Fashion | The merry flowers of June

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.

It’s July, but hey, this beautiful song is in Lord of the Rings and I’m wearing a top with the LotR map printed on it! Gotta love that dork life. I bought this very inexpensive top from a Store Envy shop called Hearts & Minds, and I absolutely love it. I knew I had to style an elfish outfit around it and so I paired it with this chiffon skirt I bought at Piperlime over three years ago. I love how much this dreamy outfit flows.

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kimono from Marshalls, skirt from Piperlime (old), top from Hearts & Minds.

Current obsessions: literary fashion and quirky purses

Also, Instagram. Instagram is by far my most-opened app on my phone, and it’s quickly becoming the new “blogging” platform, and for established bloggers more influential than I, updating several times a day even is becoming a necessity. So, through Instagram, I’ve been able to connect with so many fellow bloggers with interests similar to mine, and have been influenced by their reading choices, fashion choices, inspirational words and the oft-discussed “Monday Motivation” (hey, we all need it!). I can also follow my favorite brands like Jeffrey Campbell and salivate over shoes I can never afford. But it also gives me ideas for my own wardrobe, especially. Here’s what I’m obsessed with at the moment!

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  1. Lord of the Rings map crop top: I bought that LotR crop top from Store Envy‘s shop called Hearts & Minds. I saw it on a fellow blogger on Instagram and had to have it!
  2. Alice in Wonderland printed skirt: This skirt is from an Etsy shop called Go Follow Rabbits and it features the original Alice illustrations. LOVE.
  3. Peter Pan temporary tattoo from Litographs: The Litographs temporary tattoos are awesome, and I recently ordered an Alice in Wonderland temporary tattoo as part of a tattoo chain—I ordered a random line from Alice in Wonderland, and the whole book is being sold line-by-line as temporary tattoos, so you take a picture and send it to Litographs and they’ll have the whole book in photographs of people wearing the tattoos! I thought that was so cool.
  4. Kate Spade hot-air balloon purse: I saw a girl with the Kate Spade purse on the subway and fell in love. Sadly, it’s sold out. I want to keep an eye out for more quirky/fun purses like this that are a little less expensive.
  5. Alice + Olivia elephant pouch: Again, this one is also sold out but I’ve been monitoring eBay and Poshmark so hopefully someone wants to sell theirs soon!


Lit Ink, or, the Bookish Tattoo

Here are my favorite bookish tattoos I’ve come across from rummaging around the Internet. The first one is my desktop background right now. I love the placement of the piece and just the framing of the picture in general. If you had to get a tattoo like this one, which author’s face would you get? I would probably get Lord Byron or something, just so I could stare at that face all the time 😉 .

Some of these are so creative with design and placement. It’s giving me dangerous ideas.


Agatha Christie


Dr. TJ Eckleburg’s eyes from The Great Gatsby


Pemberley! Or what inspired Pemberley, Chatsworth House in Devon.


Another Pride and Prejudice-inspired one! So lovely.


I like this one, but it’s a bit too big for my taste.


Recognize this? It’s from The Velveteen Rabbit! That book made me cry when I was a child.




Another awesome Harry Potter one


Peter Pan!


Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream


I like this Pride and Prejudice quote, but I don’t like how it’s spoken by Charlotte. This is one of her wiser quotes, though.


And a dramatic one, from Wuthering Heights. I do love Catherine as a character, and this is one of her more insightful lines from the book.

Would you get any of these?

most of these are from this Buzzfeed post and this Tumblr page

I rock a lot of polka dots: "New Girl" Shoes

Welcome to my third DIY shoe adventure. Back in April, I came across another pair of black heels in DSW that were too plain to be borne, but they had these gorgeous cut-outs and a ribbon tie. They were the cousins of the floral shoes I upcycled last year and I got so excited at the prospect of creating another beautiful pair of shoes! I knew that this time I should do something other than a floral pattern, even though it was hard to keep myself from reaching for another piece of floral fabric. I ended up choosing a black fabric with white polka dots, fabric that was actually a romper from Forever 21!

This project happened to coincide with my discovery of New Girl. I had never watched it faithfully before and I took the time to marathon-watch it, and it became one of my favorite shows! Now, whenever I wear those shoes I think of New Girl: they even remind me of Jess’s polka-dot heavy wardrobe and her whimsical wit.

Here’s the before and after:

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As you can see, I couldn’t stop myself from adding little panels of floral fabric! I cut out a couple pieces of floral lace from an old skirt (again) and glued them to the inside panels of both shoes, so they’re almost hidden. I like how it turns these normal (ish) polka-dot patterned shoes into something a little more unique. I also used the buttons from the romper as accents on the sides of each shoe.

IMG_1629Picture: my two loves–books and style. I was reading The Lord of the Rings at the time!