5 May 2011 – Spinning Lies

May 5th, 2011 § 10 comments



  • Shirt (tunic): French Connection
  • Skirt: Calvin Klein outlet
  • Belt: mom’s
  • Shoes: Tahari via endless.com
  • Necklace: Gift

I believe that one of the most fun things in life is twirling around while wearing a very full skirt. This skirt lends itself to playful swishing, swooshing, and all out spins. I had wanted to wear this shirt/tunic again, and I realized that the teal and lavender of the shirt would look great with this skirt and obi belt.


I’m sorry I haven’t been writing very lengthy posts lately, but much like everyone at this time of year, I’m crunched for time as the academic calendar winds down and tests, papers, and projects roll in my door. Sometimes a bright, sun-shiny top, or pop of color, or comfortable stand-by is what gets me through. Other times a full, fancy, almost bustled skirt will do the trick and I can twirl, twirl, twirl myself right into a happy mood. It makes me think I’m a carefree kid again – not like I was exactly twirling around as a kid all the time – but again, too many cotton commercials have conned me into believing that I wore cute summer dresses and spent lazy afternoons rolling down grassy slopes and swinging around to see my skirt flutter around me. Even if it didn’t happen, isn’t it ok to dream? As Miriam Toews put it in her beautiful novel A Complicated Kindness, “The stories that I have told myself are bleeding into a dream, finally, that is slowly coming true… Is it wrong to trust in a beautiful lie if it helps you get through life.”

Twirl side

What do you all think? If we’re talking about more than mixing up your memories, is it wrong to trust in a beautiful lie if it helps you get through life? What “lies” do you believe in?


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§ 10 Responses to 5 May 2011 – Spinning Lies"

  1. Cathy says:

    Love the colors, love being introduced to new books and ideas by this blog, need more time with your question!

  2. L., you introduce a fascinating subject with this lovely quote. The lies we believe-and the truths, which are often complicated and shaded by various untruths-comprise our personal reality and are often what help us construct sanity in a seemingly insane world. Of course we are often so immersed in our peculiar perception that we cannot objectively see where we have fabricated to make life more bearable. It seems to me a basic human response to the hurt and confusion of life. But then again, I really did twirl around in a cotton skirt as a little girl. :-)

    Love the outfit. I’ve been a silent follower of academichic for over a year. Thanks to you lovely ladies for sharing your personalities and your delightful styles with the faceless horde! You’ve inspired me, particularly in the area of belts

  3. Dr. Da says:

    I like this styling of that tunic better than the previous one, it is a little more unexpected. Plus I dig the feminine vibe with that twirly skirt.

  4. MONKEYFACE says:

    What a stunning spring ensemble! That print adds such a fun element to this classic and feminine silhouette. And hey memories can be lies as much as dreams and I have no problem indulging in either of them :)

  5. Salazar says:

    Oh, what a gorgeous skirt! And I love the print of the top!

    14 Shades Of Grey

  6. A delicious version of modern retro. Those are my very favorite types of skirts!

  7. Sally says:

    How utterly gorgeous. I’d steal this outfit right off of you, if I could!

  8. Love this combo! It’s so airy!

  9. Abby says:

    Look at you! Pop! Full of color. Love it much.

  10. LH says:

    This is gorgeous! I cannot imagine a better way for these two pieces to be styled.

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