Monday, July 29, 2013

Black on Black

This might be one of my new favourite outfits – I am obsessed with this necklace and you all know I love me a solid black outfit.

pants: Zara / top: thrifted / blazer: BB Dakota / shoes: Target / necklace: Target / purse: Michael Kors / sunglasses: Spring

Friday, July 19, 2013


This lucky gal got to choose more than one item from Surfdome! After much browsing of their considerable selection, I settled on this relaxed fit skull print top that’s perfect for pairing with leggings…oh, and I’m crazy about the print!

shirt: c/o / leggings: ASOS / sandals: Spring / purse: Zara


This has been a good month for me in the realm of acquiring cute tops. For example, the lovely folks at Surfdome recently sent me this Vero Moda gold blouse with a little black pocket detail. Surfdome has a huge selection of items to chose from so it was tricky to whittle all my options down to this little number but I’m glad I settled on this one – I love the fit and it’s just such an adorable piece.

pants: Zara / shirt: Vero Moda c/o / purse: Zara / cardigan: Target / shoes: Aldo

Monday, July 15, 2013

Research Rebuffs

I’m currently involved in an ongoing, and frustrating, saga that revolves around around me attempting to secure some documents long distance from the British Library for the purposes of adding them to my monograph.

It all started because I found something from the Lansdowne MS that I wanted to include, a bit of narrative about an illicit marriage in 1605 between Charles Blount, Earl of Devonshire, and Penelope, Lady Rich as reflected in a letter from Devonshire to James I and VI. I already had the passage I wanted to quote from a published catalogue of the Lansdowne Manuscripts but, while it did include the folio number, it didn’t include the date of the letter. So that’s how it started, with me tracking down various other sources trying to find the date of the letter, emailing friends in London to see if they’d do me a solid and swing by the BL to check it out, contacting reference specialists in the Manuscripts and Maps Department, etc.

But, from the there, it was down the rabbit hole for me in that I found about 4 other manuscripts related to the illicit marriage that I now also want to view. So I’ve gone from needing a date on one folio to working out how I can get the BL to make scans of about 30 pages of material from various collections and then mail them to me so I can transcribe them and get them into the book. Failing that (I’m expecting that at least some of the documents may be too fragile to scan – ah, the joys of working with documents from the early 1600s), I’m hoping to convince a London pal to give up an afternoon making some transcriptions for me…in exchange for me buying them a dinner. And I may even have to post on H-Net (a humanities scholars’ message board) to try to hire someone. All of this is to say that it’s been a frustrating week and that, in this moment, I dearly miss proximity to my precious archives. Long-distance research is a real pain.

skirt: Zara / shirt: Zara / jacket: F21 / sandals: Spring / purse: Michael Kors / necklace: Tattered Rose

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Another beautiful summer blouse care of OASAP! I’m in love with the collar and cuffs and the black back (yeah, I’m a sucker for anything with a healthy dose of black). Perfect for a summer bike ride home from the office.

shirt: c/o OASAP / pants: RW Winter and Co. / shoes: Aldo / necklace: Aldo

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer Staple

OASAP recently sent me this awesome bead-detail top (the best part is the completely sheer back, which I neglected to photograph…oops). I just love this little number, while pale pink is not usually my first choice on colors, I love it on this top. And it’s light weight and ever so comfy which means I’m sure it will be a summer staple for me.

shirt: c/o OASAP / pants: RW Winter and Co. / shoes: Spring

Monday, July 1, 2013

My Nemesis, Summer

Summer has finally come…which perversely bums me out because I really dislike warm, sunny weather. Odd, I know.

In the realm of other things currently driving me bonkers: I've spent the better part of my free time in the last week working on a draft of a paper I'll be giving this October at the North Eastern Conference on British Studies (hello trip to Connecticut and NYC!) and on the latest round of revisions to my book proposal and draft manuscript. I've taken a few breaks to have some dinners and drinks with friends and hit the town last weekend to check out some bands but mostly I am just really in need of a break!

pants: Zara / shoes: Target / sweater: Sheinside / sunglasses: Target / purse: Michael Kors