Read much?

I know my blog is usually reserved for fashion-related posts, but I could not pass up the opportunity to post this!

In addition to my obsession with all things fashion, I love classic literature.  I love to read and I will be the first to say that I am truly a bookworm—have been for the past 18 years.  (I started reading around age 4, I’m 22 now!)

Do you think you can beat me?  Here is your challenge:

The BBC believes that most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books listed below!

I have read 44 out of 100 books! There are some, not in bold, that I have partially read.  This gives me the motivation I need to finish some of the books I’ve already started!

Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo



December 19, 2010. Tags: , , . Fashion, miscellaneous, Trends. 2 comments.

Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

Oh goodness! My number one pet peeve is the use of bad grammar.  I’m such a stickler for it, and like nails on a chalkboard, bad grammar makes me twinge.

So thank you to Modcloth for creating a book that really touches my heart. 🙂

I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar! is something that all of us should read.  A collection of egregious errors, disconcerting bloopers,  and other linguistic slip-ups is a wonderful and funny piece of literature.

I try my hardest to be grammatically correct, but everyone falters from time to time.  This book has a wonderful execution of bad grammar. (pun intended!)

So hop on over to and get to shopping! Oh, and did I mention that Modcloth is the most fabulous website for one-of-a kind vintage clothes?  Maybe I’ll have to post on that soon too……

Modcloth book $9.99

May 3, 2010. Tags: , , , . Ads, Fashion, miscellaneous, Trends. Leave a comment.

Oh America, how you disappoint me daily.

I’m so outraged that this Lane Bryant commercial was banned from TV.  A quick disclaimer: I’m not at all a fan of our over-sexed media and the way it affects youth, but that’s a different topic for another day. But I will defend the Lane Bryant commercial and here’s why:

So–a question for my fashionistas–How many Victoria Secret ads/commercials do you see in one day?  For me, too many.

I love that Fox and CBS banned the Lane Bryant commercial because they thought it was “too raunchy”.  Please, correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t CBS host the Victoria Secret’s fashion show on TV every year? Nice bias against curvy women, CBS and Fox.

So what bothers and irks me to the core, is that the Lane Bryant commercial is being banned from TV.

Honestly, compared to the raunchy sex Victoria Secret’s commercials practically shove down your throat, I have to say, Lane Bryant isn’t that bad.

Why was it banned? I’m DYING to know. I bet you my life’s savings that if the model in the commercial was replaced with Gisele or Adrianna, the ad would run everywhere.  Was it because the model in the commercial wasn’t a size 0? I think she’s sexy, gorgeous and I have more respect for Lane Bryant and the plus size models than I will ever have for VS.  I’m sorry, but America, really? Come on.

April 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Ads, Fashion, miscellaneous, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

She and Him.

Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are “She & Him”.   An American Indie Folk band created in March 2008, Zooey and M. have taken folk music by storm.  Zooey’s infectious voice and M.’s raw musical talent hits you immediately.

I know this has deviated from my usual fashion posts, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you listen to them.

Zooey Deschanel is rewriting the script. With She & Him’s Volume One, her first collaboration with M. Ward, she proved that not only could she act, write songs, and sing, but she could do them all very well, with a sparkle of personality coming through in her gorgeous eyes and even bigger voice. Volume II, out now, packs an even bigger punch for listeners.  Zooey writes the lyrics, M. plays the songs.  Zooey + M.= shear musical nirvana.

April 24, 2010. Tags: . miscellaneous, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

How much would you risk for fashion?

I recently came across this article from CNN.

In the article, the author discusses how far some women will go for fashion.  High heel shoes are being designed higher and higher–and women are feeling the pressure.

Dr. Kathleen Stone, president of the American Podiatric Medical Association, suggests giving the feet breaks during the day and changing into high heels at night. She advises against wearing heels that are higher than 2 inches but knows many are not likely to heed the advice. The health effects of high heels are well-known.

“It’s very difficult, not only on the foot, but the knees and low back,” she said. “The way the shoes put pressure on the front part on your feet, it applies compression on your toes and irritation to the nerves in the toes.”

Maybe I am a victim to that pressure, maybe not.  I’m going to have to reflect on that for a while.  Like I’ve said in my previous blog, my mantra has always been the higher the heel, the better.  And with that mantra has come years of pain in my feet.  Women are taught that “beauty is pain”, but at what cost? 

April 10, 2010. Tags: , . Clothing and Accessories, Fashion, miscellaneous, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Cosmos, Manolos, and Lovers! Oh My!

For all the Sex and the City fans,  SATC 2 is on its way!  The clothes, the jewels, the designs! The ladies of SATC have taken fashion by storm once again! From the previews  it seems the ladies have spared no expense in wardrobe choices for this film.

With cameos from Liza Minnelli to Miley Cyrus, this movie is going to be an epic event.  Oh, and did I mention Aidan? OMG! He’s back and in what seems to be a twisted love affair with Carrie.  I saw him in the trailer, got goosebumps, and died!

With a little less than 2 months until the release, I can’t help but get butterflies from the trailer! I promise I’ve only watched it five times. 🙂

The ladies look wonderful and I can’t wait to see more of what’s in store for this movie!


April 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Fashion, miscellaneous, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Hello Fashionistas!

It’s been a long time coming, but finally, my blog is ready to go.

Disclaimer: I’m SO new to this, so give me some time to get acclimated with blogs and how they work.

I’m a college student, studying Elementary Education, but my real passion in life is fashion. FASHION and all that the word means.  From couture to consignment, vintage to Vogue– I look, read, study and wear it all.

While most of my time is spent in school, I felt I needed an outlet for my interest in fashion.  I write for The Lion’s Tale, the student-run, Georgian Court newspaper.  I currently hold a fashion column with the paper, but it isn’t enough for me.

So alas, I’ve come to blogging.

Fashion, faux-pas, stories and conversations for your enjoyment!

xoxox   Kate

April 4, 2010. Fashion, miscellaneous, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.