My brain is a little over-excited today. There are so many things to talk about! This post will just be a random assortment of things. Part of my excitement is that I received another box of dresses from my mom today. [For new readers: my mom found a stash of dresses from the 1960s that belonged to a relative, and she's been sending them to me!] Most of these are airy little cotton dresses, so I was psyched - but they're all just a bit too big! They will likely end up in my Etsy shop. I need to do a big shop update because the dresses are stacked up on the couch just waiting to be photographed - and we're having company Friday night so I need to clear them out.
In other news, Lauren from Betty Mae Artistry passed this sweet award on to me! (Check out the cookies she makes - they look so yummy!)
About the Award: "These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."
I feel really honored, and I'm going to pass this along to: our.city.lights, much love, on dressing up, Pretty Little Pictures, The Clothes Horse, *Felinofelice, Pseudable Bliss, and AUREA. There was a time when naming 8 bloggers who are charming and friendly to me would be difficult, but I'm so happy that my readership has expanded! These are all people I've met through blogs and do not know in real life.
Now, onto the oddities! Diana at our.city.lights did a great interview with Yooni of genuine incongruity - it's definitely something to check out! My favorite part was about girls' body images. This is what I really liked:
"It's easy to just talk about body image in terms of weight, but I believe it goes beyond that. After my 18 years on this earth (ha!) I know at least this: people will find beauty in what you think are your flaws. So to that stray freckle, to that extra chub on your hips, that visible birthmark that creeps along your collarbone, that slightly crooked nose, those bushy eyebrows, I think you are beautiful, and someone else thinks you're beautiful too."
This is so incredibly true! I think that all of the oddities and unique features on people are what really make them beautiful. And that is why I'm going to show you my toes today.
I have webbed toes. Look closely and try not to be blinded by my ghastly white legs! Not entirely webbed, like a duck, but partially. It's more common than you'd think. Well, according to Wikipedia, "in humans it is considered unusual, occurring in approximately one in 2,000 to 2,500 live births." So, I'm special. As a kid I was incredibly self-conscious about them, going to great lengths to hide them. I even saw a doctor about having them surgically separated, since it caused me so much anxiety. Turns out the risks of losing feeling in your toes if they cut a nerve isn't really worth it, so I had to learn to live with them. Gradually, I realized that they were sort of an asset. Not only did they set me apart from other people (and I have to say - NO OFFENSE - I often find "regular" toes to look weird), but I realized that people thought they were neat. [I've seen several people who have the same webbing as me- once I sat next to a guy in history class who had them! My mom's cousin has them too.]
Of course, there are always people out there who don't like anything to be different, and this sort of thing scares them. I also dealt with a lot of teasing in elementary school because I have a little mole on the end of my nose which everyone claimed was a booger. You just get used to those things, and learn to love them.
Well! This has been a sort of long and rambling post, but I hope it's been slightly enjoyable and informative! This is the first time I've ever showed my toes off to the whole world, so hopefully it doesn't scare anyone away. I will be back tomorrow with pictures of dresses!