1. So far, she had spent the past hour or so flipping through several fashion magazines to find inspiration. – Have you ever watched a TV show centered on fashion (or even Life in the Fab Lane) and seen the number of designers who have cutouts from magazines around their office? I’ve seen it so much I figured Carmen should have the same. Everyone takes inspiration from some place.
2. She grabbed a letter opener off of her desk to use as a makeshift weapon. – Carmen is working at her office when she hears loud footsteps. Well aware the office is closed and security isn’t on duty, Carmen grabs the letter opener to protect herself. This idea came from a very old episode of Days of Our Lives. One of the female characters was in a home office, suspected she wasn’t alone and grabbed the letter opener off a desk to protect herself. I believe the character was Greta, but I’m not for sure.
Behind the Book: The Ace of Diamonds (Chapter Nine)