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Sweaters Don’t Count

Sweater Pants & Shoes: Kohls | Shirt: H&M | Tank & Socks: Target

Sweater Pants & Shoes: Kohls | Shirt: H&M | Tank & Socks: Target

Not in a no-pattern environment, that is. Somehow my manager gave an okay to this sweater, although she makes weird comments about how trippy it is every time I wear it. As such, I make sure to keep it to a minimum. Don’t want no privileges revoked, yo’

Also, because I’m still a sneaky rebel, I love wearing these socks. Tiny tiny pop of red, but it’s okay. Socks don’t count either. God are you guys just as super bored of my work outfit posts as I am? I might just play dress up tomorrow before my shift or something. It’s getting a little ridiculous.

Marci 12-3-12 Books

I got this book the other day and have read almost all of it. Now I’m itching to hit up a craft store and a thrift store and start making these as Christmas gifts.

Marci 12-3-12 Shoes

A view of the craft mess that covers my art room carpet right now. It’s all part of the festivities, folks.

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Fashion for Bookworms

Happy Halloween! It’s no secret that I like to read. An awful lot. An awful awful awful lot. My favorite genre is Russian classic literature, and I love love love authors who have been inspired by the genre (re: Haruki Murakami, David James Duncan, etc). So when I was in Portland with David a few years back, I jumped hardcore at the Master & Margarita shirt. It’s one of my all-time favorite books. I’m just, as you guys may have noticed, pretty bad at styling tshirts beyond anything that I would normally consider pajama-wear. We can pretend this is my blogger-styled Halloween costume. Book Nerd Extraordinare.

Sweater: Target | Shirt: Out of Print Clothing | Skirt: Gap Outlet | Tights: gift, Express | Shoes & Scarf: Thrifted | Bag: H&M

This was my best attempt. And probably my only attempt, since it just feels so weird every time I try and wear tshirts outside of a lazy sweatpants day in the house. Yes, skeptics, those days totally happen.

The weirdest part, though, wasn’t mixing a tshirt with a professional skirt. Nope. It was accidentally matching my outfit to my book, Telegraph Avenue, which is Michael Chabon’s new book.

I haven’t finished it, but when I do I’ll be sure to update the blog I have going on over at Like A Small Fire. So far, though, I’m actually drowning in it a little. The pace is not so much with the good, and it’s like jello on the eyes. The dried out kind of jello that a spoon has to push through. But I have higher hopes for the last third of the book. I’m an optimist. Oh and lest you think I’m slightly strange for matching my outfit, just know–so did a snail. So did a snail.

Sequins: Take a Deep Breath

That’s been my almost-constant reminder to myself. It’s been a rough week, guys, but I’m happy to say that it’s finally the weekend.

I think the highlights of my week can be quickly summarized in two parts.

First, I finished the two books that I wanted to complete for April.  I finished the first one on Sunday and the second one on Tuesday, so I’m still tracking along. I even snuck an entire book in between last Wednesday and Saturday, which was nice. If you’re just dying to know what books I read (I’m such a tease, I know), I posted my thoughts over on my personal blog, Like A Small Fire.

Second, I shopped. The confining rules of April a thing of the past, now I’m free to shop! So I did! Spefically for the skirt you’ll see in the picture below, and for a pair of black flats to replace my dead ones. Other items may have been found along the way.

And then I remembered that life list of goals Monsieur and I drafted up, which includes a budget. A budget that does not include willy-nilly shopping.

Ah well, the moment of freedom was nice while it lasted.

Shirt: Element/ Belt, Shoes & Skirt: Thrifted/ Tights: American Apparel

Sequins: New Favorite Book

Meet “Lace”. She’s one of my best friends. I know her through Monsieur, and she knows Monsieur through her fiance. Her fiance and Monsieur are pretty close.
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Sequins: February & March Reading List

Monsieur and I are hosting our first event in our apartment–February Whiskey Day! We’re excited to have people over, watch True Grit (the 2010 version, which he hasn’t seen yet), play some games, and of course, indulge in some amazingly tasty Bourbon Chocolate Shakes. In fact, I’m sipping on one right now as I type this out for you all, and let me tell ya–it’s amazing. In the meantime, though, here’s my reading list for this month (and March)

Only Revolutions, Mark Z. Danielewski

This is from the same author as House of Leaves, and if you’ve ever read either, you’ll know his books are interactive experiences rather than just a direct exchange of words on paper into your brain. Only Revolutions is pretty amazing so far, and I feel like every part of it has this lyrical, poetic rhythm. I want to read the entire thing out loud, and I often to do Monsieur. I started reading it when him and I were driving back from the big city late at night, and this book is hand’s down perfect for roadtrips.

