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.

Outfit Post: 9/16/13


Tee: Threadless — Skirt: Goodwill (H&M) — Shoes: eBay (Keds) — Necklace: DIY — Bracelet: Gift — Earrings: Etsy


I got this chevron-printed shirt at the same time that I got my new bee tank top because I need (“need”) more easy, slightly-dressy tees that are work-appropriate, and this one seemed to fit the bill.


For its inaugural outing, I decided to stack geometric patterns, just to confuse people. Like dazzle camouflage! (Not actually anything at all like dazzle camouflage.)


Normally it would probably bug me to wear this daffodil-yellow necklace with the gold-yellow of the skirt, but I think the shoes helped tie everything together.


Who’d’ve thought parrot shoes would be so versatile?


It was an easy bit of pattern-mixing, anyway, and since “easy” was the whole point, I’m going to declare myself the winner.


I’ll be able to pick up my new washer/dryer set and lifetime supply of toothpicks on the way out. Better luck next time, everybody else!

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?


Thanks once more to the special magic of the Random Number Generator, I’m pleased to announce the winners of the DAMN GIRL THAT STYLE IS FAT giveaway!

What, winners? As in plural?

Yup! We got so many good comments that I decided to give away two copies to disseminate the love as much as possible! I’m like frickin’ Johnny Appleseed over here.

Without further ado (because there’s been plenty of ado already), WINNER ONE IS:


Gracey of Fashion For Giants! Congratulations, Gracey, and please enjoy the representations of plus-sized ladies of color!



Ellie! Congratulations, Ellie–may this book help you on your style journey and remind you that people can be stylish and awesome no matter their size.

I’ll be emailing you both for more details, and you’ll have DAMN GIRL THAT STYLE IS FAT in your hands before you know it.

I wish I could give a copy to everybody who entered–truly I do. I really, really want folks everywhere who have felt excluded from fashion due to their size (and not just felt excluded but have been excluded–things are getting better, but many companies and people in the fashion industry still show a lack of interest in providing quality, affordable, stylish plus-sized clothing, especially in larger sizes)–I want these folks to be able to read this book and feel encouraged and represented and like it’s an okay thing for them to want to look awesome, because it is! But if you didn’t win, I highly recommend picking up a copy of DAMN GIRL THAT STYLE IS FAT for yourself, in print or as an ebook! Or just follow Aimee, who is a cool-ass stylish fat lady herself. Either way, godspeed, friends, and I love you.

Edit: Sorry to piggyback this on a silly-type post that was written this morning, but I hope all friends, readers, and strangers in Boston are okay/will be okay. My heart is with you all.