Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Literary Stylings: Pink and Dotted

Back to work! Aw, these long weekends are never long enough. 
Do I look literary? My books are not so conducive to dressing like the characters, but I'm linking up with Gracey's "Literary Stylings" because she's helping me make books a priority! I love to read, and it's just far to easy to get sucked into the morass of mind-numbing garbage on TV.

  • Jacket - Le Chateau, consignment; last seen here with oranges in April
  • Polka dot blouse - handmade, vintage fair; last worn here (2nd outfit) in September 2014 for the big Vintage Expo
  • Skirt - Conrad C, thrifted; last seen here in April 2014 while trying not to puke
  • Shoes - Franco Sarto, thrifted; first worn here (4th outfit) a couple of weeks ago

It was a hot day today, so I mostly wore this outfit like this, with no jacket.
Cat not included
I liked the soft but bright colours of this outfit, however, it's been over a year since I wore this pink skirt, so I'm going to have to seriously consider whether it stays in my wardrobe or not.
"I like the skirt - you should keep it and let me sleep on it"
The blouse is a keeper. I love it, despite its crappy sewing, mismatched buttons and buttonholes. It looks better under a jacket, though.
"Bored now. Let me in the hallway."
The stuff:
First time wearing these shoes for a full day - I knew I'd have to do some walking in them, and they were great.

Swirly bling:
I have to pop my jacket back on for my WW meeting tonight.

  • Pin - Sarah Coventry, vintage fair
  • Ring - vintage fair
  • Bracelet - Coro, vintage 60s, Mom's
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

Here's what I read since the last "Literary Stylings" here:
Two graphic novels: "The Last Temptation" by Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli and Alice Cooper. Unless you are a Neil Gaiman completionist or a major Alice Cooper fan, skip it (I'm both, and I was a bit "meh" about it.

The other is "Ten Grand" by J. Michael Straczynski, Ben Templesmith and CP Smith. I'm a fan of J. Michael Straczynski as the writer of the TV show "Babylon Five" (an excellent show, at least for 4 seasons). I wasn't much of a fan of the art in this, but the story was intriguing. I will probably get the next volume.

I also read some other books.
From left:

  • "Heart-Shaped Box" by Joe Hill - Solid horror novel, which actually scared me in parts! Great characters and the story just charges along. Recommended if you're not easily scared. Heh.
  • Vice Magazine's "Dos & Don'ts" - Ugh, this was just terrible. Never buy books that are sealed. Thanks to L for buying it for me, but I want this out of my house. It made me feel dirty, wasn't funny and just ugh. Avoid.
  • "I am Legend" by Richard Matheson - This is a collection of Matheson's short stories, including the classic novella "I am Legend" which was made into that awful Will Smith movie. The story felt a little stale, but then you have to remember that it's an early pioneer in the vampire field; all this modern vampire fiction comes from this! 
  • "Feersum Endjinn" by Iain M. Banks - More working through Iain (M. means "sci-fi"; no M. means it's straight up fiction) Banks. I bought a horde of his paperbacks several months ago, and still have many to go. This novel is not one of his "Culture" world books; this one is set far into Earth's future. One of the characters, Bascule, writes phonetically (the title is "Fearsome Engine" for example), so big sections of the book were challenging for that (I ended up whispering them out loud to figure out all of it), but overall another strong book! Recommended. 
Thanks, Gracey! What are you reading, my friends? 


  1. Great polished look, including the handsome kitteh. I am on an Iain Banks roll now (no M yet) - he's gone too soon. xo

  2. Sheila, I'm so in love with this blouse. The style is so feminine and delightful. I'd offer to take the skirt off your hands... um, your hips, but I doubt it'd fit mine. You have such nice clothes.

  3. I adore that blouse! I'm a sucker for polka dots :)
    I'm re-reading the Agent Pendergast series - a bit purple-prose-ish, but still fun to read. And I'm waiting impatiently for the next Charlie Parker book from John Connolly.

  4. I agree, the blouse does look better under a jacket - you're always looking sharp She.

  5. Chuck the skirt! Aaarg. Any clothing that you associate with puke must go! Well, unless you like it now...

    I'm reading Worst. Person. Ever., by Douglas Coupland for the third time. First time, hated it. Second time, I thought it was clever. Third time...shall we say it will be joining your pink skirt? Puke!

  6. I hate when I find a fantastic piece but it's made of lesser materials with shitty construction. The blouse is fantastic.

    Those white shoes are surprisingly interesting.

  7. I love the WHOLE outfit! The pink skirt, jacket, and especially the blouse! My absolute favorite part (and always is) are the Vizzini quotes, pictures and captions. I am curious, just how do you pronounce his name? Is there any significance to his name (other than being his name)?

    I guess I would be a lurker, even though I do comment once in awile. As always, thanks for your very enjoyable blog. I love your style!



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