Aug 25, 2009

Reading List

I don't tend to buy a lot of fashion or style books. Mainly because I get a lot of my style tips from magazines and blogs and don't feel like I need a book to really tell me how to style myself. However, I recently got these two that I had to share as I thought that they were great books.

I don't think either of these books need an introduction. I'm sure everyone who reads my blogs knows The Sartorialist and Nina Garcia.
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I held off on buying her books for awhile but after looking through it at Barnes and Noble one day, I decided to bring it home with me. I love that each chapter covers a very basic topic that she would expand on. Her tips all pretty much align with my own style philosophy so I didn't learn anything new but I still loved reading through it. It was really easy to read, I read it in like 10 minutes.

The neat touch was all the illustrations by Ruben Toldeo sprinkled throughout the book.
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My favorite quote in the book.
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My favorite topic "The upmost importance of shoes".
I love that she starts out with "You can never have enough high heels"
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I liked this book a lot just for how well it was written (easy to read) and the illustrations. I think I might get her other books just to have the collection.

The Sartorialist

The Sartorialist book is a compilation of the pictures he's taken for his blog with only just a little bit of writing. The book is really thick which I love, so many pages of inspiration!
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If you love his blog, you have to get this book! Plus I love that it's only $20 (on Barnes & Noble). Most books with a ton of images like this cost a lot more.

Lula Magazine

I've had this magazine for awhile but wanted to mention it too. I had never heard of it until I was in a boutique and saw it on their table and flipped through it. This magazine is so full of beautiful images that I had to go and buy it myself. It's not only the images, but the styling and even the writing that's gorgeous. It's not just a flimsy magazine either, the paper they use is really thick, it's more like a fashion book than a magazine.
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I believe it's a UK magazine, I got my issue at Barnes & Noble (the store, not online) and it was about $15.

Here's our collection of coffee table books currently on our table. All the sneaker ones are obviously my husband's. :) The one that's turned around where you can't see the book title is a sneaker book as well.
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Yup, that us, fashion, sneakers and dogs!

p.s. The White Dress Shop is having a giveaway! Stop by their blog and enter.

27 comments:

  1. Thanks for the heads-up on these! I was going to get the Sartorialist book, but was on the fence about the Nina Garcia one. Love the illustrations in that! I hadn't heard of Lula magazine yet, so I'll definitely check that out when I'm in the UK next month. And your books/magazine collection sounds almost like the one in my home. Me: Fashion. Husband: Sports ;-)

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  2. I own, and quite love the Nina Garcia book. I think that getting the book is what made me become a real fan of hers.

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  3. how is the marykate/ashley book?

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  4. I love the Nina Garcia book, and I have the Olsens too...Nina has a new book coming out too, I need to get it! And I'm allll over the Sartorialist!

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  5. The Sartorialist book is on top of my must-have list! I simply love Nina Garcia...she's got such great understated feminine style. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for the reviews, I will have to check these books out!

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  7. yup, yup, YUP!! Fabulous books!! :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE BOOKS!!

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  8. I still haven't gotten my copy of The Sart. Must get on that! May I suggest the Domino Book of Decorating? Ahhhhhh, I miss that mag!

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  9. Oh I wasn't sure about getting Nina's book, I've been meaning to check it out. I'm planning on heading to B&N tonight so hopefully I'll end up with some reading material for the plane :) Thanks for the reviews!

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  10. I too got the Sartorialist yesterday and I am super excited as this is my first fashion book. Its a great compilation of all his work. I have seen The little black book of style on the book shelves but never paid much attention to it, will definitely check it out on my next trip to borders.

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  11. I just ordered the Sartorialist and the From A to Zoe from Amazon on Sunday. I'd have to check out Nina's book. Great review! Now I am excited to get my books!

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  12. The Haute Shopper - oh yes, you must get Lula while your in the UK. I believe their next issue will be out this September.

    Emily Kennedy - I agree. I really liked how she wrote this book.

    Eri - the Olsen book is great! full of pictures and fun interviews that they did with a ton of designers. I haven't gotten through it all but like it so far.

    Liz - I think I'm gonna order the new one too!

    Lauren - no problem, let me know if you liked them too.

    Iva - haha, me too! any type of books, I love them all!

    Kristin - oh yes, I've heard such great books about the Domino book. I need to add that to my stack of coffee table books.

    Ela - go check it out and let me know what you think, especially if you pick up her other books!

    God Made Me Funky - isn't it such a great book? love it. I haven't gotten through all of the pages yet but just flipping through it is so much fun.

    freetyme - oh please let me know how the Rachel Zoe book is, I had thought about ordering that one too!

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  13. It's creepy how we are always on the same page. I've been wanting to buy all the fashion books, sprawl them all out and roll around with them ;)

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  14. I'm debating on cracking my Amazon gift card on the Sart's book...maybe I just should.

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  15. I like the Nina Garcia books, this one was a fun read, but I really loved the 100 pieces...I am on WL for the next one. I think the Toledo illustrations are really whimsical, and I love them! :-)

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  16. LOVE the Nina Garcia book! I also dig Street: The Nylon Book of Global Style. It's broken up by city style. Super cool! :)

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  17. YES! to the Little Back Book of Style.
    Very useful info inside ;o)
    LittleBlackDressFix.com

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  18. I am all over the Nina collection!!

    I have been holding off on my closet-clean out in order to read her latest book about what to keep and not to keep!

    My next giveaway is going to accompany a closet shopping post & giveaway of this book! Fun times!!

    XOXO

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  19. I have the same Nina Garcia book that you have and I also have "The One Hundred". I like them both! I'll check out "The Sartorialist".

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  20. Nina's book is such a quick read too! When I worked at Elle, there were copies in the offices--I read the whole thing in half an hour one day!

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  21. I've been hesitant to buy them as well ...but you're totally making me want them now! :)

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  22. I think those are dishes from CB2 in the background of the coffee table books? I have the same ones and love them!

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  23. Pretty picture!

    I must catch up on my book buying!

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  24. I like these books too. I still have to get my own copy of the Sartorialist though.

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  25. I ran across Lulu magazine a few weeks ago as I was on my quest for the Black Barbie issue of Vogue Italia. I absolutely love Lulu...such a cool fashion mag. Europeans know how to do it.

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  26. NICE...I just ordered the SARTORIALIST a couple days ago- looking forward to it!
    Jen Ramos
    www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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