I have to warn you. This story that I’m about to tell is old. So old, in fact, that a lot of the time it feels like I’m making it up. But as far as I know, this tale comes from the memory portion of my brain, not the imaginative one.
When I was a little girl (Pre-K age), I lived for a short time with my grandparents in St. Petersburg, Florida. I don’t recall the circumstances, but I remember our visiting the Salvador Dali Museum there one afternoon. It was on that fateful day, that I fell in love. I fell in love with the fantastical artistry of Frida Kahlo.
Frida Watercolor Tee – Torrid/New Look Inspire Floral Print Textured Blazer – ASOS/Torrid Cropped Boyfriend Jeans (Dark Wash) – Torrid
Thanks to the 30 plus years that have passed since then, I sadly cannot remember the exact painting that drew me in. Sometimes, I think that it was her Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace & Hummingbird, though I cannot be certain. But I do remember very vividly walking back to it repeatedly and staring up at it, transfixed and wanting very passionately to visit that world she created on her canvas. A world that had pain, but overwhelming beauty in it at the same time. I was way too young to understand this then, but I know now that life is in many ways a lot like the worlds portrayed in Frida’s artwork, with its tragedies and majesty.
Headscarf – Thrifted/Margot Meanie Arrow Sunglasses – Cool Gal Blue(No longer on site)/ Lippy – M.A.C. Heaux/14K Gold Bamboo Earrings – Gifted (Thank you, Marcy!)
When I was much older, I read more about Frida and learned about her life. It was in discovering the story of her life and death that I gained a deeper appreciation for the woman, and the stories she told us through her art. Suffice to say, she is a definite shero of mine.
Boots – ASOS (Old – Similar)/Lookie Loo on the stoop that won’t let me be great – Bed Stuy! LOL
I once went on a date with a guy I wasn’t really all that interested in, because he offered to take me to go see the Salma Hayek movie, “Frida”, which chronicles her life. That film continues to be a favorite of mine, and I watch it at least twelve times a year when I need to be inspired. If you haven’t, I wholeheartedly recommend you watch it on Netflix. It’s beautiful.
“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.“
~ Frida Kahlo