April 11, 2012

An Addams Cousin, a Bird and a Poem


If you think this dress is weird, I don't blame you. What's more, I agree.


But when I saw it, it reminded me of the Addams Family and how I used to love those films, and suddenly saw myself in the disguise of a long lost Addams cousin... Well, you get it! After a very very tireing week full of overtime work, it seemed like a good thing to wear, intriguing and menacing at the same time, as well as playful and girly.


I put on owl earrings and a fascinator to match the rather interesting decoration of the dress, which looks like there's a dead bird stapled onto my chest.


Wearing: dress from a Chinese shop, Promod boots, Calzedonia tights, H&M fascinator, 
Jojó Art Shop leather cuff, and I forgot where the clip-on earrings are from.


It's the Day of Poetry today in Hungary, celebrating my favourite Hungarian poet's birthday. Whenever I start reading his poems, emotions well up within me with such force, they always blow me away. Attila József, I hope you're happy, wherever you are.


Attila József: The Audit is Done

I've trusted always in myself, alone.
This hasn't cost me dear, for what I own
is absolutely nothing. Or at least
not more than it would cost a slaughtered beast.
I held my own in spite of fear and doubt -
I lived, I blended in, and I stood out.
I gave as good as they were giving me,
I paid with love when someone gave me free
and when a woman led me on and teased
I trusted her, why not? Let her be pleased!
I scrubbed the deck, I heaved the bucket rope,
to clever gents I played the stupid dope.
I paddled whirligigs, bread, paperbacks,
whatever sold, poems and almanacs.
To die in bed one day, that's what I hope,
not in a battle and not on a rope.
The audit's done. The facts are simply these:
I've lived - and people die of this disease.


(Translated from the Hungarian by Peter Zollman,
in: 43 Poems by Attila József, Maecenas, Budapest, 2005.)


Kira said...

I really like that dress, super unique and pretty! I can totally see what you are saying about the Addams Family though.

Ladyofashion said...

Hhmm, I don't know I actually really love the dress, but I like "weird" and unique things. The top part is lovely with the black detailing. Beautiful to celebrate your favourite poet. I feel this way whenever I read Kahlil Gibran.

Annie said...

I totally loved the Addams family! Especially Wednesday. And I think the dress is cute, love the florals with the black :)

The Other Side of Gray

Madeline Quaint said...

Hehe, I know! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

The best thing is that the Day of Poetry is officially on his birthday, so it's quite possible that he's not only my favourite poet but many others'. :)

Madeline Quaint said...

To make it perfect, there shouldn't be any rose flowers on the dress, just the stems, right? Morticia would like that! :D

JoniJames said...

Super cute! I thought about you today when I got my hair cut short. Here's to summer fun!

Feathers & Freckles said...

I think it's a pretty dress! Very unique and cool :)

Grit and Glamour said...

You rocked that dress perfectly! The tights and boots really change the feel of it. I like this whole look on you. It's not weird at all!

Marisa Violeta said...

This dress also reminds me a lot of Black Swan! I wish portuguese chinese stores had dresses like that, it looks amazing :D

Also I really loved that poem, you should share more of those here. I love to find more about other countries culture ^^

gaby said...

Love your floral dress, is beautiful! :)

Bad Taste Toast said...

Aww there is the Addams dress again! I love it! It's not weird at all, it#s quirky and cute! :)
Haha I remember what you said about the dead bird cleavage, so your illustration really made me smile, so cool!

ShyScout said...

I love this look. It does look a bit "Addams family cousin" but in the best way possible. The illustration of the bird flying away is perfect :] Also, that poem is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

wardrobe experience said...

oh, this dress is so cuuuuuute. good buy.


Madeline Quaint said...

Yay, here's to short hair and a long summer! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

I like it too! :) I didn't realize "weird" has such obviously negative connotations, I just thought it means strange... I learn something new every day. :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you V, I like the dress too! I just didn't realize "weird" has such obviously negative connotations - I just wanted to say the dress is unusual or strange. Anyway, good to clear it up, I'll be more careful with using "weird" from now on! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

They have some pretty strange clothes sometimes, don't they? :)

Thank you so much for reading the poem Marisa, it means a lot that you like it! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Thanks Gaby!

Madeline Quaint said...

:) Thank you Darling! Here's to rewearing-remixing stuff all the time! :D

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you so much for reading the poem and liking it! It means a lot! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you! :)

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