What I’m Reading: Super Sad True Love Story

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It’s been a while since I read contemporary fiction, I’m usually more of a classics girl, but when a friend recommended Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart I was intrigued.

whatI'mreadingsstlsSet in a future world where everyone is completely dependent on electronic devices called apparats (surprise, surprise) and your value is ranked based off your “credit” and “fuckability,” the story follows Lenny Abramov, a not-so-attractive middle aged man who falls for 20-something Eunice Park. As American society crumbles around them the two attempt to find consolation and meaning in each other despite their significant differences.

whatI'mreadingsstls2The story was very well done and I could completely accept the world Shteyngart created (no doubt it’s coming to us). But I hated Lenny. I’m not sure if we were supposed to hate him or if I brought my personal biases to the book but I couldn’t stand his mix of arrogance and insecurity. Overall I would say this is a very well written piece, but don’t pick it up looking for a traditional love story, and don’t pick it up looking for a happy one.

A final word, despite the character’s age differences, don’t expect this to be a Lolita-style romance. While Nabokov’s characters were about deep, tortured feelings, albeit misguided ones, Shteyngart’s protagonists experience difficulty connecting in a world where human contact is second to apparat screens and ratings.

What are you reading lately?

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Fifth Element

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What makes outfits like this so great is the way all the different elements work together. The texture, the colors, the pattern, the cut, they all work to make the look interesting without overpowering each other. It’s outfits like this that take a little more thought and artistry to put together than your typical cute dress.

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fifthelement3Pants: H&M, Shirt: OASAP, Heels: Ferragamo, Jacket: H&M

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Lady in Red

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This supsender skirt is one of my favorite new go-to items. It’s easy to pair with everything but adds a little interest to my outfits that a circle skirt can’t. I especially like it with this red shirt and a statement necklace. It adds some sophistication to a look that could’ve gone schoolgirl very quickly.

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ladyinred5Shirt: Forever21, Skirt: c/o OASAP, Tights: TJ Maxx, Shoes: c/o OASAP, Necklace: H&M

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Au Revoir!

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aurevoirI’m off to Paris once again! I can only be away from the city of baguettes and small dogs for so long. I’m really looking forward to reading by the Seine and posing Blair Waldorf style in front of a Manet at the Musée d’Orsay. I’ve got some great posts lined up for you while I’m gone and when I get back it’ll be all Eiffel Towers and macarons.

Au revoir!

Photo is mine.

The Great Wave

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I spotted this dress on OASAP around the same time the Hokusai exhibit opened at the MFA. I had to have it. The wave print is not only a cute summer pattern but also a pointed allusion to the famous Japanese artist. I hemmed the dress about eight inches and wore a tulle skirt underneath to give it a little flounce.

thegreatwaveWe shot the dress in the contemporary American wing on the third floor of the museum. Rather than shoot it in the Hokusai exhibit, I wanted a more modern backdrop. Hokusai was extremely ahead of his time and many of his works still feel very relevant. Here I’ve illustrated this by juxtaposing the old with the new.

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thegreatwave3Dress: OASAP (available here), Flats: Tahari, Necklace: H&M

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Black, White, and Pink All Over

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As the weather jumps from 50 to 90 in traditional New England style, I’ve been transitioning my favorite black and white color combination into spring. This light grid print top adds a summery look to my usual black leather skirt, and the pink coat pulls it all together.

blackwhiteandpinkalloverThe outfit has a very modern vintage vibe with the dainty grid print and ’50s coat. So I paired some of my favorite vintage heels with the look.

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blackwhiteandpinkallover2This shirt is actually a dress that I pinned up underneath the skirt. Stay tuned to see it in its full glory!

blackwhiteandpinkallover3Coat: OASAP, Shirt: TJ Maxx, Skirt: H&M, Shoes: Vintage, Necklace: c/o Kendra Scott

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.