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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.


I am a great lover of beautiful things, and I’m not very discerning when it comes to types of beauty – I love beautiful stories, beautiful words, moments, scenes, cuisine, landscapes, art, music, people, and clothes (to name a few). And I like to share the beautiful things I discover in this world. As they open windows onto my life and filter light into my world, I hope they can do the same for someone else.

So, I have no idea what it stands for, but BHLDN is my new favorite click-through-and-drool-over-things-I-can’t-have site. It’s mostly a wedding website, but the jewelry and shoes and dresses and things aren’t necessarily bridal, although they are still rather expensive, hence the looking and not buying (yet). As you may be able to guess, the first section that caught my eye was the shoes. And just look – beautiful.

young at heart

contrasting patterns/textures

fall-colored t-straps... yes, please

mad men(!)

And of course, the jewelry is lovely too:

oh-so feminine

ribbons, huzzah!

The dresses and gowns are incredibly gorgeous as well, but I’m not getting married, so I do my best to steer clear. Also, see their fascinators. Can’t. Get. Enough.

Outfit for the Day

Unfortunately, I have had a lot of time to write informally because my formal writing has been requiring much of my free time lately… lots going on in my little world this week, some of which I hope I’ll be able to expound upon later, but until then, I’ll just say this: I am feeling fabulous today, and it could have to do with the fact that I’m now exercising nearly 6 times a week, or the fact that the weather is finally beautiful again, but I think it may have more to do with the fact that I’m wearing a new dress. This dress:

quite lovely

And this little guy as my jewelry for the afternoon:

isn't he cute?

The dress is from ModCloth (surprise), and the necklace is from Francesca’s, another favorite of mine. I’m also sporting black tights, black ballet flats, and a red cardigan. Today is a good day.

Shopping for the Occasion

It’s strange, I know, but as much as I love fashion and adore dressing up, I sort of loathe shopping. I’m a priss about shuffling through racks and racks of hangers, and I hate trying on clothes, one after the other. It’s exhausting to me, and quite honestly, no fun at all. So to significantly decrease my time and effort spent on such a dreadful activity, I’ve turned to online shopping for about 70% of everything books, music, or clothing that I buy (and for about as long as I’ve had my own checking account now).

This, of course, has its pros and cons too. No, I can’t try on clothes or shoes before I buy them; yes, this occasionally results in having to send them back. Yes, there’s MUCH more variety and choice involved, but no, I am not tempted to spend every penny on clothes. Yes, I can shop pretty much whenever and wherever  please, but actually, I’ve come up with a semi-workable solution to that problem (yes, being able to shop whenever and wherever is a problem; one could browse her life away!): I shop for occasions. With the obvious exception of wardrobe essentials and seasonal staples, I only buy clothes or shoes for specific events happening in my life. I mean, these events can be as small as “I lost three pounds; I’m celebrating” or as major as a friend’s wedding, a big party, an important meeting at work. It makes the outfit meaningful from that moment on, but not so special that the outfit can’t be worn again and again.

My example for today is the dress I bought for Valentine’s Day this year. It came from ModCloth, which is a site that is easy to browse but slightly more difficult to buy from (and get it right); however, I am confident this little number will be a killer addition to my closet, and more importantly, to our V-Day dinner date.

Without further ado, “The Missing the Pacific Dress:”

Ima look goooood

Also, I’ll probably wear it with the black peep-toe heels I bought for my boyfriend’s band’s NYE show. See the picture I posted of them a while back here.

I just ordered it today, so it’ll probably be on my doorstep Friday afternoon. Maybe I’ll post a follow-up with pictures from the evening. And now, we wait.