Saturday, 13 April 2013

Pretty Passions, Fine Fashions #53

Pretty Passions

Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my absolute favourite books and I find Oscar Wilde's writing that of a pure genius. Pure genius. He is often very frank with what he has to say and I think that this is a good trait for a writer to possess. You can fill up five pages with an eloquent description of the environment but the reader will most likely fall asleep or start thinking about something else. It is the characters that are most interesting and Wilde knew that; putting the most memorable quotes into their speech (see Lord Henry in The Picture of Dorian Gray.) His often cynical wit is so sharp and timeless. It frightens me how relevant his prose still are to today's society. His comments on the state of humanity and society remain over a century later. Wilde is my absolute favourite writer and I aspire to write at least one sentence matching his genius before I die. 

Ira Glass quote

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” 

This is so relevant to me at the moment. At the moment I feel like I am living my life through my heroes and various other influences. My heroes, I think, give me pleasure and distress in equal amounts because they constantly make me feel like whatever I'm doing is inadequate. However, when I saw this on tumblr it motivated me to keep going and perhaps one day I will be someone's hero. I don't know. Maybe.

Fine Fashions

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey's style is heavily '60s influenced but she is not confined to feminine dresses. She also has an all star American '60s boy look with varsity jackets and leather jackets as well as oversized jumpers. Denim hot-pants, t-shirts and swimsuits make her style perfect for sunnier climates so I hope that rainy England will start warming up soon.

Lana Del Rey

N°21 lacey dress, £715 / Oscar de la Renta / Topshop lacey dress, £98 / Monki , £30 / Paul by Paul Smith red varsity jacket / Melissa Odabash halter top one piece swimsuit, £145 / Topshop hot short shorts, £36 / Yellow gold jewelry, £3.42 / Hair accessory, £66 / Johnny Loves Rosie , £13 / Round sunglasses, £13

1 comment:

  1. Nice effort, very informative, this will help me to complete my task.


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