Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lace & Denim

tee: Charlotte Russe, skirt: Target, jacket: Cato, shoes: Forever 21
Here is today's outfit. Apparently I'm feeling pretty girly lately what with all the pink and lace and stuff. Anyway, I added the jean jacket and oxfords to lower the girly factor and kept my jewelry simple with just a rose gold watch, ring and studs. I felt comfy and feminine. I also tried the side braid thing, but by the end of the evening it was mostly undone. Not sure how I feel about that yet. We'll see if it returns.

Surprisingly enough, I am boring myself going on about clothes so much. I mean adore clothes and shopping and putting together outfits and such, but there is more to my life. So, since this is my little blog, I am going to add some different content from time to time, just because I can. Hahahaha. Oh, the power, it will go to my head. :)

So, I love vintage romances - especially Harlequin Presents from the 60's through the early 80's. (It weirds me out a little thinking the 80's can be vintage. Now I am feeling old. Anyway, back to the point.) The are just delish. The tension, the sophistication, the clothes, the manly men. Mmmmmm. Love. You have to do some searching through thrift and goodwill stores to find these little gems, but they are usually worth the search and the dollar of so that you pay for them. A little brain candy is always good, right? Right.

One of my recent favorite authors is Anne Mather. Totally worth reading ya'll. (Have you noticed that I use totally a whole freaking lot? Like, maybe too much? Can you tell when I grew up?) I thought I would do a little review of my most recent read of hers for you folks. Just cause I'm a nerd like that. Sorry.

One of my little pleasures when I am feeling icky-like is to crawl into a tub brimming with hot hot hot water, bubbles and bath oil and read me a good book. I've been known to stay in there for hours with my cup of tea and my book. The Beloved doesn't get this at all, but he accepts it anyway cause he's awesome like that. He's also had 12 years to get used to it. Anyway, this week I am sick. My head hurts, my throat hurts, my body aches and I can't breathe out of my nose (I HATE THAT PART!) so, obviously some quality bath time is just what the doctor ordered.

My newest Anne Mather is called Prelude to Enchantment and was published in 1972. Set in Venice with an Italian count as the hero and a young English girl as the heroine. It is pretty typical of the genre - lots of miscommunication and tension between the two and someone usually gets injured physically. As seems to be the norm with romances from that time period, the man is close to 40 and the girl is in her very early twenties. He is strong and overbearing, she is overwhelmed and a little lost. Blah blah blah. Sancha is 22 in this one. She's working in publishing in Venice. Get this people - she wears a midriff baring top to work at one point. Seriously. I read that outfit description about six times. Wow. Craziness. All of her skirts (except evening wear) are very short. For work. This cracks me up for some reason.

I think one of the reasons I am so drawn to these books are the heroines. They are usually ordinary girls who've experienced loss and/or hardship, they are honorable and reserved. Not the spunky, self aware heroines of today (not that I have a problem with this, it just isn't me). As a shy reserved sort of girl myself, I identify with these girls. I did enjoy the book, but this one probably isn't a keeper. I only have room in my personal library for books I love so much that I will read them over and over. This one had entertainment value, but not much more.

So, hope you enjoyed the book review, such as it was.
Night, ya'll.


  1. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! I gotta say... this look is really cute!
    Also.. vintage romance? Am I thrifting for the wrong thing?

  2. CC this is my kind of outfit! Are those GOLD oxfords? Maybe they're more coppery but either way I'm swooning over here. Such great texture with the denim and lace. :)

  3. The oxfords are bronze. Awesome aren't they. :)
    And in my option everything, well almost everything is better thrifted. :) And can someone tell me why thrifted isn't a recognized word?!

  4. These shoes are so cute! I'm not an Oxfords-wearer myself (though I enjoy seeing them on other people) but I just might budge for these very ones!

    I love Romantic stories as well, though I've never read any Harlequin books. When I was growing up there were these teen series called Love Stories and I went crazy over those. Yeah, they weren't as sophisticated in terms of setting and even in the actual writing, but some were gems. I still reread two of my favorite ones and it takes me back to High School. :)


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