Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Whimsical Wednesday

I thought I'd add a little whimsy to your Wednesday 
with my take on Matilda -- Roald Dahl's beloved bookworm -- all grown up!
The Cottage / The Companion / The Collection
Modern-day Matilda resides in a charming country cottage with her beloved pooch. She likes to poke fun at her past and has a wicked sense of humor -- hence the dog's name, Trunch (Trunchbull + Bulldog, anyone?). Ever the enthusiast for great literature, she collects books -- both old and new. She leads a very colorful life and travels often. Just as Dahl's book promised, "she went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling." She travelled all over the world, but this time, she left her books and English village behind. Wanderlust was once a figment of her imagination, and it has since become her reality. A firm believer that you can have both "books and looks," she fancies a fun frock and bold accessories. A self-proclaimed paperphile, she collects stationery and writes Miss Honey often. Most nights, you can find her snuggled up with Trunch, a spot of tea, and the company of a good book. She lives her life by this motto: "If you are good, life is good."

Get Matilda's Modern Look:
Headbands: Betty Bow / Silk Dupioni / Beverly Bows
Necklaces: Monotone Beaded Necklace / Tessellate Necklace / Elements of Style Necklace
Fancy Frocks: Jade to Order Dress / Signature Shade Dress / Simple Dinner Dress
Earrings: Sweet Zinnia Studs / Crystal Galaxy Earrings / Bloom Studs 
Handbags: Striped Canvas Clutch / The Importance of Being Earnest Book Clutch / Traveler's Clutch
Shoes: Simon / Jordi Ballet Flat / Metallic Ballet Flat

Colorful Dictionaries / Library Cards / English Cottage / Isaac Salazar / Library Book Mug / Stacks of Books
"So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone."
By now, you're already aware of my love for Mr. Dahl, so it's no surprise that I'm a huge fan of Matilda. My sister and I loved reading the book and watching the movie when we were young. I think we cherished the fact that this child protagonist was a super nerd and prodigy -- just another instance when the smart and studious girl prevails! The idea behind today's post is credited to my dear sister, Aubrey. I received an excited text from her about a week ago proposing the concept, and I was so tickled by the idea. It's fun to think about characters cherished during childhood and to imagine what they might be like if they matured, just as we have. I immediately started thinking about all of the great possibilities for the post. I hope this is what Aubrey had in mind!

Have a wonderful and whimsical Wednesday!

P.S. Do you have any ideas for future posts? Do tell.
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  1. brilliant. absolutely brilliant!

  2. I am not nearly as creative as you, so I don't have any ideas for future posts, I just wanted to say that this one is so clever!!!

  3. Nora & Faye, Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I must admit that I was pretty excited about the idea for today's post:) It was just SO SO much fun. I loved it!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it as well.

  4. I think you just have way too much fun on your posts...:) Is that even possible? I'm always introduced to new things via your it!

  5. Haha! I know, it's so much fun, Charity!!! I just love when I get a good idea. I get somewhat carried away with it:)

  6. Oh my goodness, what fun! I especially love the brightly colored dictionaries...I recently found a bright mustard yellow vintage thesaurus and bright orange vintage dictionary and now I think I really need a pink one....

  7. Confession: That movie is one of my all-time favorites. I just loved Miss Honey, too.

    My favorite line from the movie is when the dad (Danny DeVito) hesitates about sending Matilda to school. "Who would sign for the packages?!" Hilarious.

  8. Ashley, I love your blog! I would love to see your take on other books, like The Great Gatsby. You are always introducing me to new sites to shop on. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to every day!

  9. i love this post. Maybe because Matilda was one of my favorite childhood books. You are always so creative!
    xx- Ali

  10. This turned out so adorable, Ash:) You're a genius!!! That cottage is amazing!!!!! Love you:)

  11. P.s. that last comment was from me (Aubrey...your sister) haha...I'm still trying to figure this whole commenting thing out! Sometimes I feel like a geriatric dealing with this damned confusing technology!!!!