25 September 2014

and it's polka-dotted








skirt: c/o shabby apple // blouse: f21 // ox pumps: payless (old-- similar here)


Behold! 150 of my favorite books scattered about me, but a small fraction of the those who inhabit this apartment. They, I confess, are the true tenants; I only share their space.

So: putting on clothing and reading books are two of my favorite things -- which also happen to go swimmingly together.

In fact, in my case, the former is nearly a prerequisite for the latter. What I'm wearing affects my focus and creativity a great deal more than I admit. If I don't feel pretty and put-together, I'm a hopeless mess in keeping disciplined. So, if I have a day of writing (or a reading/research day) ahead of me, I always outfit myself accordingly -- like I'm going to be working. Because I better.

It's a hard balance to strike. But, made easier by just choosing things that work for you -- instead of trying to emulate a wardrobe that feels on-trend. (It is also liberating.) Personally, I'm drawn to pieces that that look elevated, but feel comfortable. Thou shalt be on thine buttocks many hours -- no need for bottoms that look lovely, but crease, and wrinkle, and poke, and itch! This shabby apple skirt meets both criteria -- aaaaand is polka-dotted, so, win-win-win methinks. I'm looking forward to styling it simply for fall -- a black crop sweater and ballet flats -- for all those crisp walks to the cafe with my writing file in tow. 


12 comments:

  1. Sounds like the perfect skirt. Now please excuse me while I drool over your arrangement of books.

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  2. "Thou shalt be on thine buttocks many hours" hahahahahaha.
    I promise I'm not lying, but that's how I talk to myself when I'm alone.

    "Thou must find this notice post haste!"
    A little weird, but it's entertaining. Glad I'm not alone ha

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    1. Oh gosh, me too. I am a prolific offender with the "thous" and "methinks."

      Have you read David Sedaris' essay, The Drama Bug? Touches on this subject a bit. You'd probably really enjoy it. I was sputtering, spilling coffee all over my sweater while reading it!

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  3. I love your skirt!!♥ But tell me, what is your most favourite book?:)

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  4. No, I haven't but I'll give it a read! Sounds right up my alley.
    Also, forgot to say that I have those same shoes (my laces are crap, though). And that edition of Huckleberry Finn is beautiful. The older books have those fantastical sketches and doodles from another time. Do you know what I mean? It seems like there was a period in time where books had these drawings with bright pastel colors on them and the lines aren't quite filled...not sure if that rings any bells. My grandparents have an old cabin that has wall paper in the bathroom that looks like the style of sketches on the books :)

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  5. lovely photos...may I ask what book you're reading in the second-to-last picture?

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    1. Thank you. It's an old copy of Huckleberry Finn.

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  6. Two of my favorite things too: Reading and Fashion! I feel like I lost that sense of having so many books around because I have my kindle. But I look at my bookshelf and it's overflowing, so I'm not that invested in technology, lol.

    xx

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