Friday, October 29, 2010

LIFE :: Book Club: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Image via Vogue

He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend,
a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter.
By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently
divert and pleasantly entertain himself,
as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.
~ Barrow ~

My friends and I have started a book club. Unfortunately, it will be a short trial run for the club because three of my best friends will be exploring the world next semester in various study abroad programs. What book did we decide on for our trial book club run? The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I just started it, but so far it is a super easy read. The big text has even made it possible for me to read it while on the elliptical. Gotta love multitasking!

Have you read it? I feel like I'm one of the few people that hasn't. What were your thoughts?

Also, don't you just love that picture of Gwyneth Paltrow?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

FASHION :: Seeing Double Denim

Now I have a very important question. Recently, many of my favorite prepster brands (cough J. Crew and Ralph Lauren) have been pushing an all-jean ensemble. I was taught (okay, self-taught) that it was a cardinal sin to wear a denim shirt/jacket with your jeans. Why are they trying to shake up my clothing-knowledge foundation? Worst of all, I actually like the Chambray shirts that have popped up. A lot. What is this world coming to?

Alexa Chung in double denim. Photograph: Danny Martindale/WireImage, via The Guardian
Chris Pine rockin' double denim, via aptly-named via StyleCaster

Here are the rules for an all denim ensemble, according to Elle Magazine:
1. It's all about the wash. Pair a lighter denim top with darker jeans or vice versa.
2. Break it up with a leather or suede belt.
3. Keep it simple by avoiding acid washed or printed denim (which I think you should be doing anyway)

That doesn't sound too difficult. What do you think? Could you pull off a DOD (Denim-On-Denim) outfit?
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