Tuesday, November 29, 2011

War and Peace

Even though this outfit is entirely black and white, I didn't find it to be boring at all. It's got some fun pattern mixing going on, some funky space age wedges, and a gigantic furry hat that makes me feel Russian whenever I wear it.

Speaking of Russians....I just finished reading War and Peace. (Nice segue, right?) It took me four and a half months, which is longer than it's taken me to read any book, ever. I was an English Literature major in college, so by nature I love epic novels, but I had a lot of trouble with this one. On the one hand, the author Tolstoy was brilliant at creating characters who are endearingly and annoyingly human. On the other hand, he really loved to talk about politics and war strategies for hundreds of pages. It was a struggle to read, and so I feel very proud of my accomplishment of finishing this 1,400-page novel, and wanted to share it with you guys! And also, now that I've finished this book that I've been reading through for months, I'm at a loss as to what to read next, so I thought I'd ask - do any of you have any book recommendations? What are some of your all-time favorite novels?

Shirt: H&M
Jacket: Forever 21 brand from Jen Loves Kev's closet sale
Skirt: Anthropologie
Shoes: Sam Edelman Kendall wedges from Piperlime
Hat and scarf: Fred Meyer
Earrings: free from aunt
Necklace: from running the Portland Marathon
Belt: gift from my parents, from Uruguay


  1. "The Post-Birthday World" by Lionel Shriver is one of the best books I've read recently, and not many people seem to know about it.

  2. definitely black and white done right - and i love that furry hat!

  3. Congrats on the novel! That is a great accomplishment. I love your furry hat--it reminds me of Russia too. Love when you wear an outfit that is "simple" but works. You look great!

  4. I'm enjoying "Cranford" by Elizabeth Gaskell right now. And congrats on War and Peace. It has always conquered me!

  5. I just read an amazing book, Nothing to Envy by Barabara Demick. It's an account of 6 former-North Koreans interviewed about their life in N. Korea but in a bit more story format. It's really, really engaging and I think a must-read. Another favorite book is The Alienist by Caleb Carr, and if you like that, there's a second book in the series called The Angel of Darkness. (it's really not cheesy like the title suggests XD)

    Congrats! I have a friend who wants to read it and I joked he could use a smaller book as a bookmark for it.

    Love your outfit, with the stripes and cool shoes! Keep on blogging :)

  6. Love the mix of prints and patterns!!

  7. I like "War and Peace" but for Tolstoy I think I prefer "Anna Karenina" (or even "The Death of Ivan Iliych" since it's only a novella, but it's horribly horribly depressing.) But my favorite book has to be "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

    Love the black & white pattern mixing!

  8. Salazar - I definitely agree with you that "Anna Karenina" is the better of the two books (although I have to admit, I didn't actually like the character of Anna!). I loved "Good Omens" when I read it a few years ago - Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite authors!

  9. I like how you took the traditional black and white pieces and wore them in a untraditional way!



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