Monday, February 28, 2011

What I Read This Month

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 1955

Yet another book that I've been wanting to read for a while. An interesting look inside the brain of someone compelled to act in a way that he himself knows is not sanctioned by society. A step-father obsessed with his 12-year-old stepdaughter. Beautiful language. The first half is enjoyable, the second half goes downhill quite a bit.

Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America by Richard Zoglin, 2008

I read mostly fiction, but this book is a great reminder why I should read more non-fiction. While the subtitle, How Stand-up Changed America, might be overreaching a bit, it is an excellent chronicle of how comedy and careers in comedy changed in the 70s and beyond.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 1899

This Victorian novella with modern themes is often considered to be one of the earlier feminist novels. The Awakening ended the author's popular literary career and destroyed her reputation in her lifetime, but has met with favorable critical reviews subsequent to her death. Protagonist Edna Pontellier is unsatisfied with her unavoidable roles as wife and mother, but meets with disapproval when she tries to venture too far away. Old Mademoiselle Reisz asks Edna if her wings are strong enough because "[t]he bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth."

Despite the surprising support of many of her friends and acquaintances, and even the tolerance of her husband (through one would ideally wish for more than mere tolerance from a spouse), Edna falters in the path of nonconformity that she has chosen for herself, leading to her ultimate demise. The themes are ahead of Chopin's time, more in keeping with feminist literature of the 1960's and beyond, such as Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook, Silvia Plath's The Bell Jar or Marilyn French's The Women's Room, although Chopin's writing style is more 19th-century.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson, 2010 (published postumously)

The final book of the Millenium Trilogy. I wasn't too impressed with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; it was good but I didn't think it was good enough to deserve all the fuss. The Girls Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest have exceeded my expectations.

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1864

The second half was better than the first half, but all in all I generally prefer novels to have a bit more story and I prefer philosophy in an essay format.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, 1943

This autobiographical novel presents the coming of age story of teen Francie Nolan, who lives in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn with her family in the early 1900's, leading up to World War I, with a focus on her struggles with school, her family's poverty, her first jobs and her first loves.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

What I Was Wearing Last February

Some of my favorites from this time last year...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Favorite Silhouette (and a Faux Fur Coat)

This silhouette has always been a favorite of mine: skinny jeans and a relatively fitted (but not skin tight) t-shirt.

Monday, January 31, 2011


Long-sleeved T-shirt: Mossimo for Target
Grey T-shirt: Wet Seal
Denim Leggings: Forever XXI
Necklace: diy from my grandmother's old backdoor key
Boots: MIA
Faux Fur Coat: (thrifted)
Scarf: handmade by my mother
Gloves: gift from Sabrina
Book: Lolita, c/o the Chicago Public Library

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Channelling My Roots

I grew up in a rural area, so flannel was something I saw a lot of as a child. Especially because I also was in high school in the 1990's. Between the farmers and other rural residents, and the grunge trend of the 90's, flannel reminds me of growing up in rural Pennsylvania.

Friday, January 28, 2011

lunch at Freddy's, driving to a friend's lake house for the weekend

Flannel Shirt: mine from the 1990's
Pink Long-sleeved T-shirt: H&M
Denim Skirt: Levi's (thrifted, altered)
Grey Leggings: Newport News
Black Socks: H&M
Boots: MIA

Monday, February 14, 2011


When I was putting together my "What I Was Wearing Last January" post, I saw this outfit from last winter and wanted to wear it again.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Sweater: Mossimo for Target (thrifted)
Striped T-shirt: (thrifted)
Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT (clearance, $3)
Necklaces: mix of thrifted silver locket, Macy's white beads and Anne Klein grey beads
Cuff Bracelet: from MoJo Jewelry in Wicker Park
Black Leggings: from a dance catalog
Grey Socks: Xhileration for Target
Boots: M.I.A. from Macy's

