January Paper Dolls

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Good-bye, January!

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Book Review: Ink and Bone (Tries too hard)

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Ink and Bone, Lisa Unger

I will award points for trying to create a strong female character; rides a big motorcycle, likes tattoos, etc. But those turn out to be straw men as we learn that what our heroine really needs is her man. Atmospheric and longing to be creepier than it is, Ink and Bone feels like part of the club spawned by Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and therefore has too many stock elements to feel especially original. Overall, the book is trying way too hard to be something it isn’t, which distracts the reader from becoming at all immersed in its world. 2 stars.

OOTD: Almost Camouflage

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This has a nice tonal value, although I thought it made me look a little thick.

Jacket: Hunter’s Run (it’s linen) from La Tienda de Jardin

Top: J Crew from my mom

Skirt: Mona B, also from La Tienda

Nine West green suede boots

Owl button by Jesse Rienhard

Moth necklace from Laura’s Jewellery

Shopping Saturday: Stop and Stare

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If I hadn’t happened by this post at Donna’s One Beautiful Thing blog (please follow, it’s amazing), you wouldn’t be getting a Shopping Saturday because this gal will be having a long weekend in Santa Fe, NM, my favorite place on earth. BUT, check out the wonderful hosiery that StopAndStareCo have in their Etsy store. These are just a few of my immediate favorites, and the price is quite reasonable. Now if I could get a custom pair printed to work with my typical knee-high boots—HEAVEN.

Feminist Friday + Extra Photo

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I have always used fashion as a form of artistic expression. It should be pretty obvious that my tastes run to the feminine, but rarely if ever precious. I am a closet fan of Little Big Girl and Gothic Lolita type looks–mainly because they are so thoughtful and complete–no stone goes un-turned with that crowd. I am also well aware that what I consider “feminine” or “pretty” is a social construct that comes from a patriarchal system that holds the view that women must dress in certain ways to be attractive to men.

It would be untrue if I said I didn’t adhere to that quite a bit, because that’s the cultural soup I’ve been ingesting my entire life. Yes, I wear makeup, and yes, I feel better when I do. I prefer skirts because I am self-conscious about the size of my ass/hips. My sense of what is “flattering” is solid, but it’s a construct like anything else. The ability to step out of the demands of fashion and what is considered the “right” way to look at any given time is one I’ve worked very hard at in some cases, and have been forced to accept in others. For example, I had to give up high heels AND flats some years ago due to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I now tend to find the really high heels that are popular now to be ugly and dangerous looking. My back hurts on behalf the young women I see teetering around in stilts. BUT, lest you misconstrue, I am in no way saying women shouldn’t wear them if they want to. Go for it. Just, remember that it’s not really a sexier shoe than any other–we just believe it is. It’s a construct.

And so, there are days when I feel less feminine, but still interesting and attractive, and can pull off a tshirt and canvas, military-style boots with a skirt. It’s like every once in awhile I get a peek behind the curtain and think, “It’s about how I feel about what I’m wearing! It’s not about anything else!” It doesn’t happen all the time, but the older I get the more aware I am of the artificiality of the rules and that I am not required to even consider them rules and can instead tilt at those windmills in whatever garb feels right.

OOTD: Rebel in Canvas

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I wore my Palladium canvas boots with my favorite skirt! I was feeling like being functional and feminine all at once.

Top: Some odd thing I got from Satan that was nothing like what I thought I was buying (Oh, Satan, you don’t allow returns)

Skirt: My favorite thing I made in 2016.

Shoes: Palladium