[Fashion in Art] Illustration by Pierre Brissaud

Fashion Illustration by Pierre Brissaud (April 1914)

#ReelInfatuation Blogathon: Links to My Posts About Dean Jagger in White Christmas

Shopping for the Bookworm: A Literary Road Trip #3-Poetic Travels, Classic American-Style

In case you are just joining us: A Literary Road Trip #1-A Dream of Travel and A Literary Road Trip #2-The Beat Travels On

POETIC TRAVELS,CLASSIC AMERICAN-STYLE

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery-air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”-Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

It’s time to hit the road again. This week, we are traveling with an extra dose of hearty American vigor: mid-century style. Think laid-back glam, poetic, unforced. Casual yet calculated.

Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!

Writing and reading whilst lounging in the front passenger seat is obligatory, and so is saving room for any possible bookish road purchases: 

Roam Far & Roam Free Market Tote Bag by Belles and Ghosts

Roam Far & Roam Free Market Tote Bag by Belles & Ghosts. $35.00+. 

Anne Sexton A Self-Portrait in Letters at Pistil Books

Anne Sexton A Self-Portrait in Letters at Pistil Books. $14.95. 

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[Alternative Muses] Writerly Style: Seven Reasons to Love Anita Loos’ Look

“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.”-Oscar Wilde

Seven Reasons to Love Anita Loos’ Look:

#1: She rocked one of the best hairstyles of the Roaring Twenties. The tousled bob with bangs was her thing, and she wore it with few variations for decades. With that hair, she could walk into any 2014 shindig and look more modern than anyone else.

Anita Loos rocking her famous locks

Anita Loos rocking her enviable locks. 

#2: She knew how to wear a scarf without looking like an idiot or an octogenarian. We all know how hard that is, right? For some reason, the thought of wearing a scarf as an accessory intimidates a lot of American women, myself included. Here’s Anita, proving that a scarf worn tied around the neck can be chic and fun: Continue reading

[A Holiday Shopping Spree for the Bookworm] Fourth Stop: The Reader’s Catalog

THE READER’S CATALOG

This beautiful site is a one-stop shop for the understated reader in your life. Be warned: if you, too, are of a quietly bookish mind, you’ll want at least a dozen things for yourself. The Reader’s Catalog is full of useful goods with a literary bent, which automatically makes any purchase guilt free! That’s how it works, right?

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:

Bodleian Winter Titles Wrapping Paper

Bodleian Winter Titles Wrapping Paper. $6.95. Image from The Reader’s Catalog.

Writer's Pencils

Writer’s Pencils. $18.95. Image from The Reader’s Catalog.

I Am Born Infant Tee

“I Am Born” Infant Tee (David Copperfield). $19.95. Image from The Reader’s Catalog.

DETAILS:

FIRST STOP: EDWARD GOREY HOUSE STORE

SECOND STOP: JANE AUSTEN GIFT SHOP

THIRD STOP: OUT OF PRINT CLOTHING

[A Holiday Shopping Spree for the Bookworm] Third Stop: Out of Print Clothing

OUT OF PRINT CLOTHING

Out of Print Clothing is the perfect shop for those who love to wear their bookish allegiances on their chests. Their mission statement says it all: “Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Our products feature iconic and often out of print book covers.” Pretty nifty, eh?

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:

The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis. $28.00. Image from Out of Print Clothing.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Tote Bag

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Tote Bag. $18.00. Image from Out of Print Clothing.

The Little Prince

The Little Prince. $22.00. Image from Out of Print Clothing.

DETAILS:

  • OUT OF PRINT CLOTHING: GO HERE
  • PREDICTED SHOPPING TIME: 20 MINUTES
  • BEST AWESOMELY UNEXPECTED ITEM: MATCH BOOK SET
  • PRICE POINT: REASONABLE
  • BOOKWORM HAPPINESS SCALE (OUT OF A POSSIBLE 10): 10++

FIRST STOP: EDWARD GOREY HOUSE STORE

SECOND STOP: JANE AUSTEN GIFT SHOP

Happy Birthday, Rex Stout!

Rex Todhunter Stout was born on 1 December 1886. He gave the world that singular detective, Nero Wolfe (and his unremittingly charming factotum Archie Goodwin!), writing dozens of excellent genre novels and short stories during a four decade period. Stout’s version of New York City is one of the best (fictionalized) settings in all of literature. Here he is, mixing patterns and still looking casually dapper in his eighty-seventh year…

Rex Stout by Jill Krementz, 1973

Rex Stout by Jill Krementz, 1973

“To say that a man is a reasoning animal is a very different thing than to say that most of man’s decisions are based on his rational process. That I don’t believe at all.”-Rex Stout

[Alternative Muses] Writerly Style: George Bernard Shaw Demonstrates How to Wear a Suit

 George Bernard Shaw wore suits almost as well as he wrote plays. Case in point:

George Bernard Shaw, 1909

George Bernard Shaw, 1909.

The hat is a nice touch.

George Bernard Shaw, 1914

George Bernard Shaw, 1914.

Hmm. This looks familiar.

George Bernard Shaw, 1946

George Bernard Shaw, 1946.

Jaunty at 90.