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Skinny Legs and All, trying out a #booklook

by Kim Latreille

April 21, 2020


Skinny Legs and All, trying out a #booklook

When #booklook started showing up in my Twitter feed during the pandemic, I couldn’t go far for inspiration. Luckily, my bookcase is full of cherished favourites

Anyone who knows me knows I had to give the #booklook trend a whirl.

Tell me, what is more fun than expressing the love you have for a great book right on your face? The answer is nothing. Especially when you have a bucketful of makeup leftover from years spent working for fashion magazines.

Finding a book for my look was easier than I thought it would be. Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins jumped out at me, not because I have skinny legs and purple eyeshadow, but because the theme of the book is excellent for anyone being made to sit inside for the good of all facing a global pandemic.

Here we have a book based in a New York City that is suffering a kind of apocalypse where folks are confronted with issues of race, politics, money, and love.

The characters in the book include a young waitress, a welder, a sock, a can of beans, and a dessert spoon, all come to life speaking their wisdom and philosophizing their opinions. 

Picking this book off the shelf, I couldn’t help but think about how in our current global state of isolation and conflicting opinions, the talking can of beans and dessert spoon in the novel slightly resemble the current can of beans and dessert spoon yammering away on national television philosophizing their collective doctoral thoughts on virology and transmitting disease. Even physically the characters kind of resemble each other, if you put your imagination to it.

Combine them with the already famous talking sock, @EdtheSock, and you’ve got some good television.

In any case, a terrific book. Very fanciful, lighthearted, but thoughtful. A great read for a time like this. Hard to put down.

My #booklook photo for Skinny Legs and All is featured above. It turned out okay. I'm definitely going to try again. My less-than-pro tip? Wet your make-up brushes, and make sure your colours are bright enough for photo-taking later. Have some fun! We did.


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