the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” is actually not the full phrase it actually is “curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back” so don’t let anyone tell you not to be a curious little baby okay go and be interested in the world uwu
Blood is thicker than waterThe blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.
Meaning that relationships formed by choice are stronger than those formed by birth.
|—||Anna Quindlen, Every Last One (via mofobian)|
My Dearest Gertrude:
You will be sorry, and surprised, and puzzled, to hear what a queer illness I have had ever since you went. I sent for the doctor, and said, “Give me some medicine. for I’m tired.” He said, “Nonsense and stuff! You don’t want medicine: go to bed!”
I said, “No; it isn’t the sort of tiredness that wants bed. I’m tired in the face.” He looked a little grave, and said, “Oh, it’s your nose that’s tired: a person often talks too much when he thinks he knows a
great deal.” I said, “No, it isn’t the nose. Perhaps it’s the hair.” Then he looked rather grave, and said, “Now I understand: you’ve been playing too many hairs on the pianoforte.”
"No, indeed I haven’t!" I said, "and it isn’t exactly the hair: it’s more about the nose and chin." Then he looked a good deal graver, and said, "Have you been walking much on your chin lately?" I said, "No." "Well!" he said, "it puzzles me very much.
Do you think it’s in the lips?” “Of course!” I said. “That’s exactly what it is!”
Then he looked very grave indeed, and said, “I think you must have been giving too many kisses.” “Well,” I said, “I did give one kiss to a baby child, a little friend of mine.”
"Think again," he said; "are you sure it was only one?" I thought again, and said, "Perhaps it was eleven times." Then the doctor said, "You must not give her any more till your lips are quite rested
again.” “But what am I to do?” I said, “because you see, I owe her a hundred and eighty-two more.” Then he looked so grave that tears ran down his cheeks, and he said, “You may send them to her in a box.”
Then I remembered a little box that I once bought at Dover, and thought I would someday give it to some little girl or other. So I have packed them all in it very carefully. Tell me if they come safe or if any are lost on the way.”
|—||Lewis Carroll, Oxford, October 28, 1876 (via man-of-prose)|
|—||Nalini Singh (via elige)|
“But she became Gabby’s friend in that way that can happen, because the girl with the cool boots always finds the girl with the occasional slash of pink in her hair. The two of them like a pair of exotic birds dipping over the school’s water fountains—you knew they would find each other.”
—Megan Abbott, The Fever
|—||She Was Always Holding My Hand (via itakeitalltoheart)|
|—||If I Stay (via vanilla-and-twilight)|
Tracy Wan in "The Secrets of Secretions" for Adult
Most people who know me permanently know that I am fascinated by perfumes, by bodily odors and the ability to mask or transform them in general.
When I was in 6th grade, I hated my body so much that I avoided showering as much as possible. Daily and intimate proximity to my naked limbs made me uncomfortable and angry. There were other things wrong as well, but like most people, I took it out on myself by refusing to acknowledge what was there.
It was not until an old friend and classmate refused to sit next to me on the last day of school because “of my weird stench” that I finally recognized what was happening. I had lost a lot of friends and grew a lot of inches. I was 11 years old and nearly the same height and size I am now. I was womanly when I didn’t want to be and was angry that the world saw me as that when I so desperately wanted to feel like any other kid around me.
The top drawer of my sister’s underwear drawer was filled with all of the lotions and body sprays from Bath and Body Works and Victoria’s Secret she purchased on shopping trips with friends. Because she was in high school, she left for school at 7:30 and I had an hour alone in our house before my classes began. I used to test every scent on my skin, sometimes testing them twice in one morning: before a shower and after. I was obsessed with the differences from a clean body and a settled one.
Other girls were obsessed with clothes. I was obsessed with scents. In my mind, I could transform myself into someone else, someone better, with a spritz. This was also something I could control. I never wore makeup because my skin was so bad and I loathed clothes shopping because my tall, muscular limbs couldn’t fit into the teen girl sizes of my peers. But scents were mine to own and control, even if they weren’t technically mine at all.
My first perfume was Burberry Touch purchased in a Marshall’s in North Riverside. It was my sophomore year of high school. My sister started college and took with her the myriad of scents she liked to hoard but rarely used. I had to define myself all over again and I liked the strange pungency of the scent, despite it’s potent mix of florals and fruits.
Most girls wore Dream Angels Heavenly by Victoria’s Secret. But Touch was an act of rebellion on my part, perhaps my first ever. As I began to own my scents, I began to own other parts of myself that felt out of grasp: my style, my hair, and most importantly, my body itself.
Later in high school and college, I stood firm with one scent. If this was my time of self-discovery then I needed a singular scent to define it. My vanity now is covered in bottles little and small. Perfume and scents have moved from definition to playfulness, to mood, to curiosity.
Bvlgari’s Jasmine Noir is a tried and true standby. I wore it a lot at 23 when I first moved into my apartment alone. Now I keep it there just in case. I also love Dior’s Addict and Addict 2 Life. See by Chloe makes the winters bearable. Elizabeth and James’ Nirvana White is just a touch too strong for the day time, which is why I wear it every day. I’m enjoying pushing little boundaries.
I own thirteen different scents now. They are not impulse purchases. I think a lot of scent and what it means and how it changes and compliments who we are. I wrap myself in scents as I do clothes and as I do feelings. They can at times feel like the only tried and true lover, one that knows just how to kiss the skin. I don’t want it to let go.(via britticisms)
|—||Bitter Moon (via imageramblings)|