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Green & Orange Silk

Except for the jewelry, everything is thrifted. The earrings were a gift and the brooch (used to attached the scarf around my waist) is vintage from my grandmother.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Top: (thrifted)
Pants: (thrifted)
Scarft-as-belt: (thrifted)
Brooch-as-belt-fastener: vintage from my grandmother
Shoes: Etienne Aigner (thrifted)
Earrings: Lucky Brand (Xmas gift from my parents)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

diy t-shirt

This shirt is a refashion of one of my boyfriend's old t-shirts. I loved the color and the softness of the fabric, but it was too big and baggy for me, so I slimmed the sides, cut the neckline and finished the neck by simply folding under and stitching. Nothing fancy. It's reversible and can be worn with the boatneck front or the deep v front. The boatneck is a bit more work appropriate with the jacket staying on all day.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

work, rehearsal

Grey Top: diy from boyfriend's hand-me-down
Jacket: Express
Shirt: Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)
Patterned Tights: ??
Black Shoes: Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)
Bead Necklace: Anne Klein

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Teal Blazer

The Everybody Everywear item for this month is blazers. I have a huge collection of blazers and suit jackets, and I'm quite fond of them. Check out how others have styled their blazers here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Teal Blazer: Worthington (thrifted)
Blouse and matching Tie: Lapis
Skirt: Forever XXI
Grey Sweater Tights: from Filene's Basement
Shoes: Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)
Flower Brooch: vintage from my grandmother
Cat: Amaretto

Monday, February 7, 2011

Blue Silk

I've been getting into some 80s tv shows lately, thanks to Netflix streaming. The last week, I've been immersing myself in old episodes of Fame from 1982. Maybe the teachers' wardrobes are influencing my 80's fashion choices? Or is this shirt more late 80's/early 90's? I think I actually had 2 blouses in middle school that were cut very similarly to this one.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Silk Top: (thrifted)
Suede Skirt: (thrifted)
Black Sweater Tights: ??
Black Shoes: Nine West
Belt: ??
Ring: my law school class ring
Silver Ball Earrings: mine from the 1990's

Friday, February 4, 2011

Friend Friday: Blogging Events

Friend Friday is the creation of Katy of Modly Chic. This week's questions focus on blogging events:

1. With all the blogging events out there how do you determine which ones to participate in and which ones to avoid?

I participate in the events that sound fun to me and/or support good causes (while still sounding fun). Some recent events in which I participated: Rainbow Tights Week, National Wear Red Day, and (obviously!) Friend Friday.

2. Be honest, have you ever jumped on the bandwagon of some blogging movement/event for the wrong reasons?


3. How do you give your own flair to a blog event while still maintaining the general mission and purpose?

I’m the one participating. When I wear Red or Rainbow Tights or whatever the theme is, I’m still wearing clothes from my own closet in my own style.

4. When determining the best content for your blog what criterion do you keep in mind?

I try to put material on my blog that would interest me if I were seeing it on another blog. The blogger version of the Golden Rule.

5. While everything will not suit your blog, how do you try and support your fellow bloggers who are participating in something worthwhile but not your style?

The same way I support other bloggers in general, which is by following their blogs and commenting regularly.

National Wear Red Day

Today is the American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day. This outfit is not what I'm wearing today, but it is red, so I thought today would be a good day to post it. I am actually wearing red today, but that outfit won't make it onto the blog for another week or two.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

work, rehearsal

Vest: H&M
Red Shirt: from Victoria's Secret
Pants: Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)
Boots: Nine West
Hoop Earrings: gift from my parents
Necklace: vintage from my grandmother

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Go Steelers!

The Superbowl is this weekend. The Steelers are competing. Since I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, the Steelers are my hometown team. I felt compelled to wear black and gold this week. Go Steelers!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Yellow Silk Jacket: Dana Buchman (thrifted)
T-shirt: Mossimo
Pants: H&M (thrifted, altered)
Shoes: Amalfi (thrifted)
Black Hoop Earrings: Aldo
Bracelet: gift from my boyfriend (thrifted)
Cat: Drusilla (thrifted) (I got her from a shelter. That counts as thrifted, right?)

My kitty cat: