While the weather has been absolutely delightful for the last two days (I actually sat outside, barelegged, without freezing!) the weeks before have been pretty icy. I'm feeling so ready for spring to break through (which would be kind of ridiculous, it's still winter for crying out loud) but until it's actually warm enough to go out in flowery dresses without tights or cardi's I'll just have to work around the temperature and find a way to bring these springy colors into my winter wardrobe! Don't we all?
I had a wonderful weekend by the way, especially my sunday was heavenly. We went to a little book fair (I just google-translated the Dutch word, is this an actual thing? :-D) where I FINALLY found "The virgin suicides" by Jeffrey Eugenides for only 10 euro, I was so happy when I saw the beautiful romantic cover of the book! I am absolutely in love and haunted by the movie and from what I've read of the book... I can't stop reading. The Sophia Coppola movie might be the best film adaption of a book I've ever seen. She got the atmosphere of the book and the personality of Lux and Trip down to a t. Now I really want to watch the movie again but I'm going to wait until I've finished the book. The soundtrack of that movie, by the way, is pure heaven. Anyhoo, we did a game of lifesize scrabble on the book fair (I love scrabble and other boardgames, I'm an oldschool girl) and found some other gorgeous books (which we didn't have the money for, sniffles). We went to a reading about the origin of Islam (who Mohammed was etc.), a reading with Paul Cliteur (Dutch philosopher and "popular" atheist) about secularisation and fundamentalist believers and a debate about euthanasia (with a dude who made a movie about it, random, and two doctors who wrote books about the subject and were among the first to make it possible, here in Belgium).
Between the second and third reading we got a little eat to bite (The Terminal refernce! Love Tom Hanks <3) and we got ice cream! I always get the same flavours, straciatella, vanilla with chocolate pieces and speculoos, a spicy, typically Belgian, sweet cookie. Back at the book fair I got a 'literary quote tattoo' with waterbased markers. I chose "We are all starstuff" by Carl Sagan, a quote I might actually get tattooed on me. I just love it so much. It's so poetic and beautiful and simple and true! How can you say that science makes everything look so gloomy when it taught us that we all come from the elements that brew up inside stars? How amazing is this? I just... I love that quote so much./Carl Sagan fan girl rant. :-D
After getting tatt'd up I found this beautiful book with gorgeous oil paintings in it, with short pieces of text beside/beneath them. The paintings were hauntingly beautiful and there was a little story around it. If I would've had the money I would've bought it instantely. I probably can't get the message across as well as the book can but the message of the book was basically "You can't pretend to be a dog if you're a cat." and the paintings and the story were about a cat who wakes up in the hospital. He doesn't know who he is or how he got there. His face is battered and bound so he can't see his own face. All he knows is that he lives in a world that is ruled by dogs and cats are living on the street or sent to jail. I'm not doing the book any justice, I'm sure, but the story (the way it was worded especially, incredibly poetic) and the paintings were so beautiful. I'll never forget it and I hope I'll find it again, some day! After the debate on euthanasia we went home.
Now the outfit! Hope your weekend was as lovely as mine!