|Elsie Larson in her store, Red Velvet located in Springfield, MO|
Honestly, I've never been one to obsess over celebrities. What's the point in swooning over a Keira Knightly or a George Clooney if you're never going to meet them? (My one exception is Zooey Dechanel, but that's different...) Except, about two years ago while I was just searching the web, minding my own business, I found it. It was nothing short of A Beautiful Mess. The title was simply magical and as I let my eyes wander post through post, page after page, I couldn't help but immediately get attatched. This was creating at it's finest. Someone who understood what it was like to love everything beautiful and she somehow contained it into one little space. Ever since I found her site I've been looking there almost every day. It provides me with inspiration and has led me to other beautiful inspiring places I never would have known.
The truth is that I really look up to Elsie in a way that I think may seem crazy but I do. She represents to me how doing what you love and being successful can coincide. By watching her I remember that there is no wall between being girly and wearing dresses, and being an independent, modern woman.
So knowing this you can understand just a little why I was so excited to get to meet her. Yet the moment I saw her was complete panic. I froze. What if I said something stupid? What if she didn't like the bows? What if she was actually mean? At that second all these thoughts filled my head I was so afraid that she wasn't going to be the same person that she was on my computer screen. Joel finally introduced me and I smiled and handed her the gift. She smiled and hugged me. She took a picture with me. And after that, I can't really explain without wanting to squeal with excitement. I sat with her and she talked to me. For 30 minutes to an hour we just talked. Like I was a friend. She was so sincere in asking about my plans for college and I talked about her blog and her future as if we were old friends. Of all my daydreams I can't say that I expected anything as amazing as that to happen on Monday.
|At the Sucre concert in Austin!|
|My autographed instant photo of me and Elsie <3 <3 <3 eek.|