Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Literary Stylings: Dig That Futuristic Collar!

Hurray! I'm back to my "real" hair! 
I still have the outline of the dye a bit, but it's about 70% flaked off (yeah, that would be my dyed scalp, sorry for the gross-out).

  • Jacket - Le Chateau, consignment; first seen here in April with leaves and ketchup
  • Skirt - Kay Unger, thrifted; purchased here a couple of weekends ago for $7.99
  • Shoes - Steve Madden, purchased in 2006; last seen here on New Year's Eve in December 2014

For Lorena, who asked if we ever let Vizzini out - nope. The closest he's ever been to outdoors is in his cat-cage going to the vet.

We live close to town between two very busy streets, plus I like all the birds in our neighbourhood - and Vizzini would be a vicious bird murderer. He already tries to murder us; I'm sure he would try to take on a raccoon or a deer and get himself hurt. We run him around a lot (we call it "yard work," like in a prison, heh) and play with him and he loves all four of his scratching posts, so he gets lots of exercise. Despite his sneak escapes into the hallway (rare), that's the closest he gets to outdoors.
"I'd be a beast in the wild."
Okay, clothes!  My blazer has such a neat collar - it reminds me of this jacket that Paul Reiser wore in "Aliens." So, sorta space-y, right? I'm linking up to Gracey's "Literary Stylings."

The jacket got a lot of compliments too - I was told I looked very corporate. I had a crappy day (my computer tanked), so it was at least nice to know I looked good.
LOVED wearing this skirt all day - it's so nice on, and so soft. I loved the little ruffled hem.

The stuff:
I don't wear these shoes much, but I love how they look on. So pretty!

Bronze bling:
The leaf bracelet has a very strong magnetic closure - it constantly stuck to my keys, this bracelet and a few pieces of cutlery.

  • Cuff - About Tine
  • Chain bracelet - Club Monaco
  • Earrings - thrifted

In keeping with previous Literary Stylings, here's the lit I've been reading this past month.

First up, Julian May's "Ironcrown Moon" which is Book Two in the Boreal Moon Tale.
I don't have the 3rd book, and I'll read it if I find it, but I'm not going out of my way to get it. I enjoyed Book One last month, but this one lost me. I didn't find the story as compelling, and the main character felt flat to me. This was a disappointment after the promise of the first book. Dang, I wanted to like this more than I did.

Next is my follow-up bathroom book to the disastrously awful novel, "Random Walk" - also by Lawrence Block - is a quick adventure in his Evan Tanner spy series.
By the numbers, but I like the easy-going writing style. I prefer the Matthew Scudder novels, but it's fine for a bathroom book.

One of my coworkers, Stuart, loaned me this book. We had one of those "Ohmygod, you have to read this" conversations after I confessed I'd never heard of Lois McMaster Bujold (wiki link), who's won a bunch of Hugo Awards.
This book, "Cordelia's Honor" is actually two in one: "Shards of Honor" and "Barrayar", which kicked off the Vorkosigan Saga, a huge number of interconnected books and shorter pieces (link here). I've finished "Shards of Honor." I enjoyed it, especially the main character, Cordelia. It's a rollicking sci-fi adventure with political machinations among interesting characters.

Book Club is tomorrow night, and I'll have a new book to read. It's also my turn coming up to pick the next book - exciting! I'm thinking maybe some sci-fi!


  1. I've been a regular lurker for years, but I almost never comment. (The last time I did was several years ago, and probably under a different name.) I just had to tell you that I LOVE Cordelia's Honor. I read it twice last year. I finished reading the rest of the Vorkosigan Saga earlier this year, just in time for the next book to be announced. The other books are great, but I think Cordelia's Honor is still my favorite.

    Anyway, yours is one of the few fashion blogs I still read. I especially enjoy reading it with my mom. :)

  2. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, possibly again! :) I'm glad you enjoy checking me out with your mom - my mom is a reader as well. I'm excited to dive into the next book!

  3. Great structured jacket, I think it works perfect with that skirt.
    Thanks for replying on Vizzini, I wonder if you took him out on a leach how he'd behave...

  4. wow that is such a great outfit, I love your blog!

  5. Sheila,

    I'm another Vorkosigan Saga lover, especially "Cordelia's Honor." I found it several years ago, devoured the books in a very short period of time, and shared the discovery with my father. Who had already read them!!! (Arg, how could he not tell me?!?) LMB portrays Cordelia and Miles in such human, relatable fashions.

    Further reading? I love Anne Bishop's series: Black Jewels, Tir Alainn, and The Others. Also on my keeper shelf: Wen Spencer, Lynn Flewelling, Jim Butcher, Rob Thurman, Tanya Huff, Patricia Briggs, and Ilona Andrew.

    So pleased to read about your Vizzini stewardship, the birds are grateful.

    I check your blog each week, and thoroughly enjoy what you and L share.

    Many thanks,

  6. That blazer is slaying me with its marvelous-ness!!! About three years ago now I developed a deep appreciation for the colour mustard/saffron yellow and have been in love with it ever since. I don't have a blazer in it yet, but goodness, are you making me want one all the more. Let the hunt begin! :)

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  7. The jacket and skirt have such a flattering shape - no wonder you received so many compliments!

    I haven't read any of the books you've put in this post so I can't make any intelligent comments. I like some science fiction but can't say I'm a regular reader. My brain is so mushy these days I can't remember what the book was the I just finished reading :(


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