Memories.

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Dress, Loafers: Thrifted.
Beret, Tights: Target.

It's incredible how little, seemingly unimportant details can bring you back to a particular moment in life. You see the picture so vividly, almost like you're reliving the whole scenario. The smells, the tastes, the sounds, and the feelings. They come rushing back to you. 

A friend playing Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls while studying.
A boy at NAVS wearing cologne. 
 
 I came in from the cold air that was February into the warm, welcoming house. My second home. His mother greeted me like always. Big welcoming smile, the way she said my name. His father's booming voice and boisterous laugh, always watching a movie in the family room. I slipped my wet boots off and flattened out my wrinkled dress, anxious about the surprise that awaited me. It was Valentine's Day. I was 16. He came up stairs and smiled that half smile that I always loved. He pulled me into a warm, loving embrace and I could smell the cologne he had always used since we started dating two years ago. That smell would stay with me forever.

"Come downstairs, close you eyes" he told me. He took my hand and led me down into the basement and before I shut my eyes, I saw carefully laid among the steps were rose petals. The red pieces of silk led the way down to the dimly lit basement. Excitement built in my heart and my hands nervously sweated with anticipation. We reached the bottom of the stairs and I opened my eyes to a table lit for two and home cooked dinner laid out. A bundle of a dozen  roses perfectly displayed in a glass vase adorned the round table. I was speechless.

We ate dinner, a dinner he cooked for me (and trust me he was no cook) so it was a big deal. When we finished he told me he had one more surprise left for me, and he went over to his laptop and hit play. He took me in his arms and played Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls-- our song. We swayed and danced to the music in the basement, the lights dimmed and all of the sounds of the world quiet just for us in that moment. I let the tears slip down my cheeks as I looked into his face and said, "I love you."

And at that moment I did.

Sometimes it's the smell of his cologne and the chords of our old song that bring me back to a place I can hardly remember. That seems so distant. Like it didn't even happen to me, but to someone else. Things change, but memories are forever. And I'm thankful for that.

With much love, Lauren.

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31 lovely little notes:

smizlicazaza said...

you are so cute, love this combination :)

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Carlee, Almost Endearing said...

Love this look! And memories fade in time and sometimes it is not so bad to remember the good times! And the photos are beautiful.
Carlee
Almost Endearing

Audrey Peeters said...

such a lovely outfit. Love the dress.

xx Audrey

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Charlotta, Afternoon Apparel said...

It's a beautiful dress, and an even more beautiful story. xo

Nomsa Mangena said...
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Nomsa Mangena said...

Love the colours! That dress is adorable xx

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Nikki said...

Aww this outfit is gorgeous! The burgundy colour suits you so well! And yay for squirrels. <3

Lucie Srbová said...

That dress and beret are simply fab!

Kisses, Lucy:)

Laura said...

I love this outfit so much. It kind of reminds me of the American Girl Samantha. :)

And those memories can be so hard. I understand completely; it is so great that you are choosing to see the positive side of the memory, that it does feel distant.

Stay strong chica.

xoxo,
Laura
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Olivia said...

Your look is so vintage! I love it!!
xx

irene wibowo said...

pretty shoes. :)
Irene Wibowo

Haylie said...

stunning look, I love that dress :)
You're a great writer by the way!

-Haylie

Jeannee said...

Carlee and Laura said it exactly the way I was going to say it - I just want to add : it's true, trust me! I'm older and have a helluva lot more memories than you do ;)

Lily Cardoso said...

I love this outfit, really sweet!

xo
Lily
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Mademoiselle S. said...

Girl, you are such a sunshine! I LOVE your style! Do you want to follow each other? I'd be really happy! If you get a second, I'd love to hear your thoughts about my latest post :)

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Judy said...

Wow, you are an amazing writer! I was so moved, and I can definitely identify with the feeling. The pictures are beautiful and dreamy!

Taylah Martin said...

That dress is an amazing thrift find. That would be something I would find on Modcloth.com. Don't you just love when that happens; you find something in thrift that you know costs a fortune in retail?

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