A Few of My Favorite Things


It is no surprise, Gentle Reader, that given my interest in Victorian literature and culture, that I would be a fan of Steampunk fashion and aesthetics.  But I love other things as well, particularly art deco jewelry and design.  Given my adoration of All Things Owl and All Things Art Deco, it may come as really no surprise to find that this bracelet made me jump up and down in the middle of the store.

An owl, on a bracelet, so influenced by art deco.

I love owls.  I have a collection of them on my desk, courtesy of friends and family.  Little owls, big owls, stuffed owls, oddly creepy owls, they permeate my home office.  My work office, however, tends to be more octopus-friendly.  Dear Friends, I love octopi.  They, next to the owl, are my favorite animals.  They are smart.  They are slightly creepy.  And they look Awfully Cute cartoonized.  I have several pieces of octopus jewelry, from necklaces to bracelets to earrings.  And I never cease to search for fun octopus accoutrements for my offices.

What we decide to wear close to our bodies fascinates me; as an academic who works on fashion and literature, I am constantly on the lookout for such signals in novels.  But as a writer, I find that describing my characters’ accessories, those objects they choose to wear close to their bodies, is as important in creating their personalities as describing their thoughts and dreams.  You can tell so much about a person by what he or she chooses to wear; you can tell more about a person by what he or she decides to decorate his or her body with.

What are your favorite accessories, Gentle Reader?


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2 thoughts on “A Few of My Favorite Things”

  1. I love rings, especially flowers and butterflies! what does that say about me? 😉 I have an owl bracelet like that in the picture too.

    1. Hi Flo! Great minds think alike! It’s a great bracelet. I would say that if you were one of my characters and you had a ring collection like that, I would write you as an artist, someone always using her hands. Your hands would be slender, with long fingers, and a character, at some point, would admire them 🙂 As for IRL, I’m not sure; I’m a writer, Jim, not a psychologist! 😉

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