Fashion Friday 6/7/13

This week we have a post from guest blogger Laine over at you do doodle too.

It’s prom season, and she’s posted about making her adolescent daughter a TARDIS DRESS.  Yes, you read that correctly, Dr. Who fans, it’s a sneaky-just-for-those-of-us-in-the-know dress perfect for dancing.

Here are some of the raw ingredients.  More pictures can be found on Laine's post.
Here are some of the raw ingredients. More pictures can be found on Laine’s post.

Here’s the link to her post.  And while you’re there, of course, check out the rest of her blog.  She’s also a dedicated rêveuse and generally creative fabulosa.


If you’d like to contribute a guest post for our Fashion Friday series, please check out some of our other installments and email me your idea at with “FASHION FRIDAY PROPOSAL” in the subject line.  Thanks!

Periodic Sappho’s Torque Best Commenter Awards

A little over a year ago, I earned a Best Commenter Award from the lovely SJ and Meg over at Snobbery.  It was a delightful moment because I hadn’t been part of the blogosphere long but felt like I had, at least, done something useful enough to connect with other people.  And without a doubt, connections with other people, especially writers and avid readers, has been one of the best parts about having a blog.  I have loved that.

Anyway, I thought this concept was fun and paid the award forward, as I was supposed to do, and it occurred to me that I could continue having a Best Commenter Awards recognition on my own blog regularly.  I don’t know how often it will be — annual?  semi-annual?  quarterly? — but I’ve come up with my own badge and my own set of interview questions (with SJ’s blessing, since the format, though not its content, is shamelessly stolen from Snobbery’s awards).

So here’s how this works:  I will list the award recipients below along with the interview the recipients are asked answer.  We at Sappho’s Torque love and appreciate all our commenters, and winning this most excellent honor is based, very simply, on how much one participates in this blog.  All recipients should please answer the interview questions in the comments section of this post, then post the Best Commenter Awards on their blogs and choose their top 5 commenters to pass the honor and the interview along to, if they so choose, and thanks for playing.  (If they do not so choose, well, boo.  Frowny face.)

So without further ado, here they are!

best commenter badge

Our top 5 commenters (and their blogs, because this time the top 5 are all bloggers as well) are…

*  kvennarad

*  sj

*  David Jón Fuller

*  The Byronic Man

*  laine


And here are the interview questions:

  1. What was the first food you ever learned how to make?
  2. What’s your favorite movie, and why?
  3. Do you own a melon baller?
  4. DC or Marvel or indie?
  5. If you had the time to be a novelist, would you want to be?
  6. What’s your favorite fashion accessory?  Would you be interested in sharing it with us on a Fashion Friday post?
  7. What is the best book you’ve ever read that you really didn’t enjoy while you were reading it?
  8. What are you listening to today?
  9. Do you remember when and how you first discovered Sappho’s Torque?  Will you please tell us the story?
  10. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  11. What’s your preferred variety of Munchkin card?
  12. Complete this lyric:  “If I had $1,000,000, I would buy you…”


And that’s it!  Have a good weekend.

Fashion Friday 3/15/13

Today’s installment of Fashion Friday has been written by guest blogger Laine over at you do doodle too.  She’s a dedicated rêveuse and otherwise just a wonderful human being in every way.  Her blog is fun to read, but she’s a little nervous about expanding her audience.  Let’s give her a nice welcome, shall we?

Here’s the link to her guest post today, which she’s published on her own blog as well.  In it, she discusses how to turn an ordinary item that so many of us need into an actual fashion accessory and her recent mild tribulations in trying to do so.

Here's a photo of Laine's jewelry stand.  Hint:  the accessory she's written about isn't on here.
Here’s a photo of Laine’s jewelry stand. Hint: the accessory she’s written about isn’t on here.

Feel free to browse around some of her other posts as well, particularly some of her book reviews and other goodies under the “mind” category of her archives.  If you enjoyed my review of the Twilight situation, you will probably also enjoy her response to it.

Until next time…  🙂



January Rêveuse

Notes to self: red shoes don't show up well in ankle-deep vines, red lipstick does not show up at all if it's sheer or pale, and your husband will take one -- and only one -- picture if it's cold outside and he didn't put on a jacket first.
Notes to self: red shoes don’t show up well in ankle-deep vines, red lipstick does not show up at all if it’s sheer or pale, and your husband will take one — and only one — picture if it’s cold outside and he didn’t put on a jacket first.

Thanks also to Laine over at you do doodle too, as always, for bringing the Rêveur Revelation Fashion Project to life in her part of the country.  And thanks to everyone else who’s doing it as well, regardless of whether you post your pictures!

If you have no idea what this post is really all about, click here.

The 13th of the Month Approaches…

…and you know what THAT means:  Dreamers’ Day!

Those of you who have been reading along for a while know that back in August, I read Erin Morgenstern’s exceptional debut novel, The Night Circus.  It profoundly impacted me in all the best ways, and I wrote about it here on this blog, and then I decided that in response to this beautiful story, I would dress a certain way on the 13th of every month.  I invited everyone I knew to do it with me.

I am thrilled to say that people ARE doing it.  Friends, acquaintances, even people I don’t actually know…  Believe it or not, my blog has readers in sixty countries now — a fact that utterly blows my mind — and I keep discovering here and there more people who are reading the book and falling in love with it as I did.  In fact, it feels as if a charming little community is blossoming around this story, unfolding like paper stars in a cascade across the reading world, each one yet another person who has been persuaded to pick up the book and come to cherish it as we all have.

This Sunday is the next Rêveurs Day.  I would really love it if all those who are participating would send me pictures of themselves dressed as Night Circus dreamers so I can share them on my blog, or if you’re posting it on your own blog (the fabulous and lovely Laine at idodoodletoo is doing so), please link back to me here.

Let’s see if we can grow this delightful fashion movement a little more, shall we?

Une Rêveuse

Happy 13th of the month!  Here are my rêveurs photos for September, taken today at school.  In the second one, I’m posing for a Book Fair promotional photo; I’ve recommended The Night Circus this year as my Faculty Favorite.

You can’t see my awesome red jewelry, but I MADE MOST OF IT. 🙂

Normally it’s difficult to choose which book I’ve read over the last ten months is the best to recommend, and I often end up recommending several.  But this year, although I read many excellent novels, the one which affected me most deeply was an easy choice.

Book Fair photo for NC
We’re supposed to somehow enact some portion of the books we recommend to help increase enthusiasm for Book Fair. Not that our school needs it THAT much. People here love Book Fair! We’re so lucky. 🙂

Be sure also to check out my friend Laine’s blog, in which she also today posted “Je rêve” and a delightful picture.

If you’d like to post links in the comments section to your own pictures, fantastic, and if you’d like instead to email me your pictures and let me post them, I’m totally open to that.

Cheers!  🙂