Thursday, September 3, 2015

What I Read: August 2015

Okay, so what I read was A LOT.  Remember how I mentioned that I traveled a lot during August?  Well, all that traveling meant a whole lot of reading.  Happily, the majority of the books I read were quite good and I was really only "meh" on two of them.

The Love-Artist, by Jane Alison

I thought this book was pretty good.  Not great, but solidly middle-of-the-road and definitely interesting.  It takes place in ancient Rome and tells the story of the poet, Ovid, and his muse.  The author tends towards a poetic turn of phrase, which is nice, but can also be a bit confusing.  In addition to Ovid and his muse, the story also includes some of the infighting and political intrigue Rome was famous for, but that part is still a bit murky to me due to the author's writing style.  If you like historical fiction and flowery language, this may be the book for you.

The Spinning Man, by George Harrar

What?  I don't know.  No, really, I think that I have no idea what happened in this book.  It's about a philosophy professor who is struggling with the fact that no one wants to take philosophy anymore and the fact that he's suspected of murdering a local cheerleader.  Did he?  I don't know.  There are a lot of philosophical questions posed and some of them are answered, but apparently "who done it?" isn't a highbrow of enough question for the author to answer because he just totally leaves the reader hanging.  I'd skip this one, unless, of course, you like being confused.

Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith

NPR called this book "one of the top 100 thrillers of all time."  And, you know what?  Yeah, I accept that.  I mean, I'm no expert on thrillers, but this book really is awfully good, folks.  It takes place in Stalinist Russia in the 50s and it's fantastic.  It's about the investigation of a serial killer, but it's really about a KGB officer losing his religion and his religion is his belief in the Soviet State.  Even if you don't love thrillers, I think this is a book worth reading.

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls, by David Sedaris

I'm usually a David Sedaris fan, but I didn't love this book.  I did laugh aloud in a couple places, but mostly I wondered if I'd outgrown Sedaris and his brand of snark.  I do recommend reading Sedaris though, but maybe not necessarily this one.

Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline

I had this book on my list forever and when I went home to visit my family, I stole it from my sister and finally had time to read it.  And I'm glad I did.  It was very interesting to me as I was unaware that we ever shipped orphan kids from the East Coast to the Midwest to be taken in by strangers.  The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the author goes back and forth between modern times with the girl interviewing a woman who was on an orphan train, and the time of the train.  The modern stuff wasn't half as interesting to me as what the orphans went through, but all in all, it was a good book and one I'd recommend.

Transmission, by Hari Kunzru

I started this book probably three times.  It starts basically in the middle of the story and that was confusing to me, but once I got going I couldn't put it down.  And I absolutely loved the end.  I haven't been that satisfied with the ending of a book in ages.  It made all of the, sometimes confusing, tech and marketing lingo in the middle worth it.  It's a strange book and I can't provide a good synopsis of the plot, but I definitely recommend it!

And that's it.  Again, I spent a lot of time on planes, in airports and on the road so I read a lot of books.  Per usual, I have no idea what to wear for the Literary Stylings Link Party next Tuesday, but I'll find something. Hopefully you will too and hopefully you'll come by and link up!

Happy Thursday, All!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Plum Dotty

Even though it's back to being hot and humid here in the afternoons, you can definitely feel the difference in the air.  Especially in the mornings when it's actually cool enough to warrant pants.

I know.  Pants, people!  Pants!

Plum pants, in fact.  Paired with a dotty, collared top from LTS:

Oh, and because I like to rhyme my clothes, I added some (leopard) spots to go with my dots:

Top: c/o LTS  Earring: Modcloth (similar)
Pants: LOFT  Shoes: Nine West (similar)

Happy Wednesday, All!


Monday, August 31, 2015

All Bright, All Right

Alternately titled: Rainbow Brite, Madeleine Albright and Bright Here, Bright Now

As you probably guessed, I am wearing some bright colors today:

In fact, I may be wearing all the bright colors today.

I blame this skirt:

I mean, with a skirt like that, how can I pair it with anything but a bright, bright blouse?

I'm not complaining though.  All bright really is all right in my book:

Blouse: LOFT (similar)  Belt: thrifted  Shoes: Corso Como (similar)
Skirt: thrifted & upcyled Peruvian dress (mini option, black & white option, orange option)

Happy Monday, All!


Friday, August 28, 2015

8/28/15 Five for Friday: LTS Fall Collection

Early today I posted an outfit featuring these houndstooth skinny jeans from Long Tall Sally:

In case you missed that post, here's a brief synopsis: these jeans are very 90s and I love them.

But, they're not the only piece from the Fall Collection I love, so I thought I'd use today's Five for Friday to share five more pieces I'm thinking about adding to my closet this fall:

1. Herringbone Flippy Dress: Maybe it's seeing all the cardinals in the snow out here, but I just love red dresses for winter.  This one is sleeveless for easy layering and looks like it'd be flattering as heck on most anyone.

2. BFT "Garnet" Paneled Loafer: I have a thing for two-toned shoes.  And I love the classic black-and-white combination of these.  And I love that they're loafers (I think I'm getting preppy in my old age).  The best part though is that because these are Barefoot Tess, they are offered up to size 15.  I know!!

3. Chalky Check Maxi Skirt: As I said in my outfit post, I am pretty excited that the 90s are back for fall.  And this skirt has a great grungy, 90s feel to it.  I want to wear it with an oversized sweater and big boots.

4. Supersoft Jeggings: I actually have these jeggings; they were in the package LTS sent me to try and they are my favorite ever.  They really are super soft and have that nice, high waist that I love.  They come in the deep olive/forest color shown above, but also in a great rust color.  I think I need them in both...

5. Fleece Lined Tights: One of the hardest things, for me, about being tall is that I can't wear really the great tights.  The fun patterns, sweater tights and so-very-necessary-in-Pennsylvania-in-the-winter fleece-line tights are generally too small/short for my tights-loving giant self.  But, this winter, I will finally be warm thanks to these fleece-lined tights for tall women!  I will be buying multiple pairs.

Happy Friday!


Long Tall Houndstooth

This past week or so has been surprisingly, delightfully cool here in Pittsburgh.  So, I took the opportunity to break out a couple of fall items early.  Like these houndstooth skinny jeans:

Blouse: LOFT (similar)  Jeans: c/o Long Tall Sally
Sandals: Steve Madden (similar under $30!)

These jeans are part of the Fall Collection over at Long Tall Sally.  And those fine folks were kind enough to send me a pair to try.

And I'm so happy they did.  I love the plummy color:

And I love the 90s-vibe they have.  I'm kind of excited that the 90s are back in play this fall.  The fashion wasn't as fun as the 80s, but there was a lot of houndstooth.

You can't go wrong with a lot of houndstooth.

Happy Friday, All!