Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas Tale: Soft By Candlelight

Sitting under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
One last candle burning low,
All the sleepy dancers gone,
Just one candle burning on,
Shadows lurking everywhere:
Some one came, and kissed me there.

Tired I was; my head would go
Nodding under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
No footsteps came, no voice, but only,
Just as I sat there, sleepy, lonely,
Stooped in the still and shadowy air
Lips unseen—and kissed me there.
Mistletoe by Walter De La Mere, via 1
The Outfit:
Vintage 1970s Maxi Dress: made from Liberty fabric by Granny Kiki for Mum
Red Berry Christmas Wreath: my Mum's, worn as a crown
Photographs taken by my Mum and myself, using my little camera.
Shot in my parents' bedroom.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!


  1. Wow, that frock is amazing! Absolutely gorgeous pics and setting. Merry Christmas to you too :)

  2. Hats off to Granny Kiki for envisioning and making that beautiful dress. And to you for saving and wearing it and thinking of adding the crown to it. These shots are magical. Wood spirit in the bedroom, more like an enchanted castle nook. How great that you could collaborate with your mother in this shoot.

  3. beautiful! happy solstice!

  4. Dear Emalina, how magical is this Tale, so cosy and candle-lit behind drawn drapes, with tantalizing bits of the outdoors brought in - the berry crown atop your lovely loose locks, the holly and roses - and of course the incredible generational gown. Warmest best to you & yours, xo

  5. Wishing you fine festivities with feasting, family and friends. What a magical location, dress and lighting. Love the fact that you were able to 'play' dress-up in your parents' room and with your mum's collaboration.

  6. Oh, this is perfection! Myriads of candles, dressing up lavishly, and staying home on a cozy winter's night all by myself is one of my favorite things. Beautiful!

  7. Beautiful! I remember quite liking Walter de la Mare when we had to read his poems in school. This is a lovely way to illustrate this poem, and the photo of the rose, candles and beautiful things on the dressing table feels like a fine brandy softening all the sharp edges. Makes me appreciate the beauty of the dark.

  8. So soft and pretty! What a gorgeous dress, love the sleeves. Hope you have a very happy Christmas. xxxx

  9. Your posts are always so beautiful, they often leave me lost for words. I love the family connection to the dress too, there's so much warmth in this post. Merry Christmas to you and yours. xx

  10. I hope your Christmas was lovely and enchanting! Your wreath head piece is really beautiful...clever to have thought to don it on your head. We'll see you in the new year...wishing you some still and quiet moments in the meantime...I know you've been busy!

  11. What a beautiful room! A belated Merry Christmas!

  12. Stunning dress! You look like a medieval princess! Came here for a big catch up and see you have been caught up by work too of late - hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you x

  13. Your beautiful red berry wreath, worn as a crown, is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack! The background of your parents' bedroom is perfect for the gorgeous maxi, the wreath and you.

    Happy New Year!!!

  14. Hello Emalina!

    Happy New Year!
    Ah! I love Kiki's clothes! Stunning creation!
    See you soon Emalina



  15. impossible that i lost that post! you look like a dream, a beautiful high priestess of ancient times! lovin your robe!!!


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