Blogging Besties: Pretty in Gold

The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015, the series expanded to include yours truly @ My Closet Catalogue and Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style. It’s based on the idea of “take one, pass it on,” but we’re passing on an element from another blogger’s outfit. It’s a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Selah showed much courage in daring to wear a color that was challenging for her:


This week is brought to you by: “something olive, blush, gold, or just something that makes you want to sing I Feel Pretty”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: something gold that makes me want to sing.

The other day, my precocious tween thoughtfully mused that my new aesthetic was a cross “between a 70-year-old grandma and a 6-year-old girl”.

The 40+ something in me was rather taken aback by this comment. Should I take it as a compliment? An insult? A sign that my daughter is finally developing a sense of style independent of me?

When I got over my mommy angst, I was disheartened to realize that it was immediately replaced by mid-life crisis angst. Have I truly gone over to the dark side of sartorial ineptitude? Did my foray into vintage fashion skew my aesthetic entirely? Am I in a fashion slump?!

I suppose learning how to sew didn’t help matters either. I confess that I chose simple silhouettes to match my seamstress skills, and the easiest things to make are dresses. Trapeze dresses, to be exact. No need to fuss over bust darts or waistline placement. No worries about buttons and buttonholes. Trapeze dresses became my go-to project.

(Yes, I sewed the dress I’m wearing for this pictorial.)

And yet, despite all the fun I was having finding retro fabric to match the retro 60s vibe, I may have crossed the line from cool into kitsch. I mean, take a look at those buttons, why doncha?

When I think about backing away from the vintage thing, though, I feel a stab of sadness. I like zany prints. I like exaggerated a-lines and fit-and-flare circle skirts. I like peplums and large lapels.

I feel pretty wearing throwback pieces.

So really, I should just continue doing what makes me happy. After all, I think I’m old enough to have earned the right. And, if anything else, I can always take pictures from far away and Photoshop the heck out of them.

For Alex’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: zany prints, wedge heels, or a comfortable silhouette.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – made by moi
Wedges – eBay

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Bloom by The Paper Kites


A Bibliophile’s Pile (23): Re-reading


Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in BetweenTalking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham (audiobook / library / re-read)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just read this in January, but then I got my hands on an audiobook, so I *had* to re-read! The audiobook is every bit as delightful as the book. Also, is that David Sedaris reading the part of Lauren’s literary agent? I can’t find a credit anywhere!

The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket (audiobook / library / re-read / with kids)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Haha, these stories get more and more over-the-top, but I love them!


Artifact (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, #1)Artifact by Gigi Pandian (audiobook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun romp! Jaya Jones is an appealing heroine, with some actual skills that set her apart from the normal cozy sleuth (she’s a historian and trained in jiu-jitsu). Her half Indian heritage adds interest and makes her perfect for the Popsugar Reading Challenge!



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A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you – Artifact by Gigi Pandian