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Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds, you mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?
(Excerpt from Truman Capote’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s)
I’m no where near ‘getting the reds,’ I’m not even at a blue stage, but nineteen degree mornings and nightimes spent bundled up in boho chic attire (laymen terms: too many layers) chips away at even the chirpiest individuals. I noticed this last weekend when out of all the movies on Netflix, I wanted to watch Water for Elephants. The plot is not light or comical, the movie is considered a drama, but the scenery and costumes are. Clowns, bright colors, ferris wheels, and all the other things associated with carnivals warrant any and all kinds of smiles. It’s the things in life that we don’t have that we want and in the midst of winter – all I want is some summer time fun. Give me six months and ninety degree days though and I’ll be blogging about wanting the wintertime blues. Weird the way our minds work, right?


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    I love the whimsy in these pieces! The winter cold and dark takes it’s toll over here, too. I’m ready for a day trip…anywhere!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Day trip?! I’m in. Where are we going?

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        Hmm, maybe Annapolis? We could watch the sailboats, wander the shops and sip hot cocoa.

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    I think I generally prefer transitional seasons like spring and fall, conveniently also the best seasons for fashion. It’s the dead of winter and summer that quickly become tiresome, however late winter is still infinitely more depressing than late summer. At least in the summer I can put on a sundress, drink iced tea and go to the beach when I get bored, as opposed to sitting in a room being cold.

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    Bekuh Browning

    That is seriously one of my favorite quotes of all time, and entirely appropriate for this stage of winter. Love your carnival choices, I’m partial to number 2 myself.

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    I’m always ready for spring the minute Christmas is over. I love flowers and sunshine, and don’t enjoy the cold.

    I’m in the process of rearranging some art in my house, and have decided my downstairs powder room is much more fun as a carnival/oddities theme. I have a tattooed lady painting and a skeleton print from an old medical book in there. It’s more interesting than the shells and beachy art I had in there before!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      That’s definitely more interesting than shells and beachy art. I love it!

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    It’s so true. It’s been raining and overcast for seven days now and I’m really over it. The things that happen when you’re used to sunshine and warmth–just needing a dose of Vitamin D.

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    I love the ferris wheel necklace! Not to brag but we are pretty lucky here in California I guess, even the days getting shorter gets to me a bit though. Hope your days get brighter!

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    Sarah Welsch

    just remember that march is only a month and a half away!


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