In Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, TifAni “Ani” FaNelli is a woman who appears to have everything. She’s engaged to a successful man, she’s got a job at a top fashion magazine, and the wedding of the year is about to happen.
But her perfect life is a perfect lie.
In reading Jessica Knoll’s debut novel, I was immediately struck by the idea of artifice. If Ani’s life is the perfect lie, what might she wear to play the part.
These thoughts inspired me to create this look inspired by Ani. Read on and you will find out about the pieces that make up this glamorous look.
To start, I wanted Ani to have a very stylish look that used the brands she would encounter during a day at the office. So to start I picked a pair of dark Seven for all Mankind Skinny Jeans and a Fendi Black Silk Blouse With Braided Shoulders. This is a classic style made up from wardrobe staples that will transition seasons.
Then I had a little bit of fun with accessories, starting with the shoes. I chose a pair of Vince Camuto Kain Floral Print Pointed Toe High Heel Pumps for a bit of color and a fun print. The 3.1 Phillip Lim Satchel matches the floral pattern of the shoes.
For her jewelry, the most important and significant piece of jewelry is Ani’s engagement ring. For that, I chose the opulent Forzieri Rings Emerald and Diamond White Gold Ring. To match this beautiful ring, I selected the Brasilica by EFFY Emerald (1-1/8 ct. t.w.) and Diamond (1/2 ct. t.w.) Pendant Necklace in 14k White Gold.
I chose a more subdued set of earrings that still has a beautiful silhouette. The Bezel-Set Dangling Chandelier Diamond Earrings 14K White Gold are beautiful, luxe pieces sure to add a bit of sparkly to any outfit.
For her purse, I thought that she would use a Diane Von Furstenberg iPhone Case. The deep purple of the one pictured just seemed like a color that would fit her.
For the makeup I went for a darker lip in the form of Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in “Jam On It”. To give her cheeks a little color, I selected the Mac Future Mac Mineralize Blush in “Ray Beam”.
To give her a smokey eye I paired the Gucci Rose Quartz, Magnetic Shadow Quad with the Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Eye Pencil.
The Book that Inspired the Look
HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.
As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ani has a secret.
There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.
With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.
The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?