Bibliostyle: Emily Byrd Starr from “Emily’s Quest”

Above: Jenny Packham Resort 2018

Emily-in-the-glass looked very well that night. She had got the dress she had longed for for years–spent the whole price of a story on it, to her aunt’s horror. Shot silk – blue in one light, silver in another, with mists of lace. She remembered that Teddy had said that when she got that dress he would painter her as an Ice-maiden in it.

  • from Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery

Above: Marchesa Notte, Resort 2018. Below, Natasha Zinko Resort 2018

Above: Luisa Beccaria Resort 2018. Below, Pamella Roland Resort 2018

Above: Reem Acra, Resort 2018. Below, Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2018


All images from Vogue Runway

Bibliostyle: Ilse from “Emily’s Quest”

Above: Simone Rocha Spring 2017

It would in truth have been a ghastly interview had it not been for Ilse, who chattered with all her old breeziness and tang, planning out a two weeks of gay doings while she was home […] the same lovable old madcap of laughter and jest and dressed with all her old gorgeous violations of accepted canons of taste. In an extraordinary dress–a thing of greenish-yellow. She had a big pink peony at her waist and another at her shoulder. She wore a bright green hat with a wreath of pink flowers on it. Great hoops of pearly swung in her ears. It was a weird costume. No one but Ilse could have worn it successfully. And she looked like the incarnation of a thousand tropic springs in it– exotic, provocative, beautiful. So beautiful!

  • from Emily’s Quest by L.M. Montgomery

Above: Rodarte Spring 2018

Above: Mary Katrantzou Spring 2017

Above: Molly Goddard, Spring 2017

Above: Luisa Beccaria, Resort 2018

Above: Etro, Spring 2017

Above: Alice + Olivia Pre Fall 2017

Above: Alena Akhmadullin Resort 2018

All images above from Vogue Runway

Spring 2017 Trend Report: Witchy

Are you a good witch or a bad witch? This spring, you can be both!

Imagery and awareness of magic and witchy women have grown increasingly the last couple years especially in the public eye. The fashion world has taken note, that is for certain. Whether you are a die-hard Stevie Nicks’ aesthetic, or are curious as to what Hermione Granger might wear should she embrace her inner wild woman, here are some looks from the Spring ’17 catwalks for inspiration. As always, all of these looks have been taken from design houses run by women!

Above: Wendy Nichol, Spring 2017

Wendy Nichol’s collections are always magic, regardless of season. The hood on this outfit is what makes it special.

Above: Cynthia Rowley, Spring 2017

A very water-goddess look from Cyntha Rowley above.

Above: Aganovitch, Spring 2017

Feel like the Aganovitch look above veers more towards Middle Earth wanderer, but hey, it takes all types.

Above: Alberta Ferretti, Spring 2017

Above: Cushnie et Ochs, Spring 2017

Above: Melitta Baumeister, Spring 2017

This Melitta Baumeister look above is probably my favourite of all these.

Above: Phoebe English, Spring 2017

A more classic goddess look above from Phoebe English.

Above: Simone Rocha, Spring 2017

Above: Sonia Rykiel, Spring 2017

Above: Veronique Branquinho, Spring 2017

The small streak of blood-red lipstick on the lower lip of all the models in the Veronique Branquinho show above made a huge impact. Note to self!

Above: Wanda Nylon, Spring 2017

All images above from Vogue Runway.

Recommended reading for magical folks:

 The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

Jailbreaking the Goddess by Lasara Firefox Allen

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

White Is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino

Bitch Media’s Popaganda episode on Magic, here.


UPDATED: I Read 50 Books by Women in 2016.


In 2016 I read fifty books total, forty-eight fifty-two books total, fifty of them are by women. I have highlighted my favourites below.

  1. Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth
  2. The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from The New Yorker by Maeve Brennan
  3. Gutshot: Stories by Amelia Gray
  4. Listen to the Squawking Chicken: A Memoir (sort of) by Elaine Lui
  5. Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion
  6. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth
  7. The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente 
  8. White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
  9. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch
  10. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
  11. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  12. Speed Dreaming: Stories by Nicole Haroutunian
  13. An Unofficial Rose by Iris Murdoch
  14. The Color Master by Aimee Bender
  15. Tempting the Gods: The Selected Stories of Tanith Lee, Volume One by Tanith Lee
  16. My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  17. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  18. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  19. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
  20. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
  21. The Birthgrave by Tanith Lee
  22. Dancing Girls: Stories by Margaret Atwood
  23. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente 
  24. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  25. Don’t Lose Track Vol. 1: 40 selected Articles, Essays, and Q&As by Jordannah Elizabeth
  26. All over Creation by Ruth Ozeki
  27. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
  28. Pink Noises: women on electronic music and sound by Tara Rodgers
  29. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
  30. Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
  31. Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
  32. Flight from the Enchanter by Iris Murdoch
  33. Letters Home: Correspondence 1950-1963 by Sylvia Plath
  34. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
  35. Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
  36. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  37. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  38. The Electrical Field by Kerri Sakamoto
  39. Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery
  40. Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
  41. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
  42. Waiting by Ha Jin
  43. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours: Stories by Helen Oyeyemi
  44. My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki
  45. Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  46. The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats & Ex-Countries by Jessa Crispin
  47. Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  48. Space Is Just A Starry Night: Short Fiction by Tanith Lee
  49. The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P.D. James
  50. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
  51. In the Country we Love by Diane Guerrero
  52. One of Ours by Willa Cather

Here are some tidbits about the books above.


The Mitford novels were hilarious and I want to read more of her work. Elaine Lui’s memoir had me in stitches also.

Helen Oyeyemi continues to be one of my favourite authors, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours and White is for Witching were amazing.


For these troubling times, I would strongly recommend reading Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road and anything my Ruth Ozeki. Ozeki’s books are about ordinary women who end up doing amazing activism in page-turning, addictive stories full of compelling characters. Steinem’s book is inspiring and very much focuses on the positivity of humanity in a way that inspires hope,

I’m pretty sure my wedding vows will be one of Rupi Kaur’s poems in Milk & Honey.

I read some awesome books about women and music this year, but my favourite was Don’t Lose Track Vol. 1: 40 selected Articles, Essays, and Q&As by Jordannah Elizabeth

I’m not one for reading mystery/thriller books that contain murder, but the P.D. James short stories and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History were awesome! It’s fun to read something different.

I keep thinking about Valente’s Radiance. I think it’s because I’m re-watching Battlestar Galactica right now.

The Closet Feminist is big on #ReadWomen. Check out more awesome books here:

My 2014 reading list

My 2015 reading list 

Bibliostyle: Green Ball Gowns in Catherynne M. Valente’s ‘Radiance’


Above: Pamella Roland Spring 2016

Our yuletide green had been knitted out of jute and wire and shredded dresses by the Udolpho triplets, those wanton Martian contortionists and-as I had discovered- wanted counterfeiters., from Guan Yu. Each of the nine women aboard had donated a green gown to the effort. We whirled away under Cythera’s lime spangled flapper-fringes, Harper Ibbott’s hunting cloak, every girl’s bright emerald and olive hoopskirts cut and ruched into garlands. We were a strange lot, the Obolus cargo, some famous, most not, all vibrating with the things we did not tell each other.

  • from Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente


Above: Sally LaPointe Pre-Fall 2016


Above: Pamella Roland Fall 2016


Above: Jenny Packham Fall 2016


Above: Toga Fall 2016


Above: Monique Lhuillier Fall 2016


Above: Hellessy Fall 2016


Above: Jenny Packham Spring 2016

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