COSTUME: About A Gingham History

A test pinafore of all-blue with gingham trim and off-white blouse

Ever wonder what happens to a costume after a story has been told or a movie has been made or decades have gone by? What makes people so fascinated that they want to dress like characters from movies? A movies history, careful costume development or it may simply be the imagination developed while watching.

For decades, the world believed Dorthy Gale embodied what dreams were made of and imaginations should aspire to; the Wizard of Oz is a story that will forever be told over and over – even in the spirit of Halloween.

A little history on the costume we all love…

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July’s Book of the Month: Orange is the New Black

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for our July book of the month.

By one vote, Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for July is Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman.  Take a minute to see what this book.


ORANGE-IS-THE-NEW-BLACK-WIKI_Book_Cover_01With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.

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Congratulations Piper Kerman for becoming Mocha Girl Read book of the month for July 2015.

Feel free to leave comments and thoughts here as you are reading the book. I’m really looking forward to reading this book and hearing what everyone thinks of it.

Keep the pages turning ladies!

30 Day Book Challenge



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Loving to read is what bonds us together. Sharing our experiences and encounters about one book, one title, one plot or perhaps a reflection in what we’ve read is what could keep us involved. The books we read are in part a reflection of our interest and indirectly a safe space we all love to visit. So, in light of that safe haven we present a challenge!  [Read more…]

Time to Vote for June Book of the Month


Book of the Month!

(Books Currently on the New York Times Bestsellers List (2014))

Let’s Rock the Vote!  For the month of June we are going to read a book that has been and is currently on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

As always there are some really great titles up for vote this time.

Here are the Rules for Voting.

1. You may vote for three (3) books.

2. All members get to vote only once.

3. Last day to vote will be May 19, 2014. (11:00pm Los Angeles time)

4. The book with the most votes wins.  But if there is a tie there will be a 48 hour death match. The two or three books will go into a head to head competition for only 48 hours. Whichever book is left standing (with the most votes) wins!

Below the poll you will find the title of the books linked to a brief description.  Now… may the best book win!!

The Book Thief by by Markus Zusak

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

The Fault in Our Stars by  John Green

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight

Thrive by Arianna Huffington


January’s Book of the Month: Divergent

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7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner.

Mocha Girl Read first book of 2014 and January’s Book of the Month is Divergent by Veronica RothTake a minute to see what this book and the author are all about along with the upcoming movie trailer.


divergent-book-cover-thumb-350xauto-55748In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Meet the Author: Veronica Roth

21cdd6b1a03e0a7f0235a6.L._V135373240_SX200_Veronica Roth is only 24, so her bio will be short. She’s from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT, her YA dystopian thriller (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011!), while she was supposed to be doing homework. This was a decidedly good choice that will unfortunately make it difficult for her to someday lecture her future children on how important it is to get your homework done.

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Feel free to leave comments and thoughts here as you are reading the book. I’m really looking forward to reading this book and hearing what everyone thinks of it.

Keep the pages turning!