The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1600 – 1783, A. T Mahan

This is my total nerd book, but it’s fascinating. It was written at the end of the 1800s and it’s still very relevant today. Mahan explores the naval battles in the time period specified to show, well, the influence that sea power has had upon history. It’s a recommended read for anyone interested in geopolitics, and it offers really great insight to how Stratfor examines word events. It’s a little dry, but I’m really enjoying it.

A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan (rereading)

I recommended this book to my old high school English professor and my high school best friend when we were getting coffee last month. They both want to read it, so I’m rereading it for our next coffee get together in March. Egan’s works are so amazing to me–I’m a really big fan. Her novels cover a variety of subjects and themes, but she writes with such intentional precision that it makes you think she’s spend her entire life thinking about the one topic mentioned in the book you’re currently engaged in. This one has a really fascinating and realistic look at the future–like how the generation of Monsieur and I’s kids are going to turn out, and what technology will look like, as well as how that influences culture and society. She pulls off the whole novel without delving into the science fiction realm, which is impressive (not that there’s anything wrong with science fiction. Rather, she maintains current relevancy the entire time).

Sequins: Poetry Reader

When I was in college, I tentatively toyed with being an English major. It’s no secret that I love reading, and I thought fewer things sounded more ideal than spending college indulging in my passion for literature. However, for a lot of reasons, I went in the Poli Sci/Econ field instead, and I really have no regrets.

For a couple of quarters, though, I took some really outstanding English classes. The exposure to books I may not have initially picked up, as well as some great professors guiding me and pushing me to read more intentionally, was a great experience. I know a lot of people (read: family members and close friends) have expressed a hesitancy to reading poetry. There’s kind of an angsty stigma about reading poetry, like it makes you too emo or something, as well as a mystery about how to read it “correctly”. I feel like poetry enthusiasts often sound like wine enthusiasts–they take a lot of pleasure out of over-complicating the process and alienating anyone who doesn’t speak their secret language. There’s really no need, though, and I had a professor share these really great five steps with which you can approach poetry without feeling overwhelmed.

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Step One: Pick a Book, and a Poem.
Unless you’re already familiar with a poet, or know what type you like, I’d suggest an anthology to start. Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems is one of my favorite go-to poetry books. I’ve had it for years and love flipping through it. There’s a wide enough variety that you can eventually land on a style that resonates with you, and then go from there!

Step Two: Read the Poem
I promise, my tip is better than it sounds. Trust me on this, though. Just read it, like you would read anything else. Don’t worry about counting cadences or match up rhyming or decoding the metaphors. Just read it for the words, and don’t start “translating” it just yet. Please.

Step Three: Read it Out Loud
This is the most important step, and it’s really the key. Read the poem out loud! The first reading was really just so you don’t stumble when you do this part. Read it out loud, and enjoy the sounds.

Step Four: Walk Away from the Poem.
Just leave it alone for like ten, fifteen, twenty minutes. Go do the dishes, get a refill on your coffee, scroll through NPR’s headlines. Then, of course, sit back down with the poem.

Step Five: Read It Again
Go ahead and read it again, after you’ve had a little bit of a brain break. When you’re reading it this time, read it slowly and think about the impressions it’s making. Does it make you think of a color? An emotion? A long lost memory of your childhood you thought you had buried deep down? Go with it! Write a little note next to a line that makes you think of the color chartreuse, even if there’s really no logic behind why. Because here’s my last, top-secret tip: There are no wrong answers. Sure, the poet probably had a metaphor in mind. But maybe he didn’t! In the end, you’re the one reading the poem, and you’re the one who gets to experience it. So pay attention to your experience without getting bogged down in the “correct” experience!

So, readers, your homework for the night? Carve out some “you” time, read a poem, and let me know what you thought! I’d love to hear if this was even remotely helpful for you (because I know it was for me, when my professor walked me through it!)

Bonus: Some of my favorites

Sequins: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

In the past couple of months, I’ve gotten two free books! One was from a work seminar, about boosting your email marketing efforts, but the other was hand’s down way more exciting–I won The Scrabook of Frankie Pratt, by Caroline Preston, through the Modcloth blog! Yay! It was this post, to be exact.

Anyway, while Monsieur was taking pictures of me in honor of Whiskey Day, he noted a small little package next to my front door.

It’s so beautiful! I’d have to put it in the top five most beautiful books I have on my shelf (competitors include The Fountain and most of my Flight books). I started reading it in the car, and I just love the layout. This book instantly makes me want a typewriter more than I already did. I also have the sudden urge to go to my local antique shop and look for old photos to faux-scrapbook with….

I’m sure I’ll have more of an update when I finish reading the book! I’ll keep you all posted.

**Disclaimer: I don’t think this post needs one, but yes–the book was given to me from Modcloth. It was through a giveaway, though, and I’m under no obligation to write this post. Just felt like it, was all!