Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Literary Stylings #16: Hidden

As I said last week, Hidden, by Paul Jaskunas, was really the only book I read last month that I liked:

As it's entirely too cold to be running about in a wet nightie sans undercrackers, I decided to base my look not on the cover, but on a passage from the book.

I recall we had a cold November.  There were snow flurries, and the flakes were a reminder of a secret the world was trying to tell me about myself.  The colder it became, the more I wanted to feel beautiful.  I bought pleated skirts, snug dresses, tights, and open-neck blouses.  I wore jewelry and perfume to sustain myself.

And here is my outfit:

As you can see, my skirt has a few pleats in it and I paired it with tights and an open-neck blouse.  I'm also wearing both jewelry and perfume:

Earrings: Moorea Seal   Necklace: c/o Onecklace

Although the above passage inspired my look, I can't really relate to it.  Here the cold just makes me want to wear more and more layers.  I don't care if I feel beautiful or not, I'm all about feeling warm.  However, I do think this is an important passage in the book because I'm not sure she, the main character, Maggie Duke, is telling the truth.  I think she wanted to feel beautiful, but not because of the cold.

This book is very interesting because you never really know what the truth is.  In it, Maggie is attacked and nearly killed and her identification of her attacker based on her memories from that night get him sent to jail.  But, then you find out that perhaps her memories of that night are not, in fact, true and maybe he didn't do.  Maggie goes back through her memories of the time leading up to the attack as well as the attack itself and as she does so, you start to doubt her a little bit.  Not just about the attack, but about everything.

You never really do find out what happened to Maggie that night, or rather, the author provides a couple of different options.  It all depends on if you believe Maggie or not and you're definitely given reason not to.  Just as you're given reason not to believe the other characters in the book.

Again, this really was an interesting book and a good mystery.  And, as an added bonus, it produced an outfit I like:

Blouse: LOFT  Skirt: thrifted vintage  Blazer: Gap (similar)
Tights: SPANX  Booties: Splendid


And now, it's your turn.  Are you winning with your literary-inspired looks from last month's reads?  If so, don't forget to link up below!

Happy Tuesday, All!


Monday, March 2, 2015

The March Farce

Yesterday several bloggers posted about how happy they were that March was here because that means Spring is here.  This is what I posted yesterday:

And this is what I wore yesterday:

Because yesterday Spring in Western Pennsylvania arrived with a day of non-stop snow.  That's right.  Non-stop snow.

And that means I'm still in non-stop layers:

Coat: c/o Long Tall Sally  Sweater: thrifted (similar)  Turtleneck: Lands' End
Jeans: Old Navy (similar)  Boots: Sorel (similar)  Cap: Nordstrom

All the layers, folks.  So, let these photos be a warning to you not to believe the hype.  Don't buy into the March farce.  It's not Spring, it's just winter in a different month.

Happy Monday, All!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

What I Read: February

Unlike last month, I didn't love any of the books I read in February.  Most of them were pretty good, one was quite good and two I hated, but I didn't love any of them.  But, that's okay, I'll still figure out something to wear come next Tuesday.

Now, for the books.

Hidden, by Paul Jaskunas

This is the book I found to be quite good.  It's a pretty darned good mystery and well written.  The author does a very solid job of keeping the reader interested without giving too much away.  The book centers around an attack on a woman, Maggie Wilson, for which someone was been convicted and incarcerated. But, was it the right someone?  To be honest, I've read the book and even I'm not sure it was the right someone.  If you like very clear, very solid resolution at the end of your books, this is not the book for you.  But, if you like a good story, I definitely recommend this book.

The Magician King and The Magician's Land, by Lev Grossman

I actually read the first book in this series, The Magicians, in January, but apparently forgot to include it, probably because I didn't love it.  But, I didn't hate it either so I wanted to read the last two books.  Which I did this month.  They, like the first book, were only okay.  The concept behind these books is very imaginative and I liked that.  But, I didn't really like the writing that much.  For example, I hated how the author kept name-dropping Harry Potter, saying things like, but of course, Hogwarts is only imaginary and Brakebills (the school of magic in this series) is real.  Dude, you're both imaginary.  Also, the author has one way and one way only to describe breasts.  Heavy.  That's it.  That's the only descriptor he knows.  And after the second or third time, it begins to grate.  So, if you're not picky about writing, go ahead and read these.  They aren't bad and they really are pretty creative.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals, by J. Maarten Troost

This is one of the books that I read that I hated.  It's supposedly a memoir about the author's time living on a small atoll in the South Pacific called Kiribati.  There is no sex and there are no cannibals, but that's not why I didn't like it.  I mean, I understand giving books titles that will entice readers instead of a title that actually pertains to the book.  I'll be calling my memoirs "The Life and Times of the Most Fascinating Woman in the World."  Because, well, reader enticement.  No, I didn't like this book because I didn't like the author.  As I said in my Goodreads review, he strikes me as entitled and I, personally, don't care to read about the charmed life of an entitled, not funny man.

Love Monkey, by Kyle Smith

This is the other book that I hated.  I'm willing to admit that I missed the point of this book and it is, in fact, satirical genius.  But, I don't think so.  The main character is just gross.  I mean, he commends himself on not jumping on (his words) a women even though she has the audacity to be in his apartment in a tank top with her bra straps peeking out.  And that's just within the first 25 pages.  It gets even worse as the book goes on.  Just because the author introduces his main character as a man-child doesn't mean his behavior is any more palatable.  As I said in my Goodreads review, this character is effing terrible.  And so is the book.

Given what I read this month, I'm pretty sure I'll be tapping Hidden for my outfit inspiration for next Tuesday.  It really is an interesting book.

What about you, Reader Friends?  Did you read anything good this month?

Happy Thursday, All!


Belted and Scarved

This week's challenge over at Putting Me Together was to put a belt on it.  And "it" could be anything you wanted, other than pants.  I'm afraid I didn't get too creative with the challenge this week, choosing, as I often do, to just belt a dress:

I know, I know, belting a dress is far from groundbreaking.  But, I'm not just wearing a belt with my dress, I'm also wearing a scarf.

So, you know, that's something.

Oh.  Well, that was supposed to be a closer view of the scarf, but it mostly shows how crooked my belt is. Heh.

Crooked or no, my dress is belted and therefore this totally counts towards the challenge:

Dress: vintage, thrifted (similar)  Scarf: vintage, thrifted (similar)
Belt: v. old (similar)  Boots: Born Crown (similar)

Happy Thursday, All!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Black and Navy

It seems as though the Fashion Gods have gotten really lenient lately.  Because, just as it's now okay to wear leggings again (still?), it's also now okay to pair black and navy.

So I did:

Sweater: Gap  Skirt: Old Navy (similar) (similar)
Cap: Nordstrom  Boots: Piperlime (similar)

Of course, I've been wearing black and navy for awhile now.  Often with leggings, but I guess I'm still happy to have approval from on high.

What about you, Reader Friends?  Do you pair black and navy?

Happy Tuesday, All!