Darkly Dreaming Dexter

I took pride in being the best-dressed monster in Dade County.

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Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Author: Jeff Lindsay
First Published: 2004
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.86)
I would recommend this book to: anyone who enjoys crime novels and/or offbeat characters. And Dexter-fans off course!
The Beginning: Moon. Glorious moon.

I picked up this novel years ago, even though I’d decided that I wasn’t going to read it until I’ve watched the final episode of the TV series. I was a dedicated Dexter-fan dreading a world with no Dexter (he’s just so cool!). I thought the novel would be a nice consolation. And it was quite fun to be inside Dexter’s twisted head again.

Really now: If you can’t get me my newspaper on time, how can you expect me to refrain from killing people?

But perhaps it would have been more fun if I hadn’t already known Dexter. He’s a brilliant and rather unique character. But I’ve already gotten to know him years ago, so I wasn’t really that amazed by him in writing as I could have been, had I not watched the show. There were off course little differences between the TV series and the book, and I enjoyed those immensely. The plot is basically the same as the first season, but there are some rather significant details – especially at the end.

I loved the first half of the novel where Dexter is introduced. It was so much fun revisiting the characters, seeing them for the first time again, just from a different angle. But after the first half, I sort of got over that and didn’t enjoy it as much. I was reminded again that I don’t like reading crime novels. I used to, but now they just bore me.

But if you enjoy crime novels, you should try this one – it’s top quality with great characters, which is why I’ve given it 4 solid stars. It’s just not for me (which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars though it may deserve it).

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The Ultimate Instagrammers

We’ve reached the final post in celebration of 1111 followers on Instagram. We’ve had my favorite vintage fashion accounts and my favorite bookish accounts. Now the time has come to my favorite weird accounts. It’s the accounts that don’t fit into any of my two passions: literature and fashion. The strange thing is that these are the accounts I love the most. I hope you’ll love them too :-)

When people talk about fun and creative Instagram accounts, I always tell them about frannythefrenchie. It’s the strangest and coolest account ever! The owner dresses her dog in pearls, serves it champagne and photographs it. How brilliant is that!

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It’s no secret that the decade I love the most when it comes to fashion is the 60s. I adore the style and can’t get enough short 60s inspired dresses in my closet. There are many accounts on Instagram posting pics from the 60s. love_the_60s is my favorite. It’s a brilliant mix of fashion, commercials, movies and music. If you like the 60s, I also recommend following 60sculture and 60s_world.

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The artist Kukula has a wonderful account, dear_kukula, where she posts pics of her beautiful paintings of doll-like girls.

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ernest_hedgingway is exactly what the name implies: A hedgehog named Ernest. It’s not just an account with a cute animal: it’s also an account with beautiful pictures.

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As you may know, I have a weakness for mint green, it’s such an adorable feminine color. Naturally the account mintgreenlovers is on my top 5:

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Bookish Instagrammers

To celebrate reaching 1111 followers on Instagram, I’m doing this series with my favorite Instagram accounts. A few days ago, I did one with my top 5 vintage fashion accounts, and now the times has come to my top 5 bookish accounts. If you appreciate beautiful books, you seriously need to follow these very different bookish accounts.

booksfordessert: a celebration of beautiful books, I love these pictures!
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the_fc_bookworm: nice books often combined with men’s retro fashion – what’s not to love?
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triin_books: I adore the grey tones in these pictures.
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igreads: beautiful and romantic pictures of books.
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bookscandlesandtea: I can’t resist the combo of books, candles and tea!
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Let’s Pretend We’re Hungover

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I went to a Sweedish party at work last night. I managed to stay clear of the schnapps so my hangover is not so bad today. I woke up to a beautiful sunny day, and after some eggs and bacon, Mr. Boyfriend and I went for a walk. Here’s what I’m wearing:

Shirt: from Found.Loved in London
Skirt: from TopShop – a birthday present from a friend
Shoes: Chie Mihara
Bag: from a market in London

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We stopped by a second hand book store on Ryesgade where I found these to lovely books. I didn’t know there was a book about Jane Austen’s guide to dating, but what a brilliant idea! I couldn’t resist the Astrid Lindgren book as I had this exact copy as a child – yes, I’m getting sentimental.

