Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wearing the Book: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

I buy a lot of books, and can hardly ever let any go (I buy even more books now that I have a kindle, because if it's cheap on there I get it, and then if i love it I buy it again in paper form). What's even worse (or better, depending on your opinions of space) is I have a really bad habit of buying several copies of the same book. If it's languishing somewhere used for five dollar or under, it's coming home with me.

I can justify it often though, because of the different covers. First of all, I hate the cliché 'don't judge a book by it's cover', because while I know that authors rarely have control over what actually ends up encasing their work, sometimes you just have to turn a book over because of the cover, staring up at you in strangely inconsistent oblivion. When I'm loafing around the bookstore 90% of the reason I pick up a random book for it's cover (the rest is the title), so you know, you have to judge a book by something, really.

But getting back to different covers, I really love collecting several versions of favorite tomes. Partly because it's so pleasing to arrange them in tableau somewhere, but it's also somehow about all the different things a certain book can be. What's really frustrating is when I see a book cover that really strikes my fancy and then I cannot find it anywhere. There is a specific copy of The Unbearable Lightness of Being I am really hoping to find someday, but so far I'm bereft.

I love looking at book covers. I love staring at them, looking for them, thinking about them, arranging them together or alone, and sometimes, I like dressing like them. Inspired by the color comparisons of Miss Moss, I've been thinking I should share the outfits and book covers side-by-side.

Hopefully this is the start of a little series I'd like to do, but I can be a bit flakey when it comes to committing to things in succession. It's only that I've felt myself getting a bit tired looking at street style blogs and catalogs for my inspiration, because often in the end I still feel a little bit of 'well, it's not quite as good as the original, I had to make do you see'. If I'm not dressing as a character in a book, I might as well dress like the book itself.

Wearing the Book: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
Dress: J. Crew, Shoes: Urban Outfitters, Cardigan: J. Crew, Tote: fieldguided
I wrote about this book once before, and my love for it is still just as strong and jealous as it was then. I've accumulated another copy of the above cover (one is signed—I wanted to die of excitement when that happened) and another of the UK paperback version. I almost used the latter, but it's a bit more tan and warm looking than the one I've gone with, and there is no reason why I can't use it later.

I don't want this project to be about dressing like the things on the cover of the book, so I've not done my hair like the little wolfette there, and though I thought a reference to the titular story would have been clever with a pair of penny loafers (when I read the line about not chewing on your loafers in it, I thought about how I was keeping myself from doing that very same thing all the way through my uniformed school-days in knee socks) something about the fusty-ness of wingtips goes better, somehow, with the typeface on the book.
I ended up with the other outfit items in a similar way. The dress, in real life, matches the base color of the book perfectly, and has little red dots mirroring the hidden red text of the title, and the little in her dress, and all of that. I relied on my hair for the browns, and another beloved fieldguided tote for the dreamy strangeness I associate with my favorite kinds of stories.

48 comments:

  1. this is such a lovely idea! I definitely judge books by their covers a little too. when ordering a book from the library I will go to great pains to make sure it's the edition with the cover I want. even if I'm owning it for just a little while I do want it to be perfect! x

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  2. Definitely a lovely idea. Those Miss Moss colour comparisons are to die for, excellent inspiration!

    Stick with it! Maybe it will become something you can't live without, like a good book...

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  3. Oh, I loved that book and your outfit is too cute!

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  4. I collect copies of Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, so I know what you mean. I have about 7 or 8, ranging from 1950ish to 2010. And I always go on ebay to weep (figuratively) over the first editions people always have on sale there. I started accumulating copies of Jane Eyre too, but now that I have my cute little hardcover, I'll probably take a break...unless I find some amazingly amazing copy.

    Cheers!

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  5. What a great idea! I haven't read this book, but I think I might have to go out and find it...

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  6. please do more of these! if for nothing else but to give me new books to read!

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  7. I love this, and hope you do more of these, I'm with you; street style blogs are less inspiring than they used to be. Books add a new element and make it special. Have you checked out http://www.thedeweydecimals.com? I'm not affiliated with them, and I think you might like them. Girl + book = adorable!

    <3 jen @ stuffjendid

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  8. This is a really great idea. Unfortunately, it isn't yours and it's really unfair that you haven't given The Dewey Decimals the credit for the original idea. It's very discouraging because I thought blogging was about building a community and supporting one another instead of stealing ideas and not sharing sources that you get ideas from. I'm sorry if this message is terse but I think that it's unfair that you told us how much you love our idea, then you steal our idea and don't give us the proper credit for it. Couple you please let your followers know where your ideas came from? I believe that we deserve the same credit that other bloggers give you. Thank you!

    -Camille, a dewey decimal
    http://www.thedeweydecimals.com

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  9. This is a great idea, but it’s very unfair of you to steal from The Dewey Decimals. An up and coming blogging pair that you have admitted to stealing the idea from but refrained from giving them credit. This damages your credibility as a blogger and makes your position in the blogging world problematic (we have no idea who stole other ideas from). Please explain where you got the “wearing a book” idea from so that The Dewey Decimals receive credit for their idea. Also, please apologize for stealing from someone else in the blogging community. Thank you.

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  10. This is a great idea, but it’s very unfair of you to steal from The Dewey Decimals. An up and coming blogging pair that you have admitted to stealing the idea from but refrained from giving them credit. This damages your credibility as a blogger and makes your position in the blogging world problematic (we have no idea who stole other ideas from). Please explain where you got the “wearing a book” idea from so that The Dewey Decimals receive credit for their idea. Also, please apologize for stealing from someone else in the blogging community. Thank you.

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  11. This is a great idea, but it’s very unfair of you to steal from The Dewey Decimals. An up and coming blogging pair that you have admitted to stealing the idea from but refrained from giving them credit. This damages your credibility as a blogger and makes your position in the blogging world problematic (we have no idea who stole other ideas from). Please explain where you got the “wearing a book” idea from so that The Dewey Decimals receive credit for their idea. Also, please apologize for stealing from someone else in the blogging community. Thank you.

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  12. This is a great idea, but it’s very unfair of you to steal from The Dewey Decimals. An up and coming blogging pair that you have admitted to stealing the idea from but refrained from giving them credit. This damages your credibility as a blogger and makes your position in the blogging world problematic (we have no idea who stole other ideas from). Please explain where you got the “wearing a book” idea from so that The Dewey Decimals receive credit for their idea. Also, please apologize for stealing from someone else in the blogging community. Thank you

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  13. The "Wearing the book" idea that you have borrowed from The Dewey Decimals is lovely. But borrowing without credit is as good as stealing. It would be very courteous of you if you would write a small excerpt mentioning The Dewey Decimals to give credit where it is due. And maybe an apology? Because it has come to my attention that you have admitted to taking the idea, but still have not given them credit. Thank you.

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  14. This is a great idea, but it’s very unfair of you to steal from The Dewey Decimals. An up and coming blogging pair that you have admitted to stealing the idea from but refrained from giving them credit. This damages your credibility as a blogger and makes your position in the blogging world problematic (we have no idea who stole other ideas from). Please explain where you got the “wearing a book” idea from so that The Dewey Decimals receive credit for their idea. Also, please apologize for stealing from someone else in the blogging community. Thank you.

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  15. This is a great idea, but it’s very unfair of you to steal from The Dewey Decimals. An up and coming blogging pair that you have admitted to stealing the idea from but refrained from giving them credit. This damages your credibility as a blogger and makes your position in the blogging world problematic (we have no idea who stole other ideas from). Please explain where you got the “wearing a book” idea from so that The Dewey Decimals receive credit for their idea. Also, please apologize for stealing from someone else in the blogging community. Thank you.

