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

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T3 :: of disturbing reality and Dark Inside

10.16.14

10.16.14

10.16.14

We pause Anne’s Favorite Toy challenge to give you this month’s T3 offering: Fear Factor (or a book that gives/gave you the chills).

It’s been over a year since I’ve read Jeyn Roberts’ Dark Inside and what I remember the most is that it terrified the bejeesus out of me.

You can certainly read the Amazon blurb and a few of the reviews because they’re far more articulate than I, especially since my current memory of the book is vague and visceral. What I shall do for you instead is document the thought processes that elicited this outfit.

I chose unrelieved black, natch, to represent the darkness, present both in the title and the themes of the book. I deliberately opted for this particular cardi because, in the story, the evil that arises from within the characters is subtle and gradual and not overwhelming all at once, and the sheer net sleeves of the cardi is a representation of that.

I also like juxtaposing the schoolmarm-y vibe of the dress with vampy leopard shoes to symbolize the duality of many of the characters. It’s one of the reasons I was so riveted – you never knew whether someone into whom you’d just invested a lot of your time and feels was going to become a murdering psychopath and kill another someone into whom you’d also just invested a lot of your time and feels.

Finally, I want to point out that this ensemble is actually very mild, cosplay-wise, compared to my previous T3 iterations. That is, I can very well see myself wearing this as an everyday outfit without the onus of being book-inspired. And this very fact ties in with the numero uno reason Dark Inside terrified me: the book describes in great detail how something so ordinary could end up leading to something extraordinarily horrific. It made me fear the ordinary and made me suspicious of people for weeks afterwards.

Shudder.

Read the book and you’ll see what I mean.

And now it’s your turn: any scary books you’d like to share with the class? Click on the blue froggy and tell all!

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Libertine for Target
Cardi – Zac Posen for Target
Pumps – Merona @ Target

 

 

T3 :: It’s a Book

I am taking a page (Eh? Eh? You like what I just did there?) from Selah and using a children’s book as my inspiration for T3 this month. I haven’t been reading lately because of my own novel writing, but I couldn’t just let T3 elapse without contributing, so a children’s book – in all its short, 32-page glory – came to my rescue.

I was introduced to this gem by the lovely BFF who likes to throw books at me indiscriminately in the hopes that some will stick. We have such vastly differing tastes in leisure reading, you see, and it’s a rare thing for us to both love something at the same time.

This was one of those rare occurrences.

It’s a Book by Lane Smith is a hilarious and painful reminder of what we as teachers and parents face and this book really resonated with us on both levels. Now, I’m not going to spoil the end for you, but you probably want to read the Amazon reviews (click on the 1-star ratings) if you have littler ones and/or have a problem with questionable language. As the Anti-Censorship Champion, I couldn’t care less and advocate this book with the passion of a thousand screaming lobbyists.

I love the muted tones of the pictures, but it was those nice, red, comfy chairs Monkey and Donkey are sitting on that reminded me of an orphan red dress I’ve not worn since I bought it. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Gods, I love this 50 Dresses thing!

8.21.14

8.21.14

8.21.14

Now it’s your turn, my friends. Since it’s a freebie month, you can pretty much link any outfit and slap a book or blog article or manga or tweet on it and call it done. C’mon! We just wanna see what inspired you this month. You know you wanna…

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.

6.19.14

6.19.14

6.19.14

 

“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.