Thursday, December 13, 2007

Necklace of Kisses

I just finished reading Necklace of Kisses by Francesca Lia Block. The sequel to the Weetzie Bat series, it is totally magical. Fashion takes more of a front seat in this book, and although a lot of the inspiration can be found from Weetzie's outfits and her "brief history of fashion," there are some style tips/fashion commentary hidden in the pages that I just love. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order.

1. Vintage clothing is magical because all the clothes have histories.

"Weetzie loved the old dresses she found and sold, because they had their own secret histories. She always wondered where, when, and how they had been worn. What they had seen. Old dresses were like old ladies."

2. It's all in the details.

"Honey, the details are everything. You know that. A ginger ale on ice. It's really good if you put sushi ginger in the glass. A white trench belted with a studded punk number. I mean, look at the rhinestones on your toenails."

3. A little grooming makes all the difference.

"If her toes and fingers were shiny and cuticle-free, she always felt a bit brighter and lighter, even when her heart had darkened and sunken heavily into her chest."

4. Fashion has power.

"She imagined that each piece of clothing would have little secret spells written into the lining - incantations that would make the wearer feel her beauty and her power. That was what clothing could do . . . It could seduce, soothe, enhance, disguise, protect. It could empower. Like magic."

25 comments:

Emma said...

Genius blog.

The Clothes Horse said...

Those are so great. I love the idea of last, of clothes having magical powers. I think it's silly when people say fashion is frivolous--as if so many other things people do aren't (what purpose is burying your nose in a book every day doing, or playing sports, or numerous of other tasks). Back on topic, those tips are a delight--not really a guide on how to dress, but almost how to live/enjoy yourself.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I am interested in advertising on your site. We have created a Shopping Widget, designed to enhance the stickiness and money-making ability of your site. It’s fast and easy, and you can have one live on your site within minutes. Visitors to your site can shop multiple product categories (or you can choose a specific category or retailer for your widget) and pay with their credit cards or PayPal accounts directly on the widget, without ever leaving your site! Double-dip on your site visitors: Someone makes a purchase on the widget, you get paid. This same person then clicks on a banner ad, you get paid again.

You can check out the Shopping Widget here: http://mporiawidget.blogspot.com. What is the next step I need to take to post a widget on your site?

Thanks,
Shannon
sbarrett@mporia.com

Heather said...

Oh, I've read and re-read all of Block's books. I really want a dress made of children's sheets printed with pigs like Weetzie Bat had.

Christine said...

O.M.G. I used to be obsessed with Weetzie Bat and have somehow forgotten about those books. Thanks for reminding me...they are amazing!

or said...

I like your site!! I invite you to take a tour on my jewelry website, and if should more information is required. http://www.or-jewellery.com

or said...

I like your site!! I invite you to take a tour on my jewelry website, and if should more information is required. http://www.or-jewellery.com

Lorraine said...

cheap wedding gowns
discount bridal gowns
China wedding dresses
discount designer wedding dresses
China wedding online store
plus size wedding dresses
cheap informal wedding dresses
junior bridesmaid dresses
cheap bridesmaid dresses
maternity bridesmaid dresses
discount flower girl gowns
cheap prom dresses
party dresses
evening dresses
mother of the bride dresses
special occasion dresses
cheap quinceanera dresses
hot red wedding dresses

Anonymous said...

Replica Handbags
Fake Handbags
Knockoff Handbags

Replica Louis Vuitton Handbags
Replica Gucci Handbags
Replica Chanel Handbags
Prada Handbags
Replica Fendi Handbags
Replica Dolce Gabbana Handbags
Replica Chloe Handbags
Replica Jimmy Choo Handbags
Replica Thomas Wylde Handbags
Replica MiuMiu Handbags

Replica Balenciaga Handbags
Replica Coach Handbags
Replica Lancel Handbags
Replica Hermes Handbags
Replica Marc Jacobs Handbags
Replica Anya Hindmarch Handbags
Replica YSL Handbags
Replica Mulberry Handbags
Replica Givenchy Handbags
Replica Valentino Handbags
Replica Versace Handbags
Replica Cartier Handbags
Replica Marni Handbags
Replica Bottega Veneta Handbags
Replica Loewe Handbags
Replica Kooba Handbags

Replica Bally Handbags
Replica Burberry Handbags
Replica Christian Dior Handbags
Replica Juicy Couture Handbags
Replica Ferragamo Handbags
Replica Celine Handbags

Ghanshyam said...

We all about these types and now we going for credit.
silver jewelry exporters

PWFA said...

Thank you very much for fashion knowledge and good information. Today people don't know what is proper for his/herself? They love to follow the trend. If they visit this blog and read about the fashion power, the idea will totally change.

Anonymous said...

I love the word 'Secret Spell written into the lining' http://pailinfashiondesign.blogspot.com/2009/12/do-we-need-oversized.html

Caithy said...

I think a kiss on the hand may be quite continental, But Diamonds are a girl's best friend. Antique Earrings

chalacuna said...

Necklaces are very nice gift to give for any occassion. But when you are proposing it is best to buy her a diamond ring.

Andrew said...

Hi,

it is totally magical. Fashion takes more of a front seat.


Thanks,
Juicy Couture Necklace

Andrew said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Andrew said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Andrew said...

Hi All,

To stop acne forever use our product. http://www.stopacneforever.com/is-the-zeno-mini-acne-clearing-device-a-scam

Thanks,
zeno mini

Michael said...

Hi,
I like this post because it is informative and helpful to all readers. I would like to revisit this post.
Thanks,
Green Business Certification

Mens Necklace said...

Nice... Thanks for sharing this post.

martinapinto said...

Very nice effect, and great tutorials thanks for sharing. I read your blog and I feel that the information about "computer" it's really appreciable.
Thanks for sharing with us ...

swissexpert

diamond earrings melbourne said...

I have heard about this book but still have no time to read due to busy work.However,I am quite agree that fashion has power.Popular people and products are powerful.

jewellery melbourne said...

Looking forward to read this book.I find that the description has proved that it's a book worth to read.

AMS said...

The catchy website with the interesting post.

Thanks,
Network Support Virginia

aprons for men said...

Regarding what you say,

"If her toes and fingers were shiny and cuticle-free, she always felt a bit brighter and lighter, even when her heart had darkened and sunken heavily into her chest."

this is true.. having clean nails gives much of an impression.