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  16. You look great and you have certainly inspired me to put this on my "to-read" list. Also, I adore your multiple book tableu idea.... that's my idea of bliss! x

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  17. Kater, screw the dewey decimals. They're envious of your high readership, your creativity, your fashion and beauty. Sadly, there are people with nothing but time on their hands and hate in their hearts that try to bring down lovely people like you. Keep doing what you're doing, mark those assholes as spam and know that you're better than they are. Flame wars are for losers and you've handled it with poise. Keep up the good work!

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  18. Regardless of who really started this kind of thing first, what on the internet is actually original? Just look at Tumblr with all the reblogs and stuff. Calling people out because they had an idea "first" is childish.

    To me, these comment wars are making Dewey Decimals and its readers look bad, not you.

    I think your blog is lovely and I hope you just keep doing what you're doing.

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  19. I love this post so much! I love what you said about the tote -- I'm thrilled it was included in this post. Don't you dare take it down!

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  20. Dewey Decimals, I am leaving this post here and on your own blog in the hopes you read it and give it some thought.

    Congratulations, you came up with a neat idea, all on your own, that another person came up with, all on her own. Welcome to the internet.  This happens all the time.

    Since there are only so many ideas in this world, overlap will happen. Then how do you make yourself unique? Here are a couple possibilities:

    1) The same concept can be executed in multiple ways. Figure out what is truly unique or different about your contribution. I am a professor. People have written many books on my exact topic. It can be heartbreaking and tiring, but my job is to figure out how to say something new and unique, every single time. And having to consider those parallel conversations actually makes me better at what I do. Since you clearly are book lovers, you certainly understand this concept. Think about Michael Cunningham and Virginia Woolf. What makes the best writers unique is not necessarily original plot, but their unique style and execution.

    2) Collaborate! I know someone who gained Internet fame by covering songs of her favorite artist on uke. Then, she discovered there was another young female covering the same artist's songs on uke and posting them on YouTube. Rather than get territorial, the two young womand met and made videos together. In fact, "Two Girls One Uke" got over 60k hits and a BoingBoing reference - it was mutually beneficial. Think about how you and Katers could help each other out and push each other. Use your imagination. Maybe you could issue each other a challenge once a month! "I dare you to do the cover to Cat's Cradle, Delta edition. They're daring colors and striking angular lines, do you have what it takes?" That would be so much fun - for you, and especially for your readers.

    But I guarantee you, the one thing you can do that is NOT unique is to complain about the inevitable overlap of ideas. It's boring, too. Readers want positivity and creativity. The choice is up to you.

    It helps that Katers is super nice. She would probably be super quick to accept any offer of collaboration and return any gesture of mutual respect. In fact, I bet Katers would be a really great blog ally for you. Just food for thought, in case you started considering that maybe she isn't evil, but you were too embarrassed about the whole thing to move past your initial response. She's a dear, she loves books, she loves clothes and pretty things. Honestly, you guys really could be true blue buddies.

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  21. i love this post!!!! such a great idea, no matter who came up with it. surely, the first person to take outfit photos of herself and then post them on the internet and then write about it isn't pissed that the rest of us are doing the same thing now. and truly, i've seen this concept done many times before such as 'turn this movie into a room,' or 'turn this room into an outfit.' there are no new things under the sun :) but i do think it's maybe a bit much to post the same comment word for word from alleged readers of the dewey decimals. for blog writers and readers who claim to love literature and books so much, they have very little imagination.

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  22. lovely post! and by the way, i have no idea who the "The Dewey Decimals" are, but whoever they are they need to chill out big time! surely they did not come up with the idea of making an outfit inspired by a book? i've heard of it before and thought of it myself, but have never even heard of this other blog. so anyway, don't feel too bad by the hateful comments written here. keep having fun and continue blogging! i always enjoy when you write a new post and love your outfits too! you are so cute! :) xo

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  23. I feel the same way about books. I have way too many but I cant let any of them go. I will also pick up several of the same book if I like the cover. I have numerous copies of Jane Eyre...its a little ridiculous. Your new series sounds like fun and I like the way you interpreted this cover. I havent heard of this book before but I am off to goodreads to explore!

