Tiger Lily

park city 2011

Peter Pan Syndrome – “never grow up” – that’s the name we’ve assigned our ailment. It lies mostly dormant. We wake up in the morning, shower and dress ourselves, go to work. At night we cook dinner and take out the trash. We pay bills, write to-do lists, talk about the future, sometimes even make the bed. It’s as if we are real grown-ups. But there’s nothing like a vacation to agitate the condition.

We spent most of the first week of September in Park City, Utah on our annual trip with Gregor’s parents. In cooler weather it’s a bustling ski town and the site of the Sundance Film Festival, but in the quiet summer months it becomes our Neverland.

We went to the zoo and the Miners’ Day parade, raced wheeled sleds down alpine slides, stopped in every deserted tourist trinket shop and filled bags with arrowheads, fool’s gold and polished stones. We scrambled over mountain peaks chasing teepees, adorned ourselves in feathers and masks, and played like lost boys.

dancing overlap

dancing lights

trinity headdress

mirror image headdress

[Kimchi & Blue dress from Urban Outfitters, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, headdress and beaded necklace from Southwest Indian Trader’s, Park City, UT]

Vacations are strange creatures. One day I’m weaving wildflowers through my shoelaces and debating whether I’ll wear a floral crown or a feather headdress. The next I am waking up early, putting on sensible shoes, going to work, paying bills… You could almost believe it never happened, except that the to-do lists have grown longer.

And there are pictures.

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12 Responses to Tiger Lily

  1. Samantha says:

    holly- these pictures- and words- are amazing :)



  2. Holly you have such amazing quality posts. You always inspire me to be a better blogger.



  3. Looks like you had so much fun! My family has a condo in Deer Valley, which is super close to Park City. I’m not much of a skier, but I love going out there to eat, shop and explore. I think it’s particularly fun in the summer…maybe we’ll end up out there at the same time at some point :)


    • holleigh says:

      How crazy – their place is actually in Deer Valley as well! And being not much of a skier myself, I 100% prefer it in the summer. We’ll have to compare travel dates next time!


  4. Hilary Grace says:

    It was so nice meeting you at the swap last Thursday!! I think often about the hustle and bustle of the adult life. So often I think to myself, “I’m a grown-up now? Weird!” I don’t know that it’ll ever sink in. Vacations are definitely necessary for survival in this grown-up 9-5 life! :) Anyway I love that dress, and those two necklaces look great together!


  5. holleigh says:

    It was great meeting you! Hopefully I’ll see you at more upcoming events (and we can be entirely in denial of growing up).


  6. Amanda says:

    Ive been meaning to comment on this post for a while…I love everything about it..the pictures, the words, the feeling… I quite often get bit by the never want to grow up bug, which sometimes makes me want to run away, but usually finds me at home, building a tent of pretty patterns to hide in and draw pictures and eat snacks…wearing a feathered headdress would be a good thing to add to that list :)


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