A-Tisket, A-Tasket

A Tisket, A Tasket - The Dressed Aesthetic

Thank you to everyone for your outpouring of love and support after my last post. Anyone who is or has been a pet owner has to experience the pain of losing a furry companion, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Somehow, writing it on the blog is yet another step in the healing process for me – almost as if being forced to put cyber-pen to cyber paper, I’m admitting it’s real. But I felt your collective hug and it meant more to me than I can ever say.

For some reason, I’ve had this poem in my head all day: “A Tisket, A Tasket” – a nursery rhyme written in 1879 and later made famous in 1938 in a song by Ella Fitzgerald. And maybe it’s just for obvious reasons – I do happen to be carrying a yellow and green basket, after all. But, given my melancholy state of mind after losing a piece of our family, I can’t help but look for hidden meanings. The poem speaks of a love letter lost – of words left unsaid and proclamations of what someone means to us lost in the wind.

A Tisket, A Tasket - The Dressed Aesthetic

A Tisket, A Tasket - The Dressed Aesthetic
Outfit styled using Dressed for iPhone

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A green and yellow basket
I wrote a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it,
I dropped it, I dropped it,
And on the way I dropped it.
A little boy he picked it up
And put it in his pocket.

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Though more than a little self-pitying and masochistic (especially now), I let the poem scroll around in my head while I was making my way to work today. I felt profoundly sad about all of the proclamations of love that were intended and lost or intercepted. Dropped along the way, lost to circumstance, unrequited, sent to someone’s junk mail folder, or hidden in the folds of subtext. There are many ways that love can be lost.

But there are many more ways that love can be found. Discovered. Uncovered. Reclaimed.  If I am to take a lesson from my sweet pup, it’s to simply love. Find love, look for love. BE love. Wholeheartedly, with abandon. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to tell someone how much they mean to you. The role they play in your life. Don’t let petty (or even not so petty) disagreements keep you from the people you love. And in everything you do, do it with a certain joie de vivre – gleefully accept your morning coffee and bask in the sparkling snowfall and laugh more loudly than is appropriate with your friends in a restaurant. Savor it. Breath it. Revel in it.

Life is too short for love dropped and lost to the wind. We are better than that.

 

xoxo

Outfit Details:
Dress: When Decades Collide (similar modern or vintage here, here & here)
Necklace: Vintage (similar)
Belt: ASOS (similar)
Handbag: Vintage (similar here & here)
Shoes: Irregular Choice (similar)

Lip Color: Schiap
Eyeliner: Stila

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6 comments on A-Tisket, A-Tasket

  • Jennifer

    Hi Kara, I just popped in to catch up with your blog and saw the sad news and I wanted to express my condolences to you. I lost my little pit bull, Juliet, on Saturday. She was thirteen but her passing was unexpected. I found your previous post very touching and although it was difficult for me to read, it’s comforting to know that others understand how heartbreaking the lack of clicking nails on hardwood floors can be. I’m very, very sorry for your loss. I know personally how difficult it can be to lose a companion who has been with you for so many years and I thank you for summoning the courage to share your experience. -Jennifer (from Hollie Point)

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Oh Jennifer, my heart hurts for you and what I know you’re going through right now. There really are no words that can make the hurt better. I am so sorry to hear that you lost Juliet, especially that it was unexpected. I think that it’s almost impossible to put into words what these furry companions mean in our lives. But more than the big things, it’s the million little ways they provided comfort and unconditional love. Knowing that this post provided you with even a small amount of comfort makes the difficulty in writing it so worth it. I am so sorry for your loss. xxx 😔❤️

  • Elizabeth

    I love the pop of color of your petticoat! It’s unexpected, but works so well with your color palette. And that bag! *.*

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thank you so much Elizabeth! I’m such a sucker for a pop color petticoat. 😉

  • Claudia

    I’ve been looking for a dress with this kind of pattern for a LONG time 🙂
    Do you happen to know the specific name/type, by any chance ?

    Thanks !

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Hi Claudia – no worries! This dress is by L’Aiglon – pretty popular dressmaker in the 1950’s. I have seen this dress a few times in different color ways, so I know there are more out there. 🙂 If I ever come across another I’ll let you know!

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