The wild and wily ways of a brunette bombshell – guest post

the stunning Meg is here guest posting while I’m away.
Her blog reads like a favorite book you never want to end.
and as long as she continues to blog, it won’t.
crossing my fingers.
and toes.

last night i sat staring into my skim latte, my friend alex sitting across the long and narrow, wood-grained table.

what should i write about? i asked. (i do best when prompts are dangled before me like a bowl of pepperidge farm cheddar goldfish).

what’s her blog about? alex asked me.

sarah’s? i lit up. oh, well, it’s called fairy tales are true, and alex, they just might be. because she’s tall and gorgeous and blond and she’s married to a baseball player and now they travel the world together from one exotic location to the next and she’s going to end the obesity epidemic with her living kitchen and yes, yes i’m gushing (and speaking at an uncomfortably high volume), but i might just be a little bit in love with her (and maybe, just maybe my fairytale  {yet to come true} looks awfully similar to this).

alex responded, perhaps you could write about what the fairytale is like when you don’t look quite so much like the fairy-princess. 

scoff. kerfuffel. plunk.

(eventual chuckle).

this was not a slight on my beauty but rather against my dark hair. my, yes, brunette hair. (and also a testament to how well and how long i described just how gorgeous sarah really is). alex quickly amended the statement when i pointed out disney princess after disney princess who was not blond: belle (literary goddess and my life’s great role model), snow white, pocahantas, mulan (and of course, anastasia {thought technically she was dreamworks, i think}). alex then went on to point out that i look most like pocahantas (paler skin, of course) and maybe a little like mulan. keep in mind i’m a white, irish-catholic girl from texas. thing is, he’s kinda right.

as for the fairytale portion, mine is yet unknown. well, that’s not entirely true. for now the fairytale is one of me living by myself in new york city and taking the world by storm (and by storm, i mean figuring it out inch by pain-staking inch).

i love new york, i do (much of the time). but i can’t stop dreaming of red vespas, breezy sundresses, and sandals against cobblestone. the careless curvature of intersecting piazza and street. small, sunlit kitchens with copper kettles and adjacent balconies. unprocessed foods and bright shutters against aging stone structures.

europe has my heart.

oh, to be european! to dress like one and eat like one and travel like one. to love like one! and just as soon as i figure out how i promise you this: i’ll spend my days traversing italy and france, scotland and germany, austria and switzerland, with the man i’ve always dreamt of and nothing but a pen, a piece of paper, and the very best camera my grubby little fingers can get a hold of.

(of course if the end days happens before this–and in new york, it’s set to happen this saturday–i might be in trouble).

for now i toil away here in the states, living a charmed but often lonesome, little life. you see, i’m still waiting for the prince to arrive on his impressive white horse and whisk me away.

waiting is not quite right though. i am a modern girl in a modern world braiding my rapunzel rope one goldspun (brunet) strand at a time.

(and this is where baseball comes in). lately it feels as though i’m on the brink of something. on the brink of a new life–man, pen, camera and all. this feeling is persistent and nagging and all-together wonderful. and so the thing i keep coming back to, my touchstone words are these: if you build it, they will come.

and so i’m building. and dreaming. and sending up prayer after prayer that my fairytale comes to fruition. and i have this sneaking, wonderful, little suspicion that it just might. despite, or maybe just because of, my long, dark locks.


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  • Reply wilybrunette

    so honored that i got to do this!! hope scotland is treating you well!! xo.

    May 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Bridget

    i think my husband and i BOTH have a crush on sarah (and jb). and their life basically. we hope to meet one day but im wondering if we shouldn't so i can just keep up this faraway obsession charade.

    jk sarah. we're going to meet.

    meg, wouldn't mind meeting you either. and in europe. on your fairytale.

    May 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply bubble and squeak

    love this sentiment. love.

    May 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Caitlin C.

    Meg, this is beautiful! I love how your put your thoughts into writing in such a creative way. I am also praying for my fairytale to come true as well πŸ™‚

    May 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply Krystal

    this was a lovely read!!!

    May 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply Alex

    I was so excited to see you over here! Seriously, being European is the dream. They just have that extra SOMETHING don't they?

    May 18, 2011 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Mary Grace

    Oh Meg! How I love the way you write!

    P.S. You do look kinda like Mulan.

    May 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Ashley Lane Hamlin

    Oh…good…GRACIOUS! Please tell me you're my soul mate, Meg! I know exactly, exactly, EXACTLY how you feel.

    A modern girl loving life, but really- can I have the fairy tale too?

    May 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Ana*

    I am so happy you wrote about this. I was at work today, thinking about how "we" -> women have been conditioned to think that our lives and greatest adventures start after we find that one prince. I have an itch for the unknown, and honestly I am not sure if I want to keep waiting around for that prince… who knows? maybe I will meet my prince while I am having the adventure of my life, and if I don't, it will still be my very own fairytale.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Alisha

    I LOVE IT! Great writing Meg, really!! Your reference to Field of Dreams is dead on πŸ™‚ You price is just around the corner!

    I heart you, pretty girl!


    PS. Miss you already, Sarah!!

    May 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply brigid rose

    gosh this was beautiful.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Maggy

    I like Alex's suggestion and your written response – to each his own fairy tale πŸ™‚

    May 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]

    great post!!! will it help if i told you most european girls dream of living in nyc??

    May 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply .Jessica.

    I'm obsessed with Meg's beautiful writing. So glad you had her on here!

    May 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

    what brenna says is true. all my students gush about living in nyc all the time. this is why empire state of mind is their fav song/ why their FB statuses are always comprised of its lyrics.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:58 pm
  • Reply SavedthruLove

    ANASTASIA!!! I can't believe I have forgotten about such an amazing movie. I love that movie. The singing, the storyline, the beautiful dresses, the russian setting! The happy ending. The deceit and betrayal. THE LOVE!! The passion. Oh dear, I am quite sad I don't yet have that movie on DVD! IT was so amazing.
    Thank you for reminding me girl :).

    You are a great writer. I have yet to see your blog. I don't know how you look. But your writing is attractive! You took me away in my sleepy, exhausted state and I am in love. I want your prince FOR YOU!! I want your dreams to come true! For your prayers to manifest into the form of a beautiful life and a beautiful man to experience it with. I am too a waiting woman. Waiting patiently for that man that GOD has (his will of course) destined for me to be with and to embark on the journeys of our greatest desires with together. But until then I have soooo much cleaning up to do in my life financially and just ALL OVER. Lol. I am sometimes happy I haven't met him. Maybe I will be better by the time he comes around.

    I also think that life does not begin when He comes. It is just one thing that makes it better :). Being single is amazing. But these days I have been itching and yearnin a bit to know if I shall ever have a hand to hold. A body to cuddle with. A mouth destined to only kiss mine until death to us part.

    Oh *sigh*


    May 19, 2011 at 12:20 am
  • Reply Micaela

    amazing… all of it. i could feel your excitement at this next unwritten chapter of your life…

    happy hope?

    europe… yes italy. don't forget our promise to go there one day and lunch.

    beautiful guest post on a beautiful blog x

    May 19, 2011 at 12:26 am
  • Reply Jenni @ Story of My Life

    This. gave. me. goosebumps.

    But Meg's writing always does.

    Amazingly well-weaved little story! I know know KNOW something amazing is just around the bend for you. πŸ™‚

    May 20, 2011 at 3:58 am
  • Reply Swirls of Happy

    WOW! Just came upon your blog and I LOVE IT!!!!! Now following πŸ™‚

    May 20, 2011 at 8:23 pm
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