Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Literary Textures

Hiya Blogland!! How is everyone this lovely Wednesday?? We are in the middle of a mini-heatwave. I'm looking forward to the cooler weather coming back.

Here in the US I'm sure y'all have heard about the government shutdown. This means I am off work indefinitely. I'm taking advantage of this time to do some stuff around the house. Yesterday I cleaned out some dead stuff from the gardens. Gracie and I have been taking advantage and going on some nice hikes.

I managed to do one outfit for two challenges I'm participating in this week.  The outfit below is a mix of textures for SpyGirl's 52 Pick-me-up:Textures. I'm wearing a crocheted top with a crinkly skirt, my multi-texture Skechers flats and a linen scarf.

Fashion for Giants:Literary Stylings has you style an outfit inspired by a book you've read the past month. My September book was "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe"  I can HIGHLY recommend this book. it was fascinating, uplifting and I could hardly put it down.

The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war—a rare achievement for any Afghan woman—Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila's story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan. These women are not victims; they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation. Afghanistan's future remains uncertain as debates over withdrawal timelines dominate the news.
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana moves beyond the headlines to transport you to an Afghanistan you have never seen before. This is a story of war, but it is also a story of sisterhood and resilience in the face of despair. Kamila Sidiqi's journey will inspire you, but it will also change the way you think about one of the most important political and humanitarian issues of our time.

The women of Afghanistan were educated and stylish before the Taliban came. They were forced into black burkha's from head to toe. I  decided to wear all black in reference to this huge change in their lives. My necklace is made from an Afghani charm.
I only had to go to work for four hours yesterday so I dressed casually. Everything but the shoes are thrifted. The tshirt is Liz Claiborne, the cardigan Laura Ashley, the jeans are Lee. The pendant is a gift from the groovetastic Vix.
Take a moment to check out how others did Textures and Literary Stylings!!
Have a fabulous rest of the week and I'll chat with ya'll later!!


Anne M Bray said...

Glad to see you back in action, Ms Supermodel!
Loving all your textures in the first look.

That book sounds fascinating. It's now on my "to read" list.

Vix said...

You must read the Bookseller of Kabul if you haven't already! That book sounds amazing, it's one for my look-for-in-a-chazza list.
Love you in those rockabilly jeans and that all black boho number suits you a treat.
Glad you're making the most of your unexpected time off work and doing something positive! xxx

Susan Partlan said...

Hi, I found you through Judith's hat attack. I loved seeing Curtis with his Turkey hat. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana sounds fascinating. I will have to see if it is available on Thanks for the link to Fashion for Giants. Her blog looks interesting.

I like all of your outfit stylings!

Patti said...

thanks for the book recommendation - like Susan, I love to listen to books and will look for it. Great casual outfit, sorry about the furlough! xoxo

Val Sparkle said...

I wish I could be furloughed for a few days, but I hope it doesn't go on too long for your sake. (Bastards!)

The book sounds fascinating. Thanks for the review. I'll have to do one of those Literary Stylings one of these days.

I love your all black outfit. The texture really matters when you're in all one color, and this works great!

Sue said...

Has anyone ever told you that you have a beautiful smile??!! You always look so happy, it makes me smile. Have fun with your time off, hopefully it isn't for too long.

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I'm so used to seeing in you in bright colours that all black outfit is quite a shock.

That book sounds good. I've gotten terribly lazy with reading lately. I keep starting books and then never finishing them. I'm beginning to think I have ADD.

Glad to hear you're enjoying your forced holiday. It's a lovely time of the year to be spending more hours outside.


Ariane Lasalle said...

Love you in black and tks for the book review i love this type of books so does Mr D
Like Vix i read the bookseller of Kabul -
Hope the shutdown does not last too long, but it seems complicated so far-

Enjoy your time off


pastcaring said...

You look elegant and beautiful in your black maxi, and sassy in stripes and cropped jeans! The book sounds great, and you seem to be very busy, making the most of your unscheduled time off work. xxxx

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Cool post-- I have a weakness for Afghan jewelry :)

The Goodwill Fangirl said...

I'm excited to see we're wearing the same thing, cuffed jeans and Mary Jane flats, even tho' I'm sitting in a bone marrow transplant unit :)

Much love,

Gracey the Giant said...

This is great! I love that first look and this book is definitely going on my to-read list!