OK, it's been a bit of a tough summer here in Obscurity. But appreciating the summer just as it is, along with a dose of humor, always helps.

Because everyone is talking about London right now, a short list of fiction that features the city:

George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London. Link.

Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, probably my favorite of the bunch. Link.

Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. Link.

Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry. Link.
Happily, oxblood is the hot new color for fall.

Lizzy Disney leather cuff from Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

Aandd Academy Satchel in oxblood, Assembly New York.

And you need a lipstick to go with that? Ellis Faas Milky Lips L202 (dark blood red):


  1. Hey, all accessories aside, I'm sorry it's a tough time.

    Oh, and that Gaiman cover? Awful looking.

  2. I wholeheartedly recommend China Mieville's Un Lun Dun -- verbal/visual fireworks and nicely subverts the feminism-as-self-fulfilment- of-heroine trope too (ooh check me out, straddling your blogposts)