birds and maps,

 
There is a sweetness that flows through the morning light.  All burdens of midnight disappear, as if they've been swallowed by the moon while I was sleeping.  There is something about seeing my own hands in the daylight that keeps me from pulling on bad thoughts.    When the sun reaches my bedroom window, it's like a thousand tiny poems are waiting to be written. I can see the woodland phlox bloom fest and the dandelion courting spears of grass. 

In the morning, there is possibility. Whether possibility comes in the shape of blueberry pancakes, bending knives into butter dishes, swimming in a sea of maple syrup, or quite simply, just opening the drawer to where the cups and saucers meet.  There is no need for flashlights or shadows or running up the stairs so quick that the monsters below can't reach you.

In the morning, I feel safe.
In the morning, I write my greatest poems.
In the morning, ants look like tiny specks of peppercorn and birds look like dancers.

 
 
 
 

For as long as I can remember, cartography has fascinated me. Cartography is the study and practice of making maps. As a little girl, maps taught me how to understand time and space. The days spent looking at atlases and road maps taught me the difference between traveling by sea and traveling by road. The maps also taught me the length of space between my cousins in England and my cousins in Australia.  I could poke through photographs found in National Geographic to understand climate, culture, and the architecture of places, but without maps I'd never understand distance.

While growing up, I had a bright blue globe in my bedroom. It was a bit sluggish at twirling and I caught my fingers on it too many times, but it was a very good friend to me. I would use my tiny hands to push pins into the places I dreamed of traveling to. There were pins in Africa, Antarctica, Greenland, Japan, Brazil, and even the Indian ocean.  Of course, these pins were only pipe dreams but they fed me with hope.

Sometimes, I'd play tricks with myself. I'd spin the globe with my pointer finger ready and my eyes closed. The globe would do ballet for a few clock spins then I would place my finger back on the globe. I'd open my eyes and wherever my pointer finger touched was the place I'd raise my babies, or the place I'd meet my lovers, or the place that I would perish.  (So far I've met one lover, and no,  we didn't meet on a boat in the Pacific Ocean, or a camel ride in Africa.. )

You can imagine my excitement when shopakira offered to send me the map bag I'm wearing in this post. It's as if the bag was made by a cartographer using my dad's old belt buckles.  I'm in love.




Lapel Bird Print Dress -  sheinside - sponsor
brown floppy hat - jc penny - $5
socks - ardenes - $2
map bag - shopakira -


44 comments:

  1. That is such a gorgeous combination of clothes! I especially love the bag!

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  2. Gorgeous combo!! Love it 'cause it's very girly and romantic :)

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  3. Anonymous25.5.12

    I love your description of the maps. I never did the globe thing but my grandfather had alot of maps and we would go over and place the pins of all the places he traveled. Now that I am older I realize he fibbed because I do recall him telling me that he sailed the seven seas ( something a long those lines )

    You are always so demure and sweet looking, this outfit particularly brings out your sweetness.

    Happy trotting! I hope you get to see all the places you want to travel to

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  4. in the morning is her golden time. is it in the morning when she dreams of far off places, combing through maps, like some linger with picture books? the printed birds on her dress & socks look like they are at home. i long for a $5 hat like hers. :)

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  5. I love how you wrote so tenderly about maps. And this handbag is beautiful!

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  6. your outfit is soo cute ♥

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  7. Those socks are so freaking cute with your shoes! I really, really love the bag too. Good job!

    Becky
    xx

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  8. this dress is great ...
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  9. Oh wow, that bag is lovely! Really like the combination of socks with your heeled sandals too.
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  10. you look gorgeous! love that dress!

    xo

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  11. Oh that dress is wonderful! You're too sweet

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  12. that bird dress is so dreamy

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  13. Anonymous25.5.12

    What a beautiful post from a beautiful lady.

    Digging those shoes and that purse so much!

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  14. This blog is so original in its gorgeous way with words.

    Every outfit is set in this unbelievable context that makes it so much more than a combination of clothes.

    Your socks here are adorable, the dress is cute, but the purse really steals the show. This baby is out of this world (except not) cool - and would look good worn with anything! I love it.

    I used to do the same thing with globes (& maps) when I was little! Spin and point - it's such a little bit of wonder to imagine that you'll end up so far away from home.

    Appreciate all the work you put into each post - these can't be easy to write.

    Best,,
    -Gabrielle

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  15. The morning is my favorite time of day too. It's just so cheerful, even on a rainy morning.

    Your dress is perfect-you look so beautiful :)

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  16. We totally both did similar posts today! I love yours, just like my feeling but put into more beautiful words. Also I love your bag. :)
    xo, Tori
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  17. Your writing is so beautiful as well as your outfit. :)

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  18. i enjoy reading your post so much. indeed, perfect outfit! perfect printed dress, perfect bag!!! looking super adorable as usual xP

    jessica.

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  19. This is such a beautiful outfit :)

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  20. I love your dress, you look great!

    xx

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  21. Lovely dress! And I love your bag, the world map is so cool!

    xx maggie
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  22. cute dress and i love your outfit!! :)

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  23. Lovely dress and bag!

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  24. You are one of my favorite bloggers. Your style is impeccable.

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  25. Absolutely stunning that bag is dreamy!
    dimplesdiaries
    x

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  26. lovely colors together, maps are so interesting!

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  27. Paula S.Derringer26.5.12

    Everything is Gorgeous Happy Weekend Amy!!!

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  28. loving all of this! especially that bag...how cool!

    xothe egg out west.

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  29. Love the entire outfit, especially the dress!

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  30. perfect dress and gorgeous socks too, love them with the amazing shoes. that bag is so adorable too.

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  31. love the print of the dress! so sweet! love ur pics!!!! and nice bag too!

    xoxo jenna

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  32. This outfit is so wonderful. I love your little dress and the patterned socks you paired with it. You've inspired me to wear cute socks with one of my dresses in the very near future. Possibly tomorrow!

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  33. I love the way you write, my darling! The way you describe mornings is bliss.

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  34. Another amazing outfit on you, aawww I totally love the bird prints on the socks and dress and the beautiful bag! I purchased a similar one and can't wait for it to arrive in the mail :)
    And look at this cuuuuute doggie in the background, such an adorable little fella! <3

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  35. You has a great blog. I'm very interesting to stopping here and leaves you a comment. Good work.

    Lets keep writing and share your information to us.

    Nb: Dont forget to leave your comment back for us.

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  36. cool!
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  37. You always look so lovely! I am totally in love with your bag!

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  38. Those heels are just perfect! Such a cute summery outfit too!

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  39. oh my, how freaking beautiful are you, and how amazing this outfit is! ♥

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