Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Winter Nights & Fairy Lights

Dear sweet lord, I love winter.

There's something about the perpetual darkness, the icy air which erupts in plumes with every word and the sombre hibernation of the world that I just adore. 

But... then each and every year without fail, I look outside at the darkening skies of 2pm, feel the harsh bite of the cold against my chattering cheeks, or find myself falling privy to the annual sadness that comes with lack of sunshine, I think to myself, why in god's name do I constantly think I love this?

This year I figured it out.

I love the darkness, for how it allows me to fight against it. 

Nothing in the world gives me greater pleasure than coming home from a long day, lighting all the candles in my room and switching on my twinkling fairy lights, before sinking down into the amber glow, swathed under blankets to read a book or watch a movie. 

I love the cold, for how it allows me to fight against it. 

I have a borderline obsession with jumpers, the uglier and more garish the better, and I never feel as comfortable in clothes as I do in winter. Layers, faux fur, big chunky knitwear, hats and mittens and big beautiful coats to keep that heat in. I have a passionate love affair with all things vintage, and as soon as that twinkle of a chill in the air signifies a change of the seasons, in the day I live in oversize jumpers and Doc Martens, and at night I transform into this 1920's ice queen with dramatic, dark makeup, decadent coats and red wine.

I love the darkness, because it gives me the ability to create light.

I love the cold, because it gives me the ability to create warmth.

And I think that's quite a sweet analogy to look at things which are seem empty, harsh and lonely - perhaps they are only vacant, to make room for you to create something to fill it. 

Jumper & Jacket - Beyond Retro
Tartan Scarf - River Island

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  1. Such a lovely idea, a really interesting take on winter that I'd never thought about before! I really enjoyed this post, as usual :)
    Hannah x

    1. Thank you for always being a superstar Hannah :) x

  2. I love this post, and all of your pictures are beautiful!

    Sophie x | sophhskii.co.uk

    1. eeeep you make me blush, thank you! x

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    1. Thank you! And yep, as blank as the snow :) x

  4. Haha you always speak the truth, and you write it so beautifully. :)
    You look fab & I love the beer bottle candles!
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

    1. Haha thank you! I actually have such an obsession with putting candles into bottles, they just look so nostalgic and magical! x

  5. How you manage to come up with such beautiful metaphors for life astounds me.
    Now I shall think slightly differently when walking home from the bus in the cold and dark at 5pm. :)
    Love the different hair part!
    lily x

    1. Haha, my brain just never switches off! And there's nothing I love more than a bloody good analogy :) x

  6. i love love love winter as well and these are exactly the reasons why!

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