A book post! Victory! I like to read multiple books at once, usually from a variety of genres. These are my current selections:
War and Peace<3 One of my all time favorites. Generally I’m more of a Dostoevsky fan but I love this book. I’m re-reading it because it’s just so gosh-darn enjoyable. It’s going slowly, for obvious reasons. I don’t get much time to read but luckily Russian lit tends to have short sections so I can at least feel like I’m accomplishing something even if it’s just a few pages a night. Remember how I said shoes are one of my vices? Well Russian lit is the other. Nothing cheers me up like Russian lit, particularly War and Peace.
The Gospel According to Coco Chanel My current fashion book! I’m actually equating this to something of a self help book. Beyond style tips it really talks a lot about Chanel’s outlook on life and personality and it’s got some really good stuff. The writing style can be a little tedious at time (it’s got nothing on War and Peace for sure =P) but overall I like the message it’s sending. It’s definitely inspiring some of my more classic looks lately.
White Noise I’m counting this as my more modern fiction. I usually stick to the classics but I took an American lit class last summer that opened me up to some really good modern stuff. During the course we read Mao II by Delillo and I really enjoyed it. I picked White Noise up at a discount store and I’m only a few pages in but it has that same stylistic qualities that I loved about Mao II. I would definitely recommend Delillo for anyone looking to experience modern lit, I’d also recommend Pynchon. But we’ll get to him later.
What are you reading these days? Any good recommendations? Happy reading!
Everyone has their vices and mine happens to be shoes! I blame this on my mother who is also a shoe fanatic. It’s genetic, it can’t be helped. Anyways, in the past week I’ve gotten three new pairs of shoes (winter break will do that to a girl!)
I love these so much! I’m a sucker for a heel and these are just gorgeous. I can’t wait to wear these out. Thank you TJ Maxx 🙂
How adorable are these? I went thrifting with my Mom yesterday and we picked these up at a cute little place called Meet Me at Eliza’s. They were only $6. I’m a size 5 so I rarely have luck with shoes at thrift stores but these fit perfectly. The heel is really manageable for my on-campus treks.
I know these are just boring black rain boots but I desperately needed some. Walking around campus in canvas flats in the rain is not a fun experience. Another TJ Maxx find!
Well I officially have no excuse not to come up with some fabulous outfits for this week now that I have three new pairs of shoes in my collection. You have full permission to punish me if I come up with anything short of excellence! Alright, maybe not excellence let’s go for cute shall we?
Sweater: Hand-me-down from my grandmother Skirt: Made it myself Nylons: Forever21 Shoes: Payless Belt: Thrifted
Sorry for the image quality, I’m just using a digital camera so some of the pictures (particularly the shoe photo) aren’t great. This is a good outfit to sum up my style. I really love skirts and dresses, particularly things with a bit of fifties-flare to them. I also love little details like the studs in the belt and the oxford shoes.
Alas, my will power is not what I thought it was! I have succumbed to the lure of the blog. And a tumblr at that. Ah well, I guess I’m a conformist.
For quite a while now I’ve been following fashion blogs and thinking it would be really cool to write one. Not because I’m a fashion expert, because this is in no way true. But more to use it as a motivator. I figure if I start a fashion blog I’ll be forced to put more effort into my outfits because I know I’ll be posting them. What kept me from creating a blog for so long was the commitment. I figured after the week long initial excitement over having a blog wore off I’d slack off and end up posting once a year or something silly like that. (That’s been the unfortunate fate of so many of my journals!) But here I am starting one all the same.
Another reason I didn’t start one for so long was because I was worried I couldn’t keep up. I don’t have a lot of exposure to the fashion world so I assumed my outfits would seem trivial next to some of these other bloggers. But when it really comes down to it, I’m doing this to get myself to experiment with fashion and the blog is merely the motivator to make me do it. I in no way claim to be an authority on fashion. So there’s my disclaimer for future reference.
Speaking of disclaimers, the pictures of me or my friends/relatives are mine. Anything else I have no rights to.
The blog is called “Trends and Tolstoy” because reading is one of my biggest passions in life. Excuse me for that blatant cliche, but it’s true. So to keep this from being solely a fashion blog I want to write about books as well. Reviews, recommendations and general thoughts. Again, this is just for me to have somewhere to put this, I’m in no way an authority on literature. I just love it.