Like a Revolutionary

Jan 10, 2014

PURSE: c/o Whhttt Vintage| SWEATER: Zara| DRESS: thrifted| SCARF: c/o Afternoon Owl DesignsBERET: Moonchild Vintage| BOOTS: Macys

Lately I've found myself straddling the border between a flickering ambition and a melancholy laziness, so for all of you with a unfolding dream tucked away into the recesses of your mind, this one's for you.

I've been wanting to be a writer ever since the first grade, back when my bangs were cut into a blunt line and light-up Barbie sneakers were my shoe of choice. The exact moment I found out that "writer" was my noun was during English.  Ms. Mollenkamp looked over my story about a ghost that lived in my backpack with an impressed little smile tugging at the corners of her mouth, and told me to march up to the front of the class and read them my brilliance. Ever since that moment, I was hooked.

And ever since then I've been wanting to make my noun stick. But let me tell you, when you want something so bad, that first step towards making it happen seems like a colossal one. There were many a times where I'd be lying in bed, waiting for sleep to come to me but my mind would be racing with all these dreams of what I could be...and all these "what ifs" chasing right at their heels. And just as dreams have the habit of doing when you wake up, they'd slowly become foggy and slip back away into yesterday's night, but the "what ifs" stuck around clear as day and made themselves cozy right at the front of my mind.

And because of all this anxiety and nervous finger drumming, it's hard for me- or for anyone- to find the inspiration. That little nudge that I need is right now buried under an avalanche of second-guesses and I sometimes want to give up before I even begin and just go get an office job and be done with the whole blasted thing. But then I think, how many people are out there that didn't realize how close to success they were right when they gave up. How many air-punching triumphs fell into failures a day or two too early. And do I want to be one of them? 

I'll take a hard pass on that one. So for all of you that are like me and need that little push in the right direction, think of what Pablo Picasso said and take it as food for thought: "Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working." You've got to do something in order to find that push. So no more melancholy laziness- it's time to hitch up those britches and make the stars ours.

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up & get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part & a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. ~ Chuck Close

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And now on a more sartorial note, I went with a very "French Revolution" look today, haha.  It seems that when I woke up I just kept piling and piling on the knits, and in the end I was all bundled up and cozy under chunky sweaters and even chunkier scarves. I added on a beret for a little flair and grabbed my clear Whhttt Vintage purse to give this old-timer look a modern touch. I really love that what you put in your purse can add to the outfit, whether it be a pair of cute pompom mittens and your favorite lipstick, or a patterned silk scarf to add some color. If you have an eclectic style yourself, then you should hop over to Whhttt Vintage- they have everything from leotards and crocheted collars, to fur coats and sheer dresses!


And to give you an idea what Whhttt Vintage specifically offers, here are some of my favorite items! I love the emerald gown!



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  1. Haa, I was just answering a question about inspiration in one interview and wrote something similar, how you have to just start doing something and it comes.

    Nice post, enjoyed reading it, dear writer! ;)

  2. Fabulous post! I'm loving your look, and your words even more. I'm the exact way, always dreaming but treading in between my laziness. I promised myself 2014 is the year I push myself out of my comfort zone, out of my limits to make my dreams come alive. Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to see your dream of becoming a writer come true! :)

  3. Its scary to try and pursue a dream, isn't it? Its so easy to doubt yourself...but what Mr. Picasso said was true - just gotta keep working at it!
    Thanks for sharing with us Marlen :)
    Also, love the piled on knits - looks very warm and cute!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  4. This is a brace and inspiring post, Marlen. Thank you. There are some of us who needed to hear that too!

    (Also, you look cute in a beret.)

  5. First off, this look is incredible. Love the chunky knits!! So cozy!
    And working toward anything you're passionate about is often daunting when getting started. It's a lot of work and can be overwhelming, but if you enjoy it, you just have to start :)

  6. ugh. your feels are my feels.
    My brain comes up with every excuse possible to keep me from doing something I want to do. The worst part is that I let it. I keep trying to remind myself that potential and the Realm of Possibility will always exist and doesn't very much care about my flimsy brain-obstacles. The people who inspire me didn't just pop up randomly; they worked hard to get there name known. Not that that was the goal, but it was certainly the result of their passion. I have to work. Everyone has to work to live their dream.

