Langston Hughes, one of America’s greatest poets, wrote that we must “hold fast to dreams” for if they die, life is like a bird who has broken wings and cannot fly. When dreams go, he wrote, “Life is a barren field frozen with snow.” I think this is an important truth that we must all hold onto. Dreams animate us. They keep us from drifting into a stagnant contentment. Chuck Palahniuk wrote “Let me never be content.”
Sometimes people stop seeking happiness, settling for contentment. I think contentment is a trap. It is a yield sign on life’s highway. That’s where dreams come in. Unlike goals, they need not be realistic, they can be far-fetched, but they can set a framework for realistic goals that guide us toward self-fulfillment and happiness.
In some ways, ISON’s orchid dress is the manifestation of a dream. I fell in love with it the moment I put it on and tried on every single color and wanted to wear them all — at once and forever. I am not even that fond of the waterfall hemline, but it is so beautiful with this dress. I dislike straight strapless tops and yet, it is exactly what this dress requires. I love the three-dimensionality of the embroidered appliqué flowers that are densely intense at the top and drift down the skirt. It fascinates me how Harry Hyx has taken elements that I am not fond of in isolation (straight strapless bodices and waterfall skirts) and combined them into such a magical dream of a dress. The sophisticated Barbarella shoes from MiaMai for her Bridal Collection only add to the romance of the dress.
Exile’s “You Send Me” hair is another dream-like element suggesting some heroine standing on a cliff overlooking the moors or on the Cornish coast looking out to sea. Or maybe a sturdy pioneer on the prairie, standing next to her partner as they survey the ground they have broken and plowed and planted. The hair is a banner of defiance and strength – and of course, dreams. Defiant and powerful dreams.
There is something dreamlike about the jewelry as well – dreams of wealth and privilege all captured in pearls and diamonds. This old piece from Paper Couture is one of my favorites from them. And of course, the makeup lends a dreamy air with the subtle smokiness of the eye shadow and the gentle peach of the lipstick.
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Poses: Di’s Opera
HUDS: Slink Ankle Lock
Skin: League Pale for Maitreya Body
Mesh Attachments: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA v1.1
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 with hands
Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Mid Lef
Appliers: Maitreya Mesh Body Hud Nails
League Luna 2.0 for Lelutka Mesh Head
Eyes: Aphotic Gloom – Aquilius Eyes (Green)
Hair: Exile::You Send Me @ Collabor88
Clothing: ISON – orchid gown -Maitreya Lara- (frost) @ Collabor88
Shoes: MIAMAI_Barbarella wedding – Robin
Jewelry: Paper Couture South Sea Peals and Diamonds Earrings & Necklace