OOTD :: of little women, rebels and sea gulls

We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast to give you your monthly installment of Thoughtful Third Thursday.

In June, we celebrate our Favorite Childhood Read and, after much brain perusing and memory lane walking, I finally committed to one book.

DIGRESSION: I always have a hard time when people ask me for my favorite anything because there’s all this pressure. Your “favorites” define who you are as a person but since we all know what a quintessential indecisive Gemini I am, my answers all really depend on my mood/who’s asking/what planet is in retrograde at the time.

I’ve been spending too much time living in the serial world. I think I’m overdue to highlight a standalone book. So even though my earliest memories of reading are of Nancy Drew, Bobbsey Twins and Barbara Cartland novels (more on the latter later), I dub Little Women by Louisa May Alcott my Favorite Childhood Read.

Why? Because, despite its simplicity, idealism and a propensity for Puritanical preaching, I truly found a kindred spirit in Jo March. Of course, everyone wants to identify with the indisputable heroine of the novel, but there really was something about her abrasiveness and stubbornness masking a good heart that spoke to me. Also, her love for words and books, her flouting of convention, and her propensity for writing in a lonely garret read like a biography of me in my pre-tween years.

And her journey from headstrong hellion to capable adult became a road map for me when I went through that painful transition from pampered Filipino gentility to independent American middle class.

Jo never surrendered her spirit but managed to temper it with the wisdom of experience and age, and I still look to her to this day to guide me and inspire me.

My outfit today exemplifies all that I admire in Jo March. The pairing of neon with traditional plaid speak of her tendency to defy convention. The sensible loafers represent the practicality and reliability she acquired later in life. And the whimsical bird print not only symbolizes the inner child she managed to nurture well into her tenure as matriarch in Little Men, but also showcases the first of the following quotes I picked out for your reading pleasure.





“You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.”

“I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.”

“Don’t try to make me grow up before my time…”

“I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them, as I used to spoil my copybooks; and I make so many beginnings there never will be an end.”

“I like good strong words that mean something…”


And now it’s your turn – what is your Fave Childhood Read and how would you wear it? Click on the blue froggy below and tell us all about it!



 : Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Merona @ eBay
  Cardi – GAP
Skirt – Land’s End
Loafers – Naturalizer

Thank you for your patience with this interruption.

Thrilled for Thursday will be back next week.

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27 thoughts on “OOTD :: of little women, rebels and sea gulls

  1. Ooooh, I love Little Women so much. I really love the film version with Winona Ryder as Jo, too. Sorry I missed T3 this month–camp is pretty crazy!

    • mtsedwards says:

      No worries on T3. Although next month’s is actually more difficult – for me, at least – so it would’ve been better if you’d missed that. LOL.

      Been stalking your camp photos on Instagram. Looks like so much fun!

  2. Okay, I made it. It was touch-and-go there for a bit though. Like you, I don’t have a flat-out favorite. So, I went with one of my favorites and I think it worked out okay.

    Thank you for hosting!

  3. I’m like you; I can’t choose a favorite. I have several favorites in pretty much every category. But, I thought long and hard this weekend and figured out a book I really did love as a child; I’ll be linking up on Tuesday. That’s not too late, is it?

    • mtsedwards says:

      Well, considering you’re my buddy and you’ve intrigued me, I’ve extended the deadline. Will noon thirty on Tuesday PST be enough time for you? ;p

  4. jenortega says:

    I really do love this outfit! I should have known that you would choose Little Women, but I was surprised that Trixie Belden didn’t get a shout out : )

    • mtsedwards says:

      No one really knows Trixie Belden. Besides, she was more a pre-tween obsession rather than a childhood fave. 😄

  5. You might not believe this, but Little Women was my favorite too…and pretty much for the same reasons…oh, what fun you and I would have if we could hang out! Ha!

    • mtsedwards says:

      You and I are sisters from another mister! LOL! Too much Orange is the New Black viewing; can you tell? 😜

  6. lookbeyondbeauty says:

    Great outfit! :))
    lets follow each other? 🙂 http://lookbeyondbeauty.wordpress.com

  7. Val S says:

    I love the way you described your decisions and how each piece of clothing exemplifies something about Jo. Makes me want to read Little Women again, although it was not one of my faves, and I never read Little Men. Maybe I’d get more out of it as an adult. Anyway, lovely post – very thoughtful – and I love the little birds with the plaid skirt!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Huzzah for Target and their Favorite Shirts series!

      And I recommend Little Men immensely. It reads episodically so you can attack the novel like a magazine – read in small, bite-sized portions.

  8. Jen says:

    H Maricel – I joined the link up but didn’t realize there was a theme until today. Sorry! I will be sure to match the theme going forward. I don’t read as much as I would like so I don’t know if I’ll always be able to participate, but when I’ve got something, I will. Thanks for hosting.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, Jen! No worries! We only really started doing themes this time around. All submissions are always welcome because we love books and I, personally, am always on the lookout for more things to add to my library queue. 😀

  9. jangrahammcmillen says:

    Yep. You made a Jo March-worthy outfit. Visually attractive and suits your character to a T … at least one element of your character. It’s clear you embody all her virtues.
    Speaking of retrogrades, I’m not committing to anything while Mercury is in one, but “Little Women” is right up there as a favorite. When I first read it, I wanted to be Amy. Didn’t feel Jo-ish until much later.
    It was Jane Eyre that got to me. Her unwavering devotion to the people she loved was a big part of that … sad I had to grow up and see my own flaws on that level, and the flaws of my loved ones and our somtimes wavering relationships. Can’t say I can really nail down a favorite. As soon as I think of one, another pops up from memory and wants the place of honor!

  10. I love how your outfit ties in with the quotes, that you were verbose in your explanation, and that you knotted another shirt! I’m working on a list for The Classics Club Challenge, and a re-read of Little Women (possibly a read aloud to the kids) is definitely going on the list!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I think you may just have me convinced to join the knotting club. And if you do read Little Women out loud to your kids, tell me how they react; I’ve been trying to foist Nancy Drew on Aly and she’s having none of it because she says it’s “too old-fashioned.” :/

      • Oh man! I’ve heard that a lot from other parents. I’ve read lots of older books to my kids (and my some has read plenty on his own) and they’ve never complained. Occasionally, they’ll ask for an explanation or comment that something is weird (like 6 year old Betsy walking to school by herself in our current series).
        Perhaps you could ease her into older books with time travel books like The Magic Treehouse or The Sixty-Eight Rooms.

  11. Patti says:

    I adored all the Winnie the Pooh books, had them read to me, then read them over and over. I love the quiet, simple Winnie and always root for him. And Tigger, natch, for energy!

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