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Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

While Etiquette & Espionage is officially not yet out, I was pleased to debut the cover of Curtsies & Conspiracies in my author blog today! As I have done for Etiquette & Espionage I thought I would do some fashion items that seems to match the book cover. Here we go!

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

 First let's start off with things from the past.

 Something for Sophronia's mother, perhaps?

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1842 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
And an amazing broach to go with it:

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1845  Doyle Auctions

Something for Sophronia herself to wear:

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1850-1852 Evening Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art




Something for Alexia to wear in the Parasol Protectorate books.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1874 Afternoon Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And something for underneath.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1884  The Chicago History Museum

Something for Prudence to wear in the Parasol Protectorate Abroad books.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
1900s  The Goldstein Museum of Design
And to carry.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Fan  1900  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

And how about some pretty sparkles?


Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Boucheron Plume necklace

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Harry Winston Skyscraper ring via Harry Winston on Facebook

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Vhernier necklace at vhernier.it
Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Sapphire Ring  Tiffany & Co., 1920s-1930s   Lang Antiques

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Willow Pattern Plate Set Necklace

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
The Rockefeller Sapphire via  Christie’s

Some Modern Looks


Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Zac Posen short sleeve dress;  Elie Saab Spring 2013 Blue Suit

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Roland Mouret Jarndyce Gown
And a peak at what Gail might wear to launch this next book!

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
 Blue brocade shirt, made from an 80's dress.

Dress the Cover ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
Blue and white print dress & over jacket.


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Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Today is the offical release date in the US of Soulless Vol. 2. This is the manga version of Changeless. In honor of the event I am presenting to you some of my favorite picks and things coordinated to the most excellent cover REM drew for this book.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

First, the person most likely to dress up and match such and event is, naturally, Lord Akeldama.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1775-1789  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for Mrs. Loontwill to carry in her misspent youth.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1810-1811 Parasol   The Victoria & Albert Museum

Something for Dimity to wear, in the Finishing School series. She does like bling.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Something for Countess Nadasdy to wear in the Parasol Protectorate series.
Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1870s  Christie’s

So far as the Rack is concerned, the 1950s were all about turquoise. I happen to adore the idea of a day dress: full skirt cut with tight bodice, full support. The color looks good on my complexion so if I have the chance I'll certainly pick one up! Here's some awesome versions, variation in tone and cut.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
Leather 1953 Bonnie Cashin  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1950s  Christian Dior  Whitaker Auctions

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1950s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
1955 Thunderbird

Elie Saab Spring 2013 showed a lot of fun turquoise looks.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Those of you who follow my blog will know I've been immured in Prudence recently and that in this first book they jaunt off to India.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

And, of course, there is the stone from which we get the name turquoise.

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
Turquoise & Diamond Necklace

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger
 Turquoise and Diamond Bracelet  Cartier  Christie’s

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger

Book Inspiration ~ Soulless Vol. 2 the Manga ~ Turquoise by Gail Carriger


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Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs

I love cuff bracelets, particularly the ones you can squeeze shut. 

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs

I have these little boney wrists (the only thing boney about me ~ well, and my nobly ankles) and bangles never ever fit me. I know I could take links out but I'm terribly lazy. A nice flexible cuff is wonderful and I'm seeing these fab graphic styles all over the place.
Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
 Pierre Hardy cuff via vogue.it

 I'm hoping the style trickles into Target and JC Penny and the like in the not too distant future. (I am very fickle in my jewelry taste, so I tend to buy cheap and costume so I don't curse myself for the expence when I suddenly go off a piece, loose it, or get bored with it.)

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
 $15 from a consignment shop

In fact, I have a mad passion for those cheep elasticized bracelets because they are the only ones that fit properly. I also love the stretchy rings because I can wear them on my bare hands or over a glove.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Ring, $6, It's a Wrap, Burbank

 But we were talking about cuffs. I also think they are very elegant and slimming and make for a great unexpected statement piece. So many opt for the necklace for an event but I think a cuff can make for a very nice touch.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs

I tend to think a solid shine cuff is a little too wonder woman, and you shoudl be wary of wearing one on each wrist for the same reason.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs

So I like the cut through better, and one large one, on one wrist.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Jessica Ricci Abundant French Lace Cuff Bracelet at jessicariccijewelry.com

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Pamela Love cuff visit pamelalovenyc.com

And some cuff inspired other jewelry:

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Watch.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Boot thingies from the runway.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Shoes.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Earrings. 

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Marc by Marc Jacobs

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Necklace.

And something metallic for Sophronia to wear.

Gail Carriger is Currently Craving ~ Cuffs
Afternoon Dress  1848  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger
 I like this photo because you can also see me taking it. Gold necklaces, cloak clasps, and bracelets from the Iron Age.
British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger
Some amazing Torques from Iron age Europe, most hoard recoveries. I like the last ones in particular, they look like they might make for some very nice candlesticks.

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger
Silver from the same time and place. This reminds me of my preferences in jewelry when I was around 10.

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger

Amazing gold cloak, I kept the bottom of the image in so you could see someone wearing it. I would imagine it was worn over a cloak.

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger
More amazing gold jewelry, the ancients sure loved their gold.

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger
Some pretty beaded items from the Egyptian collection.

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger
Islamic broach.

I was so inspired by my trip that on the walk back to the tube after tea that afternoon I just might have spotted a little open air vintage market. And I just might have wandered in and found a rather chic 1960s mod almost Egyptian inspired Lucite necklace.

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger

I also went through my collection to select a few that reminded me of my BM visit.

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger
Fake gold costume jewelry from the 1950s earrings and broach (earrings used to be twist clips I replaced with hooks)

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger
Lapiz necklace, gift from my Grandmother, possibly from the 1920s.

British Museum Jewelry: Gold Torques and so much more! from Gail Carriger
Beaded necklace from the 1980s.
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