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Getting Cozy With Sherlock Holmes

This time of year is always a little bit crazy for me. With the holidays fast approaching, there’s always too much to do and I have to forcibly remind myself to take a little time to rest and recharge. I don’t know about you but my idea of self-care is to carve some time out of my busy schedule to relax with a good book and a cup of tea. And so for this week’s bibliophile style guide, I decided to create a cozy autumn outfit perfect for reading the day away.

 

Cozy Reader

 

I started with a warm and comfy cabled sweater and added a Sherlock Holmes bracelet from C. S. Literary Jewelry’s line of Leather – Bound Book Bracelets. Add in some fun Sherlock accessories, (like this Sherlock travel mug and messenger bag), and I am all set for an awesome day of reading and relaxation.

What do you think, book lovers? What do you look for in the perfect self-care day? Let me know in the comments below!

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Until next time, take care and happy reading!

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Five Fabulous Gift Ideas For Fiction – Loving Friends

With the holidays just around the corner, here is a helpful gift guide of five great Christmas gift ideas for all kinds of book-loving bestie.

The Adventurous Friend
Perfect Gift Idea: Three Musketeers Friendship Bracelet

The Adventurous Friend’s love of excitement and fun is only matched by their loyalty to the friend at their side. They’re the friend you can count to mix things up and they will always have your back when you get in trouble – although to be fair, they probably had a hand in getting you in trouble in the first place! And what better way to celebrate your Adventurous Friend’s love of action and books than with a friendship bracelet inspired by the swashbuckling bff’s, The Three Musketeers. (See also: this Three Musketeers Ring)

 

The Kindred Spirit
Perfect Gift Idea: Tea With Anne of Green Gables Necklace

Everyone should have a Kindred Spirit in their life, the kind of friend who knows how quirky and weird you can be and still loves you! The Kindred Spirit is the type of friend who has seen you through every scrape and blunder and is always there with a cup of tea and unfailing love and support. Personalized with your choice of teacup and teapot charms, my Tea with Anne of Green Gables necklace is the perfect choice for a best friend gift that is as quirky and unique as your kindred spirit is! (See also this Kindred Spirit Friendship Ring.)

 

Sisters Forever
Perfect Gift Idea: Sense and Sensibility Stacking Bracelets

Sometimes your best friend is family and sometimes it just feels that way but either way, you can’t go wrong with these stacking bangle bracelets inspired by the Dashwood sisters from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. (See also: Sense and Sensibility Tea Necklace and Tea With the Little Women Necklace).

 

The Other Half
Perfect Gift Idea: Sherlock Holmes Friendship Ring

Where would Sherlock Holmes be without his trusted friend, Dr. Watson. Both Holmes and Watson bring something to the friendship that the other is sorely lacking and their lives, not to mention the mystery genre, is certainly the better for it!  For your Other Half, I recommend these Sherlock Holmes Friendship Rings. Perfect for the bff that is the Watson to your Sherlock (or vice versa), these rings come individually and in a two-ring set. (Purchase the set and save 10%!)

For more great Christmas gift ideas inspired by books and literature, visit the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop or check back here for more holiday gift guides for book lovers and bibliophiles!

Until then, take care and happy reading!

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November at C. S. Literary Jewelry

Don’t Miss The C. S. Literary Jewelry Thanksgiving Sale
November 17th, 2017

November is shaping up to be an exciting month here at C. S. Literary Jewelry. In just a few weeks, shops and businesses everywhere will be kicking off the holiday season and rolling out their Black Friday deals. But I’ll be kicking things off a little earlier with my annual Thanksgiving Sale. Every year on the Friday before Black Friday, I hold a special, one-day sale. Available EXCLUSIVELY to my newsletter subscribers, this sale is my way of giving thanks for the wonderful customers that have supported C. S. Literary Jewelry throughout the year. And, while I am planning some great deals for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, the truth is that my Thanksgiving Sale is my biggest event of the year and you won’t want to miss it!

This year, I am offering a 30% discount on everything in the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop. If you’d like to save on beautiful holiday gifts for book lovers, click here to subscribe to my mailing list and you’ll receive an email with the exclusive coupon code on the morning of the sale.

Until then, take care and happy reading!!

 

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Last Minute Halloween Costumes With a Bookish Twist

Halloween is just days away and I am still scrambling to put together my costume. If you’re like me and looking for a last-minute Halloween costume with a bookish twist, here are some ideas you may want to consider.

 

 

Hamlet

 

Shakespeare’s Hamlet gets a modern makeover with this Halloween look for theatre lovers.  All you need for this “biker Bard” outfit is some distressed denim, black leather books and jacket, a skull, this cool Hamlet tee from FictionalFoxDesigns and this literary leather bracelet from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop.

