This dress!! I found it in college and was instantly enamored with it. I love old maps, I think they’re so beautiful, art in their own way. The fit of this dress is very youthful, almost like it belongs on a doll. I love the rare color scheme, gold and grey and orange, with a tiny touch of pink. I added a little bit of red lipstick to bring color to my face since the colors of the dress could easily wash it out. (Since I don’t usually wear eye or skin make up, I tend to use lipstick to add some color and definition to my face.)
I’ve been listening to Bryan Adams’ “Run to You” a lot recently. It’s another hot and heavy 80’s song, but this one has a morally-questionable twist. I don’t think anyone would condone cheating, but what I find relatable in the song is the passion he sings about for a person. I love the idea of having so much passion and need for someone, that any risk is worth it, you just can’t stay away. As someone who believes in fate, soulmates, and that life is meant to be lived to the fullest, I seek out passion in everything I do. This can get me into trouble sometimes, but I don’t know any other way to live. I mean, it says a lot that Anna Karenina is the literary character I identify with most out of any works I’ve read. While I strive to live as a better, less selfish person than Anna, her desire to follow her heart at any cost and to live life on her own terms instead of being suppressed within societal constraints is so on par with my own outlook on life and love. I want to believe that nothing can stop you from being with someone you’re meant to be with. I want to believe that there is one special person that will make you happier than any other person ever could, an undeniable soulmate connection with just one person in your life that makes all other connections pale in comparison. I think you just have to hope that the circumstances will be ideal when you meet that person, but I also hope I’m not just using my belief in fate as some sort of excuse for poor behavior if the circumstances aren’t ideal, either.
But it’s so damn easy making love to you
My map dress ties in with the idea of running to a person you can’t be kept apart from, no matter where they are or how you have to get to them; it serves as a rather literal representation of what is so often a metaphorical distance. Oh love, oh lust, oh romance, oh passion! You make life so magical, and so risky, too.
Listen to it here! “Run to You”-Bryan Adams