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After our book shopping, we had coffee and cookies and read a bit at Ricco’s. I’m currently reading Murakami’s new novel, which I really enjoy. (Is it me or does he just get better and better?) Now I’m going to relax and bit and pretend that I’m hungover – the best part of partying is being allowed to eat crisps and drink sodas the next day. So that’s what I’ll be doing for the next couple of hours – plus some Netflix (I’m watching Suits) and a my new knitting project.

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Going Vintage on Instagram

The other day, when we celebrated the blog reaching 1111 followers on Instagram, I promised a series of posts about my favorite Instagram accounts. Let’s start with something that we haven’t seen on the blog in quite a while: fashion! Or, even better: vintage fashion! Yes! Here they are, in no particular order, my five favorite vintage fashion Instagram accounts:

The first one, papermothballvintage, is beyond words. This is one creative and talented designer/model/photographer. She’s brilliant, and if you have just the tiniest bit of interest in vintage style (esp. from the 20s) your Instagram-feed needs this account!

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Vintagesiren is a classic vintage instagrammer. I adore her romantic style with echoes from the 40s. It’s so warm and feminine. And I love her hair!

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Bonjourjasmine is perhaps one of the most beautiful instagrammers that I follow. She has a great style with delicate colors and lace. I’m addicted to her Instagram account and I’ve also followed her blog for a long time (she once featured on Looks I Like).

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If you, like me, have a weakness for pin up style, dailypinup is the account for you. This is a very cool and varied account, as it reposts pictures of instagrammers who have tagged #dailypinup. It’s so cool!

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Where the four previous accounts are about very dressed up vintage fashion, laneway_esme is more about every-day vintage clothing – outfits you could wear to work etc. Very inspiring.

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Next up, I’ll post my favorite bookish accounts – I’ve got some goodies lined up for you! In the meantime, I would love it if you shared some of your favorite vintage fashion accounts!

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Celebrating 1111 Followers on Instagram, Part I

Yesterday I reached the epic number of 1111 followers (thank you all!) on Instagram. I’ve been on Instagram for about a year and a half, and it’s become my favorite social media by far. To me, it’s the most inspiring media and the best place to find pictures of vintage clothing, beautiful books or just random accounts. To celebrate my 1111 followers (thank you again!) I’m going to do a series of blog posts over the next week or so with my favorite Instagram accounts. But today, I’m going to repost my most liked and commented on photos on Instagram. Enjoy!

Here are my 10 most liked photos:
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And my 10 most commented on photos:
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And here is my very first post on Instagram, from December 26, 2012. You can see I was a fan of using frames back then, though I almost never do it now – I feel the pictures are small enough as it is.
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I’ll be back with my favorite Instagrammers soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, you can follow me here.

PS: Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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Snaps of August

Is it bad to say that I’m a bit relieved that summer is over? It’s been great with sunny warm days, but summer will never be my favorite season. I much prefer spring and autumn, it’s funnier to dress up when it’s not extremely hot (or cold for that matter). I’ve only done one outfit post this summer and I miss it. Hopefully this Autumn will have some lovely sunny weekends perfect for dressing up and going for walks – I already have a few ideas for more layered outfits, so maybe next weekend.

Anyway, here’s what my feet have been up to this August:

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I’ve been knitting like a mad knitter while watching Netflix or listening to audio books – one of my favorite things to relax with. The yarn to the left is for a poncho/sweater I finished yesterday, which I think will be perfect for the chilly Autumn days (it’s also one of my ideas for an outfit post). The pastels to the right is for a project I started yesterday about two seconds after I finished the sweater. It’s a bit of an ambitious project: a pillow case with a harlequin pattern. I’m not sure I’ll be able to pull it off, but we’ll see.

