worn with love

Gentle thought: Mike and Eleven sit quietly in the basement, El reading a new book on astronomy that she picked up from the library and Mike poring over the details of another campaign. His old-fashioned radio plays out a tinny song through well-worn and loved speakers. Music, especially instrumental pieces, is quickly becoming Eleven’s favorite thing in the whole world, and she taps her foot unconsciously to the soft beat. As the music swells, Mike taps his pencil nervously against his notebook before setting it on the side table decisively and leaping to his feet. Bowing slightly, he offers a hand and a sheepish smile to El, who takes his hand warmly as he pulls her up. Mike nudges the tips of her sock-clad toes onto his and takes dramatic steps around the basement to the tune of the music. His nervous begins to take over, but El’s gentle laugh, brighter than the stars in the sky on the night they found her, brings him back. Playfully and confidently, they waltz for the very first time. El’s smile and Mike’s warmth seem to be the center of their universe. When the music ends, they collapse onto the couch in a fit of giggles, and Mike carefully brings her hand up to his lips for a kiss. He’s been practicing for that routine for weeks. Somehow, still, the love and happiness they feel together in those few moments could last a lifetime

Small reminder that I love u n believe in u n want u all to know I am proud of u and all ur efforts kissy kissy hug hug good vibes gn✨

This Valentine’s Day I’d like to share a few things with you. I’m 19 years old and:

I have never had sex in my life
I have never dated anyone in real life (so not on the Internet)
I have never kissed anyone
I have never been on a date
I have never even held hands with someone romantically
I literally have never even been close to dating anyone in real life

Not because I don’t want to or because I’m picky. Because no one has ever asked me out or showed affection for me or even flirted with me. I don’t think anyone irl has ever fancied me, or if they did they never let me know in any way.

And you know what? I don’t care. I moved on from feeling abnormal and broken and not whole. I refuse to connect my value as a person to those things. I will not allow myself to think of myself as less because I have never done any of those things. Yes maybe my self-esteem still relies on my uni grades or good reviews of my works but I finally stopped thinking that there is something wrong with me for not experiencing those things.

I feel happy and whole anyway. I survived every crush who didn’t return my feelings and every instance of being attracted to someone and knowing they do not like me back. I survived and moved on.

And today I’d like you to turn to things you really value in your life. Your jobs and talents and hobbies and passions. Your family and friends and pets and even house plants. Your favorite books and bands and TV-shows and video games. Your favorite ice-cream and favorite pair of jeans and favorite plush toys.

There are so many people and things you love. There are, I hope, things that make you happy. Focus on them. And screw the society that tells you that you need relationships to know that you are loved. You are already loved. Don’t let society ever persuade you otherwise.

The Signs as Textures
  • Aries: The smooth surface of stainless steel
  • Taurus: The worn fur of a well-loved stuffed animal
  • Gemini: The bumpiness of an icicle
  • Cancer: The light touch of spring grass
  • Leo: The heat of a lit sparkler
  • Virgo: Clean sheets that have cooled
  • Libra: The old leather backings of ancient books
  • Scorpio: The biting of an icy wind
  • Sagittarius: Emersion in cool water
  • Capricorn: The mugginess of a mid-summer night
  • Aquarius: The unevenness of drywall
  • Pisces: The sheen of satin
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thank you SO MUCH to @yarinosuna who gifted me a paissa cottage wall out of the blue!!!! i nearly cried from being so happy!!! ;___; ♥

i was a little sad i couldn’t make it as soon as patch dropped since my airship couldn’t get the materials yet and i wasn’t sure if it was going to cost me an arm and a leg to buy them from people. so this was such a wonderful surprise!!! it really meant a lot to me!! thankyouthankyouthankyou!!

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Jared Leto + SS behind the scenes (club scene)

Listen: life is hard. Pain is terrible. No one likes turmoil. Difficult times are not sought after.
We enjoy our comfort. We like easy paths, routes worn with love and well wishes. We enjoy things more when they are, in fact, enjoyable.
But that does not mean God is not with us in the awful moments. Just because the good times are the easiest ones, does not mean God has abandoned us in the hardest ones.
When death strikes too soon and innocence is taken and hearts are broken… God is in all of that.
He is wrapped up in all of our grief.

He doesn’t leave us because we are messy.
He doesn’t forget about us when others don’t remember us.
He doesn’t shun us when mistakes are made.
He loves us. Unconditionally. Limitlessly. Totally. Completely. Wholly. Unimaginably.

He is there with you. Right now.
He hasn’t left you. He loves you.

Those hard times are coming to an end.