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  24. Just pouring my love into this comment... Hoping it will ease your day a little.

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  25. When I was a little girl I used to put together outfits inspired by the books I was reading (Harriet the Spy was probably my favorite).... did you read my mind somehow and copy me? Did you see me on the street 15 years ago? Oh wait.... Dressing up like characters from books & the such is totally commonplace. Not something you can copy. Good grief.

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  26. I dressed like the cover of Alice in Wonderland over 5 years ago and took a picture I posted online on my blog. Did I steal the idea as well? Oh yes in my magic time machine. Should I think my idea was stolen since my blog is 9 years old? no way dude. There is no original ideas and it is totally possible for 3234 people to have the same idea and have no idea about one another. There was another blogger and I who wore the same outfit and posted on the same day. We posted within minutes of each other. Know what I did laugh because we are both awesome and both think awesome things.

    Lovely outfit and I am interested in the book now too! Great job dude!

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  27. Love the outfit & the way you execute the idea.
    Also those copied comments totally creeped me out...

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  28. I know what you mean about covers: my boyfriend wanted to buy Kazuo Ishiguro's Nocturnes for me but I really did not care for the American version of the cover at the time, so we waited until the dark green UK version became available. (He understands.)

    Your dress is adorable!

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  29. in 2007 i wore an outfit based on a book cover to work. so sorry i didn't consult the dewey decimals and their "original idea" first. *eyeroll*

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  30. girl, keep doing what you're doing. it's your blog. it's your life. i admire you for posting a public apology and for having such grace. this isn't a competition.

    this post was really fun to read and look at by the way. i think it's so easy to find inspiration in some of our favorite things.

    you go girl.

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  31. What lovely pictures. I also judge a book by it's cover all the time. Sometimes I find great reads and other times not so much, LOL. Since I have seen this book on your blog, I might check it out for a nice Autumn read.

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  32. Hi! I LOVE your blog. You have such a unique look and such refined style. I have similar coloring to you and I was wondering if you have ever posted a blog entry detailing your skin care routine or hair care/make up routine. If you have not, then you should definitely do one on those subjects! I am particularly interested in which sunblocks you use.

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  33. Es la primera vez que veo tu blog y me ha llamado la atencion tus looks! me gustan mucho!
    Te sigo :)
    Un beso!

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  34. This is a fun idea for a feature, and I like the tiny polka dot print a lot.

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  35. every little bookstore I go into, they have that book out and the cover and title has captivated me.

    and I love the tote. I've been eyeballing it for awhile and wondering if I should make the leap and just purchase it. I bought way too many totes this summer though..

    (btw, new reader & loving your blog)

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  36. 1. I have been really wanting to read that book.
    2. I LOVE your shoes.
    3. I love your BLOG!

    xx
    Rebekka

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  39. "the Dewey decimals"- Whoever they are, they have suceeded in making themselves look petty, immature and childish. Very few ideas are new. Doing a make up look or composing an outfit inspired by a novel is an assignment that's been given out in beauty schools and fashion schools for decades. I LOVE your blog and your style and I hope that this negative experience won't stop you from continuing with it. That would make me sad. And through your blog posts, we can all see that you are honest and dignified person. All of your readers support you!

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  40. You do it much better than they do...

    I don't believe for a second that you stole the idea. There are tons of bloggers who do this, including
    http://textbook.tumblr.com/

    Cheer up!
    Your readers love you!

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  41. That is sooo awesome. I think I'm going to start doing the same thing. Your outfit goes perfectly with the book. Great job!

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  42. I love your dress and oxfords! It's one of my favorite combination and the reason I am looking forward to fall! I love your idea--I do the same with movies. I bought a pair of red ballet flats after watching "The Red Shoes" and strutted around in a hot pink shirtdress after seeing "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg." It's wonderful how inspirations grab a hold of you!

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  43. Love love love this idea. Hope you do more "Wearing the Book"s!

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