The Smell of Old Books

Blouse: Thrifted (Express)
Sweater: Thrifted (Merona)
Skirt: c/o StyleWe
Shoes: Target (old) 
Broach: Vintage
(Photos by Kenny @blindvisualsmedia)

Have you ever walked into an old library or book store and been greeted by the aroma of books? I remember a friend once telling me that she loved the smell of books and would open them up to inhale their aroma before buying one. I don't think I am that obsessed with the smell of books, but I will admit that they have an aura about them that is all their own......one that smells of history and aged wisdom.  

Books are such precious things because they bind stories together, teach us of the past, take us on adventure, introduce us to new people, and teach us lessons we might never learn in real life. I might not be as much of a book worm as I would like to be, but I do appreciate books a GREAT deal and always make it a mission of mine to find the oldest book wherever I am (I even own a few hundred year old books). It just so happens that our library at college houses a number of old books, and they always seem like such treasures when I run my fingers over their spines and open their covers to find their publish date. I've never once gone to the library to study, but I have gone there to wander through the vast array of isles and read the many titles that sit amongst the shelves. 

A couple of weeks ago I was finally able to make my dreams of taking pictures in a library come true when I met up with a fellow RA & photographer to snap a few pictures amongst the books. I thought that a library was the perfect setting to wear this Scottish plaid skirt from StyleWe that I absolutely LOVE! I actually call this ensemble my teacher look (I wore it the first day of Methods this semester) because it combines a scholarly plaid with a classic button up and navy cardigan.....tell me that's not a teacher look! But a teacher also fits perfectly into a library:) 

This skirt is literally the most AMAZING skirt I have ever owned because it's quality is incredible and its cut is impeccable. If there were a skirt that fit me like a gem and that was so perfectly made for me, this would be it! While I usually wear this skirt in the winter and fall I decided it needed one last hurrah before the warmer months, and so it took a visit to the library. 

Do you like the smell of old books?
Are you a library person?

-Madison

13 comments

  1. I adore my library. I love being able to order tons of book and pick them up.

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    1. YAASSSSS! That's the best thing ever:)
      -Madison

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  2. I really like this photo shoot! The teacher outfit (in splendid colors too) and books are a perfect combination. I am indeed a library person.

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  3. This is so pretty Madison! Looks like a step back in time to the 50s. I honestly didn't think of it as a teacher outfit, but it totally matches :) It's a lovely skirt and the feel of this shoot totally fits the ambiance of a library.

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    1. Thanks Chrisy! I kind of felt like a 1950's Belle in this outfit:)
      -Madison

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  4. Just Lovely Madison!!!😍😍😍 I love your skirt 😍😍😍. You remind me of Marian from The Music Man. ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. Last year I had the opportunity to work in the library at the school I work at. Yes there is a special aroma that books have and amazingly so many styles and authors that take you to so many places what an adventure! I do like your skirt perfect for a trip to the library. Stephanie

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  6. That outfit is a winner. I love that skirt. I do like the smell of old books. I do like libraries but I mostly buy my books. My sisters and I have some old books from our childhood. Those pictures in the library are first rate, thanks for sharing.
    Marilyn

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  7. I so enjoy going to the library and bookstores as well. Books are very special to me. Your blog post is lovely, Madison:)
    heather
    https://heather-style.blogspot.com

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  9. This is the absolute most lovely shoot <3

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