Wonder. Awe. Magic.
Stories of enchantment and spells.
As you all know, I love to write. What you may not know is where that love stems from. And that is the literary diet upon which I was raised. It
fed feeds my soul. My mother introduced me to wordsmith Enid Blyton from the moment we could read. And then further augmented the nourishment of my creative side with C S Lewis, Tolkien, Bronte, Eyre, Agatha Christie, you get the general idea. Over the years, my library has expanded to include murder, crime and fantasy novels but I’ve never once deviated from my original love obsession with the beguiling and captivating world of fairy tales and wonderment and magic.
O N C E U P O N A T I M E
Those four words.
Whenever I see them, read them, my heart does a little flutter.
I slip away into my secret place, where castles go high into the sky.
Where woods are dark and mysterious, and where the air is rife with enchantment so palpable that if you reached out a finger, you’d touch it. A place where from the corner of the eye, you swear the sound of that rustle was a fairy quickly ducking surreptitiously behind the shrub. Or that, when pressed, toadstools would spring forth stairways ingeniously hidden within the trunks of trees, stairways leading to magical lands residing atop said trees.
I’m certain it’s quite evident that my fondness for fairy tales and fairy tale lands has not dissipated in the least. I can’t quite put it into words but I’ve always felt that there’s something so infinitely charming about believing (and steadfastly so) in faeries and talking woodland creatures and pixies and stairways that lead to the most fascinating of worlds.
Beyond that, it gives me, dare I say it, hope?
In the power of good trumping evil.
I know it does appear to be quite the stretch but that’s how it’s always been for me.
Accordingly, you can also imagine how much I’ve adored the fact that several Fab 40s themes of late have revolved around princesses and villains and the such. And this month is even more heavenly. Tales of the unexpected, a fairy tale inspiration. True to Sheela form, I only picked up on the final four words (I mean, can you really blame me?).
A fairy tale inspiration.
And if it wasn’t obvious by now (which means I didn’t do my job and I will be sad, teardrop), I’m the Evil Queen from Snow White. In my photos, I am the version from Once Upon A Time, i.e., Regina, Mayor of Storybrooke aka Evil Queen Regina. I’m conniving, manipulative, with a fabulous boss lady wardrobe, and I’m sleeping with the Sheriff/Huntsman (cough, Christian Grey).
Oh, and I kick ass AHEM
E V I L D O E S N ' T A L W A Y S L O O K E V I L
Let’s take a look at what everyone did this month. It’s nothing short of spectacular. And unique. And completely true to their individual personalities.
Suzy, Suzy Turner
The lovely Suzy enthralls once again this month with her interpretation of, I quote, “I’m channeling all the dark villainesses from fairy tales … bwahaaahaa”. She looks all manner of regal and splendifirous and dangerous and lethal. I love.
Jennie, A Pocketful Of Polka Dots
That flirty, pretty, girly vibe of Jennie’s outfit is so absolutely at odds with her muse story, The Red Shoes that it’s perfect. Once you set aside the sense of macabre, however, everything makes sense. The sassy dress. Those divine red high heels.
Ann, Kremb de la Kremb
Annie takes the prize, in my books (see what I did there?), for staying super true to (every single word of) this month’s theme. There she sits, looking appropriately playful, in a pile of Tales Of The Unexpected books, with her signature sneakers and evil eye accessories.
Mary, Curly Byrdie Chirps
How adorable does Mary look as Belle from Beauty and The Beast? I love the yellow. And the gingham print. And the straw basket bag. Did I mention how adorable she looks? Those sunshiny yellow heels with the white mesh socks are just beyond words.
For this month, we have the lovely Andrea as our guest.
If there was a visual representation of the words, “enchanted forest“, this would be it, my friends. I mean, how beautiful is this photo, with the dreamy backdrop?? Yes, mine’s also set in the woods but, you know, Sheela’s all about dark and mysterious and
somewhat foreboding LOL anyway, I could tell Andrea was Cinderella the moment I laid eyes upon her, and I think that means she’s done a brilliant job. Thank you so much for being a part of The Fab 40s this month, lady!!!
And here’s me.
Plaid Taffeta Bustier (thrifted) | Velvet Shorts (H&M) | Goth Bangle & Raven Skull Ring (Alchemy of England) | Suede Heels (Cicihot) | Red Cuff (c/o Unearthed) | Leather Bondage Choker (c/o ManicPanic NYC) | Moonstone Ring (c/o Moonmagic.com) | Ombre Sunnies (Poshmark) | Lipstick – #2 MeloMELI (c/o Beautytap.com) | Red Apple (c/o husband)
I honestly feel there is a lot of Regina in me. That, given the right situation, the right circumstance, I could very well be an evil queen. That we could all very well turn that corner and be that person with a dark side. It’s the side we choose to dominate that dictates how we live our lives, be it in the light or the shadows. After all, evil isn’t born. Evil is made.
On that somewhat sombre note, I leave you to ponder on GRIN
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