Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Literary Stylings - Upper-Class Castle-Wear

I'm linking up to Gracey's "Literary Stylings" again over at Fashion for Giants.
The intent with this outfit is to look snooty.

  • Jacket - Talbots, consignment; last seen here for the last "Literary Stylings" in February 
  • Sweater - Cable & Gauge, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in November 2014 peeking out from Kim's jacket
  • Skirt - Edging, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2014 with a leather shirt
  • Shoes - Sencha Teapot, Fluevog; last worn here in November 2014 with dark florals

Do I look upper-crusty high society?

Okay, maybe not. Maybe with the scarf.
I did really like the "I'm going riding shortly" vibe of this, though.

The stuff:
Fab shoes, although getting a little worn.

Gold bling:
 You can see the colour of my jacket there much better - a real forest green.

  • Scarf - vintage 80s, Pierre Balmain, Paris, thrifted
  • Pin - Grandma W
  • Earrings - vintage fair

I was glad of the scarf today, as I was very chilly in my office. Apparently the boilers weren't working. No kidding!

Okay, this is what I read in February!
This was Elaine's pick for Book Club, Haruki Murakami's "Norwegian Wood". It was okay - the characters felt a bit flat and emotionless, and despite being set in Japan of the 1960s, it did not evoke the feeling of any particular time, despite references to songs (like the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood").

Next up: Iain Banks' "A Song of Stone" - this the book I based my outfit on. The main character lives in a castle for most of the story, and I imagine that some of the lush fabrics and tapestries are echoed in my outfit for today.
I'm working my way through both his regular fiction and science fiction (as Iain M. Banks). This was a crazy book; I'm not sure if it's set in our world or an alternate world, and the narrator is quite a despicable person. However, it's brilliantly written and the characters are vivid. There isn't much of a plot except for "everything goes downhill rapidly" (as you might guess from the cover), but I really enjoyed this.

Just finished this last night: Joe Hill's "20th Century Ghosts":
There aren't actually many ghosts in these short stories, but there sure are some great characters. Hill's writing is tight and sharp as a knife (kudos to his dad, Stephen King, for not passing along his long-windedness). Some of the stories in here are heart-breaking, some are super-creepy, and some are downright weird, but I liked every one. I can't wait to read more of his work.

I also read some graphic novels, 'cause that's how I roll.
"Can I eat these?"
 This is all of the Saga series so far, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.
It heavily borrows from "Star Wars" and other Romeo-and-Juliet tropes, but wonderful characters and an engaging plot-line. I'll read more as they come out.

I also mentioned earlier this month that I'd found this graphic novel in the thrift store:
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez' "Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft" - this was an awesome story, with very sympathetic characters, and interesting twists and turns. I hope they have written more of them, because I want to read more! What happens next?

And you? What have you read this month?


  1. Tally-ho. Wot. Great upper-crust wear, especially with, ahem, Balmain.
    I'm reading a hideous, hideous book, just to make myself feel bad, called All is Vanity by Christina Schwarz. It's about a woman who thinks she's a good enough writer to write a novel. This is the fifth time or so I've read it and every time I feel bad about myself. I highly recommend it...?

  2. Stopping by from Literary Styling: I love that you read Saga and Locke & Key - I've always wanted to check them out. But I still have a stack of The Sandman to finish, so I guess those will have to wait.

  3. Beautiful, lush colors and textures in your outfit. Not too snooty, but definitely above the hoi-polloi.

    Interesting books. I'm not into "fantasy fiction" much, but they do sound interesting. Especially the one by Stephen King's son. I'm reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and I just finished The Sun Also Rises for my book group, who's meeting tonight. I don't know why Hemingway became famous! It's very prosaic and dull.

  4. You've inspired me to try Iain Banks - I just finished re-reading Brave New World, so I'm ready for more bad futures. Love your posh look! xox

  5. Oh wow, I am amazed at how much reading you have done.. i 've only been reading for school, no leisure reading for me.
    Although after returning from Cuba I now have Hemigway's Old Man and the Sea on my nightstand waiting to be tackled.

  6. I'm TRYING to keep my nose in the air while looking at your snooty riding-inspired outfit. I DO love it but cannot get out of my mind a picture of you trying to mount a horse in that skirt! All the uncontrollable laughter has interfered with my ability to properly stay on task with ANY book reading! Ride on!


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