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Fiction to Fashion: Angelmaker

I just found this totally awesome website that uses books and their covers to create fashion inspiration boards. I just LOVE this idea. So I decided to create one for the incredibly badass book by Nick Harkaway that I finished a few days ago. Angelmaker is a little bit steampunk, a little bit art deco, and a lot of classy criminal cool (yes, that is a thing; read the book). I started working on a fashion board for the hardcover and ended up with one for the paperback as well.

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The Kensington Satchel | $198 at Madewell
Citizens of Humanity Corduroy Jeans in Cumin | $95 at Piperlime
Like a Boss-y Jacket | $180 at ModCloth
Bumble Honey Bee Entomology Earrings | $28 at Etsy
Sabine Boudoir Sequin Cami | $75 at Piperlime
Steve Madden Troopa Boots | $100 at Piperlime
Steampunk Clockwork Ring | $145 at Etsy

What I love about the era that Angelmaker inspires is its decadence, its boldness. Fashion of the time wasn’t afraid to wear black and brown in the same outfit or pair gold and silver accessories. Below is the fashion board I put together for the paperback edition:

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Tartine Satchel | $325 at J. Crew
Sabine Pear Shaped Drop Earrings | $22 at Piperlime
20 Gauge Thin Winchester Brass Bullet Necklace | $25 at Etsy
Rhyme Los Angeles Studded Vegan Leather Jacket | $89 at Piperlime
Chinese Laundry Danger Zone Cap Toe Pumps in Jade | $89 at Piperlime
Fan Favorite Dress | $53 at ModCloth

Nick Harkaway’s crime-filled adventure novel is sharp, innovative, and well-told. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, complex though it seemed at times, and some of the images were so clear in my mind, I felt like I was watching a movie (on that note, a movie version of this story would be killerrrr). I recommend it to fans of tommy guns, smart, sensual women, blind pugs, despicable Asian villains, clockmakers, trains, espionage, leagues of classy criminals, underground London, and automata. Yeah, I know.


Well, I certainly planned for my next shoe purchase to be a totally amazing pair of boots, but I couldn’t help myself.  The stylish powers of a pair of black and white t-strap pumps were just to much to resist.  I mean, really, how could I not?

you understand

I never have any money, and this is exactly why.  Oh well.  I’m young, right?

Fall Shoes

ModCloth is definitely one of my favorite places to buy clothes, but the fundamental issue with the whole system is that there is no physical store.  I know in this day and age that an entirely online shop can thrive (i.e. ModCloth), but it’s always such a major frustration to get a new dress in the mail, and try it on, only to find that it’s too big or it just doesn’t fit right or it doesn’t look the way you imagined it.  And don’t get me wrong: most of the time, I think ModCloth has done nearly everything that it could do to prevent these sorts of disappointments, i.e. precise measurements, reliable buyer reviews, detailed descriptions, and most importantly, free returns, but there is also another consolation I have discovered.  Shoes.  I have found that for some reason I can gage which shoes are going to fit and which are going to look best on me.  And the best part is that while ModCloth is occasionally a little price-y for the quality of apparel they sell, their shoes fall into a surprisingly moderate range.  So, in my anticipation of autumn, I have gathered a sampling of a few of my favorites available so far this season.  Enjoyyy.


Yes, I am very aware that this first pair is pretty absurd.  But I’m trying to cover the spectrum.  So let’s move on.  Below, incredibly memorable pair of statement-makers.

little bit of the got-run-over look

These next two pairs are a little more formal, I think.  The red ones are so festive, and the heels are just plain business fabulous.

modern day Jo March

these mean business

These ankle boots are fantastic.  So chic and clean-cut.  And they look comfortable, which is a definite plus.

o, ankle boots!

The next two pairs are big favorites.  First of all, the platforms are super sexy and I just love the color.  And the flats are just adorable (even though I probably have 4 pairs of brown flats).

madly in love

add to my collection of cute brown flats

And lastly, these sweet old boots.

19th century, anyone?

Like I said though, this is a teensy cross-section of the pairs I have my eye on.  Fall is my favorite time of year, and a good part of that opinion comes from the cool fashion that accompanies it.  I promise to post any outfits I put together with these in them.

A great friend of mine once said of me: “Life is a costume party,” and I’ve kept it in mind ever since.  Please feel free to make this your motto too; it’s going pretty well over here.