OOTD :: of lists and things

11.20.14

11.20.14

11.20.14

What I love about this jacket:

  • It’s a pale lavender and yet it doesn’t wash me out.
  • It’s got a unique ruched collar that looks great laid flat or scrunched up a bit to mimic a ruff.
  • It’s got that lovely swing back so I look interesting both coming and going.
  • It’s got fun slant pockets.
  • It’s got substantial hardware, both the zipper and the snap buttons at the pockets.
  • It’s the perfect length for fun-sized ol’ me.

What I love about these skinnies:

  • They’ve got that perfect stretch that’s both forgiving and flattering.
  • They’ve got a brocade print that is subtle enough for work but fancy enough to work for Medieval.
  • They’ve got pockets.

What I love about this outfit:

  • It’s comfy enough that I can run around and prepare the class Thanksgiving feast without fear but it’s stylish enough that I don’t feel like a Friday frump.
  • It’s 52 Pick-me-up compliant.
  • It’s Blogging Besties compliant because Whitney said “white lace tee + blue scarf + plaid skirt + blue sparkly flats” and I got that white lace tee all covered.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Jacket – Richard Chai for Target
Top – F21
Skinnies – Mossimo @ Target
Boots – Merona @ Target

:: Linking ::
Blogging Besties @ Whitney à la mode and Undergraduate Style

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T3 :: of Death, sass, and Croak

11.20.14

11.20.14

11.20.14

Gina Damico makes me laugh. She also restores my faith in young adult novels with her novel take on death and the afterlife. (Yes, I did do a pun right there.)

I picked up Croak, the first of her trilogy, on a whim based on the back of the book blurb alone. (Note to self: write a damned good back of the book blurb for your own novel.) And within the first few pages, I was smitten. Now here was a female protag with piss and vinegar that rivals the cockiest of her male counterparts, right down to the physical violence.

“The list of scars my students have sustained at the hand of your daughter grows longer each week. Poor Logan Hochspring’s arm will forever carry an imprint of her dental records!”
“You bit him?” Lex’s father said.
“He called me a wannabe vampire. What was I supposed to do?”
“Oh, I don’t know–maybe not bite him?”

The humor is witty and unexpected.

“She wished, as almost all kids wish at one point or another, that she could turn into a pterodactyl and fly away and never come back.”

And the characters, even the secondary ones, make me want to be best friends with all of them.

“Seriously?” she said with a glance of skepticism. Driggs and this nerdlinger? “You guys are best friends?”
Ferbus looked up briefly to give her a smug look. “We prefer the term heterosexual life mates.”

The best part? It’s not written in first person present tense, as all YA books these days seem to be. It’s good, old-fashioned exceptional third person past tense writing with intelligent and believable characters acting intelligently and believably even in extraordinary situations. I could pepper this entire post with my favorite quotes and still not do the book justice, so you all just need to run out and borrow/buy it right now and read it.

Now if I were half as cool as Lex (whose full name, btw, is Lexington because her mother is a history teacher and named her after a favorite Revolutionary War battle), I’d wear her requisite black hoodie and smirk. I, however, am not as cool and have to comply with the Medieval theme, so I give you my interpretation of being a modern-day medieval grim reaper instead.

I’m digging the detail of the jacket’s puffed sleeves and funnel neck, as well as the lace ups of the boots. And if you look closely, you’ll see a bit of a dashing ruffle in the shirt underneath for extra flair.

It’s a bit swashbuckle (look at them there sleeves!) but I do feel like I can conquer the world in this ensemble, so I’m calling this a win. And I’m leaving you with a final quote because brilliance:

“Should she go on? Or drop it? Maybe this was one of those things that people should keep to themselves, like a hatred of baby pandas or a passion for polka music. Everyone needs a secret or two.”

Now your turn. What book/quote/article inspired your sartorial splendor today? Do click on the blue froggy and tell!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – H&M
Jacket – Dress Barn
Pants – H&M
Boots – Charlotte Russe

OOTD :: of OTK boots, barmaids, and brocade

11.19.14

11.19.14

11.19.14

Hullo, Wordless Wednesday!

It’s medieval/bar wench/pirate ensemble day!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – NY&Co.
Vest – NY&Co.
Skirt – Behnaz Sarafpour for Target
Boots – jcp

:: Linking ::
WIWW @ The Pleated Poppy

Tomorrow is T3! Get your book on! (Or article or blog post or Pinterest quote…)

OOTD :: of dragon scales and elfin magic

11.18.14

11.18.14

11.18.14

I am not a big LotR fan. Tolkein, sadly, does not do it for me. His writing style is simply too male. I know this is blasphemous talk, especially from a self-confessed fantasy otaku like me. Forgive me if swordplay and epic heroism and massive battles and pretty elves aren’t my cup of tea. Give me comedy and banter and light-hearted romance any day. I skew more Piers Anthony and David Eddings, I guess.

That said, I can definitely appreciate the scope and majesty of epic fantasy’s tropes, specifically the dragon. I prefer my dragons wise and good, à la McCaffrey’s Pern dragons, but really, any will do. And they sure do come cropping up loads in medieval stories.

So I feel perfectly validated wearing today’s ensemble. The vest I scored from thredUp is very reminiscent of dragon scales, which in turn is reminscent of medieval which makes me 52 Pick-me-up compliant. And, of course, TARDIS blue.

(Btw, Selah had sent me this link several days ago, which makes me think I could and should probably make my TARDIS Tuesdays a regular weekly linkup. It’s the one “challenge” I have never failed to do and the various shades of blue, not to mention the myriad cosplay ideas for both Doctor and Companions, should make it a relatively accessible linkup for people, regardless of Whovian fandom or no. What d’you think?)

I’m loving these boots from Target because they’re the perfect shade of cognac and they’re flat, which is perfect for my aging, aching feet. They also have that nice quilted detail in the back that reminds me of medieval armor as well. Egads, am I batting a thousand today or what?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – J.Crew @ thredUp
Vest – thredUp
Skirt – Boohoo
Boots – Merona Colleen @ Target

:: Linking ::
Sophisticated Style @ Fashionably Employed

Pssst! You thinking about your T3 ensemble? It’s free choice month!