Thursday, July 2, 2009

Walking Barefoot

So, basically the whole reason I named my blog ‘Walk A Mile In These Shoes’ was so I could feature different sneakers, heels, flats, or simply bare feet and tell a bit of a story through any given person’s footwear of choice.
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On Monday, I went to Katie’s and we had a bit of a photo shoot. One of my favorite things in the world is to come up with character profiles. There's just so many stories to tell, so many people to meet, so many things to see, and I kind of want to learn them all. And if I can't do that, I can at least make some up! So, now, I’ve made up a story to go along with the photographs.
Hope you enjoy!
Ellen Louise Paige was born in 1946 in a small town in Massachusetts. Her father wanted to name her after his mother, Louise, but Ellen’s mother believed it was a name going out of fashion. And if there was anything that Mrs. Mary Paige was not, it was out of fashion.
And besides, she had never really been particularly fond of her mother-in-law. But, to appease her husband, she said the middle name was to be Louise. The baby’s first name was to be Ellen if it was a girl, Patrick Louis if it was a boy. Many years later, the Social Security Administration published information of the most popular baby names of each year. Ellen was in the top 100 in the year of her birth; Mary Paige was the number one in hers. And Mary was right; the name 'Louise' was slowly going into decline.
Mary Paige raised her daughter in the same fashion she had chosen her name. Everything was to be done according to what was thought of as trendy at the time. Ellen was the first in her class to sport the poodle skirt. She was also the first to stop sporting it in favor of the next trend.
Needless to say, Ellen felt by the time she turned 16 that it was her time to rebel.
She started wearing what she wanted and asked two boys down the street to help her in her quest for freedom.

Ellen even tried taking up cigars, but unfortunately she never exactly got the hang of it. Her two friends made fun of her when the first time she tried smoking she attempted to put the wrong end up to her lips.



Besides attempting rebellion and trying to take up smoking, Ellen loved playing in her front yard amidst all the blooming hydrangeas and fresh vegetation. Because the Paige family was a prominent one and had settled in Massachusetts many, many years ago, they had a house in the center of the town that overlooked the citizens’ daily lives. Ellen discovered there was a spot behind a bunch of bushes that made for the perfect place to hear gossip and watch scandals in the making.


She walks barefoot.
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Photographs can tell any story you want, that's the beauty of it, isn't it?

The real deal: Katie’s amazing mom gave me a dress from her collection. We did an impromptu photo shoot in which we stumbled across Katie’s brother and his friend. I asked to pose with the cigar, but unfortunately I didn’t even notice that I was holding it the wrong way until we were looking at pictures later on the computer. Oh dear, I'm such an amateur. Ah, well.
All photographs by the ever so wonderful Katie P.!

29 comments:

Malicious Mallory said...

I love your umbrella.

•¦Amy¦• said...

love the photos!
what a neat post. i love looking at pictures of smoke. it's captured so wonderfully in photogrraphy.

Damsels said...

i had fun reading that . it was very entertaining . especially how it started .

with the mom not wanting to name her louise

blorange dice said...

Ohh, this was such a fun post to read! How lucky are you to get a dress from your friend's mom! (:

natalie said...

I love how a series of picture can tell such an elaborate story :D The dress absolutely gorgeous, that's awesome that your friends mom gave it to you! And the umbrella adds such a great touch. Plus I love your hair, hehe. Katie is a pretty good photographer too :D

Oh and don't worry, I'm sure I would end up holding the cigar the wrong way too hahaha :)

Shanaynay said...

Nice story! And you are so beautiful.

simplychic said...

Lol. What a cute story. I love the "name going out of fashion" and the backwards cigar. I didn't even notice. I guess I'm an armature too.

Danielle said...

How fun and creative! The print of that dress is pretty.

mice said...

Beautiful photos! :)
That umbrella looks adorable with you outfit! :)

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Nathalia said...

Great pics :-)!

heleen db said...

I prefer to pretend I'm someone else while taking photos, too, because it allows me to strike crazy poses!
Mademoiselle Paige seems absolutely wonderful!

Hannah said...

Oh, my! I LOVE the dress! It's absolutely fabulous :D

xo,
hk

E said...

What gorgeous photos! I love your umbrella.

kiss me quick said...

Lovely Pictures ^^ I fell for your dress!

thanks for the comment!

xxx from kissmequick

Shin said...

I really enjoyed the story you made up and the pictures are so lovely especially where you are listening to the gossip and scandals one! Great post! xxoxoxo

jules said...

I adore your parasol!

Catherine said...

So cute! I adore your dress, and smoke always look wonderful in photos.

The Clothes Horse said...

Really pretty dress. The story was a really fun read--I would definitely be friends with Ellen (though I think that name is old fashioned). :)

Isabel said...

Awesome photoshoot, you are so cute!

Hannah said...

I LOVE doing photoshoots! It's so cool that you made up a story to go with it too.

Twobreadsplease said...

You look so pretty in the dress! x

Regine said...

I love all the photos, so nice. love the dress, and your style.

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the maisies said...

i love the character profile idea, and that dress is gorgeous!
hydrangeas are my favourite flower too :)

Hippiegirl said...

so gorgeous!
i love the first one :)

Virgos Lounge said...

cool piccies luv..xxx

proudly says, said...

pictures are so beautiful just like you!
you look prettier in that dress!

Thérèsa said...

your umbrella is very lovely

Ash Fox said...

very cute! lovely photos!
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Hayley said...

these photos are incredibly gorgeous! i loveeee the story with them (: