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: 7/8/15

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Top: Thrifted (Chaps) — Pants: Thrifted (LOFT) — Shoes: Thrifted (Born) — Earrings: QuellyRue — Bangle and necklace: Gifts — Ring: Target

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I feel like this getup was pretty meh until I added the bigass earrings.

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Bigass earrings help everything! Everything except for earlobe sensitivities, I suppose.

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Anyway, getting the idea to add them to the outfit transformed it from “dangerously close to patriotic” to “lots of bright colors, why not,” which is really my preferred way of being.

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Will I ever tire of Too Many Bright Colors? It’s hard to say. Maybe someday I’ll go pastel! Or goth! Or pastel goth!

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It’s good to know that if I do, my modest collection of skulls will be able to carry over.

Outfit Post: 3/11/15

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Sweatshirt: Printa — Skirt: Thrifted (H&M) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Heather OTK Stockings in Graphite) — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: B&A Estate Jewelry — Necklace: Gift

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I spent a good portion of today pretty broken up about the news of Sir Terry Pratchett’s passing; his books meant a lot to me as a young person, and there’s still so much to get out of them–maybe more–as an adult.

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Alzheimer’s is a rough thing to deal with for anyone. It is common in my family, and it’ll probably turn up for me sooner or later. There’s a donation collection set up for a UK-based Alzheimer’s organization; there’s probably also at least one foundation for memory-related problems in older folks local to you!

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There are so many stories about him going around as people remember his impact and legacy, and I found author Maureen Johnson’s story particularly touching (which is to say, it caused me to sob quite loudly). If you have any stories of your own, I’d love to hear them.

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And if you’re not familiar with his work, there are worse things you could do than read a Discworld book or two. You can start from the very beginning, like I did, or you can start with a particular character group’s novels, as with Guards! Guards! or Mort. You might find yourself drawn to Granny Weatherwax, Tiffany Aching, Sam Vimes, or Death himself–but you can think of them all as facets of Sir Terry himself, I think. He put himself into every one of those books, and he’s immortal for it.

Outfit Post: 10/31/14

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Top: Thrifted (Weavers) — Skirt: Thrifted (Extyn) — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Socks: Sock Dreams (Heather Bobby Socklings in Rust) — Belt: Van Heusen Outlet — Jacket: Thrifted (Forever 21) — Necklace and earrings: Gifts

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What? Halloween? No, this is my regular, everyday makeup, I don’t know what you’re talking about.

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I took some inspiration from my little friend here and played around to make myself a skeleton face–no Day of the Dead references this time, I promise.

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We got our first rain in a while Halloween afternoon, and I think that cut our trick-or-treater numbers about in half, give or take a few Optimus Primes.

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I’m not too sad, though, because we still got a little girl who told me she was dressed as a princess witch, and that makes it all worth it.

Outfit Post: 7/25/14

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Top: Desigual — Skirt and bangle: Thrifted — Sandals: 6pm.com (Dansko) — Necklace and earrings: Gifts

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And we’re back, broadcasting to you live from a small, dim room somewhere in northern California!

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I’ll get into this more tomorrow, but the conference was very educational, as was bopping around Las Vegas by myself for several evenings. It’s such a curious city, isn’t it?

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As soon as I got back from the trip, I dove into moving stuff–a lot of which was prepared by Mike while I was gone, what a good fellow he is–so I’ve mostly been knocking around in shorts and sweaty t-shirts while we haul boxes and furniture.

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No long skirts or dangly earrings for me until it’s all over!

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No fancy appliqued t-shirts, either.

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Some of my clothing just wasn’t built for deep-cleaning floors, you know?

Outfit Post: 1/22/14

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Top and pants: Thrifted — Camisole: Old Navy — Oxfords: Payless — Necklace: Gift — Bangle: Solano Stroll — Earrings: Angela Grace Jewelry

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Sometimes I just want to wear such as a simple top and slacks! (Especially when my ankle’s being wonky so heels aren’t a good idea.)

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There’s something I really like about the hot pink/chocolate brown combination–I’ll have to explore it more in the future.

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I promise this is a tiny skull necklace and not a little blob with eyes.

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That’s about all I got, folks. This weekend will probably be somewhat emotional for me, but I’ll meet it as best I can. I hope you do too. Take care, y’all!