Origami Girl

Friday, 18 January 2013

In which there is snow and sorrow but all is well

Before I say anything else in this post, I must begin by saying I have just returned from seeing the current film of Les Miserables and I am still in a state of recovery. I have never seen anything that made me cry so much. Some films, like Avatar or Titanic even, have significant moments that make you cry, pinnacles of sadness as it were, but this film: wow; Andy and I were genuinely sobbing for about half the film. It is utterly heart-wrenching. Also, Hugh Jackman is a god among men. I can't deny that he is my longest running celebrity-crush. I used to have a poster of him on my wall as a teenager because I was, and am, really into X-men and he is damn sexy as Wolverine. Since then he has continuously impressed me as a person. He really can sing and he is charming and funny in real life. In this, he was so impressive that I feel proud of my 14-year old self's lasting taste.

Andy and I took the day off work to go see the film and it did work out as a wonderful day, despite the sorrow. It snowed all morning so we decided to get breakfast out. We went to this extraordinary greasy spoon that does food that the two of us crave over, by which I mean American food - pancakes, milkshakes and floats. Andy lived in America for most of his childhood and I visited him there when his parents were living in Texas. I love these things - and Britain has no IHOP (International House of Pancakes that isn't actually international).

So these are our breakfasts:
Andy's hot chocolate

American-style blueberry pancakes, with bacon. It's blurry I know, but he was in a hurry to start eating it when it arrived so I didn't get time to take lots.

I got blueberry pancakes, English muffin, bacon, sausage, egg and maple syrup.
Then we went to the park, covered in snow just for us. Having the day off felt so beautiful in the endless snow. No kids to run around, no people on bikes. We were walking through it all, still completely fresh in the middle of the day.

Outfit: Skirt: Mango, Velvet shirt: charity shop find, Coat: charity shop, Bag: New Look, Ear muffs: present, Wellies: there's long story involved with how I got those wellies, Socks: Matalan, Tights: H&M.

Butterfly wellies with lacy knee socks over knitter yellow tights.

Wearing a velvet shirt for the first time ever. The thing keeping me warm-ish. And I loved the contrast of fabrics with the thick velvet against the soft light skirts and the black on pink.
The outfit looked a lot more glamorous indoors. The gloves possibly ruin it's photogenic qualities, but it was still snowing at this point. I hope they are allowed.
Andy got me spinning round to show off the skirt. And his hands were shaking so much from all the snow that this way blurry photos were ok!

You may have noticed my hair has changed since the last blog post. I wanted to have something new and bright, hope you like it! 

And if you don't care for pictures of pancakes or people then, please look at the snowflakes. I have never seen this before, never stopped long enough in the snow to notice, but today I saw the flakes fall like Christmas sprinkles. As we caught them on Andy's gloves we notices those paper-cut out shapes, the special snowflakes of metaphor actually falling and visible with a naked eye. Without a microscope, or a fancy camera zoom, this is what we actually saw when we stopped for a moment:

In particular look at a third of the way down on the far right. Perfectly formed and incredible.


  1. Where is this magical place of breakfasty delight?

  2. Girl, you are making me so hungry! I love those printed Wellies too!



    Southern (California) Belle

  3. that hot chocolate looks so dreamy!

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

  4. love your hair!! looks like its really cold there, you take care honey!

  5. Sounds like such a brilliant day! Your hair looks lovely and really suits your eyes. How wonderful it would have been to take photos in that snow, those snow flakes are amazing!

  6. That snow is just wonderful! You are so lucky to have such a beautiful scene, I live in Australia and snow only falls in the mountains during winter.
    Your blog is just lovely by the way, lovely getting to know you :)
    xo Maria

  7. Oh my word, Andy's pancakes look AMAZING. Your hair looks lovely as well. And the snowflakes are amazing! Sounds like you had a lovely day, Grant and I have been stuck in our flat all weekend irritatingly, we were planning on going to Ikea to get more furniture. Gah.

  8. I love how you took a whole day off to see it- it definitely deserves it! And ugh, that movie was beyond fantastic, I cried like my own mom died. Especially Fantine's solo song, that poor, poor woman. I read the book a month ago and finished it right as I was waiting for my boyfriend to pick me up for New Year's Eve...I looked a mess haha. That Victor Hugo really knows how to break your heart into a million pieces. And I like your winter outfit, it's so happy and colorful :D

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin