveals, Andy and I are engaged. This means that at any moment of boredom or lull in our conversations we fantasise about the wedding, discuss plans, do invite sketches and talk about how much we cannot wait to get married. I really can't. I love how much we are doing it together and how much fun that day is going to be. 

It sometimes feels like there are two worlds. The real world and the one the two of us inhabit inside our bubble. We really have plenty of life issues going on with jobs at the moment and I suffer from a lot of self-esteem and anxiety issues. Sometimes I get completely overwhelmed by a sense that I have failed at life, but never at our relationship. It means everything to me and even if I never get to fulfill my dreams and ambitions and even if feminism winces at it, the two us together means I'm never failure.

Back to the real world! These outift photos are me daring to do something different with my hair. I having a strangely round head like a ball so I always keep my hair down to try and look like I have a reasonable shaped face, but here I am giving it a go for once. Expect a return to hats.
Dress: Camden market; Shirt: Andy's; Monopoly Neckalce: Made by me/Eccentric Accessories;
Hairband: Ditto; Shoes: Asos; Socks: Topshop

Elmer bag! I love Elmer. Got this from a book fair. It came with Elmer books.

Handmade hairbow by me. I went through a period of making ribbon bows all day. I have loads of these at our house from running craft fairs for Eccentric Accessories

Scotty Dog Monopoly Piece necklace. I have one of these in my shop.

Shiny nails!

Side story: I made this. Yeah! Absolutely super proud of this bit of home DIY. It's a shoe rack. And I totally made it. I did the drilling and the screwing and everything. Andy just held the pieces together. (Obviously that was a Very Important Job). I am PROUD.

So was that too many pictures? Too much soppiness? If you made it to the end and my random shoe rack story -thank you!


  1. Milkshakes, sunshine, and the love of your life? Sounds like a wonderful day! No apologies necessary!

  2. Sounds like you had a lovely, fun day! I want a milkshake now. That dress is very sweet and goes so well with the shoes and frilly socks.
    I've only recently discovered your blog, so I didn't know you were engaged - congratulations. I can imagine the planning would be quite exciting! :)

    Also, nice shoe rack, I think if I ever tried that I'd end up with a pile of wood with nails sticking out of it.

    - Willow

  3. I had no idea you were engaged! That's so exciting. I can't wait until that day. I love love love your ring and I think this is one of the cutest outfits you have ever posted. The dress fits you like a dream and those shoes are adorable.

  4. the lighting is perfect - must have been a perfect day. and i LOVE your brown dress - it's really a perfect fit on you - and i'm super jealous of your monopoly piece necklace!

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  5. That's a very pretty lace dress you're wearing! :)

    I'd love if you visited my blog at Missingsparkles.com. It would be fun to follow each other, don't you think? ;)

    xoxo, Minna


  6. Cute outfit! Love the shirt over the top in the last few photos. And that's not too much soppiness - that's such a sweet perspective on your relationship, and true for a lot of people :)

    Life etc

  7. love the shirt as a jacket and those adorable socks! super cute post!


  8. So pretty


  9. I liked the shoe rack. I liked it so much, I built one like it. Thanks for the inspiration!