What book lover wouldn’t love to find a cozy reading spot inside the Secret Garden? I know I would and if I ever discover the key to an enchanting, hidden garden, this is the outfit I would want to be wearing. Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s book, this outfit combines lots of flirty, floral details and a handmade Secret Garden Key Necklace from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop for a look that’s as sweet and fresh as a morning inside the Secret Garden.
It’s a beautiful, sunny day here in NY, just what you want for Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer! I’ve got Shakespeare on my mind – particularly this quote from Sonnet 18, Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou are more lovely and more temperate.” While it’s hard to believe that there’s anything more lovely than this summer’s day, I’ve always loved that quote and decided that the time had come to do a Shakespeare – inspired outfit for all my fellow poetry lovers. I started with a lovely, lacy top for a touch of summer romance and added a pair of floral embellished jeans and lace sandals. Then I added a beautiful Shakespeare Quote Necklace from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop for just a touch of Shakespeare – chic style. All together, this lovely summer outfit is perfect for sunny, summer days spent flirting with someone special or relaxing in the summer sunshine with a book of your favorite poems.
Now that Memorial Day weekend is finally here, book lovers everywhere are looking for their next summer read and I recommend Jacqueline Carey’s Miranda and Caliban. An interesting read for Shakespeare fans, Jacqueline Carey’s Miranda and Caliban, tells the back-story behind William Shakespeare’s Tempest. While Carey’s re-telling of the tale gives the ending a much more bittersweet, conflicted resolution, I really enjoyed her attempts to flesh out Miranda and Caliban, taking them from Prospero’s pawn and slave to independent characters with feelings and motivations of their own. All in all, Miranda and Caliban is a great summer read for theatre lovers looking for a good beach book.
Have you read Miranda and Caliban? I’d love to hear what you thought of the book. Let’s chat in the comments below!
For more Shakespeare – inspired summer fun, check out this summer outfit inspired by Miranda from The Tempest. Featuring a handmade Tempest pendant from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shopand crochet barefoot sandals, this outfit is perfect for dreaming on the beach or soaking up some sun while re-reading your favorite Shakespeare plays.
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.
Happy Mother’s Day, book lovers! I’m off spending the day with my mom and the rest of my family but I wanted to stop in a moment and wish all you mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and mother figures of all kinds a very happy Mother’s Day. As someone who has been incredibly blessed by the women in my life, especially my mom, my grandmother, and aunts, I just want to say thank you for all you do.
In honor of the day, I put together this lovely Mother’s Day outfit featuring a handmade Velveteen Rabbit Necklace from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop. The Velveteen Rabbit has always struck me as a great story for mothers. Not only is a classic children’s book – perfect for bedtime stories or rainy afternoons spent reading with your little one – but that famous quote about a child’s love making you real reminds me of what motherhood is all about. I’ve never had children but all the mommies I know have had their moments where taking care of their children have made them feel worn out and exhausted but even at their most frustrated or stressed, the love they feel for their children and their children’s love for them is simply magical and transforms them into something very real indeed. With this in mind, I couldn’t imagine a better book to feature in my Mother’s Day outfit!
Featuring a beautiful blue sundress and accented with cheery yellow sandals and purse, this lovely outfit is perfect for Mother’s Day brunch, story time with your little ones, or a book-themed baby shower. What do you think, book lovers? What books remind you of your mom? Let me know in the comments.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been doing a series of Valentine’s Day outfits for book lovers inspired by famous literary couples. So when one of my Instagram followers suggested that I do a Gone with the Wind outfit inspired by Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, I was intrigued. I started to envision the outfit that a modern-day Scarlett O’Hara would wear when she sets out to prove to Rhett that he really DOES give a damn about her and convince him to come home to her. This is what I came up with.
Say what you will about Scarlett O’Hara but the girl knows how to turn heads and rock a green dress! From the iconic green floral dress she wore to the Twelve Oaks BBQ to the green dress she made from the curtains, green seems to be Miss Scarlett’s signature color so I knew whatever look I made had to start with a killer green dress! I considered a lot of dresses with long, full skirts as a nod to the book’s Civil War setting but decided that, given a choice, Scarlett would have ditched the hoop skirts and crinoline the first chance she got, and opted from something more modern. I’ve always thought of Scarlett as a fashion rebel who wasn’t afraid to make a statement and flaunt her sex appeal so I went with this form-fitting cocktail dress with a deep neckline and paired it with matching heels and a pair of Gone With the Wind earrings from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop. All together, this Gone With the Wind outfit is perfect for a wedding at Tara, date night with your own, personal Rhett Butler, or a hot night on the town in Atlanta.
Go Shakespeare – chic this Valentine’s Day with a romantic Romeo and Juliet outfit inspired by William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star cross’d lovers. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, prom night, weddings, date night at the theatre, and romantic, starlit rendezvous on your balcony, this elegant outfit features handmade pearl drop jewelry with text from the Romeo and Juliet balcony scene.