One of my goals this year is to read more. Read more, exercise more, yeah I know. What else is new? But I figured essays on Longreads won't satiate all of my curious character-craving neurons.
As a kid, my wardrobe was often inspired by book characters. First as a 7 year old, I dressed as the Italian grandmother from Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona. As a middle schooler, I was inspired by my blog's namesake A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Nicolas Spark's The Notebook to attempt my hand at period dress. I remember buying a simple black and white checked sundress from Target. I imagined I was Francie Nolen in 1920s Brooklyn, prim but carefree in my flowy frock. I imagined myself with a boy in that dress, like the scene in The Notebook when Noah plays the piano for Allie and they spend the night together. That never happened. It never happens in planned outfits. I still have the checked dress though.
I've continued to be inspired by my literary heroes, but more from blogs and memoirs. Leandra Medine from The Man Repeller is still my number one when it comes to clothing inspiration. But also from the less obvious, Stefanie Broder a la So Sad Today. Her memoir recounts her journey struggling with mental health. I was inspired the way she characterized herself, her date night ensembles, her yoga attire. I guess that just fits in with the whole - dressing to be someone else, to sample a taste of someone else's way of life.
Today it was Madeline. I mean I love walking two by two (most times holding hands) with my lady pals. I am fully embracing the neck scarf trend. And loafers are kind of my thing. I know Madeline never sported silver patent loafers, but I figured if Madeline were here today she would be the girl that wears silver loafers to go dancing in Bushwick.
Books I've read recently that I would recommend:
A Handmaid's Tale (maybe a little too 1984 for these days, but Hulu is releasing the TV version of the book this spring)
Stiff by Mary Roach. A non fiction book on what happens to your body after you die. Not for the faint of heart/struggling with your views of the afterlife/not afterlife.
Amber Tamblyn's book of poetry Dark Sparkler
Books I want to read in the next couple of months.
Your Voice in my Head by Emma Forrest from Eat, Pray, Love.
Roxanne Gay's Difficult Women
HIllbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance and