Tuesday, 3 December 2013

And Its Heart So Savage

Further to the theme of "had to have it," it's high time to take my favourite special event ensemble over to Gracey's Fashion for Giants for the latest episode of Literary Stylings  - check out the book-inspired looks!


mythical critter-print maxi dress: La Casita de Wendy, ModCloth
red leather obi belt: Elizabeth Kelly London, etsy, worn here (3rd outfit)




My sister taught me to read when I was 3, and ever since the nights of Nancy Drew and dwindling flashlight batteries I've had to be reading in order to fall asleep. Nowadays, together with a hand-me-down e-reader pre-loaded with extremely terrible vampire novels, there are usually several books stashed between my pillows (and woe betide anyone who tries to turn off my little light or ease the pages from my sleepy clutches).  


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An exceptional read this fall was Savage Love by highly esteemed Canadian author and my friend Douglas Glover. In contrast to the aforementioned extremely terrible yet effectively soporific vampire novels, the stories in Savage Love more easily encourage a deliciously unsettling insomnia as they tend to stick to the ribs, or in many cases between them, being keen-edged with interpersonal horror, levity, and relentless skewering. 





Savage Love is enjoying sustained attention; it has been widely reviewed and recommended. Among its stories, I have a soft spot for The Ice Age, and the opening of Uncle Boris Up in a Tree is a gem. My personal favourite is The Sun Lord & The Royal Child for its painfully accurate send-up of our shared home region's local culture, ancient history, and geography. 


vintage clip-on sea monster earrings with jewelled dingle-dangles: Netty Vintage
stupendous olive green ankle boots: Fluevog Surrealist Pizza, worn here
all the wrist business: detailed here as well
antique amber ring: a gift from my mother, close-up here
giant red carnelian ring (seen below): El Disco Super Centre (Progreso, Mexico), closer look here




Douglas Glover is also the publisher and editor of the online magazine Numéro Cinq, where earlier this year he published a series of my tobacco-farming poems. It was doubly an honour that he liked them well enough to include an excerpt of his own memoir alongside. *** EDITED TO ADD: I've created a "Writings and Such" page via a tab up top to collect and make available my published works and celebrate recent developments. Thank you so much for reading!***

Today's post title comes from this song: 




I'm excited to catch up with other unique voices at some forthcoming gatherings, including Shoe Shine hosted by Bella of The Citizen Rosebud, and Share-in-Style: Christmas at Mis Papelicos, and, of course, Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style. See you there! 


47 comments:

  1. A famous outfit! A dress like a painting...
    Literature-inspired outfits, that's a good idea for a meme. I often wore everyday clothes inspired by books ... sometimes I go Tschechow-like to a summer party ...
    I do not always have a photographer and I loved it so far not to be photographed. I start slowly, get used to it and maybe I'm sometime too. I read a lot (but not vampire novels!)
    Greetings from far and coold Germany

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  2. Amber, almost every single item you ever wear on your blog is superlatively good, really, and that dress must be one of the best dresses I have ever seen (even after yesterday's), but those earrings? They make me feel like spewing expletives in disbelief at their utter unbelievable bloody fantasticness. Cheers!

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  3. This is a favourite dress!! And it matches the book cover. Question: chicken and egg/book and dress? Ooo, spooky. Not vampire spooky, just neener neener spooky. Savage Love certainly sounds like a great read. Speaking of which, I just read your online poems. I looove these lines in particular: ghost-prints on our food at break, stalk-cutting time in sun so clear and hard. I want to savour each word. I know tobacco country. You are such a talent, Amber.

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  4. That is the most glorious dress, Amber, I love it. And the earrings are superb too, what a killer outfit, you're on fire! Talented with words, talented with how you dress, you have a creative soul, my friend. xxxx

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  5. Powerful and as always - great shoes!

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  6. I now have a must-read for my bedside list (I too will growl at my beloved when he takes my book away -- I wasn't sleeping, just resting my eyes!). Your dress is just glorious, I haven't seen one like it, and you look beautiful.

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  7. What a dress, it is spectacular! Love the fabric and design. I must start checking out Modcloth because this is a beauty. Excellent illustration on the book.

    blue hue wonderland

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  8. Oh my goodness, that dress is amazing. Mythical, almost. You've balanced it so beautifully with the accessories too. Gorgeous!! I need to get back to my bedtime reading habit, have been konking out early with these shorter days. There are SO MANY great books out there just waiting to be read, and now I've added this one to my list, thanks for the recommendation.

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  9. what an awesome dress Amber! A total must have. It's made my day, seeing you looking so gloriously literary and luscious.

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  10. We share the same bedtime reading habit, allthough I don't get through many pages these days before conking out. That dress is really spectacular - I think it should have it's own myth. You do coordinate very well with the book jacket illustration. The book sounds like something I would enjoy; must seek out a copy!

    Your accessories always make me whimper a little at their magnificence, and nurture a faint hope that someday you will renounce the wearing of jewellery and be forced to pass it on to your drooling blog friends (I won't hold my breath, but it's a nice fantasy).

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  11. Oh my --that dress is just PERFECT for that book!!
    Bedtime reader here, too. Hubby just takes off my specs and removes the book for me!!

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  12. O, my, that's one hell of an awesome frock! And those EARRINGS! Scrummy!
    I shall look out for Savage Love! I'm not always into short stories, as I get very involved and then sad when it's finished so quickly, but I have phases when I really enjoy them! That said, I do love Katherine Mansfield's work.....XXX

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  13. O, and I read every chance I get; over breakfast, lunch, and spare moment at home AND in bed!!! I alwyas have a book nearly......XXX

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  14. Wow. That is one of the most amazing dresses ever. And sounds perfect for the book, which I will be adding to my "To Read" list. You look gorgeous. Thank you so much for joining in!

