Fashion Friday: "The Ball" from Cinder – Cocktail Dresses

Soooooo I finally read Cinder by Marissa Meyer!! :O OMG LET ME JUST SAY IT WAS THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN A LOOOONNNNNGGG TIME!!! (And now I am having trouble writing a review of it, POOP.) I've did a cover fashion thingy for Scarlet, which can be found here but this post is just an "after I read the book" post. The post is not really inspired by Cinder' style but it does have elements of the book in it….ish.
Okay so this post will only be focus on "The Ball" and featuring cocktail dresses from dressfirst.com since they kindly sponsored  the post. :). I've only chosen a few cocktail dresses from dressfirst.com. Maybe I will do more post using other style of dresses from them if they let me. ;P
I've broken the dresses into a few categories, first up:
The Elegant
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Fashion Friday: "The Ball" from Cinder – Cocktail Dresses

Soooooo I finally read Cinder by Marissa Meyer!! :O OMG LET ME JUST SAY IT WAS THE BEST BOOK I’VE READ IN A LOOOONNNNNGGG TIME!!! (And now I am having trouble writing a review of it, POOP.) I’ve did a cover fashion thingy for Scarlet, which can be found here but this post is just an “after I read the book” post. The post is not really inspired by Cinder’ style but it does have elements of the book in it….ish.
Okay so this post will only be focus on “The Ball” and featuring cocktail dresses from dressfirst.com since they kindly sponsored  the post. :). I’ve only chosen a few cocktail dresses from dressfirst.com. Maybe I will do more post using other style of dresses from them if they let me. ;P
I’ve broken the dresses into a few categories, first up:
The Elegant
Liked the above but not loved?

Both have similar style, with a embroidered bust and creamy coloured length. And the dress is under $170; compared to Jovani 111646, which retails at $400, I think this Cinderella can save some money to buy some parts instead.
The Sophisticated
Similar style at a shocking price! :O ($790)
The Girly Girl
The Mom
(for the moms who are like Cinder’ stepmom: “The I must get my daughter noticed by the Emperor” mom. They are sassy, and fierce, so beware!)
($107.99) This totally looks like what an evil queen would wear.
The Simple
The Reds
Because of the red shoes, I thought it would be nice to put a RED category. 
The Dramatic
($191.99) This one seems to have a cyborg-ish feel to it.
($224.99) More cyborg-y dresses?
($167.99) Ohhh this one seems tough and fit for a cyborg.
And lastly, since Cinder was set in New Beijing, Qipao can’t be missed.

Fashion Friday – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Description via Goodreads:
A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore


The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.


Since my book club chose to read this book for the month of February, I thought I might do a Fashion Friday base off what I think the characters in this book will be wearing. The "I think" part is very important because I haven't read the book and with the description being ever so cryptic  there is not way I will be accurate. But it's my job to mess with my sister's blog so here we go!
Welcome to the Bookstore~
The book better feature some classy men (because sophisticated men read books right? And of course Benedict Cumberbatch has to be involved.)

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Fashion Friday – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Description via Goodreads:
A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore


The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.


Since my book club chose to read this book for the month of February, I thought I might do a Fashion Friday base off what I think the characters in this book will be wearing. The “I think” part is very important because I haven’t read the book and with the description being ever so cryptic  there is not way I will be accurate. But it’s my job to mess with my sister’s blog so here we go!
Welcome to the Bookstore~
The book better feature some classy men (because sophisticated men read books right? And of course Benedict Cumberbatch has to be involved.)

Okay, maybe not…but I’m putting him in here because he just lights up this post.
This is more like it.
 (Love me some JGL, as well even though he isn’t exactly what I imagined the men to look.)
And ladies, way to represent!
Anna Mae Wong by Carl Van Vechten, 1932
Le Monde d’Hermès Automne – Hiver 2010 
And the gnomic Mr. Penumbra:
Some wacky store visitors:

Fashion Friday: Modern Princesses

Fashion Friday is a meme created by FireStarBooks in order for book lovers to post any fashion related idea or image that they thought would be a great match for books on Friday. 

