Fashion Friday: April 12th, 2013

Nothing is more painful for me when I'm trying to do something without inspiration. I can't write anything without an inspiration, a good topic or an interesting idea. And the biggest pain of mine is that, on average, one day a week, I have no idea what to wear! Yes, I just cleaned about my closet and I only have items that I wear on a regular basis but I still suffer from the dreaded "I have nothing to wear!" Anyone with me??

Whether it is just going to class, work, or out with friends, I stare at my closet for at least 5 minutes trying to figure out what to wear, swap in and out at least 3 outfits and that doesn't even begin the conversation of accounting for the weather. So, in light of this, I'm going to share my biggest "I have nothing to wear!" cure: Pinterest!

Now Pinterest is not just a procrastination tool. I use it as actively as I can for outfit ideas and new ways to wear my clothes. I type in something I know I want to wear in the left hand search bar or head to the Women's Fashion section. At times, I find very high end or high fashion that is not a bit practical for SD living or my style, but knowing what I like and what looks good on me I can identify items that will work for me. 

And the best part, I've found some of my favorite fashion bloggers from Pinterest pins by heading off to the links. Don't just pin the photo because its a great outfit, but click and explore. You might find your soul sister/brother in the blog world! 

Here's a link to my Pinterest page. Feel free to follow me and check out my pins. (Also I may make a Hemline page just dedicated to fashion but, ya know, I need to do a lot of things in the next two weeks but look out for it in the future.): http://pinterest.com/haleyzerr/

For you inspiration for the week, besides my lovely pins here is a prose poem that I've been in love with for a very long time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. And Happy Friday!

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.

Yours xx


  1. Lovely post! I use pinterest as an insoiration resource for everything, since fashion to cook or home decor. Its endless! And now you have a new follower :-)
    And as a girl who read I must say we look for boys who read. Nothing is better than a partner in crime, right?

    1. Thanks so much! I'm always finding "Pin-spiration!" :) A boy who reads is the perfect partner in crime. You're right!! Thanks for reading!!



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