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  15. Oooooo, I love unusual prints, and this is right up there with your dress in your last post. It looks fabulous iwht the red obi, and the earrings are amazing! This outfit could not be more appropriate for that book cover.

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  16. Wow, this dress is fabulous. The obi belt is one of my favourites and it works so well with the shape of the dress.

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  17. I am in awe of that print, and I could not get through one day without a book.

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  18. Is that bird wearing suspenders? My goodness. Having clothes on your clothes is very meta indeed.

    I'm really in awe of your book/dress combination; the cover is wonderfully creepy.

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  19. You must be able to hear me scream from here...OOOOHHHMYYYGAAAWD!!!! I'm in heaven looking at you in this incredible maxi dress with all your breathtaking accessories. I used to read constantly. My idea of exercise was jumping into bed with a book, preferably with a snack. After my children were born, I found myself perusing snippets of things, with little time to really read for a length of time. Somehow I've never returned to my former habits. I'm totally inspired and must catch up with some of your literary recommendations. XXXXOOOO!!!!

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  20. Gracious what an incredible dress!!! You look so graceful, the print is so special, I've never seen such a stunning design. My daughter and I are watching the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and drooling over every single one of Precious' outfits ... this print reminds me of some of the beauties she wears. xoxo

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  21. u r looking fantastic in that dress! cool print
    have a lovely weekend,
    S

    % % % SALES have startes at http://www.sugarlanedesign.com/

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  22. Best print ever, dearr Amber, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Digging your earrings.
    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<happy weekend

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  23. I will return and address those shoes later this week- because you've got so much going on here. The delight of that dress (that print!) I recall seeing it on the Modcloth site and wondering what special soul gets to wear it? And how perfect you are in it- it truly is a marvelous garment and looks amazing on you!

    Love the song at the end of this post- very quirky and sweet, like us. xo!

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  24. Oh my, what a dress to feast my eyes upon! Words cannot express, etc., etc. The best pattern ever!!!!!!!!

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  25. Heavenly is the word that popped into my mind when I gazed upon you in this maxi dress. The colors, the mythical critters, and you! The earring couldn't me a more perfect pairing.

    Love the book review and your new page, 'Writings and Such.' Another important facet of the gem that is you.

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  26. What lipstick are you wearing?!

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    1. Cover Girl Outlast in Brazen Raisin - it's been my usual for 10 years, and they'd better not stop making it!

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  27. That dress has to be one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen!
    <3

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  28. I held my breath when I saw this dress. BEAUTIFUL. As is the belt, are the earrings and the boots. Great ensemble.
    Greetje

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  29. What an incredible dress!! I'll admit I've clicked over to this post several times to leave a comment and I find myself drawn into the print and trying to deduce how I feel about it. It's certainly very inspiring and artistic. I find myself enamored.

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  30. Amber that dress is a work of art! I am totally smitten by it, and you wear it so beautifully! Such an exceptional print. Well done you for discovering it, and bringing it to life.

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  31. I'd hug you if I was there. I'm a voracious reader, good literature lately all mixed up, with, er, urban fantasy. Werewolves, lots of butt-kicking, werewolves, post-apocalyptic worlds, werewolves, well, you get the idea...I wish my college textbook was half as engrossing :(

    Also, everyone should have monster earrings. And a critter dress. Although on my list of six basics before the shopping sabbatical is a critter sweater. Because it's a basic.

    Love ya,
    Lynne

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  32. Your dress is so so amazing!! I adore it!! I found you through the share in style link up, I hope you have a great weekend xx

    Kizzy xx

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  33. what a beautiful dress! that print is really a dream! you are a vision!
    love and kiss,mary
    http://www.maryloucinnamon.com/

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  34. Everything here is wonderful ! The dress is beautiful and your hair looks fantastic :) thanks for linking up today...

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  35. Hi,I come from Sacramento's blog,is the first time I participate. I can only say, OMG!!!!!!! really I love your dress!! You look amazing in that outfit.
    Merry Christmas :)
    kisses

    Duapara
    http://duapara-duapara.blogspot.com.es/

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  36. You look like you stepped out of a Chagall painting. Way cool!

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  37. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, Amber - you are a vision and you are wearing the *most* fabulous boots, ever. xox

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  38. I love the artistic flare of this dress. You wear it well. Love it!

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  39. Wow shoes! Wow dress! Absolutely stunning outfit with a great story. Thanks so much for showing us!!

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  40. What a dress i tell you! And you purchased at Modcloth? Wow!
    The boots are perfect again and the jewelery is so, so original, you have the knack and talent for clothes and style -

    Arianexo

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  41. What a wonder of a dress ... pretty on precocious you! Not sure it's possible to say enough good things about this!

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  42. You are just looking adorable ... I am out of words ... simply lovin it!

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  43. I love your shoes! They are absolutely divine!! And the dress, wow! Love your individual style :) hugs, Beata

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  44. Amber thank you for putting the page up of your publications, I will be checking that one regularly! - i loved your poem Threads and your delivery of it on the video. Amazing dress!

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  45. I'm so insanely jealous you got one of these dresses. I missed my chance and now I can't even trawl the internet for a single one. Love the shit out of that dress twice as much, once for me!

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- Amber