    I'm going to stop myself there. I could just keep going and going.
    Thanks for writing. It helps me align my brain to the correct coordinates.

    Acquiring the Taste

  7. Loved this post! The best ideas need a little bit of work, they grow out of something small <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie

  8. Such a cute purse; love it! And you look lovely as per usual! xx

  9. I know that exact feeling doubts and 'what ifs'.
    As people told me, do things that you're passion
    about it. Just do it and go for it! There's not
    really anything to lose! c:
    Anyway I like your outfit, its show off your
    personalty and its lovely as always! Xx

  10. I love your scarf--I just figured out how to crochet them recently!
    So cute how the belt cinches your little waist :)

  11. i have missed you marlen! first of all i totally needed to read this. i've been uninspired lately, but honestly i haven't been doing anything to be inspired, so there ya go. i just needed to hear (or read?) that. btw, this sweater is so awesome. ahhh i have so much catching up to do! your hair is already growing out since the last time i was here!

    at this volume

  12. My illustration professor showed us that very same quote. He's a firm believer in art as a business, because that's practical (though not very romantic). I really love this half-grown out pixie you're sporting, and I love reading your turn of phrase. Keep at it!


  13. Wow, I can relate so much with what you said. In my case, it's music.. you look amazing here! Answering your question. I have 4 sisters :-)

  14. I love your "French Revolution" inspired outfit. I suddenly feel like singing "On My Own" or eating a baguette. lol. And I absolutely love your Chuck Close quote! I need to write that down or memorize it or something. Thanks for the inspiration!
    On the Daily Express

  15. Wow is it still snowy over there? Awesome!
    Anyway, you always look like a lady from a castle :) Very sweet!!

  16. I really enjoy reading your posts and hope that you get to become a writer someday soon :) I am in the same kind of position as you (except about music) so I totally know how you feel and appreciate this post. And that hat looks amazing on you!

  17. I've fell off the blog wandbagon for a bit because of the holidays so this is the first time I've seen your hair in a while. It grew out so fast and it looks lovely! I also love the clear bag, it looks so chic.

    Working towards making one of your dreams come true, that is a scary thing. I'm sure after you take that risk and start giving it your all you'll get so much from it. It'll be the most rewarding thing for sure. :-)

  18. That clear clutch is so cute. Lovely advice too, I hope you inspire someone to follow their dreams! :)

    Away From Blue

  19. I have the same dream, although I'm not sure I really want to write now since I've started getting into fashion too :D I'm almost 25 and I have days in which I think, what's the point of chasing a stupid dream that won't come true at all, office job is the best choice here. But then I stop and realize that hell, isn't life ours, to do with it what we want, to live the way we want to. If I'm going to chase my stupid dream, then so be it. :D So I know what you're talking about.

    As for the outfit, it's so lovely once again. It reminds me of hot chocolate. I love how you tied that awesome cardi with the belt.

  20. Great post!

  21. Did you curl your hair, or did it just magically turn out like that? I really like the whole look, you are quite adorable with that beret!

  22. What a great post! I love your drive and your passion- thanks for sharing and I know it will happen for you.
    I'm in love with that chunky sweater! So perfect!

  23. I totally hear you. I have always wanted to be a writer too! I used to make books ALL the time when I was younger, got into poetry and started a non-fiction book in high school and I think that is part of why I blog now. I work in law, so my ability to be creative is not there--hence the blog. It does seem like the first step is the hardest and biggest, but in the end I usually think it is totally worth it. I actually love READING your blog. You are so funny! I think you can and will be a great writer and I wish the best to you in finding your way in doing so.

  24. I always find your writing inspiring! You look so cute and cozy here- loving the bag! xo


  25. I'm in love with your clutch, it's amazing!!!
    And I love your outfit, very cool :)


  26. I totally get what you mean! I find myself in melancholic laziness very often, haha! Great outfit again! I like that cardigan and that clutch is so amazing!

    XX Sonja

  27. It's definitely hard to take the first step when you feel like you're on a tightrope with no net to catch you if you fall. But sometimes you just gotta throw your worries out the window and take that colossal step. This is when you need some reassurance. To thank you for giving me some good advice, I hope that things do turn out well for you in the pursuit of your dreams.

    I'm a fan of cardigans, especially chunky knits so this outfit called out to me on bloglovin. I've started following you in hopes of seeing more of this.

