Taking these photos was an interesting endeavor. My first photos were sent to the depths of Hell and so I had to retake them. Considering that we only have a few windows in our townhouse and all of those windows are located in less-than-easy-to-pose-in locations, I was left with using some lighting and my unfinished basement as a backdrop. In the words of the wonderful Tim Gunn, "Make it work." I hope to be able to take the photos outside for next month, though, and hopefully get better results. And who knows, I'll probably redo these, too, and edit the post! Ha!
February's book was "The Bette Davis Club" by the late Jane Lotter. I read the forward of this book--something I hardly ever do--and was touched. It was written by the author's daughter who said how her mother's biggest dream in life was to be a published author. It was so very sweet and humbling because while being a published author is no small feat, the fact that it was this woman's greatest wish and it actually happened is adorable and emotional. Jane Lotter ended up passing away shortly after publication, so knowing that she was able to see her dream come true just in time is the kind of amazing things you only hear about once in a blue moon.
"The morning of her niece’s wedding, Margo Just drinks a double martini and contemplates the many mistakes she’s made in her fifty-odd years of life. Spending three decades in love with a wonderful but unattainable man is pretty high up on her list of missteps, as is a long line of unsuccessful love affairs accompanied by a seemingly endless supply of delicious cocktails.
When the young bride flees—taking with her a family heirloom and leaving behind six hundred bewildered guests—her mother offers Margo fifty grand to retrieve her spoiled brat of a daughter and the invaluable property she stole. So, together with the bride’s jilted and justifiably crabby fiancé, Margo sets out in a borrowed 1955 red MG on a cross-country chase. Along the way, none of what she discovers will be quite what she expected. But it might be exactly what she’s been seeking all along.
From acclaimed humor writer Jane Lotter comes this madcap, laugh-out-loud adventure, The Bette Davis Club."
As you can see, the book centers around Margot Just, a martini-guzzling, older dame who is essentially destitute and attending her niece's wedding. And her niece's mom happens to be the child of the wife of Margot's father, who had a sidepiece otherwise known as Margot's mom. A little confusing, to be sure, but stick with me.
So Margot is in this super awkward situation, staying in California with her half-sister Charlotte--who is MEGA rich and successful, mind you--when, on the morning of the wedding, the niece is nowhere to be found! She up and left her own damn wedding, leaving Charlotte to convince Margot to go looking for her and bring her back to get hitched. Why? Because Margot is the cool aunt. Margot agrees to do it, but only after being offered $50,000.
Margot and the jilted groom head off in search of the runaway bride, zipping around in Margot's father's beautiful red convertible--a 1955 red MG, for what it's worth. Not totally sure why they couldn't have taken a different car, especially since the convertible had a "Just Married" sign and balloons attached to it, but hey! Armed with Charlotte's American Express "black card" and enough angst for a gaggle of teenagers, the hunt is on!
|//this is that car that's mentioned about a million times in the book/|
Admittedly, this book is not something I normally would pick up. That being said, I...didn't like it a whole lot. I really wanted to like it because of the story behind the story. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun book to read. The plot was pretty light-hearted, despite the money troubles, alcoholism, and dysfunctional family. I just didn't feel like the narrative flowed all that well, probably because of the two timelines--Margot reminiscing about the past while looking for the niece in the present--and it made the story feel a little too disjointed for my liking. At the time of this writing, I haven't even finished the book (though I plan to because that's just in my nature, darn it!). I have read that things end up working themselves out in the end, though to what that's referring, I have no clue. I guess we'll see!!
On to the clothes!
Forgive me for looking like I'm ill, but it's because I am. I'm pretty sure my darling, innocent 4-month old girl got me sick. It's okay, I still adore her and she can do no wrong in my eyes. I'm just feeling like poop and trying to hide it the best way I know how--with MAKEUP! Bless!
Since there are a lot of Old Hollywood references in this book (uh, hello, the title!), I thought it would be super fun to go glamour up in here. I don't often get the chance to doll myself up this way, so what better occasion than a book review?!
This dress is from Amazon. I know. "AMAZON?!" you ask, shocked. Yes, Amazon. And it was a steal at only $23.99! I ordered it in the "Red" color, though in the photo and in person the color is more wine-like, which I prefer. Speaking of the stock photo, I think it's hilarious how you can obviously tell it's a photo of Dita von Teese. Kudos for trying to appeal to the right crowd, I guess?
The size chart was pretty spot on and frankly, I could have even sized down with the amount of stretch in the dress (which, btw, is great if you have thicker arms like me!). I like having the bit of breathing room, so I'm still happy with what I have. The keyhole isn't TOO revealing, so I think I could get away with wearing this at the office, especially with a blazer. I really love the length, both of the dress overall and the sleeves, and the higher collar is super chic. The ruching around the waist is quite flattering and the quality seems pretty good for a dress that cost less than $25. I am pretty confident I'll be ordering it in other colors
The fascinator by Urban CoCo also came from Amazon and considering it's through a different seller, the colors worked pretty well together! The color I got is listed as "Wine Red" on the site, though the photo makes it look more like a true red. Rest assured that in person, it IS closer to a wine color than not. I just want to say that I love being able to get a decent outfit with Prime Shipping. What a time to be alive.
The fascinator comes attached to an alligator clip, which I appreciate because my hair is short and I don't always care for how a headband looks with one of these. It arrived in a box and not a bag, for which I was very grateful because let's face it, most of these "more affordable" sellers tend to skimp on the packaging, resulting in a crushed product. It came to my mailbox without any issues and for that, I was very grateful!
The veil has these pipe cleaner-type pieces studding the material and the overall look is very charming. I am thinking of getting the navy blue fascinator offered as my next choice, though be sure to note the differences in price between the selections.
|//derpy expression: check!//|
My shoes are my current favorites and they are getting a TON of love right now. They are the black Windmill style by Restricted Shoes and they are super comfy, look cute af, and if you go visit the blog of the lovely Ashley, a.k.a., "Southern (California) Belle," you can get 25% for a limited time!
I had a lot of fun putting this look together and I can't wait to see what the other ladies come up with!! Please visit their blogs using the links below and see how they styled themselves using this book as inspiration.
Join me next month for our March book selection, The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, where I will take better photos ;)
Dress - Destinas dress on Amazon
Fascinator - Urban CoCo on Amazon
Tights - Target
Shoes - Windmill by Restricted Shoes