January 19, 2012

On Writing...

Courtesy of Les Composantes

"When I was writing, it was necessary for me to read after I had written, to keep my mind from going on with the story I was working on. If you kept thinking about it, you would lose the thing that you were writing before you could go on with it the next day…. 

I had learned already, never to empty the well of my writing; but always, to stop when there was still something there, in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it." Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast 

Such elegant words from a book that I enjoy reading again and again. A Moveable Feast never fails to instantly transport me to my favorite streets in Paris. That's the wonderful thing about  books; they can transport you, anywhere. 

I'm certainly not writing a literary masterpiece, but I enjoy sharing my thoughts on style. I find sartorial inspiration in so many things; so it's important to have a place to deconstruct and make sense of it all. I eat, sleep and breathe the subtitles that to me, make fashion so compelling. 

I'm grateful to have readers who constantly challenge me to write concisely about something I'm so passionate about. It never fails; your comments and thoughts inspire me and make this blog a true conversation. 

Here's to many more style conversations!

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for being so readable!!

    I believe that the way I look has a huge impact on how I feel daily. And feeling great helps me be a better friend, mother, lover, et cetera. It's very cyclical and I suppose an important component to the world I'm in. I feel nurtured and confident and able to communicate that without saying anything. In addition, I absolutely require inspiration to keep the cycle going and inevitably reinventing itself. Keeps me on the up and up and I hardly ever feel stale. I suppose a lot could argue that I'm vain, or materialistic and I have to say that I've thought about that a lot. However, I prefer to look at style and dress as a way to communicate who you are, where you've been and what you've seen. It's creativity at its finest really. You are the end result of what you've just experienced--how's that for cerebral, haha!

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    1. Speck- Aww...

      You put it so eloquently.

      I agree with you. Being put together just makes me feel better. I can't imagine it any other way.

      Style and dress are definitely a big way for me to communicate who I am. There's so much creativity that goes into it, which is what I LOVE.

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  2. Great post and great comment by Speck. I agree wholeheartedly. And yes, A Moveable Feast will always be the quintessential Paris book to me.

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    1. Ammu- Thank you! My goodness, yes. Such a wonderful comment by Speck. Such lovely words to wake up to:)

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  3. I enjoy you blog so much, and I'm looking forward to every post!

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    1. Jenny- Thank you! It's always nice to know that someone enjoys the ramblings:)

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  4. Here's to more fabulous posts from you, Lindsay. Your writing is insightful and never fail to evoke an emotion in me.

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    1. Chocolate, Cookies & Candies- Thanks! That's so incredibly sweet of you.

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  5. I love this post! can't wait to see how your blog develops this year. In case you are interested, here is a blog post I read recently on a moveable feast

    http://hila-lumiere.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-favourite-book-jane-flanagan.html

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    1. Anonymous- Thanks! It is rather fun to see how it develops and new ideas emerge.

      Thank you for the link. I can't wait to read it this weekend:)

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  6. Another book that I enjoyed from the same time period was "Down and Out in London and Paris" by George Orwell (I think it was--it's been a few years). It's a bit grimmer, but makes you thankful for what you've got. Also another interesting portrait of that city between the two world wars.

    minima/maxima, a blog about minimalist style

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    1. petrichore- It's been years since I read "Down and Out in London and Paris" but it is a great book indeed. It's definitely grimmer, but a great tribute to both cities.

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  7. I love a blog that features good, insightful writing (like yours!)—it's definitely a rarity in the "blogosphere." I always look forward to your posts as well! And ah, I've never read A Moveable Feast (or any Hemingway, for that matter! eep).. I've been in a book rut, so I'll have to check it out.

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    1. Rachel- That's sweet, thank you. I agree, I'm always searching for blogs that challenge me to think and refine my thoughts on style.

      Oh it's always so wonderful to discover a wonderful new read.

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  8. "Style conversations"...I love how you put it! :D With your wonderful writing invoking all these amazing comments and insights, it really does feel like a lovely discursive mix.

    Looking forward to more of your fabulous posts!

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    1. drifterqueen- Thank you. It does feel rather conversational, doesn't it? I love all the insights that come out in the comments section- they are always so interesting.

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  9. Yay! Gee I've read some of Hemingway's works already but I never managed to get around to A Moveable Feast. I need to start! I love the conversations you inspire and of course your personal perspectives on everything. Thanks for being such a great style blogger!

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    1. Joy- I love Hemingway's parsed down text. I can't wait for you to read A Moveable Feast.

      Thank you! I'm still coming into my own with this whole blogging thing, but enjoying it:)

      Safe travels!!!

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  10. love the photography on your blog ^^




    xxx
    kissmequick

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    1. kiss me quick- Thank you. Cute blog name!

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  11. ah, what a lovely quote. i need to read that one by Hemingway.

    i feel similarly about the thoughtful readers and commenters on my blog! here's to style conversations and ever more inspiration!

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    1. miss sophie- Such a great quote and such a delightful read.

      Thoughtful readers and commenters really do make all the difference. It means a lot to me.

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  12. I enjoy reading well written post by you - they also inspire me to get on back on track with my writing!

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  13. Maria- Thank you! I really strive to write better, so this is encouraging to hear.

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  14. Your blog is a joy to read - your passion and insight make every post substantive and thoughtful. I love the way you think about style, appreciate quality and look for timeless elegance.

    Thank you for commenting on my blog - am happy to have found yours and look forward to many more style conversations.

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    1. hope in high heels- Aww... Thank you. Hearing that the blog is a joy to read and contains substantive and thoughtful content is the best compliment. You made my day!

      I enjoy your blog so much;)

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