Monday, June 25, 2012

inspiration monday: if you give a bird a blog

the inspiration
michele trachtenberg
megan bird



dress ~ TJ Maxx
vest ~thrifted
shoes ~ Target
earrings ~ Dots

nora bird



dress~ H&M handed down from megan
vest~ vintage, thrifted
bracelets~ thrifted
tank~ ???
shoes ~ Steve Madden

one of the reasons that i'm happy my kids are out of the toddler stage is the books. i get it that children's books are meant to be easy and nonsensical, but some of them are just downright ridiculous and frustrating if you truly think about them. 
take curious george for example. first of all, how is this man allowed to own a monkey? (i guess the real first of all would be why does he always wear a full-body yellow outfit?) secondly, why is he such a bad monkey owner? i get it that george is curious and he is prone to getting into trouble, but shouldn't the man in the yellow hat have learned his lesson after the first monkey-related disaster? doesn't he know that he shouldn't leave george alone? fooled him once, shame on you, george...fooled him twice and he's just a bad monkey dad.
then there are the carl books. do you know these books? if not, they are a series of books where a mom is apparently so busy that she must leave her child with carl, their pet black lab. that is bad parenting 101. and somehow, carl and the baby get into all kinds of trouble, but are home just in time for the mom to get home. and she is always so happy..."good dog, carl." she says at the end of every book. yeah, maybe he is a good dog, but he's not a good babysitter. and you're not a good mom because you thought it was ok to leave your baby with a dog!
i could go on. and yes, like i mentioned, i know they are just books and i shouldn't think too much about them. but after reading them 200 times over and over ("are you sure you want to read that one again?" "yes!! yes!! again, again!") i tend to get a little over-analytical. but then again, the children's books that i do love make no sense, either. (why would you give a mouse a cookie or let a pigeon drive a bus?)
and that, my friends, is my rant on children's books.
have a great monday!
xoxo,
two birds


43 comments:

  1. Both dresses are so cute! Love the colours!

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  2. Hmm...I must admit that I never read that much into children's books. Maybe their purpose is to propel children's creativity to greater heights?

    On another note, I love Megan's TJ Maxx dress! Love the colour. But then again, I also love Nora's dress, very colourful. Makes me happy just looking at it. :)

    Have a great week ahead, ladies!

    Cheers,
    Kate
    shopnomiji.blogspot.com

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  3. I am SO bummed that I don't own a single maxi dress! I always figured they wouldn't really work on my 5'2" frame. Oh well, we're heading to our favourite thrift store's 50% off sale later today - I know what's on my wish list. :)

    As for the books, those two series in particular are some of the books that make me the MOST mental. Even my 4 year old has started asking why "the man" leaves George alone when he ALWAYS does something naughty! (And have you ever watched Max & Ruby? Don't even get me started.)

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  4. I think the maxi + denim vest is so effortless cool and summer ready. You both look so pretty in these - maxis are the BEST! Oh and organic wine = no hangover? MUST TRY ASAP!

    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  5. I wore a maxi + vest combo this weekend as well and LOVE it! That pink maxi is beyond gorgeous; such a great color with your complexion.

    I know what you mean about children's books - there are some questionable plots and situations. I definitely laughed at your curious george paragraph... so true! :D

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  6. Love the maxi dresses! I was originally going to wear my vest, but went for the newly thrifted jacket instead. The vest would have been better for the hot weather. You both look gorgeous :)

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  7. You guys look so cute! I was debating between floral and striped maxi and I went more literal... darn!

    I have to agree with you about the Carl books- the parents are totally negligent, but Carl is the best dog ever! I think he's a great babysitter! He always makes sure the baby gets fed and has fun- once he even double baby-sits and watches a puppy too if I remember correctly! :)

    --TS

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  8. I love your maxi dresses, ladies. Love, love love. I have an issue with movie scenes where homes get wrecked or furniture is broken, etc. All I can think the entire time is, "Omg! It is going to cost a fortune to fix that! How will they ever recover?!" I know it is just a movie but I just can't stop myself!

    Hannah Tattoos and Pearls

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  9. i love the maxi dresses! i feel too short to pull them off though

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  10. both of you look beautiful in your dresses!! and kids books - some are soo strange - definitely can't be too analyzed. : )

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  11. I LOVE with those maxi dresses - you both look gorgeous! have you guys heard of Walter the Farting Dog books? HILARIOUS :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  12. Oh the philosophy of children's books. I used to work in a library and on slow nights we sat around and analyzed tons of books, some of them do make you scratch your head a bit, like what are we teaching kids here...

    Love your dresses and that you both wore little vests with them, you both look so cute!

