The cover of Eliza by Barry Pain, 1904:
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”–Clare Booth Luce
English writer Margery Sharp definitely knew that, way back in 1945.
Sure, you could classify her look as a bit severe or buttoned-up. Even austere (the photo was taken at the end of WWII, after all). I think she’s…sharp (pun intended and unavoidable). The pointy shoulders on the blouse, simple skirt, and round glasses are timeless and, through some weird alchemy, almost edgy. All the bonus points: Margery Sharp also gave the world that superior fictional mouse, Miss Bianca, who has style for days.
My sweet cousin bought me this book for Christmas. As most of you know, I do an occasional feature about dead writers’ style, so this is up my alley.
“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”–Yves Saint-Laurent
Iconic children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown had style to match her writing: timeless, straightforward yet unique, and unforgettable.
The stripes and strong shoulders, though clearly from the 1940s, are streamlined, edgy, and relevant:
Her bouncy, easy-going hairstyle is impeccably modern, and is the perfect accompaniment to her sleek, minimally accessorized dress:
Some would say that a favorite doggo is the best “finishing touch” of all:
It’s no secret that Margaret Wise Brown was very outdoorsy and active, a lifestyle which effortlessly merged with her sophisticated and relaxed dress sense. She’s wonderful inspiration for anyone who values style, practicality, and a dash of whimsy.
I read 82 books in 2016, but fell 28 short of my (rather ambitious) goal of 110. My year was way too busy to read as much as I would have liked. I finished the majority of the books during the first half of the year, as life obligations slowed my pace after summer. On the bright side, 2017 will get off to a good start reading-wise, as I am close to finishing half a dozen books.
Here’s a list of every book that I finished in 2016, with some very loose ratings.
*=Read as research for my novella
**=This designation means that I liked the book in spite of myself, but as such find it too hard to assign a fair grade
1=You are my enemy
2=We’ll stay acquaintances, thanks
3=I like you, but I don’t like you like you
4=You are my friend, but not my best friend
5=You are my love match, but don’t expect fidelity Continue reading
This coloring book from American Vogue is so lovely. I cannot wait to give it a whirl!