This crop top used to be a dress (like two years ago). There was a stain on the skirt, so I scissored it off. The hem is ragged, but I kinda like it. And I absolutely adore the lace sailor collar!
You can see a bit of my tattoo peeking out underneath. Here's one of the artist's preliminary sketches, to show you the general design:
// Avelino de Avila //
"Lo. Lee. Ta." It's a quote from the first page of Lolita, which is probably my favorite book. The subject material is difficult, but the narrative and characters are complex and wonderfully written. I actually prefer to listen to the story rather than read it; Jeremy Irons narrates excellently. But Amazon's blurb for the audio rendition offends me very deeply [trigger warning for sexual violence & apologism]:
When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause célèbre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov's wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the twentieth century's novels of record not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story almost shocking in its beauty and tenderness.1) Humbert Humbert is a child rapist. Describing that as "unusual erotic predilections", as if his pedophilia were a harmless quirk, is despicable. 2) Lolita is NOT a love story. In what world is it love when a 36-year-old man abducts and abuses a barely pubescent girl? Characterizing that as romance rather than crime is almost as despicable as Humbert's "predilections" themselves. The book is about narcissism and mental illness. It scares me that people read Lolita and come away swooning. I worry for those people's daughters.
Okay. That's my rant for the day.