a personal style blog by Lauren Pfieffer

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Catch A Firefly Tonight.

Patterned Pleated Skirt, White Flats: Thrifted.
Bow Dress (worn as a top): H&M.
Red Beret, Cameo Ring: Target.

When I was younger I loved to catch firelflies. As the sun descended beneath the tree tops and the clouds turned a beautiful cotton candy pink I would step out in my bare feet into the dusk. Their brilliant lights would start blinking. First I'd see one. Then two. Then thousands of blinking little lights.

They would always fly so far above my head. So far I couldn't reach them. I'd stand on my tippy toes, only to be disappointed when it flew out of my grasp and to the moon. It always seemed they were quicker than my little feet could run. I would see the neon yellow hue, run to it as fast as I could, only to see is disipate into the darkness. Almost like I had imagined the whole thing.

They're tricky creatures. Hard to catch and not wanting to be. But once they're caught? They're a child's perfect little pet. I always treated them with such care when I would finally capture my prize. Cupping my hands gently around the tiny body and peeking at it through the cracks. It would blink. On, off, on, off. I always tried to make a home for it, not wanting to let go my precious little prize. I would poke holes in the top of a mason jar, fill it with leaves, and put a little puddle of water. I was never even sure what fireflies ate.

I could have kept them forever. Adding them to my pet collection with my kitty cat. I knew it wasn't right though. That they would die quickly and wither way. Blinking no more. I always let them go. Using my hand as a take off pad, they would fly into the sky to be held by another little child.

Fireflies represent a lot of things. Childhood. Innocence. Adventure. Hope. Summertime. Imagination. I don't catch fireflies anymore and the other day I was thinking- what a shame. I want to be taken back to that magical place I would go so many summers ago. When I was little, carefree, and all I cared about was catching a firefly.

Why don't you go catch a firefly tonight?

With much love, Lauren.


marcia said...

I grew up in North Carolina, and moved to Colorado when I was nine. Out here they don't have 'lightning bugs' and honestly that is what I miss the most about the East, after my family and friends. ;) and gahh. I just love that dress and the ring..

Katie Burry said...

I love this post. I, too, loved catching fireflies - especially on the Fourth of July. Have you ever heard the song, Fireflies by Owl City? It's one of my favorites. ♥

And ooh! I saw that outfit today. :D I loved Skyping with you! It was too fun and I want to do it again soon! :D

Anonymous said...

You look beautiful, and you are such a talented author. I really felt like I could reach out and touch the fireflies whilst I was reading that. It makes me remember the one night that I ever saw fireflies. Thank you for that.
X Jane


Carlee, Little Sloth said...

I live in the Washington and I have never even seen a firefly before. I am so jealous! I love the outfit. So pretty and darling.


Mihaela said...

You look absolutely beautiful in this post! There's nothing I don't like about it! Lots of love!

Marisa Noelle said...

You are such a classy gal Lauren! The beret is exceptionally gorgeous on you - and dress/skirt combo is perfectly Parisian inspired - love it!

I used to catch fireflies too all the time as a child and make the little mason jar homes for them - goodness, I miss that! Too be complete honest with you I nearly forgot about those memories until you brought it up here - so thank you! Now I want to teach my son how to do the same thing:) xx

Cindi said...

Lauren you look wonderful! I am loving the bowprint on the top and your beret is a nice pop of colour :)



TaNuja said...

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Emily said...

I absolutely love catching fireflies! I don't know if anyone else calls them this, but at least where I live we call them lighting bugs:) We always had contests of who could catch the most, and setting them free was always my favorite part. They would fly away so quickly, and they would just look so beautiful.

Alice, Pretty Confused said...

I wish we got fireflies in the UK, I've read so many posts about them recently and I'm beginning to feel like I missed out on an important part of my childhood. Hopefully one day I'll get to visit the US and try catching one for myself.

You look lovely btw xo

Jana K said...

This was such a lovely post. I use to catch fireflies every night after dinner in the summer time when I was little. *sigh* So much fun. Sadly where I live now we never see them!

Beautiful outfit dear- I love your hat :)

Inês de Castro said...

I think I've only seen a firefly once. I know, how sad :p I'm following you!

Elma said...

Cute look and amazing pics! Really love your beretl! x

Unknown said...

Love this outfit! :)

I have those childhood memories too..they're wonderful to keep even though you don't see many where I live now..

XoXo, Taylor

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've ever seen a firefly! Sounds beautiful though :) Love the outfit, especially the pleated skirt.

The Fashion Philosophy said...

Stunning! Love this entire look, so perfectly styled! :)

ox from NYC!


Aimeecakes said...

How gorgeous are you! I love this, I don't know that we get fireflies here in Australia... if so I've never been lucky enough to find any, they sound like such magical creatures

Miranda said...

A lovely post...the outfit and the writing! I love the little pleats and bows on the dress. And I used to do the same with fireflies...it is a shame that I haven't in a while! I'll keep that in mind tonight :)

Kezzie said...

I've never seen a firefly! They sound absolutely magical, like something from a fairytale. I love the way you wrote this, I felt like I was there. So beautiful and I was there with you, a little child, running behind you, laughing and trying to catch one too! Thank you! x

katie said...

So, not only are you a fantastic photographer, but a pretty spiffy writer as well! I really enjoyed reading this post, you paint a great mental image. (Your English teachers must have loved you!)

I love this outfit, these two patterns look like they were made for each other. And ooooh, that pretty cameo ring! I so love cameos, the skill that it takes to crave them is just amazing. :)

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