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Caitlin is one my new blog design clients, and I’m extremely excited about working on her project. She writes about vegan food and traveling, and I just love the perspective and attitude she takes when she approaches it. Her guide to packing list is definitely something you would not expect from the typical blogger packing list.

Last Saturday, I went over to Maria’s to celebrate her Redbook Magazine appearance, and she wore this dress, which looked amazing. Her entire ensemble cost under $100.

Loving Jennie’s Why Not Try Series: Makes for a productive and fun weekend.

I’m always very impressed with the creativity and forward thinking that comes from projects that renew existing materials: this home tour of Pjotr de Jong is no exception.

Wit & Delight for Target is out, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m such a fan of all her pieces and even her suggested items to pair with her collection.

Quiet – On Her Shelf With Maya McDonald of Charmingly Styled

Thanks to Maya McDonald at Charmingly Styled – today’s post starts a new series where I’m featuring some of my friends and fellow lit lovers favorite books in wearing lit fashion.

On Her Shelf with Maya McDonald of Charmingly Styled  Reviewing Quiet by Susan Cain

 

What is the last great book your read? What made it great? 

The latest book I read was Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. I heard about it through my college roommate, and after recently fully accepting that I was an introvert, I thought it would be a good book to read. As someone who’s categorized herself as a chatty Cathy her whole life, the realization that I’m actually an introvert was rather shocking. Reading the stories of people I’ve looked up to and loved throughout my life (Rosa Parks, Dr. Suess, Chopin, etc.) helped me get to know myself as an introvert even better. Cain also discusses how society as a whole undervalues introverts, but how the inherent skills of introverts can actually make them be better leaders, salespeople, and even speakers. It’s a multi-dimensional book that really speaks of the power of introverts as a whole and helps introverts reading the book reflect on the pros (rather than typical cons) of being someone who prefers listening over speaking.

Would you recommend Quiet? If so, to whom?

Totally! If you’ve ever considered yourself an introvert – this book is about to become your new favorite! It’s amazingly researched, beautifully written, and passionate – which is how every work of non-fiction should be. And even if you don’t classify yourself as an introvert, it’s still a good read since at least 1/3 of society identifies themselves as one.

Since you enjoyed Quiet so much, how would you wear it?

When I think of Quiet as a style reference, the first thing that comes to mind is thoughtful basics (with a twist!) They’re not too loud, but they’re carefefully selected and always work well together.

  • Dress: A classic, traditional silhouette with an unexpected feminine touch of a bottom ruffle.
  • Boots: Another wardrobe essential that blends in beautifully with other fall stables.
  • Rings: Subtle, but the multi-colored squares make the rings rather unexpected.
  • Jeans: The perfect basic pair, with a little zipped pocket detail to make them unique.
  • Canvas Leopard Tote: A classic print that mixes perfectly with other fall staples and neutral colors.
  • Nail polish: A moody and neutral color that speaks for itself.

Love Maya’s literature and style picks: you can find more of her greatness here – Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

East of Eden

Wearing Lit's East of Eden

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I read East of Eden over 15 years ago, and every 2-3 years, I re-read the novel. Each time, Steinbeck’s philosophical and religious commentary appeals to me in a different perspective than in previous years. The novel details the lives of two different families the Trasks and Hamiltons, but mainly the Trasks. Set between the beginning of the twentieth century and World War I, the novel describes the setting of Salinas Valley California through a series of flashbacks of Adam Trask’s life. The very interesting and malicious Cathy Ames plays a significant role in his life. Supposedly, Jennifer Lawrence is playing her in the remake.

What I find most intriguing about this novel is the conflict between choice and free will in the personal relationships of characters.Wearing lit for this novel is not as easy as other ones. It’s not inherit as others. Granted, in Cathy Ames is always in black. The real strength of the novel is in its philosophical commentary, so I wanted to emphasize contrast and knots. Right now, I’m really loving blushes and muted pinks paired with very dark blues, greys, and even an off-black. This juxtaposition is perfect for transitioning summer items – lace tees and boyfriend jeans – into fall. Even this Giles & Brother Archer Ringer, I love how it can represent two different things being entwined together. Have you read East of Eden?

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Typically, I’ve mentioned the books that I’ve completed, but there are always books that I have to abandoned. On Tuesday evening, I had one of those experiences. I always feel kind of guilty. I’ve been wanting to read The 4-Hour Work Week for some time, but I couldn’t get into it. After a few weeks of trying, I abandoned it for The Alchemist, which I finished in just a matter of days.