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  13. You all look great. Like the red maxi with the jacked cute! Tell me about some of those kids books! lol. So there is a poem by Sheil Silverstein about picking your nose and when you pick your nose the snail will bite your finger..well, I wish that would happen to my daughter so she would quit picking her nose...lol. Her favorite thing to do is pick her nose everytime I turn around people are looking at me like I am crazy..lol
    heathersthriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  14. i love the looks, and i think megan's outfit has finally given me the push i needed to alter a denim jacket i have into a denim vest!

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  15. Ha! I'm the same way about the children's books - especially Curious George! I mean, it seriously baffles me that he always leaves that monkey alone. Of course he's going to get into mischief!

    On another note, I'm loving both the maxis. Gorgeous as ever.

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  16. I love your maxi dresses! You're really making me want to get a denim vest...I tried to thrift one and I couldn't find anything! That's so funny about the childrens' books, I never thought about how ridiculous some of the concepts are.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  17. I love that you both did denim vests instead of jackets, hooray for denim and maxi dresses.

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  18. Cute! Love the look and you both look amazing!

    xoxo,
    Rachel
    Rachel’s Lookbook

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  19. Wow I cant agree more. Even most of Roald Dahl's books. Like George's marvellous medicine and many more just absurdly crazy.
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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  20. Oofta...these maxi dresses are stunners!!! Both of you look so tall and elegant, love that. And your vests are far more stylish and fun that jackets, way to style.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  21. Hahaha...I totally get you on children's books. Sometimes I wonder what these books are really teaching my kids. You both look great, I love the thrifted denim vest!

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  22. Darn it!! I have this post lined up, I could have totally linked today. WELL. I will have to link up tomorrow. :)

    I love both of these outfits! Such a good look!

    Sara
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/

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  23. Both of you are rocking those denim vests! Love 'em!
    Love
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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  24. I love the vests and dresses combo!

    You sound like my son. He has a hard time with fiction when its stretches the boundaries of reality too much. I love the "if you give a _____ a____" but he always ruined it by saying that all these things are impossible because animals cant talk to humans smh...

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  25. I love these dressings - AND that vest!

    We publish children’s books, and i see them lying around a lot. I usually pick them up and go through them. Some of them are really out there... I often wonder how the author came to these ideas. And, how an editor reads them and thinks “YES!!! this is genius!”... ha.

    xo everything-pretty.com

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  26. Ha ha, I love the book rant! There are some really silly kids books out there! There are also lots of good ones too!
    Loving your maxis, pretty colours and I am MOST envious of that rainbow ensemble Nora!

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  27. cute looks girls! I dont know why that guy gets to own a monkey. I know that wouldnt fly nowadays what with all the monkey attacks. I mean curious george seems like a friendly well adjusted monkey but whats gonna happen when he snaps!

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  28. Have you ever heard Brian Reagan's comedy bit on children's books? It's quite funny and along the same line as your rant above.

    I love your maxi dresses, and the choice of vests over jackets for this summer heat. I love Megan's earrings and Nora's great sandals!

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  29. Love both dresses -- and your post has reminded me to appreciate that as a teacher, I have to read aloud a book once, or at the most, twice! I don't know if I could muster up the same enthusiasm on the 100th reading ... :)

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  30. I've noticed this about the Cat in the Hat book. It seems to advocate all kinds of misbehavior while mother is away...

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  31. Love both of your maxi dress with vest looks! I wore a jacket for the pics and put it right back in the closet! ;) Of course I'm afraid that even a vest would have been too much with today's temp of 104!

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  32. I like both maxi dresses. I like buying children's books as gifts, but I'm not sad that I don't have to read them.

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  33. I love that you both wore jean vests! Jean vests are perfect with dresses, and I'm in love with both of these looks!!

    xo,
    Angela
    headtotoechic.blogspot.com

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  34. i wondered how you both were gonna pull off a denim jacket the heat of summer. choosing vests was brilliant! fabulous outfits ladies. the carl books are one of my faves. i know they are unrealistic, & sort of silly. it's all just pretend to me. i like how you can tell any story you want. you make up the words, because they're aren't any words! i would often have the children tell the story from the illustrations. there was no wrong way to read it. :)

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  35. I love both of your takes on the look! The colours in both of your dresses are so vibrant and beautiful xxx

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  36. oh my goodness, I love both. You look amazing. Obsessed. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec I'd love to hear your thoughts on my interview for College Lifestyles magazine. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  37. LOL oh my gosh I laughed so hard at your analysis of kids' books. I have the same thoughts about kids books. Some of it is so perplexing indeed. My daughter loves to read so I get into all of these books with her as well.

    You both look just lovely in your maxi dresses. I LOVE them both!

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  38. I think you guys pulled off the looks perfectly...even better might I add!

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  39. This is a beautiful look on both of you with your long legs. Love! What a wonderful turnout for Inspiration Monday too. Great for both of you. Glad to join the party. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

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  40. love both of these outfits! I especially love that pink maxi--want! xo.

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