Archive for the ‘Literary Lingerie’ Category

Literary Lingerie: The Queen of the Tearling

May 11th, 2016 @ Amber

I was really excited about this debut from Erika Johansen as soon as I heard about it. The Queen of the Tearling is an interesting sci-fi style Dystopian-esque novel, through the eyes of Kelsea of Raleigh, the true queen of the Tearling. I’m hooked. The follow up The Invasion of the Tearling was good too, and I’m looking forward to the final chapter in the trilogy. Supposedly they’re turning this book into a movie, so hurry and read it before Hollywood gets it’s claws into it! It’s a great read by a woman author, who weaves a most excellent tale as we see the main heroine fight for her people, and hope to be the queen her mother never was. This installment of Literary Lingerie is dedicated to the book and all things new and old that you may find in the Tearling, or what was once our world, before the Crossing.

 

Literary Lingerie: Forever Amber

November 11th, 2015 @ Amber

Forever Amber, a book once banned when it first came out in the 1940’s for being too salacious, tells us the story of Amber St. Clare who lives during the 17th century, loves men, power, money and style. I’m not one to read romance novels, but I read this book many years ago, because I knew it was banned at one point and because of the name Amber, obviously. I chose this book not for it’s story, but for it’s title, so this collection is more for fun than for it’s literary brilliance. Cool fact, this book helped to popularize the name Amber. So maybe had it not been for this book, I might have been named something else. Instead, I’ll forever be Amber. (Yes, I’m a total dork, I know). Here is a collection of some modern pieces that can help capture the sumptuous, albeit cheesy, glamour of the book.

Maison Close Boudoir Candle in Amber

The Parlor Apothecary Victoria Spirit Vanilla Amber Perfume

Perfume For Strange Women Solid Perfume Compact in Amber

Robe de Style Marie Antoinette Peignoir

Amelia Thomas Silk French Knicker

Kerala Ornate Fire Opal Victorian Earrings

Trapped in Time Designs Lace Fabric Boa

Skye Bridal Ivory Lace Garter

Encorsetate Anahid Victorian Style Corset

Clockwork Faerie Custom Victorian Corset

Sarafina Dreams White Cotton Full Swing Nightgown

RetroFolie Dupioni Silk Waist Training Corset

Cloud Hunter Co. Velvet Tapestry Throw Blanket

The Barnsbury Studio Amber Pendant Necklace

Literary Lingerie: Ophelia from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

April 24th, 2015 @ Amber

Ophelia as painted by Sir John Everett Millais

For the third installment of my Literary Lingerie series, I chose the play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare. Not only is it my favorite Shakespeare play, but it also features my favorite Shakespearean character, Ophelia. So this collection will showcase lingerie and accessories that remind me of Ophelia, and inspire me to think of her character, or what a modern day Ophelia might wear.

“Pray you, love,
remember”

 “Larded all with sweet flowers;
Which bewept to the grave did not go
With true-love showers.

 “Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be

 “As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element; but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.”

Literary Lingerie: The Goldfinch Inspired Lingerie

February 6th, 2015 @ Amber

For the second in the Literary Lingerie series, I picked the NY Times Best Seller by Donna Tartt. The Goldfinch tells the story of a boy, growing up into a man, and a very special painting. The story is full of beautiful prose, and Donna Tartt creates an interesting cast or characters. Fine art and antiques plays a big part of this book, so many of these pieces will reflect that.

“you can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again.
you can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life”

“and yet she was wholly herself: a rarity”

Literary Lingerie: The Virgin Suicides Inspired Lingerie

January 29th, 2015 @ Amber

This is the first edition of my new series, entitled, Literary Lingerie. It focuses on two of my favorite loves, books and lingerie. I’ll be choosing a new book to feature in each new installment, and will showcase lingerie pieces and boudoir accessories that would fit with the book’s characters, plot, scenery, and time frame. For this first book I chose The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. I liked this novel the first time I ever picked it up, and it also takes place in the suburban area where I grew up in Michigan.

The book is told by a group of neighborhood boys (now men, going back and recalling the story) of the Lisbon sisters. The story takes place in the 70’s in an upper class part of suburban Michigan called Grosse Pointe, and it features the Lisbon sisters who are unalike just as much as they are alike. So here are my lingerie choices for this classic modern must-read.

“The trees like lungs filling with air
My sister, the mean one, pulling my hair”

“During a warm winter rain,
the basins of her collarbones collected water”

“Their desire was silent yet magnificent,
like a thousand daisies attuning their faces toward the path of the sun.”

“you’re a stone fox”

“Bubble-gum angels swooped from top margins,
or scraped their wings between teeming paragraphs.
Maidens with golden hair dripped sea-blue tears into the books spine.”

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Have you read this book? Which lingerie and boudoir accessories remind you of the Lisbons?