I’ve been obsessed with reading Fast Company lately; mainly because I find their articles thought-provoking and/or fascinating. On Monday, they featured this article called “If You Want Female Employees to Be Creative, Don’t Make Them Compete at Work“. Initially, I cringed; I always stand by the point of view that I never want to be told what to do or that I can’t do anything. However, I think the article can shed some light on the idea of “competition” and its role in our developing and ever changing society.

The Best Tasting Green Juices: Sign me up! Speaking of healthy eating, Jeana started LUNCH BUNCH a plan for delicious and healthy lunches for the week. I’m starting this one next week!

I haven’t done a DIY in a while for a lot of different reasons, but one thing is for sure: these tips I learned from DIY were quite valuable in all aspects of my life.

Very inspired by reading this interview with Graphic Design Yesenia Perez-Cruz.

My college friend – Maggie Mertens – works and writes for Glamour. I loved this piece she wrote about the NFL and being a woman. I really wish that as bloggers we’d have a smarter discourse around the the NFL and the policies related to players involved in domestic violence instead of talking about “game-day style”…

Reading and Wearing is a roundup of my favorite finds and articles that I read this week. 

Leo Africanus

Wearing Lit's Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf

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Leo Africanus, a French novel written by Amin Maalouf, depicts the the life of Leo Africanus, a  Renaissance traveler and Andalusian, Berber diplomat who wrote the Description of Africa. Very little is known about Leo Africanus real life, so Maalouf uses biographical hypotheses and historical speculations to place Africanus in the realm of many key historical figures.  It’s kind of like a Renaissance/Moroccan Forest Gump. The novel is divided into four main sections – Granada, Fez, Cairo, and Rome – each of which played a major role in his life. After I read this book, I really wished that I was fluent in French and could read Maalouf’s original in French.

Wearing “Leo Africanus” is about styling the traveler, adventurer, which regardless of the time period, I think is pretty easy to do. It needs to be effortless but functional and translatable. There’s also something about the “traveling” look that translates well into fall. Whether traveling or not, good hair days are never consistent, and a great hat can help. Despite being a traveler, Africanus was able to have these significant interactions with key historical figures. To get in the door today, I think there are three superficial, material essentials one should have: impeccable skin, pleasant aroma, and immaculate nails. A great, durable backpack with comfortable shoes (also flattering) help as well.

Picking out this arrangement made me think about “traveling” style and “everyday” style. Shouldn’t it be the same? In my opinion, the core of style should always be: comfort, confidence, and functionality. A great outfit not only is comfortable, but can take you into a magnitude of different situations – casual and formal, day and night, weekday and weekend.

 

Bicycle Diaries

Wearing Lit's Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne

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Since I’ve started writing “Wearing Lit” a few months ago, I’ve realized that a majority of the books I read are from female authors. I don’t know if I should find this concerning or not, but today I’m reviewing a memoir by a man. David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries gets sub-par reviews on all most every single book review site (3-3.5 stars). Yes, David Byrne of the Talking Heads wrote a book. When I read any memoir from a celebrity, I know what I’m getting out of it: basic writing, the occasional juicy story, and a lot of fluff (noted exceptions being Just Kids, Clapton, and Faithfull).

Bicycle Diaries is David Byrne’s documentation of writing his bike in different cities. It also comes with commentary on his own personal music career and some political commentary, which I always roll my eyes at when it comes from a celebrity. However, there are some pieces that I enjoyed reading: navigating the streets of Buenos Aires to the bustle of New York City and how he described experiencing a city from the street on a bike (couldn’t agree more with it). The book left me with a feeling that I wanted to travel around the world with my bicycle.

Wearing the Bicycle Diaries is quite easy, especially since it is fall. Fall is the most underrated season to ride one’s bike around the city – the leaves are changing, the air is crisp and cool, and one can enjoy the last few days of somewhat warm temperatures before winter comes. I’m still using my old mountain bike that I’ve had for 10+ years, but I dream of biking through the city in this Amelie bike from Public Bicycles. Bike rides require the necessities, and I realized that I left out the most important – a helmet – but one still needs good shoes, a backpack, and a water bottle for all trips. For what to actually wear, there are three things that I’m obsessed with – sweat shirt like tops, skinny jeans (the added rips are perfect for riding your bike), and athletic shoes that you can wear casually.  If bike rides aren’t your thing but you’d like to incorporate the bike element into your home decor, this chair can give you extreme comfort but the mimicks the same lines of a bicycle or this tea towel gives you the literal impact.