Time to announce the Fourth Annual Whatever-It-Is-Who-Cares Giveaway winners! I’m so excited. Drumroll, please:

Close enough.

Thanks, as ever, to the Random Number Generator, the winner of the copy of Ruby Lang’s Acute Reactions is:

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fourwindsharbour! Congratulations, 4-win-harb! (Can I call you 4-win-harb?) Ian and Petra are rather less Canadian and turn-of-the-century than Anne and Gilbert, but I think you’ll enjoy them all the same.

And the winner of the $25 USD Etsy e-giftcard is:

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slowseptember! Hooray, slosept! (Can I call you slosept?) You might notice that 4-win-harb and slosept happen, charmingly, to be comment twins. I have, however, verified that they are two different people. No gaming the system here, no sir.

So, watch your email for contact about your winnings, you two–and everyone else, thanks for entering, and I wish I could give you all prizes for being so dang great! Thanks, really, for reading this blog, whether or not you’re in a skirt while you do it. These four years have been a hoot. FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! It’s a good thing blogs don’t have term limits.

Fourth Annual Blog Anniversary Giveaway Extravaganza!

Obligatory exclamation where I express disbelief in the continual passage of time! Joke about an alternate holiday taking place on the same day as the anniversary! Question inviting readers to share in the joke?

Okay, meta sarcasm over. Traditionally, we here at Reading in Skirts do like to celebrate this blog’s birthday with a two-part giveaway: one half platypus book-oriented and the other Mars clothing-oriented. So, what can you win this time, hmm? Let’s find out.


Part one: remember when I based a Literary Stylings outfit on this delightful contemporary romance novel? If you haven’t already picked up your own copy since then, here’s your chance to read it! One winner will receive their choice of an ebook or physical copy of Ruby Lang’s Acute ReactionsI loved it! USA Today loved it! I bet you’ll love it too.


Part two: look, I like Etsy. You know I like Etsy. A good number of my long-time beloved accessories and other pieces came from awesome independent Etsy vendors like Carouselink and the Faerie Market. If you already use Etsy, you probably have a favorite shop, and if you don’t even know what Etsy is–well, welcome! This is the internet! How are you? The second winner will receive a $25 USD Etsy e-giftcard to be used at the shop of their choice. (Don’t buy anything culturally appropriative, okay? Do me this one favor if you win. Make me proud.)

Here’s all you have to do: leave a comment with a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS on this post and tell us about a) your favorite literary couple, or b) the last time you made something crafty. You can also do both, if you’d like to enter for both giveaways. (Mind that you’ll win one at most, though.) Entries will be accepted until 11:59PM PST on Monday, June 29th. The giveaway is open to everyone, domestic and international! The winners will be chosen at random and I’ll announce them the day after the giveaway closes; if you win, you’ve have 72 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is randomly selected, so be sure to check your spam folders!

That’s all I got for you right now, so scroll down to the comments and enter! Or don’t. Hey, it’s no skin off my nose either way, pal.


Okay, friends. I know you’re excited, but try to stay calm. It’s time for me, with the help of the invaluable Random Number Generator, to announce the winners of the third annual blah blah blah whatever giveaway! Drumroll, please:

Close enough.

The winner of the $34 USD e-giftcard to Powell’s Books is:

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Brittneigh! Yay for Brittneigh! Hopefully the books that you buy with your prize will be less terrible, at the very least.

The winner of the giftcard for one t-shirt from Litographs is:

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Evelyn! Congratulations, Evelyn! At long, long last you’ll have a Litographs shirt of your very own.

I’ll be in touch with you both so that you can claim your prizes. Thanks for entering and helping me celebrate, everybody! I wish I could give you all prizes like Oprah does, but unfortunately, I cannot. You’ll all have to get your BEES somewhere else.

Third Annual Blog Anniversary Giveaway Extravaganza!

Oh my god, you guys. Three years? Nahhhh. I mean, time is a meaningless social construct anyway, so it definitely hasn’t been three years since Tia and I started this blog. Let’s just have a get-together commemorating the Battle of Seven Oaks, instead.

No? Oh, fine. We’ll do another giveaway, then, I guess. I mean, if I have to.


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Part one of the giveaway: a $34 USD e-giftcard to Powell’s Books! I’ve only been to the giant Powell’s flagship store in Portland once, but it was GREAT. There were LOTS OF BOOKS, as one might expect.


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Part two of the giveaway: a giftcard for one t-shirt from Litographs! (If you win and the site’s available sizes do not suit you, let me know and we’ll work something else out.) I don’t personally own any of their wares–yet–but rest assured, I am quite interested in several of their designs, like The Last Unicorn, for example. Yeah? Yeahhhh. It’s a very book-themed giveaway this time around, mostly because this is (half) my blog and I do what I want.

Your instructions, should you choose to enter the giveaway: leave a comment with a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS on this post and tell us about a) the worst book you ever read or b) your favorite book cover that would make a kickass t-shirt design. You can also do both, if you’d like to enter for both giveaways. (You can only win one, though. No fair sweeping both.) Entries will be accepted until 11:59PM PST a week from today–that’s Thursday, June 26th. The giveaway is open to everyone, domestic and international! The winners will be chosen at random and I’ll announce them the Friday after the giveaway closes; if you win, you will have 72 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is randomly selected, so be sure to check your spam folders just in case!

Okay, friends. Help me celebrate this wonderful day of Kuwaiti independence blog anniversary. Go forth and cloister yourself in a quiet space with a book and ignore all your worldly responsibilities! It’s what I would do.

Second Annual Blog Anniversary Giveaway Extravaganza Winners!

Have you guys been waiting for this post all week? I know I have. (I like giving people things. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.)

Hold your breath, everyone! It’ll make the moment feel more dramatic!

Thanks, as usual, to that particular witchcraft of the Random Number Generator, we have our winners. The winner of the $20 USD credit to the Book Depository is:


GoldfishGirl! Way to go, GG! May you read your winnings in the tub without interruption until your toes are all wrinkled and pruney.

The winner of the $20 USD gift card to Sock Dreams is:


Megan Gann! Hurrah, Megan! It’s probably a little warm for sock times on your side of the country, but you can dream about them for the cooler months. (Also, oh my freaking god, sleeping with a book under your pillow is the cutest damn thing. I used to hide a tiny flashlight alongside my mattress so I could read after lights-out. This was after my stepdad took away my nightlight because he’d find me reading by the light of it, of course.)

I’ll be getting in touch with you both so that you can claim your winnings. Keep an ear out! To everyone else, you may not have won the prizes, but you’ve won…my love. And isn’t that really the greatest gift of all?

Wait, where are you going? Guys?

Second Annual Blog Anniversary Giveaway Extravaganza!

That’s right, fellas and fellettes! It’s that day again!

No, I’m not talking about World Sauntering Day. Or Day of the Independent Hungary. Or Salman Rushdie’s birthday.

What I’m talking about is Reading in Skirts’ second blog anniversary. Yeah, this thing has been lumbering onward for two whole years now. Weird, right? So anyway, this is a great occasion to have the SECOND ANNUAL BLOG ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY EXTRAVAGANZA! Wooooo!

Giveaway part the first is, as last year, dedicated to the “Reading” half of our blog title:

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No, it’s not my battered old copy of Ella Enchanted. Although that would make a pretty good giveaway too, Ella Enchanted is the bomb. It’s a $20 USD credit to the Book Depository! Reading is the best, so why shouldn’t we share that with our readers? (Haha, see what I did there?) The winner will have to let us know their choices since the Book Depository doesn’t have an actual gift card system set up, but they do free shipping internationally, so I think that makes up for the minor inconvenience.

And, of course, giveaway part the second is dedicated to the “Skirts” half:

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No, it’s not my new pair of Sweet Marcel OTKS; it’s a $20 USD gift card to Sock Dreams! Socks are also the best, and Sock Dreams has an impressive selection: they’ve got socks with lace and socks in space, socks with toes and socks for your nose! Well, maybe not that last one. They do have gloves, legwarmers, and other things too if socks aren’t so much your thing. (Please note if you’re an international reader that while Sock Dreams has free shipping within the US, they do charge for shipping elsewhere–please consult their shipping page for more information.)

So: all you have to do is leave a comment with a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS telling us either a) where your favorite place to read is or b) about your favorite pair of socks! You can also do both, if you’d like to enter for both giveaways. Entries will be accepted until 11:59PM PST a week from today–that’s Wednesday, June 26th. The winners will be chosen at random and I’ll announce our two chicken dinners the next day! The winners will have 72 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is randomly selected, so look lively, y’all.

Now that that’s all settled, let’s dance the dance of the joyful in honor of the anniversary of the first officially recorded game of organized baseball  Reading in Skirts turning two!

Outfit Post: 1/9/13 (2 of 30)


Blouse: Anthropologie — Skirt and flats: Thrifted — Tights: (Hot Sox) — Belt and ring: Target — Bracelet: ABC Store — Earrings: The Wood Merchant


What ho, comrades! Today I give you this outfit, with its stripes and its plaid and its ruffles and its sparkly bits, in honor of the upcoming birthday of one Megan Mae. (I may be a little early to the party, but I can wait.)


I’ll admit that I’m still a little hazy on the concept of a blogging birthday party, but I’m more than happy to wish Megan well in this, her 23rd year. My brother’s 26th (? I’m a terrible sister) birthday is tomorrow, coincidentally, so I’m happy to send him my love as well. My wish for him is that he doesn’t get arrested for gallivanting around Los Angeles with his hair and beard grown out to Charlie Manson-esque proportions. Stay safe out there, Matt, and don’t start any doomsday cults. (He says he’s meant to look like George Harrison, but I see what I see.)


There are a few funny bits in this outfit. I sort of accidentally bought this blouse/sweater thing at Anthropologie when I was visiting Tito last year and failed to pack appropriate weekend clothes for the cooler Bay Area weather; since we were headed to Anthropologie already so I could scope out some bee flats, I ended up digging through the sales rack to find something warmer and this is what came up. (The bee flats didn’t work out.) It’s kind of a weird top anyway, because even with the built-in under layer, it still needs a camisole to be work-appropriate, and is kind of an odd color and shape, which is probably how it ended up on the sales rack in the first place. I’m going to give it a couple of tries in this 30 for 30, though, and if I’m not a fan of it by the end of things I’ll send it on to a better life. I like it here, so that’s a start.


I also want to mention the striped tights, which are inconveniently not pictured here, but just work that scrolling finger and roll on up to the top of the page. You might think you remember them from last October, but you’d be wrong! These are actually my second pair of said tights.

See, it went like this: when I was pulling them on one morning a month or two after the first wear, things went rip and I ended up with a pair of torn tights in my hand. Turns out the joining areas between the sheer and opaque stripes are kind of fragile. After some deliberation–after all, was the tearing my fault for being too rough with my belongings?–I emailed about the incident and asked if I could have my money back, seeing as how I only got to wear them once. I was a little surprised when a member of the help team emailed me back to say that they’d send me another pair if I’d like, but I assented, and here we are. I’ll try to be a little more careful with this pair, but if these ones end up tearing sooner rather than later, I’ll just assume it wasn’t meant to be.

There are some things I don’t think are so great about Fab–because the items have to be shipped from the participating companies to the Fab warehouse and then sent out to the customer, the shipping takes a long time, and I also think that they way overpackage most items–but I will say that I had a good experience with their customer support team and appreciated their prompt contact. I’m still undecided on whether I feel like a jerk for asking them to reimburse me for something I broke, but I’ll try not to let the incident encourage me to be careless with my things.

Anyway, to bring things awkwardly back to the original topic, happy early birthday, Megan! May you treat your belongings with care and never receive defective merchandise. So mote it be.