Monday, May 7, 2012

Seeing spots

dress & cardigan: Forever 21 | sunglasses: Urban Boundaries | belt: vintage | tights: Target | shoes: Charlotte Russe

See what happens when I get engrossed in a book - or in this case, a series? I take an accidental blogging break. Once I read the premise of the Hunger Games, and heard the opinions of people I trust, I knew I was going to love it. So I picked it up, and you know the rest: I finished it quickly and went to go see the movie! I'm actually not done with the series yet, but the books are pretty quick reads - so even with my busy schedule, it's only going to be a matter of days.

I have so enjoyed devouring books lately. Reading is something I have loved dearly since I was very young, due in part to the fact that my parents did a month-long experiment in my formative years in which we watched absolutely no TV/movies and were forbidden from using the computer. But somewhere along the way, reading became associated with school, assignments, and exams. I wanted to read for enjoyment, but there were always other things I had to be doing. Now that I've graduated (almost a year ago - eek!) it's so wonderful to be able to pick up the reading habit again. I think I'm going to end up with quite a sizeable reading list - handy, because the library is a two-minute walk from my house!

Does anyone have any book recommendations?



I'm starting to grow antsy with my wardrobe again. It's not that I feel that I need new things...actually, in a way, it's the opposite. When I start buying too many new things from places like Forever 21, I feel like I have to balance it out by getting some "new" vintage pieces. As if my wardrobe had some sort of equilibrium that must be maintained...when what I really need to do, before anything else, is get rid of the pieces I don't wear!

But knowing me, I probably won't let that stop me from scouring for some new vintage when I head to Chicago for the day on Saturday. Chris and I are going to see Andrew Bird and I can't wait! I feel like this trip kind of snuck up on me...it's not a long trip by any stretch, so there shouldn't be a lot of planning to do, but I'd still like to make a list of places to be sure to visit.




Well, I do hope everyone's week has gotten off to a great start! It's a bit rainy and slow up here, but I have memories of a great weekend to look back on, at least - a weekend full of birthday celebrations (my mom's and my friend Meghan's), cherry wheat beer, babysitting (and intense games of "dinosaurs!"), old friends, new resolutions (I'm working out again!) and, of course, reading. I couldn't possibly complain.




18 comments:

  1. Read The Stranger by Camus! It's an awesome book. Also those sunglasses are pretty wonderful!

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  2. I love this outfit so so much. I might have to track down that red dotted dress for my own wardrobe! Everything is styled perfectly, as always.

    Also, I'm definitely feeling reading too. Now that I'm done with finals I can actually read books I want to read and it's such a great feeling. I have a huge Goodreads list that needs to have a dent made in it immediately. You're so lucky to live within walking distance of the library! Although at home ours is about 10 minutes away so it's not so bad.

    Also, Andrew Bird concert! That's going to be awesome! And Chicago! I love that place!

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  3. You look like you just stepped out of the 60s! I always feel like I need to maintain some equilibrium in my wardrobe too, between new and second-hand, new stuff and stuff I've had for years, splurges and steals... it's kind of ridiculous..

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  4. I love your polka dot dress so so very much. Has a vintage and timeless feel, and looks absolutely stunning on you.

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  5. Beautiful as always! The combination of colours and the polka dots is gorgeous. I love that dress and belt and bow! :)

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  6. fallin in love with your shoes :*

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  7. great photos! I would love it if we followed each other. I'll be following you through GFC!

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  8. Everyone around me is devouring the Game of Thrones and its sequels though I haven't starting reading the series yet myself (though we have watched season 1 of the HBO series...).

    You look very cute. Red and dots always makes me think of the 40's for some reason, so I can see why you want more vintage!

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  9. I love your blog!
    You're beautiful!
    I loved the dress, the hair is very beautiful!
    The photos were perfect!
    Kisses from Brazil

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  10. that is seriously the most darling dress i have ever seen, you look so so cute. and no one can blame you for pausing your life for the hunger games, no one :P

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  11. You can't go wrong with reading the classics. ;) If you haven't already, try Jane Austen, Charles Dickens (probably A Tale of Two Cities is a good place to start), the Brontes, or Elizabeth Gaskell. There's gotta be something in there that's your style. If you like lighter things but still would like to try something period, check out Georgette Heyer's Regency romances and mysteries. Speaking of mysteries, there's always Agatha Christie. :D

    Gah, sorry for the long comment. Double sorry if you've read all those already...oh, and a library two minutes away? THAT IS PERFECTION.

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  12. this is a darling dress and I just love how you styled your hair. I really enjoyed the Hunger Games as well and thought the movie was quite good too. I've loved reading since I was little and still thoroughly enjoy. I'm not really sure what genre of literature you tend to gravitate towards but I think Joy In The Morning by Betty Smith is a classic that everyone can enjoy.

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  13. Ohh, this is the cutest look! <3 I love love love your white ribbon tie, and your beehive looks truly wonderful!

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  14. That is an adorable dress! I'm a sucker for polka dots! :)

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  15. oh, I can't even put into words how amazing this look is! love love love EVERYTHING about it ♥

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  16. ahhh this outfit is adorable! love the dress and shoes with the tights, ah its just perfect! new follower here : )

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  17. Those circular glasses are bomb. I'm also looking for something new to read, I'm stuck.

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