OOTD :: of peculiar children, ruffles, and wind

See that little blue frog at the bottom, right before the facts?

You know what that means, don’t you?

That’s right, my lovelies! It’s T3 time!

This month, I’ve got a doozy of a book to share with you. And to set the tone, I present my first filtered pic:

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I’ve previously refrained from touching up my photos besides the necessary Photoshop lightening and sharpening because I’m told folks don’t come to a style blog for artsy-fartsy photos; they come for the clothes. And if I put the pics through filters, then that defeats the purpose of coming for the clothes, yeah?

But I’m in the midst of Hollow City by Ransom Riggs and I think I can be allowed some creative license today. The second of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children novels, this is a conundrum of a book for me.

You see, I greatly admire – and even envy, from a fellow novelist’s perspective – the cleverness of the conceit: the books are a first-person narrative of the protagonist’s adventures with the aforementioned peculiar children interspersed with actual vintage photos that are both hauntingly creepy and laughably fake.

Sadly, the actual content does not match the brilliance of the conceit. The story feels cobbled together, not by a strong plot (it’s pretty derivative of the X-men mythos) or profound character development (it’s an origin story for ten children; ouch!), but by the photos themselves. Riggs has pretty much admitted that he had the pictures first before he firmed up the tale, and it doesn’t take a literary genius to realize there are loads of times when the story meanders just so a particularly curious photo can illustrate it.

This editorial oversight (c’mon, even a first-year English teacher would’ve caught it!) was painful in the first book but not as apparent – albeit present – in the second. And this is why I’m cautiously recommending it as a fluff piece, something to pick up and race through if you’re in the mood for brain candy. Sure, there are far too many other greater books to while away your hours with, but the photos alone make it worth a look-see.

And if you’re remotely as wimpy as I am, you can join me in feeling rather courageous toting around a book whose front cover frankly scares the becheezits outta me.

Anyhoo, if you recall, I’m not only am I dressing for T3 today; I’m also working on Anne’s 30s theme, and according to Sammy Davis Vintage, ruffles are the shiznit 30s fashion trend (okay, she didn’t say “shiznit” but I bet she would’ve if she’d thought about it).

I’m thinking this silhouette is more 40s, but it’s the only blatantly ruffly thing I own and I’m adding some serious ba-bling, so I hope I’ve got the whole period thing covered.

Now if only I hadn’t picked the windiest day of the week for my photo shoots…

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The outfit in all its technicolored detail.

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I think I prefer the filtered pics for this outfit.

Okay, my fellow bookworms! It’s your turn! Linky linky! I wanna know what you all are reading and how you’re interpreting your literary inspiration. Click on the happy blue frog and partake in the festivities!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Ross
Necklace – F21
Pumps – Seychelles

:: Linking ::
Thoughtful Third Thursday @ A Bibliophile’s Style
52 Pick-me-up @ Spy Girl

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19 thoughts on “OOTD :: of peculiar children, ruffles, and wind

  1. Eh. I’m mightily glad I don’t listen to duplicitous rules – bah! Most editorials in magazines, particularly fashion mags/glossies, are full to the rafters with ‘arty farty’ photos; the vast majority are CGI-ed to oblivion with overly touched models and backgrounds or completely juxtaposed backgrounds/settings and people buy them in droves and lust over everything. Yet it’s not ok for fashion bloggers? Bah! If that were true at least half my pics would never have gotten any views especially mum’s ones since she’s a living/breathing artist soul and her backgrounds all intricately educate about different themes/issues. A load of mine have stuff in the background/borders as well mainly to cover up the dull setting or change the monotony of taking pics in the same place. That said there’s a fair amount of art and design on my blog and it’s not pure style/fashion themed. But anyway – if people want street photography all the time the internet is chocabloc with it.

    I like your filters – Sepia is definitely the favourite of many and I prefer it because I know Black/White is more used to give character to photos that were lacking to start with. Like you said about not wanting to lose the colour completely – if the photographs doesn’t have ‘it’ as it is in colour then making it Black/White saves it from the bin or discards pile saved on backup. That’s not comparing them to pictures actually taken in Black/White film though, that is a skill to portray the moment.

    Anyways – moving on the book! That cover is quite something – was there nothing very quotable in it? What you’ve said reminds me of Clive Barker’s ‘Abarat’ series (YA horror/fantasy) where he had the paintings for the first book and then put the story together, his story was pretty good though.

    I like the soft fabric of the dress very much, it’s good that it has trim to settle it a bit though of course no match for the wind! (Good thing for the belt 😉 ) The necklace is the finishing touch!

    • There were a few quotable parts – he is quite adept at diction, actually – but I felt this entry was getting a bit wordy and I do have to keep in mind the majority of my followers who really only ever skim (my sisters included, lol!).

      Yep, I’m liking my filters. I have a feeling I could go overboard buying filters for my app. Thank goodness the one I’m using is pretty basic and doesn’t offer a lot of selections that weren’t already free.

      And although that necklace almost scraped my neck raw – those petals are vicious! – I do love how they nestle nicely in that decolletage!

      • Some people will read what you write 😉 but it’s upto you. I won a Readership blog award recently and am having a hard time thinking of who to pass it on to because of that exact reason, whilst I read other people’s posts that I comment on or like, many people just go click click click down their WP reader or fave blog list.

        I don’t know how smartphones work or any modern phone lol but I’m guessing you can upload them first and save on your computer? If that’s the case there might be some free colour filters online.

        You could glue a bit of fabric behind the sharp parts on the necklace :-S

        • Oh, fabric on the necklace! Now that’s a great idea!

          I use Photoshop lots but am not overly fond of their filters because they require a little more effort. Phone apps are so much easier. ;p

    • Does that mean I have license to filter to my heart’s desire? Judiciously, of course.

      Can’t wait to see what brilliance you’re concocting for us, Gracey dear. It’s sure to be a whopping success knowing you. 😀

    • I think I can get away with the sepia because of the monochromatic-ness of the outfit. Had I been wearing colors, I’d have been loathe to take the vividness away. Oh, and it’s also probably the ruffles. ;p

  2. I love this! And I love the treated photos. I feel like I need to raise my level of creativity when I see pictures like this.

    The book sounds like a great idea, but like you said, there are so many good books out there that are a better way to spend my time. It would be interesting to write a book and then go see if you could find the right photos…

    • You’re already pretty darned creative yourself. Must I invoke your most memorable (for me anyway) post with the fur hat and the Russian tall tale?! I still haven’t gotten around to copying that technique but trust me when I say I’ve dreamed of many a post that could properly do your idea justice.

      And yes, I’d have been a lot more impressed had it been the other way around with the story and the photos as you say.

    • I’d not worn this necklace since I got it because the gosh-darned flowers keep twisting on themselves and there’s nothing that peeves me more than inverted accessories. However, once I trained it to stay, it does fill the decolletage quite nicely and I’m glad you noticed that too.

      I’d say borrow it from the library first. My students are all over this book – they say it has a John Green-esque (of “Looking for Alaska” and “The Fault in Our Stars” fame) vibe – but I’m not buying it.

  3. What can I say? I can’t leave for work until I read you! Yes, it makes me late. I don’t care! The traffic is better 30 minutes (um, one hour) later anyway. What do they want, Crabby Anne who had to sit in her car for 80 minutes or Happy Anne who got to work in 45 minutes? Just ask Severo. He knows Crabby Anne all too well.
    The ruffles, the wind, the sepia — lovely. Curious about the creepy photos. Will peruse at B&N. Thanks for linking or the mention and always for being you!

    • So I wore a sh*t-eating grin after I read this. That was probably the best compliment a writer could possibly receive. Because as we both know, I’m really a writer at heart; it’s all about the words.

      And we certainly don’t want a Crabby Anne. Can I meet Severo? Coz I think that’d be brilliant, to be able to rub shoulders (metaphorically, of course) with celebrity!

      If not TARDIS blue, then sepia, I think, could be my signature color. 😀

      • Severo: not your run-of-the-mill celebrity, a Filipino one! Of course you can meet him! Especially if lumpia, adobo, or oxtails are involved!

        • Will he cook it? Coz I’m miserable at preparing Filipino cuisine. My dad never shared any of his recipes. :/ We can always go out to eat, of course.

  4. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one to combine T3 and Anne’s 1930s link up! I got so excited about my book that I almost forgot the 1930s, but it all worked out. 😀
    I like the filtered photos! Do you mind if I borrow that idea? Not for everyday outfits, but for special link ups, like this?

    • Yes, it certainly did. I’m telling ya, ever since I started being more interactive with this blogging thing, I’ve become a great believer in serendipity.

      And yes, you may borrow the filtered photos idea even though it’s not mine to loan out. I actually feel like a bit of an out-of-the-loop Luddite because it seems anyone and their mothers are filtering like mad anymore. I think this is what happens when one doesn’t have an Instagram. ;p

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