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Higher Ceilings and Bourgeois Happy Feelings

by Angelo K., 35 year old self-deprecating ghostwriter from The P.I. currently in Los Angeles, United States

49 comments · 6 · August 5, 2009


Angelo Kangleon - Dockers Or Something White Stretch Cotton Cuffed Shorts, Sock Dreams Maroon Nylon / Lycra Thigh High Stockings, Wade White / Black Dress Shoes, Mango Liver Colored Wayfarer Esque Sunglasses, Clef De Sol Prussian Blue Cotton Cardigan, Bcbg Amaranth / Lime / Wisteria Striped Cotton / Polyester Dress Shirt, Uomo Venetto Venetian Red / Azure Paisley Woven Polyester Tie, From A Friend Ivory And Gold Locket, My Mom's Pale Cornflower Blue Chiffon Corsage - Higher Ceilings and Bourgeois Happy Feelings
  1. White Stretch Cotton Cuffed Shorts


    , in Dockers Cotton Shorts
  2. Maroon Nylon / Lycra Thigh-High Stockings

    Sock Dreams

    , in Nylon Stockings
  3. White / Black Dress Shoes


    Mall of Asia

    , in Dress Shoes
  4. Liver-colored Wayfarer-esque Sunglasses



    , in Mango Sunglasses
  5. Prussian Blue Cotton Cardigan

    Clef de Sol


    , in Cotton Cardigans
  6. Amaranth / Lime / Wisteria Striped Cotton / Polyester Dress Shirt



    , in BCBG Striped Cotton Shirts
  7. Venetian Red / Azure Paisley Woven Polyester Tie

    Uomo Venetto

    , in Polyester Ties
  8. Ivory-and-Gold Locket

    From a Friend

    , in Jewelry
  9. Pale Cornflower Blue Chiffon Corsage

    My Mom's

I was putting my iTunes on shuffle when this song “You Me and The Bourgeoisie� by The Submarines came on. Such a cutesy, lighthearted song about “all the pleasures of the first world,� it tickled my fancy. Needless to say, it inspired me to come up with this look.

Now, I don’t know if this look is, um, “whimsical� enough to pass off as modern dandy. If truth be told there are a hundred other Lookbookers out there who do it better than I do. Just some of the notable few:

Philip Ellis from Manchester:

Clément Louis from Lille, France:

Trevor T from Melbourne:

Aren’t they awesome? I love them to bits!

At any rate, I was surprised to find out that Blake Hazard of The Submarines is actually the great-granddaughter of the great American novelist/short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, who, in his essay “The Crack-Up� (originally published in Esquire on February 1936), wrote, “Of course all life is a process of breaking down.� It well may be that that was Hazard’s inspiration when she wrote this one song, about how, “in the center of the first world… It's too easy just to fall apart…�

The more I listen to the song, though, the more another writer comes to mind, and that’s the great Oscar Wilde, who once wrote that “Ordinary riches can be stolen from a man. Real riches cannot. In the treasury-house of your soul, there are infinitely precious things, that may not be taken from you.�

This one’s for you, Mr. Wilde!

Location: Cebu, Philippines

Currently listening to: Well, “You Me and The Bourgeoisie� by The Submarines

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Mc kenneth Licon
hmm... a lil over accessorized I may say. too much things goin on at once...altho the tie and the shirt combo is brilliant.
Angelo Kangleon
Hey, thanks, man. Yeah a lot of times I don't exercise good judgment when accessorizing. I will admit that's a flaw. Thanks for the constructive criticism! Oh, and one more thing, thanks for exposing the frauds on Lookbook. That was heroic. Thanks thanks thanks!
Kelvin  Ignacio
now you're wearing the leggings angel! haha love it...^^ i was thinking of buying a different color too
Angelo Kangleon
Thank you, Kelvin. You should buy it in all colors. LOL.
Andrea V.
I love this, Angelo!!! The colours, the combination, the flower... lovely and gorgeous!!! Hyped!!!
Angelo Kangleon
Thank you, Andrea! You are too sweet! Did you read about the inspiration? I hope you liked that as well. Are your columns in Portuguese? Tell when they're online! Or you can write short snippets about your looks on here. I do not know Portuguese, I am sorry! Although I love the word "Cascata." It think it's beautiful. Kind of like how I love the Vietnamese for water: "nuoc" or something. (:
Andrea V.
Of course I read about the inspiration, you are so good with words!!! Loved it!!! And I'll let you know about my column, when it's online!!!
Cascata is a good word!!! =P lol You're sweet!!!
Singha Chuchee
havnt been on in a week and u produce such pic! good work!

the shades OMG!!!!!
Angelo Kangleon
Hey! You are back! Where you been, man?
Nora H
great look! the flower pin adds a nice touch to your outfit..along with the floral tie!
Angelo Kangleon
Awww Nora! Thanks! I still want your shoes! Even if they probably won't fit me! You know, just have it stand in a corner while I drool. ;)
Valencia  Lia
This look is wayyy cool ! You wore leggings ?!! Amazing <3 i love the details in the tie and the brooch on your cardigan :)
Angelo Kangleon
Comments like yours are the reason I wanna keep doing this! LOL. I keep on saying, "OK, last upload, last upload." And now you wanna make me just get up and do it again. Thanks, Valencia!
Valencia  Lia
your welcome !

Hahaha No no, don't stop ! Keep going :) I'm behind you !
Alice Kim
i fell in love with this song ever since i first heard it on the ipod touch (or iphone) commercial. so ironic that apple used the song.
Angelo Kangleon
Oh yeah huh I forgot that was the song they used. They're pretty awesome, that band. Looking for their first album.
Xiomara Glindmeyer
This is my favorite. This look is so country squire with a bit of mad flair. It makes me want to invite myself to your garden and check out your prized Venus Fly Traps.
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