This week is a bit different. It isn’t inspired by any particular book but more a whole bunch of books. And the title of the post is somewhat misleading. Sure the fashion is all about the modernized version of the Disney princesses but I think my point is the overall modernization of fairy tales, myths, etc <—you know the good stuff. ;3
The books listed above are just some of the inspirations.


I found this wonderful image set with lots of Disney princesses. I love the modernization of the fashion. It reminds me a lot of the modernization of the fairy tale books. So enjoy~
Did I miss any other books? Mention it in the comments. 😀 And  what are some of your thoughts on the fashion? Gorgeous?

Fashion Friday: Modern Princesses

Fashion Friday is a meme created by FireStarBooks in order for book lovers to post any fashion related idea or image that they thought would be a great match for books on Friday. 

This week is a bit different. It isn't inspired by any particular book but more a whole bunch of books. And the title of the post is somewhat misleading. Sure the fashion is all about the modernized version of the Disney princesses but I think my point is the overall modernization of fairy tales, myths, etc <—you know the good stuff. ;3
The books listed above are just some of the inspirations.

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Fashion Friday: DC Comics Part 1

This is going to be my sister’s Fashion Friday. Yes, she finally decided to join my blog. YAY! Here it goes~

Fashion Friday started in February of 2012. It is a bridge between two of FireStarBooks’ passions:  books and fashion. Fashion Friday is a weekly meme for book lovers to post any fashion related ideas or images that they thought would be a great match for books on Friday.

Okay so this is my first time doing this and way to go in blind. For my first Fashion Friday, I decided to break the rules. Yep, way to make a good impression right? I am going to make this FF themed. This week’s theme is:

DC Comics characters

Actually, since there are so many superheroes/villains I can choose from, I’ll need to split this up into parts. For the first part, I’ll be featuring the more well known characters like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – The Big Three. Depending on my schedule, I will follow this part up with additional characters such as The Flash (Wally West), one or more of The Green Lantern Corps, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Zatanna and so on. 

To start off:

Clark Kent/Superman
Farmboy!Clark
This is what I picture what Clark would wear when he is with his parents, on their farm. Relaxed, at peace and away from Metropolis.


Reporter!Clark

This is what I picture Clark would wear in Metropolis, being a reporter. It’s got that naive charm to it that speaks to his farm-boy side but it is also sophisticated and modern enough for a big city like Metropolis.


Bruce Wayne/Batman 

This one, for me, was extremely complicated. Bruce’s personality is incredibly hard to pin down and even if you could define it with just a set of clothes, good luck with the playboy persona he puts on. So I’ve decided to both sides of him. Keep in mind, this is my interpretation of what I think Bruce would wear; if you think I’ve got it completely wrong, feel free to submit your own.

The reserved, casual Bruce.
This is what I feel the “real” Bruce would wear on a day off (although I don’t think the words “day off” exist in his vocabulary). This is what he would put on if he didn’t have to put on a façade for every one around him. Somehow, I feel like the only one who gets to meet this side of Bruce is his butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

This is what casual!Bruce will wear out to a formal occasion. Nothing fancy, just a clean, slick suit. He doesn’t want attention but somehow he still can make the female population swoon and declare their love for him.

The Playboy Bruce
What can I say? Playboy!Bruce is obviously charming, funny, witty and a little more “fun” than the real Bruce. He’s fashion choices are much more bold, and attention-seeking. His outfits are more edgy and trendy. From scarves to fluffy collars, a stylish satchel to a less orthodox suit and tie apparel.

Diana/Wonder Woman
Modernized

This is the classy, sophisticated Diana that I came to envision. She is a warrior princess and this outfit, although out of her Themysciran comfort zone, suits her effortlessness to look amazing. This is what she would have dressed liked if she had been brought up in the “normal” world.

“Original”
This is more of the image often associated with her. The free-spirit, the strong yet sexy princess she is.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. I’ll try to post more in the future. Give me your ideas and I would love for you to give me feedback.