I’m in the middle of re-reading Sunshine by Robin McKinley. So far, it’s just as good as I remembered. 🙂
I’m going to tell you, right up front, this book is about vampires. Not sparkly, moody, teen vampires – these suckers (hee, hee) are scary, other worldly, ancient monsters. Yes, there is sexual tension between one vampire and our heroine, but this is by no means a romance novel.
Maybe it’s because I just binge read THG trilogy, but I keep drawing parallels between those books and Sunshine. The main character, Rae, is a baker (like my beloved Peeta), who lives through a harrowing experience and has to deal with the fallout (like Katniss). I don’t know, maybe it’s because they’re both fairly dark, compared to my usual reading material.
I put my still-wet clothes in a sinkful of more soap and water. Tomorrow I would put them through a washing machine. I might throw them out anyway, or burn them. (I still hadn’t burned the cranberry-red dress. It lived at the back of my closet. I think I knew I wasn’t going to burn it after the night I dreamed that it was made of blood, not cloth, and I’d pulled it out of the closet that night, in the dark, and stroked and stroked the dry, silky, shining fabric, which was nothing like blood. Nothing like blood.) My sneakers would live. I had dozens of T-shirts and jeans if I decided I wanted to burn something but I wasn’t going to sacrifice a good pair of sneakers if I could help it.
Now, I don’t have a cranberry-red dress, but I have a raspberry-red dress. I’ve styled it two ways, both based off the book:
First, I paired it with nude sandals, to mimic Rae’s bare feet when she wears the dress. I added the gold cuff bracelet and key necklace because they remind me of the filigree design on the cover of my paperback copy (pictured at the top of the post).
This look is more playful. I wore my much-loved Converse sneakers, to pay homage to Rae’s sneakers in the quote. I don’t have any cinnamon roll jewelry (Rae is famous for her cinnamon rolls), but I do have an adorable cupcake necklace, perfect for a baker!
14 thoughts on “Thoughtful Third Thursday: April 2014”
What a gorgeous dress! I love the first look so much with the gold accessories and sandals. Nailed it!
Thank you, Alex! Unfortunately, we had a cold snap, so I couldn’t wear the first look (I did wear the 2nd look – with a cardigan, and leggings underneath), but I’m totally going to repeat when it warms up again!
Firstly, I LOVE the collages – your pictures are much bigger and therefore more striking. What app are you using?
Second, that dress is to die for! It’s simple, elegant and yet quirky enough with the diamond pattern on the bodice to elevate it from your run of the mill maxi.
Finally, super kudos to the interpretation of the book. I find myself becoming way too literal with my T3 offerings and yet here you are, being insightful and unique. Maybe you should be the English teacher! 😀
I’m trying to get used to bigger pictures. It’s a struggle for me. The app is PolyFrame:
The dress is an old Liz Lange maternity dress from Target. I loved the color and details so much that I just decided to ignore the maternity label!
Funny, I thought I was much more literal this time around! As my kids get older, I’ll have to morph into an English teacher, so it’s good to know I might be good at it. 😀
I love that maxi dress on you! It is really striking and it looks so comfy! I just couldn’t get my act together in time for Thoughtful Third Thursday this month 😦 I just finished reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (have your read it??) and was going to go for a 70s inspired outfit…but alas, it did not happen. I’ll start planning ahead for next month!
I haven’t read that book. The link up is open for a week, so you have some time. 🙂
Such a great Dress!!! I can’t even believe that I forgot about T3 this week! I have read so much this month too…I might have to just join a little bit late this month.
Thanks! It snuck up on me too. 😛
The link is open for a week, and you can always just link in the comments. 🙂
I love your dress. The Converse make it happen! Contempo Vampires! I can’t wait for the new Jim Jarmush film “Only Lovers Left Alive” it was so fun linking up. Thank you. Now to take the Jane Austen quiz….
Thank you, Connie! Converse are the best! 😀 I’m usually too much of a wimp to watch vampire movies (I can READ scary stuff, but watching it?), but the cast of Only Lovers Left Alive is stellar, so I might have to give it a shot. Thanks for linking up! How’d you make out on the Austen quiz?
This is so fun! Sunshine is one of my favourite books, and that dress is beautiful 🙂
Thank you! Are you a Robin McKinley fan, generally? I know a lot of her fans weren’t thrilled with Sunshine because it’s so different for her.
I am, and I really enjoyed the darker tone of Sunshine! But then I’m a big fan of darker vampire stories anyway, so would have picked it up even if it wasn’t by her… I’m impressed by her versatility!
Cool. I’m not usually a fan of vampire stories, but I adore Robin McKinley, so I gave it a shot. So glad I did!