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.

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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)
    LittleBlackDressFix.com

  • 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!!

    XOXO

  • 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!

  • ...love 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
    http://www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com