Literary Stylings: Buzzing from day to night

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It’s time again (I am hoping) for the Literary Stylings challenge over at Gracey’s Fashion for Giants blog. It’s a monthly style challenge to wear an outfit inspired by something you’re reading.

The book:

Cover of my copy of 'Chalice'

My paperback copy of ‘Chalice’ by Robin McKinley

This past month, I read Robin McKinley’s book Chalice, which I bought recently at Powell’s bookstore, as seen here. Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors, and I have reread several of her books, including Deerskin and Beauty. She is at her best in a historical fantasy setting, with independent heroines who have to wrestle with the idea of fate and destiny while exploring their place in a larger, layered world of shadows and what-ifs.

Chalice, published in 2008, features Mirasol, a young lady who is discovering what it means to also be Chalice, an essential role in binding and strengthening the demesne, or region, of Willowlands. Her land is in upheaval, adjusting to a new Master and a new Chalice at the same time. Mirasol’s strength comes from her connection with the land — and with her bees.

The starting point:

This was the starting point for this style inspiration:  two pieces of jewelry that reminded me of bees. The first is my pair of bronze-y earrings that include a bee decoration (the background is from old dictionary definitions!); the second is my yellow statement necklace that reminds me of honeycombs.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bee earrings + honeycomb-shaped necklace

I couldn’t decide between the two pieces of jewelry, so I decided to showcase both! Yep, this is a two-fer, which could be seen as a day-to-night kind of post, as I’m remixing the same black dress, shawl, and sandals for both casual and dressier variations.

Casual (day):

Lately, I have been liking the look of black mixed with brown or metallic tones, like in my art gala post last month. It also fits the theme of this book well, as the new Master is always cloaked in black, and it is Mirasol as Chalice who brings the honey tones to their partnership.

Librarian for Life + Style | Literary Stylings: Buzzing from day to night -- day version

So what makes this casual? It’s really about the scarf tied around the neck, as well as the more casual ponytail hairstyle. The wicker purse also brings out a more casual edge.

Librarian for Life + Style | Literary Stylings: Buzzing from day to night -- day version

Details:  Black maxidress:  Fred Meyer, this spring  /  Metallic sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, gift-carded last month  /  Bee earrings:  Online jewelry store, old  /  Bronze scarf:  Kmart, old  /  Vintage wicker purse:  Art fair in Chicago, 2007 trip

Dressier (night):

Now for the dressier version, below. What makes this look — which includes the same three foundation pieces of the dress, sandals, and scarf — dressier for a night out? Exchanging the wicker purse to a clutch helps that transition, as well as draping the scarf around to use as a shawl. The statement necklace also is appropriate for a nighttime look with a maxidress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Literary Stylings: Buzzing from day to night -- night version

Librarian for Life + Style | Literary Stylings: Buzzing from day to night -- night version

Details:  Black maxidress:  Fred Meyer, this spring  /  Metallic sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, gift-carded last month  /  Bronze scarf:  Kmart, old  /  Vintage wicker purse:  Art fair in Chicago, 2007 trip  /  Yellow statement necklace:  Urban Peach Boutique, c/o giveaway  /  Yellow-and-tan clutch:  Javo Edge, c/o giveaway

Librarian for Life + Style | Literary Stylings: Buzzing from day to night -- night version

Which variation do you prefer? Please leave a comment and let me know.

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28 thoughts on “Literary Stylings: Buzzing from day to night

  1. Salazar

    Ooh, I love that “night” look. The day look is cute too, but the night look is so simple and classy!

    You know, I’ve read four of Robin McKinley’s books, and each time I ended up disappointed. She just doesn’t do it for me for some reason.

    Reply
    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      I really like the night look, too — very simple and comfortable!

      And I thought about you when I was doing this post, because I’ve read one of your reviews of a Robin McKinley book, and I knew you were not a fan. I definitely am a longtime fan, but I find that I do not prefer her books set in modern times.

      Reply
      1. Salazar

        Actually I think I’m the opposite, because the only book of hers that I kind of like is set in modern time (Sunshine). I’m just not a fan of her fantasy, especially her fairy tale retelling.

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  2. Isabella

    “Chalice” sounds like a really interesting read. I’ve just recently discovered that I actually like fantasy, and I’ve always loved books with strong female protagonists!

    I love how effortlessly you transitioned this look from day to night! That black maxi dress is just so pretty, and it looks awesome with the pops of yellow.

    ~Isabella
    adventuresinhel.blogspot.fi 

    Reply
    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      You leave such sweet, detailed comments — thank you Izzy! 🙂 ‘Chalice’ is not Robin McKinley’s finest (that would be ‘Deerskin’, ‘Beauty’ or ‘The Hero and the Crown’), but I certainly enjoyed it.

      And I like how finally you can see the pretty front knot detailing of this maxidress, as well as the lace detail in the back. It’s SO comfortable!

      Reply
    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      Thanks, Gracey! I selected that clutch with this Javo Edge giveaway that I won last year. I think that clutch could also work for day because of the colors — but I carry so much stuff with me on a regular weekday that I’ve only used it for after-work events! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Kim-Marie from Kimba Likes

    The back of this dress is oh so pretty! Couldn’t decide which one was my favourite so I decided to go by accessories but I love the wicker bag and the yellow clutch equally!

    Thanks for joining Wardrobe Wednesday x

    Reply
  4. blondiebythesea

    Love the pop of yellow for the dressier look. The lace detail on the back looks beautiful. Jo xx

    Reply

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