Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Autumn Tale: The Firebird



It is not until I move that you see me
high up in the tree.
My silken down, hidden through reddening leaves,
catches the light for a moment
as I move my beak to preen,
leaning back in the swaying branches
ruffled expansively by the breeze.
Every season peels back further entropy.
I raise my bright head and breathe in
the smell of sweet decay,
pungence peaty and worm filled
dense with the hum of apples
growing golden on the bough,
fruit and leaves preparing to let themselves go
to soft oblivion,
to be trodden to bare bone and born anew.

Diana Vishneva dancing The Firebird, in a scene where she is captured stealing golden apples, video via 1
 Outfit 1:
Devore Velvet Fringed Dress: from Oxfam online years ago
Vintage (1930s?) Brown Patent Mary Jane Shoes: passed down from granny Kiki
Vintage 1930s Fur Cape: made by granny Kiki for her label Kiki Couture
Silver Earrings: passed down from granny Kiki
Pendant Worn As Headband: from a charity shop
Outfit 2:
Vintage 60s/70s Black Catsuit With Ostrich Feather Sequin Cuffs: passed down from granny Penny
Red Sequin Shoes: old from New Look
Red Feathers In Hair: from Ebay
Outfit 3:
Vintage 1930s Red Tapestry Coat: made by late granny Kiki for her label Kiki Couture
Red & White Floral Dress: from a charity shop
Suede Lace Up Boots: gift from Mr Eve from Aldo years ago 
Red Cloche Hat: from a sale at Hats & Caps online
The Soundtrack
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird
Inspiration for the theme of this post was taken loosely from the Russian folk tale The Firebird, as well as Diaghilev's gorgeous and ground breaking ballet first performed by the Ballets Russes in 1910.
Poem written by me for this post.
Photographs of Outfits 1 & 3 taken by me, self portraits using the timer on my little digital camera. Photographs of Outfit 2, with me perched precariously atop our wood pile, taken by my dear Mum.
 I am delighted to be a part of the next Visible Monday, hosted by Patti from Not Dead Yet Style, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.


  1. Soooooooooooooo delightful, my dearest Emalina.

  2. Emalina devoring your post, hahaha! I love all the clothes and reading carefully where they are from a where you got them - I would have love to have a closer look of the Mary Jane shoes, we don't see often such beauties- The tapestry coat Oh My! such an exquisite item -
    Do you think long about your posts, how they will look like, location, etc...
    Interesting job you do, do you still do it in Devon?

    As for me, I work in HR in my organisation, dealing with all sorts, and my future husband manages a charitable organisation -

    Take care Emalina

    Ariane xo

  3. What lovely words, you are a poetic soul, my dear Emalina! It's so beautiful out today, you've captured the spirit perfectly.
    Love that catsuit and the tapestry coat. Be careful on that woodpile, you never know what beasties are lurking within! xxx

  4. Wow you are quite the poet.

    That outfit with the boots is divine.


  5. I love the firebird theme. Very inspiring! Must think about that idea. My favourites of your outfits are the one with the red and white dress and the red hat and the one with the fringed dress. I like particularly when you're climbing in the trees and the mossy roots in the wood. That all gives your photos a fairytale like expression. Best regards from the parrot!!! Next time I want to be a canary in yellows and greens. So stay tuned.

  6. "...trodden to bare bone and born anew." Beautiful poem - it marries so well with your pictorial, the wood pile and the bones and the feathers and apples. I feel like this is a fairy tale with good and evil playing together, as it should be. I love this.

  7. Oh Emalina, i LOVE the fringe dress! Every time i read your blog and see your header i have a look at that lovely dress. Suits you beautiful!!! And the Kiki couture coat is divine!
    Love that you chose the forest for your pictures! Have a fab day dear! xx Tani

  8. Lovely photos and clothes (I'm in awe of that tapestry coat) I loved your inspiration too. I adored your poem and read it several times, hanging onto every word and line, what a fantastic poet you are. x

  9. Ah, this post is all kinds of wonderful. LOVE your poem, it sets a spell-binding mood.
    I too am happy to see the fringe dress in action.
    Thanks for linking up with 52 Pick-me-up!

  10. "...dense with the hum of apples..." WHAT an image! So evocative. I brought with me a bottle of apple juice pressed just last Saturday at the local apple pressing day, made from the windfall apples we picked up from a neighbour's garden. It tastes of compressed autumn - both sweet and sharp - and I can't help thinking that the line of your poem also describes it perfectly.
    And what a wonderful trio of outfits and locations. The ones of you on/by the wood pile have a particularly painterly feel to them.
    I went to the Diaghilev exhibition at the V&A 3 years ago (shortly before my spine surgery) and I still pore over the book produced to accompany the exhibition. I love your autumnal Firebird interpretations. Beautiful.

  11. Miss Emalina!! Your posts just get more and more enchanting and your pictures lovelier and lovelier! This post is absolutely magical. Big hugs to you for giving me fairytale like images to think upon this evening!!


  12. That cloche hat is AMAZING on you. I LOVE that look with the lat and the red and white floral dress. Great shots in this post, as always. And p.s…..I'm doing a giveaway on the blog over the next few weeks, so pop over,because I think the dress would look amazing on you….


  13. wooow that post is brilliant! darling you are such a good story teller! it´s amazing how much you can tell only with your poses and out of world beautiful outfits!!! i´m totally under your spell you beautiful fairy of blogland!!!
    love and kiss,mary

  14. All of your talents are displayed beautifully. Your gorgeous ensembles, you photos, the poem. Pure magic.

    I saw "The Firebird" danced by the Dance Theatre of Harlem years ago, and I will never forget it.

  15. Hello Emalina!

    There will be a Show me your style link tomorrow -


  16. Stunning!!! A trip to your blog is like seeing the most amazing art gallery show! I mean that as a total compliment. Everything you wear, the photos you share with us, the incredible words (your own and from other beautiful minds) you partner them with, it's all a masterpiece of the highest artistic caliber.

    ♥ Jessica

  17. Stunning poetic post! Enjoy seeing the variety of outfits. I adore the picture with you in the crook of the tree. The wood pile, the apple and the feather all read as symbols of falls plenty. Seeing your elegant and timeless style mixed in with these symbols makes an enchanting tale.

    blue hue wonderland

  18. Oh, Emalina. I'm short on words, Where could I possibly begin? The dress with the fringe, the red shoes, the lace-up boots, or tapestry coat? Your lovely Mona Lisa expression, the evocative settings, the magic of the Firebird? Tell me, where could I possibly start?! Let me just say YES. XXOO

  19. wow, again and again ... beautiful pictures and gorgeous outfits!
    your fringe dress is still one of my fave dresses out of your collection.

  20. Magical photos, as always, and that black jumpsuit: I am swooning for it as I sit here in NYC! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday. xo

  21. Yes, I see you as Firebird. Lovely ideas, and one can never see that fringed dress enough.


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