A compelling read.

I love it when I pick up a new read and can’t tear myself away from it.  There is no better way to spend some down time than with a fabulous book.  American Psycho is just that – I truly can’t put it down.  Yes it is a controversial book, containing scenes of graphic violence and sex, but the narrative is breathtaking.  It was published in 1991 and is set in a narcissistic, greedy world of New York investment bankers (think Wall Street) and their ‘hardbody’ girlfriends.  Brett Easton Ellis’ talent lies in his ability to set the scene and and make it tangible through paragraphs filled with adjectives and detailed descriptions.  For a brand lover like myself it is heaven to be able to visualize every item a character is wearing, down to their Oliver Peoples.  It’s a book I’ll be sad to finish and I highly recommend it if you can stomach a few grisly scenes!

The Arctic blast has reached us here in Atlanta so time for some cashmere and fur (though fake!). I was hoping to change it up a bit and take the tripod outside this morning, but bbrrrrrr you’ll have to wait for that!  The jeans are my old faithful Gap black Always Skinny jeans – unfortunately my ability to describe the comfort of these jeans is not on par with the descriptive talents of Ellis – but believe me they are probably the most comfortable fitting jeans I own.  The jumper is a Boden cashmere roll neck from a couple of years ago but they still have plenty of options in their current clearance section.  The Dickers are out again and Net-a-porter.com has just received all their new stock so be quick!!  The belt is Gucci, which now fits perfectly hooray!


Before heading out I threw on the relatively new Forever21 jacket – I think these fit to size and this is a Medium.  It’s really pretty good quality for Forever21 and even has a suede trim with pink lining – very cute.  Unfortunately I can no longer see it online to link to.


And here’s the inspiration for the outfit, the splendid Ms. Moss:


Let me know if you pick up American Psycho and tell me the best books you have read recently – I have a couple of transatlantic flights approaching soon!


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  1. Have you read The American Wife (Curtis Sittenfield I think). Apparently the character is based on Laura Bush. Loved it! Good meaty read. I recently finished JK Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy which I also really enjoyed.

    • Oh I’d forgotten about JK Rowling’s book – great idea – thanks for the tip! And The American Wife sounds intriguing too – I want to read the book based on Hilary Clinton when that gets written!

  2. The exercise is paying off, you look really slim in these pics. Loved the last few posts detailing your life so far. Best book I read on hols this year was ‘The Moment’ by Douglas Kennedy, could not put it down and even snarled at husband and kids when they wanted to go out or even speak to me I was so absorbed.

    • Thanks for the recommendation – I’ll hunt it out! I love books and still prefer reading a proper book to reading it on the iPad.

    • Oh please – not sure it is that dramatic but everything certainly fastens as it should again instead of having to lie on the bed!

  3. Have not read american psycho and have not seen the movie though I think I have the dvd. I am so engrossed in the Game of Thrones series on book 5 at the mo,love it

  4. I’m reading the One Hundred Year Old Man at the moment on the Kindle. I’m only 6% through but it’s a fun read and it only cost 20p to download. I gave up on Vanity Fair – I think that was a tad ambitious.

    I finally got a tripod – now it’s annoying me trying to get it the right place and position – you know what – I’m just going to stick with what I do best – point and click in the mirror!

    I was in your shop today – All Saints. Lots of nice things in there!

    • I read Anna Karenina a while ago – that was tough going for me – I need to pick it up again – or watch the movie:) Trying to stay away from the All Saints site – will look when I am back in Spitalfields:)

  5. I highly recommend The Hare with Amber Eyes. I felt smarter reading it and it’s so full of history and truth. Just a stunning read. For a more fun page turner, did you ever get to read Gone Girl? That may have been my favorite from the whole year!

    • Thanks for the recommendations – will hunt them out – almost done with American Psycho!

  6. I have enough trouble reading blogs, sadly I no longer have time for books and can’t read on planes as I have to get drunk before I can get on one! Loving the leopard jacket, need to get mine out, haven’t worn it yet this year x

    • LOL I don’t have to but still like to before I get on a plane:) I’m trying to wear the winter coats before spring arrives here!

  7. Hi there! Thanks for the review on American Psycho, this is one book I really would like to read! Love your all black look, you can’t fail to look stylish in this type of outfit!

    • Thank you – very easy to wear too except when the dogs decide they want to play – dog hairs and black cashmere don’t mix!

  8. You do look great. Was it diet and exercise? I know you said you were going to the gym (instead of running, I believe). Whatever you did, the results are wonderful (although you looked wonderful before, too). I don’t get to read as much during the school year, because my kids are busy in the evenings with homework/projects. My 14-year old is a big reader though, and suggested that I read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It was one of the best books that I have ever read (it is usually in the young adult section at bookstores and libraries, but it is not what is typical of young adult books). Tissues are required.

    • Thank you! Diet and exercise – I’m afraid it’s true weight loss is 80% food and 20% exercise…I’ve been doing weights and more cross training – bike, elliptical and running – trying to mix it up! Will definitely look out the book – I remember reading ‘I am David’ which was one of my favorite all time reads – I’m pretty sure that was written for teenagers and both my Mum and I loved it.

  9. Goodness, I haven’t read anything (other than fashion mags or kids bedtime stories) for absolutely ages 🙁 I must fix that. It’s one thing (or prob the only thing) I miss now that I’m no longer commuting to work by train.

    Love the leopard! Great take on Ms. Moss’ outfit. I really must add some more animal-print into my wardrobe. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    Erika @ thislittlepretty.blogspot.com xx

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