- Grey trousers – The Loft
- White top – Target
- Purple blazer – thrifted
- Paisley scarf – Target
- Red flats – Hush Puppies
- Train pin – thrifted
I’ve just finished re-reading A.S. Byatt’s Possession. I read the book every 3-4 years, devoting at least two weeks to Byatt’s astoundingly beautiful ways with words.
There are things which happen and leave no discernible trace, are not spoken or written of, though it would be very wrong to say that subsequent events go on indifferently, all the same, as though such things had never been. Two people met, on a hot May day, and never later mentioned their meeting. This is how it was.
(Although, in the case of the photo below, it should really be, “Two turtles met…”)
Then, I (foolishly) went and watched the film adaptation of the book, and was left highly disgruntled. I suspect if I’d never read the book I would have liked the movie a great deal more, but knowing and loving the original just made the latter copy seem a pale impression.
And my thoughts on Possession got me thinking about my thoughts (yep, thinking about my thoughts – bow down to the meta-queen) on style blogging. Specifically, my thoughts on “style chains” and inspiration. We all do it, and the good ones of us give credit where credit’s due, but does it work? Looking at this outfit here, I can see how I was inspired by both Clare and Elaine, but I still prefer their takes on the cropped pants, t-shirt and a scarf look to my own. Can my copy ever live up to my original references?
Picasso’s rumored to have said that,
Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.
Am I a copycat? Am I a thief? Does it matter? And why aren’t there more giant reptiles available for me to sit on?
How do you interpret inspiration from others?
On a unrelated note, any idea how to interpret a reoccurring dream in which the guys who sang Macarena mow your lawn while speaking in Samoan?