Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thoughtful Third Thursday

Hi, folks! Today is the third Thursday of April, which means it's time for Thoughtful Third Thursday with my friends Selah and Maricel!

For those who haven't heard, T3 is a really creative linkup in which participants take a quote from whatever book they're currently reading and then formulate an outfit around it!

The book I'm reading is A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. It is the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire a series that serves as the basis for one of my favorite TV shows, Game of Thrones, and I felt like an inadequate fan for loving the TV series but not having read the books. They're long as heck, so it's taking me a while to get through it, but I thoroughly enjoy it. Some people would chastise me for watching the series without reading the books first, but I have two responses to that. First, I can enjoy the series perfectly well without reading the books. It bothers me when people devalue the art of film/television and consider it a lesser art than literature. They're different, and the audio/visual aspect adds a lot to the story for me, and I enjoy that. Second, to explore the world of the series even deeper by reading the books is pure magic. The end of each episode leaves me wanting more, so I love the opportunity to crack open the book and discover more backstory and character development for the characters I know and love/hate and delve into that world even more fully. So, before anyone judges, there's my spiel, haha.

Aaaaaanyways. The quote I chose describes the wedding outfit of Daenerys, one of my favorite characters. She is preparing to marry a warlord as a political move to unite his kingdom with her once-powerful family, which has now fallen into disrepute. Here's the quote:

"They dressed her in the wisps that Magister Illyrio had sent up, and then the gown, a deep plum silk to bring out the violet in her eyes. The girl slid the gilded sandals onto her feet, while the old woman fixed the tiara in her hair, and slid golden bracelets crusted with amethysts around her wrists. Last of all came the collar, a heavy golden tore emblazoned with ancient Valyrian glyphs." -George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire

I crafted an outfit around this quote, pulling elements from the pieces described in the quote to create an ensemble more appropriate for my everyday life (which was, in this case, dinner with a good friend.) I chose a plum cardigan to match the color of Dany's dress, pairing it with a blouse and jeans. I added glitter flats to mirror her sparkly footwear, stacked bracelets, and a braided collar statement necklace, all in gold. Finally, I styled my hair in a braided updo, because although this wasn't mentioned in the quote, the culture into which she marries places a heavy emphasis on braids in hairdos for both men and women, and this fact is mentioned numerous times.

Cardigan: Old Navy (similar)
Blouse: Target (similarsimilar)
Jeans: F21 (similar)
Flats: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)

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