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Fairytales come to life…

Posted in Loveliness, Photography with tags , on February 21, 2012 by rejectwithpotential

The magicalness of fairytales is something that captivates us regardless of our age. We could be 5 or 99 and the enthralling impression would still remain, although there might be a slight alteration in perception and interpretation the illusion more or less stays the same. What makes fairytales so alluring?

The simplicity. Despite all the vivid colours it’s basically very black and white. Good is good in an impeccable pure way that’s sweet and unspoiled and evil is evil in all its badass glory. Perhaps it’s stereotypical at its best but that’s what we expect. We need someone to blame for all the misery and misfortunes of the world and someone to come in and play the hero who miraculously saves the day.

We don’t question the villain’s background, if there’s a reason behind what they have become. The evil queen from show white could possibly have had, an equally evil mother who each day told her she would never be loved for anything other than her beauty. Perhaps, Captain Hook was raised by a drunken pirate father, who beat him half to dead and taught him it was alright to mistreat small children? Did anyone consider treating Lady Tremaine for the way she obviously abuses poor Cinderella? I mean it’s clear the woman has some issues and perhaps a psychologist is the answer. We don’t analyze fairytale villains or heroes and heroines for that matter and it’s seldom even an option, typical because they appear so flat beside their main trades of wickedness or exclusively goodness that they only possess one function. Which is to be evil to the bone and live by the guidelines of the seven deadly sins, or to be so excruciatingly pure without a trace of corruption that they simply cannot help to be loved by everyone, including all of nature’s wild life as well.

Of course, this is all apart of why we are so fond of them, the evasion of complexity cuts us right to the point. Evil is evil and good always defeat evil as long as there is someone with enough courage to fight it.

Living in a reality full of tedious ordinariness it’s common to want to escape from daily obstructions to a place that offers limitless restrictions and tranquillity. There has always been something irresistible about a world that’s full of imaginative wonders and a never-ending happiness which undeniable draws us in and fascinates us and this is the stuff fairytales are made of, and why we simply love them.

 

 

“Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been “a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through metaphor.”
Jack Zipes

 

“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual.”

Alfred Hitchcock

Alice in wonderland

It was much pleasanter at home, when one wasn’t always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits.

Lewis Carroll

 

Little Red Riding Hood

“Oh, grandmother, what big ears you have!” “The better to hear you with”. “Oh, grandmother, what big eyes you have!” “The better to see you with”. “Oh, grandmother, what big hands you have!” “The better to grab you with”. “But, grandmother, what a dreadful big mouth you have!” “The better to eat you with”.

The Brothers Grimm

Snow White

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?” The mirror answered- “You, O Queen, are fairest of all.”

The Brothers Grimm

 Snow White.

Sleeping Beauty

The Prince, charmed with these words, and much more with the manner in which they were spoken, knew not how to show his joy and gratitude; he assured her that he loved her better than he did himself.

 Charles Perrrault

Cinderella

Her godmother simply touched her with her wand, and, at the same moment, her clothes were turned into cloth of gold and silver, all decked with jewels.

 Charles Perrault

Beauty and the Beast

“Yes, yes,” said the Beast, “my heart is good, but still I am a monster.”
“Among mankind,” says Beauty, “there are many that deserve that name more than you, and I prefer you, just as you are, to those, who, under a human form, hide a treacherous, corrupt, and ungrateful heart.”

Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont

 

“There is the great lesson of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”

G.K. Chesterton

The Little Mermaid

Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea King and his subjects.

Hans Christian Andersen

 

Wizard of Oz

“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others”     

L. Frank Baum   

“Classic fairy tales do not deny the existence of heartache and sorrow, but they do deny universal defeat.”

Greenhaven Press

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Pretty Desserts

Posted in Loveliness on January 15, 2012 by rejectwithpotential

I have always loved playing the part of the perfect hostess. Spoiling my guests and planning special treats is something I enjoy a lot. There is something very gratifying in creating things that are truly unique and impresses others because you did something they haven’t seen before. I like doing things different from other people and obsess about the smallest, craziest little details. I’m not saying I always accomplish being a perfect hostess, because I don’t. I am no Bree Van De Kamp, but I love to play the part and sometimes, okay to be honest, every single time I end up going completely overboard with a project and always promise myself that I will never ever do this again. I guess the promise dissolves itself when I see the final result and the reaction from my guests, it’s then that I know its worth all the trouble.

Though I pride myself to be a perfectionist and elite planner I have never accomplished the perfection of these pictures below. There are a few random varieties here but most of these are the works of Amy Atlas. She is incredible and everything she does looks stunning. I can’t wait for her book, Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It to come out in April!

Cameo jewellery

Posted in Loveliness on September 30, 2011 by rejectwithpotential

I got the loveliest surprise the other day from my friend; http://erantis.wordpress.com

She bought this beautiful cameo necklace from her trip to Amsterdam.

Thank you Randi, you are as always awesome!

I have ever since I can remember had this fascination with cameo jewelries and pieces. There is an undeniable gracefulness and subtle beauty in them that I love. I have been collecting jewellery with cameo artwork for a while now and even though I have many pieces I still can’t help myself every time I find a new one. Here is some that I would like to add to my collection.