 

Casual Halloween Monster

This Halloween outfit was inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Casual and comfortable, all you need for this Frankenstein costume is some Halloween makeup, a green top, and this Frankenstein Leather Bracelet. Put it all together and you have the perfect costume for scaring up some Halloween fun or a relaxed evening at home, munching Halloween candy and reading.

What do you think, book lovers? Which of my bookish Halloween costumes do you like the best? Let me know in the comments below!

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Tea Time Treats For Book Lovers

Good evening, book lovers! Don’t miss the latest edition of the C. S. Literary Jewelry newsletter!

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Until next time, take care and happy reading!!

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Bookish Summer Style for Book Lovers

Bookish Summer Style for Book Lovers

C. S. Literary Jewelry Memorial Day Sale

 

With the Memorial Day weekend just days away, I am looking forward to a three-day weekend of fun, sun, and lots of extra reading time. I am also celebrating the unofficial start of summer with a sale on my bookish pendants. These handmade pendants are a great way to combine your summer style with your summer reading list and to show off your love of books and literature while on vacation, heading to the beach, or enjoying the summer sunshine. Don’t believe me? Check out these fun summer outfits featuring handmade pendants inspired by The Great Gatsby and Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Boat Party at Gatsby's
Under the Sea

 

 

What do you think, book lovers? What books and poem says “summer fun” to you? Let me know in the comments.

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A Long Overdue Update

A Long Overdue Update

Hello again, book lovers. Sorry it’s been so quiet in here but I’ve spent the bulk of the past two months in the hospital and wasn’t able to post here very much. I am pleased to say that, failing any more complications or surprises, that I am on the mend and ready to get back to work making beautiful handmade literary jewelry for all of you obsessive book lovers, readers, and bibliophiles. I am in the process of getting the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop back up and running. I am not 100% there yet but I have some great Mother’s Day gifts, teacher appreciation gifts, and graduation gifts for book lovers posted and available for purchase in the shop and I expect to have more of your favorite book jewelry back in stock in the next few days.  I am planning a Grand Reopening Sale when my shop is fully stocked and officially back in business so be sure to check back here (or subscribe to my newsletter) to get more details about that when they are available. I am also in the process of writing up book reviews for all the books I read while I was recovering, so stay tuned for those.

In the meanwhile, I want to thank you all for your patience and for the good thoughts / messages of encouragement many of you sent via Facebook and Instagram while I was sick and stressed. I really appreciated it!

Happy reading!

Kerry

P.S. I WAS able to post to Instagram and spent last month celebration National Poetry Month by posting a different poem or quote from a poem each day. It was pretty great and definitely worth checking out. If you don’t follow me on Instagram yet, you can see my posts here.

 

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A Poetic Christmas

The Rain in Portugal: New PoemsThe Rain in Portugal: New Poems by Billy Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The holiday season is a crazy time with gifts to buy and wrap, holiday meals to prepare, and Christmas parties to attend so it can be a little hard to find a lot of time to read. When this happens, I like to pull out a book of poems. Poetry is perfect for hectic times because it can be consumed in small bites and because it reminds us to slow down and experience the moment rather than rushing through it. This year my poetry book was Billy Collin’s latest collection, The Rain in Portugal. I am never disappointed when I pick up a Billy Collin’s book but I particularly enjoyed this one because I had the opportunity to hear the poet read a few of the poems at a poetry reading a while back. (As a side note, I just want to mention that Billy Collins is a wonderful reader and speaker, as well as a wonderful poet, and if you have the opportunity to see him read in person, I highly recommend you go!)

Ask anyone who knows me and they will you tell that I have an obsession with T. S. Eliot’s The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock so it comes as no surprise that my favorite poem in the collection was “Note to J. Alfred Prufrock.” And “Note to Prufrock” wasn’t the only allusion to great poems and poets in this collection. One of my favorites things about Collins as a poet is that his poetry reads as a love letter to poetry, which makes it a poetry lover’s dream come true.

The Rain in Portugal also contains a playful look at rhymes, a wistful meeting between the poet and the sister he never had, and a interesting take on the cosmology of the universe involving Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. All in all, The Rain in Portugal will make a wonderful addition to my poetry book collection and would make a lovely holiday gift for a poetry lover.

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Looking for more holiday gifts for poetry lovers? Check out this lovely gift guide: 15 Gifts That Poetry Readers Will Be Overjoyed To Unwrap This Holiday by bustle.com or visit the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop for handmade jewelry inspired  by your favorite poems and poetry.

Need more Christmas gift ideas for book lovers? These holiday gift guides have some great suggestions:

That’s it for me today but I would love to hear from you. What’s your favorite collection of poetry to read when life gets crazy? Let me know in the comments below. And until next time, take care and happy reading!!

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