Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

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Let’s start the week with a book review, shall we?

I first found out about “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” by the awesomely-named Ransom Riggs all the way back when I still interned for his management company, but I never got around to reading it (too busy reading scripts, probably). I was really interested in it though, especially when I found out it was inspired by a collection of vintage photos that the author put together himself. The story centers around 16-year-old Jacob Portman, who, after witnessing the murder of his grandfather by some horrific monster, tracks down the clues in his grandfather’s last words to a Welsh orphanage. Here he meets children with extraordinary talents and their headmistress Miss Peregrine, learns of the truth behind his grandfather’s tall tales and the monsters who are coming for them all.

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Comparisons to Harry Potter come up a lot, but I actually think it’s closer to X-Men. What I love about the book is the interweaving of the fictional narrative and the photos which serve as illustrations of sort to the story. These photos, bizarre and some downright nightmarish (in a creepy Victorian daguerreotype way) really sets the book apart from other similar YA fantasies.

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Now on to the parts that I’m not a fan of: the pacing in the beginning and the end is OK, but the middle part is really, really, really slow. Most of it is devoted to the mythology behind the peculiar children and the monsters who are hunting them, but I find it way too convoluted. Given that a sequel is in the works, I think some of that could have been saved for later books. Also, I don’t find any of the characters (including the main character) that memorable. I don’t have trouble keeping track of them or anything, but after reading the book none of them sticks with me.

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Still, it’s a fun book, a relatively quick read, and I’ll be sure to check out the sequel.

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The outfit is more of a costume, but I have yet to figure out how to style this dress without making it look costume-y or too twee. Maybe with boots?

Dress: vintage, Cardigan & Necklace: Forever21, Oxfords & Tights: Buffalo Exchange

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In The Name Of Romance

The ABC’s of Style challenge is “R for Romance”, but I decided not to go with red and/or pink because first, I’m going to try that combo next week for Everybody Everywear anyway, so I don’t want any repeat. Second, and more importantly, I don’t find red/pink particularly romantic. Weird, I know, but to me something soft-colored or lacy looks far more romantic than bright red or pink. I did try wearing this dress with my deep pink sweater, but it looked twee as f**k, so I toned it down a little with the black.

I’ve been struggling with the whole “twee” thing for a while now. I like the style, but I’m always afraid of looking too young for my age. So how do you strike a balance between dressing cute and dressing like a little girl?

Dress: vintage via Vintage & Gee
Sweater: Target; Flats: thrifted
Tights: Buffalo Exchange
Post title: song by Roger Joseph Manning Jr.

Choose Your Own 1920’s Heroine

Sorry it took me so long to post my Halloween costume. My schedule is all out of whack this week.

So there’s my costume. It’s not much of a costume, really, more like a heightened version of what I normally wear. At first I was just thinking “Generic 1920’s Girl”, but my friend Debbi insisted that I picked a character.

I couldn’t think of anyone – the only 1920’s character on top of my head was Daisy from The Great Gatsby, and she’s supposed to be a blonde. So I actually had to go online to look at some 1920’s female characters, and finally I went with Cordelia Flyte from Brideshead Revisited. Obscure, I know, but at least she has a hairstyle I can mimick.

We just watched a bunch of Halloween TV episodes, but it was quite fun. Debbi was the only one who dressed up besides me – she’s Gwen from Torchwood: Miracle Day.

Reference images:

Gwen and her baby

Cordelia (as played by Felicity Jones)

And what’s Halloween a black cat, right? Say hello to Crash (he belongs to the friends whose apartment we were hanging out at):

He’s seeing into your soul…

Dress: vintage via Vintage and Gee
Cardigan: Wet Seal, dyed by me
Tights: Buffalo Exchange
Shoes: Walmart thrifted
Cloche: Payless