    Invisible Blush

  28. I'm soooooooooo digging the browns and blues. You look great!

  29. Perfect outfit for a snowy day! That sweater is incredible.

  30. "Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working." I love that. Thanks for such inspiring post. Pilled knits are like wrinkles on an old man's face…they give him character ;-)

  31. Eep, I am SO in love with your transparent purse! I have a see-through raincoat and gumboots, so I definitely think a bag is in order! Might have to have a wee browse through eBay now ;)

    Lost in the Haze

  32. Well I absolutely love this. For one, your outfit is completely adorable. And then you incorporated some lovely inspiring words, too. Thanks so much for sharing this, this is exactly what I needed to read today!!


  33. Love your outfit! So vintage but with a touch of modernity! Would u like to follow each other?

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  34. Oh, blunt bangs and light up Barbie sneakers were the best. I can't imagine why I ever gave those two things up. It's really cool that you knew what you wanted to do at such a young age. Also, I noticed that you had a Washington Blogger button. I'm from Seattle! It's so cool meeting a fellow Washingtonian. :D

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  35. I feel very much like you at times. Just need to find that motivation to quit being lazy and do what you love!

    The coat looks super cosy!

    Wardrobe Quarry

  36. Oh my, you look stunning! Absolutely perfect outfit, and I would wear each item myself!

    It's so important to follow your dreams, even if it is just a career choice or a hobby. I've always loved writing and even attempted some books when I was younger, but I found myself to use that talent towards typing 7 page essays in the last minute due to procrastination -- reading is just as wonderful.

    Reading your post was very nice, and I hope everyone takes the words to heart. Have a wonderful week dear. xx

  37. What a cute look! Loved the knits!

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  38. hello dear, your outfit is very nice and read your comment. so lovely <3


  39. great outfit, love it
    and amazing photos! 
    you look so beautiful
    have a great day hun! xoxo

  40. your chunky cardie is a beauty and you dress it well.

    loving the blogpost title!

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  41. What a lovely sweater! This look is super cute!

  42. I am feeling very inspired reading this post. I know pursuing a passion can be difficult, but once you get going, who knows, right?!

    On another note, I really love the knit with knit look you're rocking here. So cozy!

    xoxo Jackie
    Something About That

  43. Haha I love the "french revolution" look! I really love that little bag too. So cute. Seeing that scarf makes me want to start knitting agin! Anyways, and also I like your haircut.


  44. the shots are great with all that snow in the background. Love the color of your scarf.
    Have a fabulous week.

  45. you look amazing! so cozy and classy x

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  46. Marlen, this is such a great post! Very encouraging and inspiring. Fear is the biggest obstacle for me (I'm afraid people will say, "Wow, your mind is strange." Haha) I really needed this post and I might just come back to read it to keep me going! :)

    And yes, you described this look perfectly with "Like a Revolutionary." That beret looks great on you and you do look uber cozy!

  47. You totally nailed everything I'm feeling right now, girl! I keep trying to force myself to just "start" but fall into the melancholy laziness :) Thanks for the inspiration and I'm totally digging your hair right now! Also, you are such a great writer and I always love reading your posts!

  48. I am loving that purse, and how cozy you look!

    xoxo, KP
    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  49. I'm so glad to hear from someone else in the same writerly boat! That Chuck Close quote is definitely worth saving and going back to :)

    I think you might enjoy this article on the many different ways famous writers have woven their work into their daily lives:

    I love the blue and brown together, and I'm a sucker for a black beret!


  50. Hello lovely, thank you for the sweet comment on my blog, I really appreciate it! :)

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  51. I'm with you; I've wanted to be a writer since forever, but laziness has crept in and sadly I haven't written anything substantial for... who knows how long. One of these days I AM going to get back into it. I must!
    I looove the knits you have going on here! It looks so cozy and warm and I need that scarf.
    Clear purses are scary. I have so much crap in my purse... I guess having a clear one would force me to keep things tidy! So that would be good...

  52. I am loving your hair - it looks so adorable! Also, this look is just so wintery and lovely; loving that purse!


  53. knit, knit, knit - perfect!


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  57. you look so fashionable dear , love everything from head to toe :D


  58. Beautiful outfit! Loving all the different textures with all the chunky knits! But HOW are you not freezing? It looks incredibly cold!


  59. such a lovely outfit and photos!

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