Outfit Post: 1/11/16

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Sweater: Thrifted (Tulle) — Pants: J.Crew — Camisole: Gap — Boots: 6pm.com (Diesel) — Earrings: QuellyRue — Necklace: Gift

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After six months of wandering astray, I return like the prodigal daughter to Gracey’s Literary Stylings! Momentous!

I had a good handful of books to choose from this time around, and after much (okay, some) deliberation, I went with Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber. It’s a hard book to summarize, but basically: girl, Tan-Tan, grows up on a Caribbean-colonized planet as the daughter of a mayor; mayor commits a felony and escapes with Tan-Tan to a parallel dimension used as a prison world by the main planet; Tan-Tan grows up among hardened criminals; and things progress from there.

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It’s a really excellent novel–possibly one of the best I read in 2015, actually. Hopkinson creates two rich, vivid worlds in Toussaint and New Half-Way Tree, and a complicated young protagonist in Tan-Tan. The book is written in patwah and has a gorgeous rhythm and poetry to it, and many pieces of the story–including the relationship between colonizing humans and colonized alien species–are done with what feels like a great deal of thought and care. I would like to give a strong content warning about the sexual abuse of children; it’s a deeply-entwined part of the story, and I wouldn’t recommend you pick it up if that’s going to affect you adversely.

It’s hard to do the book justice with one outfit, especially when it’s winter and that outfit doesn’t feature any feathered crowns from the Miss Universe pageant, but I did my best. The boots and pants are meant to represent Tan-Tan’s survivalist teenagehood, since I couldn’t really wear a dhoti to work in January; the sweater is at least close to saffron yellow, Tan-Tan’s favorite childhood color; the earrings are a nod to the Afrofuturism of the novel (although I’d like to acknowledge that wax print is not as strong in Caribbean culture as, say, madras); and the wee skull necklace is for the Midnight Robber persona that pops up repeatedly around the book’s Carnival scenes and which Tan-Tan eventually adopts as her own.

Ultimately, Midnight Robber is an intense book that I very much recommend if you feel up to the things I mentioned above; Tan-Tan doesn’t have an easy life, and her suffering is not shied away from. I think there’s a lot of reward if you can forge on through, though. Now go check out Gracey’s Literary Stylings post, and those of the other folks who’ve linked up!

Outfit Post: 12/16/15

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Dress: Thrifted (no label) — Sweatervest: Thrifted (Mix It) — Thigh-highs: Sock Dreams (Extraordinarily Longer Striped Thigh Highs in Plum/Black) — Boots: Macy’s — Ring: Asian Art Museum — Earrings: Gift

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Re-confirmed: taking indoor night pictures without a fancy lighting setup = not a great idea. It was worth a try, though! My erstwhile blogging companion and said companion’s spouse have been visiting and it’d be a little rude to ask them to move their guest mattress at 7:40am from my picture-taking region, don’t you think?

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Unrelated: Evidently, I repeat myself. And I thought this outfit was so original!

Outfit Post: 12/14/15

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Shirt and Cardigan: Thrifted (Target) — Skirt: ASOS — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Thigh-highs: Sock Dreams (Extraordinarily Longer Striped Thigh Highs in Steel/Light Blue) — Earrings: B&A Estate Jewelry

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The beginnings of this outfit were discards from the weekend–before deciding on the tunic and leggings from yesterday’s post, I spent a long, indecisive time trying things on for the very important task of leaving the house to go grocery shopping.

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However, a few of these pieces ended up together in the meantime, which explains how I was so coordinated first thing on a Monday morning.

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I don’t usually have the wherewithal to come up with something like this right after I wake up anymore.

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(You might have noticed the simpler outfits, and I appreciate your not saying anything negative about it. You have wonderful manners!)

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Anyway, the tiny tie worked out and we haven’t seen it in ages, so sometimes initial failure leads to later success. A life lesson for us all, especially in regard to tiny ties.

Outfit Post: 12/9/15

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Top: Swap (Target) — Pants: Poshmark (Cartonnier) — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: Nervous System

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This getup worked pretty well so long as I didn’t lift my arms above my head.

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I knew the lengths might be a bit buggy but I tried it anyway, just to see. End result: it distracted me throughout the day exactly as much as I expected it would!

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I’m still not comfortable with crop-tops, and I don’t know if I ever will be, but maybe a deliberately short length would feel more intentional than regular shirts on a slightly-too-long torso?

Outfit Post: 12/7/15

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Shirt: Thrifted — Vest: Thrifted — Skirt: Thrifted (Target) — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Over the Knee Stockings in Black) — Earrings: Solano Stroll

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Does this work? I think it works, so I guess it’s actually pretty irrelevant what anyone else thinks, but I welcome your comments and constructive criticism nevertheless.

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Speaking of criticism, these photos were unusually difficult to edit, for some reason, and I’m still not really happy with them. I mean, it’s not like I do anything fancy or complicated, but trying to get the light correct was an exercise in futility. I swear these socks and shirt are the same shade of black, even though you wouldn’t know it from the pictures. I blame the sun.

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(I blame the sun for a lot of things.)

Outfit Post: 12/5/15

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Shirt: Target — Jeans: Thrifted (Canyon River Blues) — Jacket: Thrifted (Unity) — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Earrings: Lia Sophia

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Here’s a non-outfit outfit for youse. I wear these jeans a lot more than the blog would make it seem, but they’re not particularly interesting or flattering, so they don’t often show up in posts.

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At any rate, I wore this for some cleaning and errands–equally thrilling to write and hear about, I imagine–and then I drove out to the Bay Area for a dinner and book club get-together with some pals! Haven’t had one of those in a while.

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I honestly hadn’t been that excited to reread Fahrenheit 451, which I haven’t looked at since high school, but the conversation was rousing. And there are parts of the book that I appreciate, truly; it’s just hard for me to move past what a raw deal the female characters got. They’re all either frivolous ninnies or they teach the male hero a lesson and then die. I tells ya, it’s tough shakes being a woman in old-school science fiction.

Outfit Post: 12/4/15

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Shirt: Target — Pants: J.Crew — Cardigan: Thrifted (Indigenous) — Boots: Duo — Necklace: Fable and Fury — Earrings: Apostrophie

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I knew I hadn’t worn my Duo boots in a long time, but has it really been two years? Good gravy.

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The thing about those Duo boots is that…well, they hurt. I don’t know if it’s an issue of them not being broken-in enough or if they just don’t suit my legs, but the crumple zone at the ankle rubs blisters something fierce. Even when I wear thick socks with them, by the end of the day I end up hobbling.

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I haven’t wanted to wear them but spent too much money to justify giving them away, so naturally they ended up in the back of my closet. I guess it’s time to look up the town cobbler. (Probably located in the same strip mall as the town smith and the town fishwife, huh?)