He is with you. Always. Forever.
He has never left you, and He never will.

-31Women (Ansley)

Mycroft’s Ties in Season Four

Resources I’ve cited and useful links:

Basic Overview of Mycroft’s Different Ties:

We don’t really have a strict key as to what ties symbolise what exactly, but we can deduce roughly what they mean by comparing the different occasions in which they are worn.

- The Red Tie of Love and Sentiment
Worn on occasions to do with sentiment/familial love and helping Sherlock e.g., reading about Sherlock’s suicide in the paper in the Diogenes, Christmas, in the helicopter after Sherlock shoots Magnussen.
- The Navy Ties of Business, Work, and Duty
Worn typically while trying to save lives and prevent terrorist attacks. Usually Mycroft wants to use Sherlock as a weapon e.g., discussing taking down the  London terrorist network when Sherlock returns from Serbia.
- The Johnlock Fleur De Lis Tie
Aka., the best tie. Worn whenever Mycroft goes to John to discuss Sherlock’s feelings and to Sherlock to discuss John’s feelings e.g., talking to John at Speedy’s/the Diogenes, the “narrow it down” speech in TSoT.
- The Black Tie of Death and Sorrow
Helping Sherlock fake his death in Reichenbach, helping Lestrade locate Sherlock’s boltholes after he escapes the hospital, when Mycroft is committing suicide by eating many, many cakes in TAB, when Irene ‘dies’ in ASiB (with additional white slashes here).
- The Grey Moriarty Tie
Self-explanatory. Any time Moriarty is making Mycroft do something against his will, or otherwise influencing him, the steel grey ties come out. It may be a specific shade of grey that indicates Moriarty, however, as there are also lilac-grey ties that Mycroft wears which are slightly different.
- The Purple Tie of Mystery and Fuckiness
Mysterious. No one knows. Does it indicate illusion? Fictitiousness? Insincerity? Wisdom? Mycroft wears alternating purple/pink ties on the tarmac/plane in HLV/TAB aka., “Tie Hell”.

The Six Thatchers:

TYPE: Lilac/grey tie with small spots
CONTEXT: Presenting the doctored footage of Sherlock shooting Magnussen
WHAT WE CAN INFER: Most likely not directly linked to Moriarty. A lilac-grey tie may indicate objectivity/planning/calculated thinking here. Also probably links into the fabrication of events.

TYPE: The Grey Moriarty Tie
CONTEXT: Discussing Moriarty’s next move with Sherlock in the first bunker scene
WHAT WE CAN INFER: It’s likely that Mycroft is holding back and not saying all that he knows in this situation because of Moriarty’s influence.

(full analysis under the cut)

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‘We fell in love with each other back then.’
That’s what you say when they ask about me.
You don’t tell them about how sometimes you believe in the idea that we could still be in love with each other.
But for what it’s worth- I, too, have allowed myself to believe in it.
That there is still love in a place where we have too much pride to admit it and so we don’t.
Before we know it three years have gone by and everything has changed.
I see you for the first time in a year and I don’t have any doubts.
I still love you.
Except I don’t stop the world to let you know it.
Before we know it, we’re both too worn out from loving the wrong people and by then it’s too late to fix anything.
The brokenness we carry isn’t ours anymore.
Yours belongs to her.
And mine, is all his.
—  Before we know it / thewordsyouneverunderstood

What Queen Alysanne Targaryen, called Good Queen Alysanne, would have worn, Alfazairy

Alysanne was well loved throughout the Seven Kingdoms, being both beautiful and high-spirited, as well as charming and intelligent. She was beloved by the smallfolk of Westeros, loving them in return, and she was renowned for her charities. Alysanne was one of the few monarchs to visit the Wall, she traveled there by her dragon Silverwing and apparently was so impressed by the bravery of the Night’s Watch that she asked her husband King Jaehaerys to double the size of the Watch’s land.

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After all the silks, laces, leather gloves and hats of Paris, Claire is finally back to her Scotland clothes and these just feel like she is ready for anything. Reminiscent of her outfit when she goes on the boar hunt in season one, she is equipped with a basket for supplies and her everyday satchel to carry what she may need.

I love that the jacket is not the proper season and her practical response is to wear gloves. Gloves that were most likely knit by Jenny or another Lallybroch lady and appear to be a bit too large. To add another layer she wears an arisade that was probably one of Jamie’s old kilts and pulls it together with an old worn and loved leather belt. The only bit of adornment is the braided handle on her bag, but even that is practical and utilitarian. I can see her converting what she learned and used on the battle fields in WW2 to create this look that is filled with necessity and inspiration.