I’ve never noticed how… done this owl on my brooch looks. It’s like she physically can’t roll her eyes back any further, that’s how done she is.
I’m pretty done too. I would say “Happy Friday”, except my week is not over – I still have a workshop class to teach on Sunday. So enjoy your weekend everybody, while I’m like this:
Shirt & Jeans: Mango, Shoes: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage
And my looks this week – I like the individual outfits, but as a whole capsule, it’s pretty random:
Even though it’s pretty warm here (see: sleeveless shirt), I’m determined to add more fall-appropriate touches to my outfits. Like these oxfords. Truth be told, I’ve been having a hard time styling them. I don’t know what else to wear with them other than jeans. They’re a bit severe-looking, so this time I tried pairing them with something girly to see if that can be balanced out.
Well, it backfires, because they went from “masculine” to “old lady” in .01 seconds. How is that even possible?! Maybe I should just embrace their toughness and save them for my menswear outfits.
Top: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: Vagabond
We’ve been having a lot of rain lately, so even though it’s not cool enough to start layering yet, I can finally add a few touches of fall here and there to my outfits. Like this scarf. I was trying to copy this look, but my scarf is slightly too large so it ended up looking a lot clumsier than the inspiration photo. But then again the inspiration has been put together by a stylish and worn by a model, so I can’t compete :)
Shirt & Shoes: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: my mom’s
It’s another SIA challenge, and in honor of Banned Books Week, Jen picks this awesome poster from the 1930’s, by Arlington Gregg:
I love the simple graphic quality of it, the color scheme is right up my alley, and the great message is a plus too. So if you want to participate, be sure to send your best bibliophile outfit to Jen (firstname.lastname@example.org) by next Monday, October (!!!) 5th. And keep reading!
It’s been quite stressful last week. Monday went deceptively well, and Tuesday was OK except it was raining cats and dogs so I couldn’t take photos of this outfit until later. And then on Wednesday I had such a bad case of food poisoning that I had to call in sick for two days. Then on Friday my nephew was sick with bronchitis, so I had to spend Saturday at my sister’s place to help out (he’s better now.) So please excuse me if I end this week’s posting a little earlier than usual.
Top: Old Navy, Jeans: local shop, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage
And my looks this week – not that it counts as a “capsule” when you have two completely unrelated outfits:
Here’s something a little different that requires a bit of explaining. See, I’ve been trying to keep my book review posts on a monthly basis, but sometimes it’s difficult – my book review is accompanied by an outfit, and it’s not always easy to find a book that lends itself well to a sartorial interpretation. Besides, I usually read more than one book a month, and I want to talk about them as well.
Then I got an email from a long-time reader, Mike, suggesting the idea of an informal book club where we can all share what we’ve read. I think it’s a great idea – I’m always on the lookout for new books. So I decided that on the last Wednesday of every month, I will post about the books that I’ve read and you guys can discuss what you’ve read as well. Then, on the next Wednesday, I will post my outfit as inspired by one of the books that I’ve read, as usual (this is the same format that Gracey of Fashion for Giants uses for her Literary Styling link-up.) I’m just going to try it out to see how it goes.
So, without further ado, here are the books that I read this month:
Nemesis by Jo Nesbø:
This I had to read for work (I was editing the Vietnamese translation). It’s a very standard hardboiled detective story centering around Harry Hole, an alcoholic police inspector in Oslo, so it’s not my kind of book at all, but it’s pretty good if you like crime thrillers. This one (it’s #4 in a series) focuses on Harry as he tries to solve a series of bank robberies while also proving his innocence in the death of an ex-girlfriend. Even though I have no desire to read the other books in the series, I’d still say it’s entertaining. I just wish it wasn’t so… typical. 3/5
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins:
Yes, another crime thriller. Everybody and their mother have read this, so I was curious to see what the fuss is all about (the Harry Hole book must’ve influenced me.) It revolves around Rachel, a divorcee who takes the same commuter train every day and fantasizes about the seemingly perfect life of a couple she sees from a signal stop, until one day the woman goes missing and Rachel finds herself entangled in the case in more ways than she can imagine. It’s being hailed as the next Gone Girl, and I can definitely see the similarities – it features multiple unreliable narrators, female protagonists, and deals with the dark side of marriage and suburban life. However, it lacks the depth and the social commentary of Gone Girl, and the mystery, when resolved, is disappointing to say the least. 2.5/5
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel:
A series of interweaving stories taking place before, during, and after a flu pandemic that sweeps across the world and brings about the collapse of civilization? Now this sounds like my kind of book… except it’s not, really. When I read the blurb, I thought it was just about the band of performers traveling around the desolate post-apocalyptic landscape to perform concerts and Shakespeare to survivors (which sounds awesome), but it turns out that was just one third of the book. So it’s not the Mad Max story I imagined – it’s actually closer to Babel. But this doesn’t mean that it’s not good. Some parts are really moving, some parts are disturbing, and the way the stories are connected is pretty satisfying. It’s just slower than I’d like. 4/5
So those are the books that I read in September. If you guys have read any of these and want to start a discussion, or if you just want to share your own books, feel free to comment!