Thursday, January 08, 2009

Big Books

Jacket, Forever 21. Sweater, Body Central. Dress, Dublin (OH) Irish Festival. Boots, Nine West. Bag, World Market. Bracelet, Panagea. Ring, Silpada.








My hands are just a mess. I need to stop playing “paws” with the cats.

It was a two bag day. I’m toting around Jane Austen’s seven novels. I’m on Sense and Sensibility.

I like big books. They last longer. The last few fat ones I read were:
- Duma Key by Stephen King
- The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of the Horses, and The Mammoth Hunters by Jean Auel. (I’m rereading these for the first time since middle school.)
- The Terror by Dan Simmons. (Now I’m obsessed with scurvy and the Northwest Passage.)

22 comments:

Sheila said...

I'm reading Duma Key right now. I absolutely love Dan Simmons - "The Terror" is an awesome book. Did you know they actually found some parts from the ships this past year?

Those Auel books drove me nuts. 100 pages of recaps in every book. Bah.

By the way, love this outfit - the colours are lovely on you.

WendeeB said...

bracelet is great. i could never get away with that pallet and am completely envious. i was looking at a previous entry of yours yesterday with that same dress. I love the boldness of the orange

used to play with my kitties like that too, now my pekie likes to rough-house

  said...

Oh my God, what a cute jacket and gorgeous dress! <3

Fia said...

I got that same book for Christmas and even though I have read all the of Austen's novels, I just had to reread them when they are so beautifully bound. I'm a few chapters from finishing Sense and Sensibility.

evanadine said...

i love the dress worn this way! it comes across more as a really coordinated top + skirt. and as always, i STILL want that purse! hehe

Mom Ma'am Me said...

I'm delurking to ask -- because you are talking about carrying two bags, and it looks like you switch handbags fairly frequently -- how do you manage handbag switches on a day-to-day (or weekly, or whatever) basis? I don't switch bags very often because it takes me a while to move my wallet/makeup/work stuff/phone around from one place to the next. Do you use bags within bags or something like that?

I really love your sense of style, by the way.

Stephanie N. said...

I read Clan of the Cave Bear when I was in high school, and it touched me deeply, making a significant impact on my own coming-of-age as a woman. I liked the books that came after it too, but that first one was the one that hit home the most.

After successfully finishing my first semester at a very competitive college where I was not expected to do so well because I attended a rather academically-weak high school, I rewarded myself with a small tattoo on my upper thigh: four red slash marks, like the claw marks from a lion - but in miniature, so it's more like a big cat scratch. You know the symbolism of this if you've read the novel. I know it sounds silly, perhaps even a little vain, but it meant a lot to me back then, and still does.

Oh, and I love your outfit, as usual. And the scratch marks on your hands are impressive. I know we're not supposed to let them play rough with us, but I can't help it - they're just so cute when they think they're so tough, wrestling with my hands like that. I suppose its fitting that my "mark of the lion totem" just looks like a big cat scratch. Maybe cats can sense it's there, and know that I'm a sucker!

bekster said...

What a wonderful way to give new purpose to that dress. I'm glad to see it again. Every element of the outfit works so well together.

I love Jane Austen books... until I get to the end. I find that I am usually disappointed in how the romances come together. She doesn't give enough detail for me, though the middles of the stories are great. (Not that "S & S" ends badly; I just would have wanted a little more.)

If you like that genre of book and want something with a little more emotion, I recommend "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. It is very slow to start, but once you get past the boring parts the ending is worth the wait.

lorrwill said...

But kitty boxing is so much fun! (I see I am not the only one who thinks so.)

Elizabeth said...

Been reading for a while, never commented before... but this outfit really requires a thumbs up!

Also... love the Jane Austen.

Violet Peacock said...

I really love this outfit on you, its really pretty.

VioletPeacock

tigerteacher said...

Adorable outfit, as always. I love your layering.

I'm also writing with a book recommendation... Have you read Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose? It's about the Lewis and Clark expedition and it's just great - you feel like you're right there with them on the journey!

Niki said...

Hi!
I love your blog, and read it every day! Your style is amazing, I love how you mix pieces I never would have thought of putting together! I just read Duma Key, I loved it , but it creeped me out a bit! Anyway, I just started my own blog, its just getting started, but id love it if you could add me to your blog roll! Thanks! Xo http://blackrabbitonthesnow.blogspot.com/

secondhandshopper said...

I LOVE this dress worn this way - the sweetheart style neckline really makes it. The colours are fabulous!

The Fashion Pinko said...

The owl bag is so cute. I don't know why, but owls are everywhere right now...

raven-smiles said...

This might be my favorite way you've worn this dress. Absolutely fantastic.

I'm also a huge Austen fan, and love Sense and Sensibility.

Kasmira said...

Mom Ma'am Me - I've been asked that question enough times that it deserves it's own post. Stay tuned!

tigerteacher - I'll check out that book! I'm from WA state where Lewis and Clark (and Sacajawea) are local heroes, so I have a special interest in the story.

Niki - I'll check out your blog!

Milly said...

love the bracelet!

MUG said...

That dress is amazing! Truly a perfect piece. This is such a cheery outfit, it made me smile!

Rosemary West said...

The colors are great on you, and this is the kind of outfit that is really terrific for you in terms of the overall line. As lovely as you look, though, the skirt bothers me. To me it looks like a tablecloth. I just can't help seeing it that way. It immediately gives me a mental image of you being very spontaneous and creative, ripping the3 cloth off the table and improvising the outfit on the spot.

Super Kawaii Mama said...

My Mr tells me I haven't lived until I've read Jean Auel... and yet I still haven't. This dress is quite fabulous and I can imagine it in a rather Alice in Wonderland style ensemble. Perhaps there is a challenge in that for you. I'd love to see your take on Alice Grows Up.

Karen said...

That is so funny; I was just telling a friend how I wanted to reread the "Clan" books...

Another GREAT saga is "Kristin Lavransdatter" by Sigrid Undseth. Kristin is the middle ages Europe version of Ayla...I bawled my eyes out!