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Where July was a bit of a slow month in regards to both reading (I was stuck with The Goldfinch) and blogging (I just wasn’t in the mood), August had me spitting out book reviews like never before, and I’ve had some lovely reading moments:

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I’ve been wining and dining like a princess:

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Nokia and Wilcox says hi, they’ll be back in September with more cuteness:

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Shelf News

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I just noticed the other day that my last four bookish purchases were all in red and white tones. That’s a photo opportunity waiting to click. I thought it might be fun to snap this pic with some red heels, and my choice fell upon Irregular Choice from my header photo. I haven’t worn these in ages though I love them to pieces, and I’ve only sported them in one outfit here on the blog, at my cousin’s wedding two years ago.

But back to the books. I’m looking forward to Sarah WatersThe Little Stranger, as I loved Tipping The Velvet. I’ve read two books by John Banville (before I started blogging), one of them I loved, the other I found boring, so I don’t quite know what to expect from The Infinities. Them or Us is the last installment in David Moody‘s brilliant Hater-series, which is so thrilling! The book I’m most excited about, however, is Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald. I read a novel about her, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, a little while back and it left me very curious to read some of her work. It doesn’t show in this pic, but the cover is stunning!

Which books have you recently bought?

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Peter Pan

To die would be an awfully big adventure.

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Title: Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie
First Published: 1902
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 4.10)
I would recommend this book to: Readers who never grow up
The Beginning: All children, except one, grow up.

What a lovely surprise Peter Pan was. It was such a sweet tribute to imagination and creativity, verging on pure madness. Peter was a fascinating character. I was amused by his cockiness. It was very inspiring and had me laughing out loud more than once. Like this little statement after he remembers what he’s just done:

Oh, the cleverness of me!

He was also a rather interesting character, but we unfortunately only get glimpses of his personality as the novel is so short. I wanted to know more about him, and the final page left me even more curious than at the beginning. Beneath the adventures, the spontaneity and self-assurance there lies a darkness within Peter:

He was looking through the window at the one joy from which he must be forever barred.

Another character I loved was Tinker Bell. I loved how she’s described as being so small that she can only contain one emotion at the time, and the disasters that entailed were heartbreaking, but also had so much potential of a huge novel (with a great love triangle).

It was only in Peter’s absence that they could speak of mothers, the subject being forbidden by him as silly.

The only character I didn’t really care for was Wendy. My inner feminist can’t stand her. I felt Neverland was completely wasted on her as she was more interested in making house than going on adventures. She’s on the verge of growing up and Neverland makes her take the final step into adulthood by pretending to be the mother that the Lost Boys need. But couldn’t she have been a different mother? Why so strict, Wendy? Why do they have to be in bed at a certain hour, when there’s no school in Neverland? And why did they have to take their medicine each day? What on earth for? Yeah yeah, I know they were just playing around, but I think the game could have been more fun with a more daring Wendy.

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Soulless

Countess Nadasdy served the tea. Miss Tarabotti took hers with milk, Miss Dair took hers with lemon, and the vampires took theirs with a dollop of blood

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Title: Soulless
Author: Gail Carriger
First Published: 2009
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.90)
I would recommend this book to: True Blood fans (but keep your expectations low)

Soulless had the potential of being a Victorian True Blood. I thought this was a pretty neat concept, but was terribly disappointed. The novel seems to me actually soulless. The characters were flat and the story a bit boring. OK, very boring. It tried to be funny, but it was so clichéd, and it seemed that the sole purpose was to make fun of the Victorian upper class. That can be a lot of fun, only in this case, it wasn’t very cleverly done. The jokes were easy and completely devoid of creativity. I kept feeling that I was supposed to laugh, but it just wasn’t very funny. Judge for yourself:

How ghastly for her, people actually thinking, with their brains, and right next door. Oh, the travesty of it all.

Our heroine is Alexia Tarabotti, an independent spinster who reads books, speaks her mind and can defend herself. She’s nothing like her airhead sisters, who only care about fashion, or her cruel mother who only cares about appearances, all agreeing that Alexia will never marry as no man would ever have her. In comes Prince Charming and they are all proved wrong. It’s a story we’ve heard a billion times before. I like it when it’s cleverly done but this one was un-nuanced. Apart from twist is that Alexia is a soulless and Prince Charming is a werewolf. But that’s just another cliché. It could have been a fun twist, only it didn’t really work.

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