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.