Today’s OOTD is Vintage OVERLOAD and what better way to take advantage of a beautiful, old, broken-down trolley in Red Hook, Brooklyn? You may remember this beautiful Trolley from an earlier OOTD post I shot from inside of the Trolley. Looking at these photos reminded me of one of my favorite pieces of classic literature, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. While the story was set in New Orleans, I think one takes a similar mode of transit when making the move to New York City. After living in NYC for a few years, I have found myself reflecting on what it was that brought me here in the first place. I always say, everyone moves to New York with a dream, but few people follow that dream to fruition. Most people, it seems, get paid just enough to live someone elses dream. The result is a life much like Blanche from Streetcar, who fools herself into believing that she is happy in a life unfulfilled. Important, albeit, sour lessons to swallow.
I included my favorite quotes from the book below, not to be a Debbie Downer, but in hopes to inspire you to start this new year by reconnecting to your dreams and desires. Don’t settle for half-happy. Keep reaching, keep chasing. Even when it’s cold and one feels caged by a polar vortex: bundle up, take a walk, and smile while you remind yourself what it was you set out to do in the beginning of your journey. Re-evaluate and reconnect to whatever it is that makes you smile most. Stop wasting the precious currency of time. Remember, all of life is a beautiful sunrise.
“Don’t you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour – but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands – and who knows what to do with it?”
“They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at – Elysian Fields!”
“Physical beauty is passing – a transitory possession – but beauty of the mind, richness of the spirit, tenderness of the heart – I have all these things – aren’t taken away but grow! Increase with the years!”
“I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!”
“I know I fib a good deal. After all, a woman’s charm is fifty per cent illusion, but when a thing is important I tell the truth.”
“I don’t believe in “original sin.” I don’t believe in “guilt.” I don’t believe in villains or heroes – only right or wrong ways that individuals have taken, not by choice but by necessity or by certain still-uncomprehended influences in themselves, their circumstances, and their antecedents.
This is so simple I’m ashamed to say it, but I’m sure it’s true. In fact, I would bet my life on it! And that’s why I don’t understand why our propaganda machines are always trying to teach us, to persuade us, to hate and fear other people on the same little world that we live in.”
My dress, hat, parasol, and earrings are all vintage. The belt is by Forever 21 (Similar available here) and the shoes are by Nina. You can see how I have dressed up these wedges with “shoe jewelry” (aka clip-on earrings) in this DIY post from last year.
Designers and Details:
Dress: Vintage from eBay Seller: pretty-and-styled, Earrings: Vintage, Belt: Forever 21, Hat: Vintage, Parasol: Vintage, Shoe: Nina, New York
Photography by: Chris Bowers, www.chrisbowers.me
Styling by: Ginger, www.Ginger-Snap.com