February 11, 2016

{Bookish} Style Files: Love is in the Air

I've always loved February for how it constantly reminds me of the importance of love - and not just in a romantic sense. I'm talking about how it's wonderful to love others and to be loved in return, in the sense of family, friends and yes, okay, romance. Whether you celebrate Valentine's or are heartily opposed to such commercial things, there is one thing we can all agree on: the joy of a cute outfit. I'm bringing you three dresses I'd wear, inspired by three different love stories that I can heartily recommend.

If you want a love story on the lighter side, I really enjoyed Isla and the Happily Ever After from Stephanie Perkins. One of the reasons why this book worked so well for me is that it not only features the lovely, sweet parts of Isla & Josh's romance; it also tackles the difficulties (both self-inflicted and external) that they encounter along the way. It just felt really authentic, and I appreciated the way it emotionally resonated for me. (Plus, the cameos from familiar faces were awesome!) (Dress: Lovely as Lychee Dress in Emerald)

If you're looking for an unconventional love story, After I Do is an excellent choice. Taylor Jenkins Reid just nailed the complications and joys of being in love, specifically within the context of marriage. I love that she's able to showcase a range of emotions - the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. I adore that my perspective on love was challenged and shaped by this read. This is, by far, my favorite novel of hers. (Dress: Wishing Pond Pretty Dress)

If an epic love story is what you're after, I highly recommend checking out A Court of Thorns and Roses. It's a Sarah J. Maas novel that draws inspiration from Beauty and the Beast, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon; if you're familiar with either tale, then you know why I'd say this is an epic romance. While there's a lot of antagonism between Feyre & Tamlin initially, their relationship slowly takes a turn into love - and it's a love they're forced to fight for. (Dress: Ring My Belle Dress)

Which of these dresses is your favorite? Have you read any of these books? 
Share your favorite love stories with me!


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