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.


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.

My favorite quote in the book.
My favorite topic “The upmost importance of shoes”.
I love that she starts out with “You can never have enough high heels”

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!


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.


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.

Yup, that us, fashion, sneakers and dogs!

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

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  • The Haute-Shopper
    August 25, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    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 😉

  • Emily Kennedy
    August 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    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.

  • eri
    August 25, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    how is the marykate/ashley book?

  • Elizabeth Marie
    August 25, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    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!

  • Cait
    August 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    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!

  • Lauren
    August 25, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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

  • Iva
    August 25, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    yup, yup, YUP!! Fabulous books!! 🙂 I LOVE LOVE LOVE BOOKS!!

  • Kristin
    August 25, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    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!

  • Ela
    August 25, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    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!

  • God Made Me fuNky
    August 25, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    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.

  • freeteyme
    August 25, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    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!

  • tiffany2stylish
    August 25, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    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!

  • Diabolina Da Fashionista
    August 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    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 😉

  • tam pham
    August 25, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    ruben toledo rocks my world!

  • Allie
    August 26, 2009 at 1:10 am

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

  • Bianca
    August 26, 2009 at 2:22 am

    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! 🙂

  • Rosemary
    August 26, 2009 at 3:12 am

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

  • LBD
    August 26, 2009 at 5:11 am

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

  • Midtown Girl
    August 26, 2009 at 5:37 am

    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!!


  • Monique
    August 26, 2009 at 8:02 am

    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".

  • stealthnerd
    August 26, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    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!

  • Maegan
    August 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I've been hesitant to buy them as well …but you're totally making me want them now! 🙂

  • :::Lyzz:::
    August 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm

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

  • Little Bow Prep
    August 28, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Pretty picture!

    I must catch up on my book buying!

  • Ria-Michelle
    August 28, 2009 at 7:02 pm

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

  • CeCeSoChic
    September 2, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    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.

  • Jennifer Ramos
    September 11, 2009 at 4:07 am

    NICE…I just ordered the SARTORIALIST a couple days ago- looking forward to it!
    Jen Ramos