Showing posts with label penguin threads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label penguin threads. Show all posts


Book Style: The Wind In The Willows

The Wind In The Willows
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is one of those classics that you know even if you've never read the book. Disney's animated retelling, which is honestly one of their truest-to-the-original-source-material retellings ever, is largely responsible that. But this classic children's tale, created by Grahame originally for his own children's bedtime stories (very similar to A. A. Milne and the residents of Hundred Acre Wood), is a rollicking look at British upper society and life on the idyllic Thames all told through the lives of several anthropomorphized animals. 

For this Book Style, I wanted to draw in as many of the main characters as possible, while still creating a wearable outfit appropriate for an afternoon on the Thames. I started with a "Willow Willow" faux wrap dress and a blazer reminiscent of the boating stripe blazers worn by old school rowing teams. A pair of "Thames" booties keep the outfit from being too casual, but the chunky heels won't prove problematic on a river bank or country road. The accessories and jewelry mostly all reference a main character in the story:
Toad: Toad brooch made from a real page of the book and handcuff earrings for his inevitable imprisonment.
Ratty: That adorable rat/mouse ring. (Incidentally, the character of Ratty is actually a water vole... "The More You Know!") 
Mole: The little, wooden mole brooch.
Badger: The Badger tote bag.
Weasels: The weasel skull necklace.
The only item that isn't character specific is the bracelet set which is made of rolled pages of the actual book. And I topped everything off with Butter London's "British Racing Green" nail lacquer because Toad and motorcars cause a lot of problems.




Book Style: Little Women

Little Women

Back to the classics today! You all do know I'm a huge Penguin fan, right? I love seeing all of the different cover series that they come up with. Now stop judging me for being a publisher fangirl and marvel at the beauty of this Penguin Threads cover for Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Just in time for spring with the bright, poppy colors. I'm personally partial to the book and the 1994 film, starring Winona Ryder as Jo, but I do think Katharine Hepburn, who played Jo in the 1933 film embodies Jo's spunk so well. That was the jumping point for the inspiration for today's outfit: A modern twist on Katharine Hepburn! With a modern '40s vibe to the clothing, something Jo would have rocked with panache, I wanted to reference the book through the accessories. The 'sister' ring should be rather obvious, but the piano key earrings are a subtle mention of my second favorite character, Beth, whom we will not speak of at length lest the tears start flowing too freely. And no outfit for Jo would be complete without a reference to her writing - isn't that pen nib necklace so fantastic?