It’s no secret that one of my many passions is reading. I love to curl up in my silk pajamas with a steaming cup of hot cinnamon spice tea and get lost in a deliciously juicy book. Now, I adore everything from Shakespeare to Austen to Hemingway to Poe (yes, I was the student who actually read assigned books and actually liked them. The Scarlet Letter was my favorite.). My bookshelves are mixture of classics, biographies, murder mystery novels, teen fictions, romance novels, Christian thrillers, and many, many more.
My latest obsession, however, includes modern fashion and beauty self-help books. As I’m building my new and improved wardrobe, I’ve found that delving into the books written by and about my favorite style icons is both entertaining and enlightening. So I’ve decided to share some of my favorites with y’all! Of course, I can’t just throw away my love for a good murder so I’ve thrown in a couple modern mystery novels (both set in glamorous high society) for your fictional pleasure, as well. What are y’all’s favorite reads on a rainy day? Let me know below, and happy reading!
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – JK Rowling published her second adult novel after Harry Potter under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, received much criticism partly because it was a strongly-worded policital commentary, and mostly because it was not Harry Potter. Soon after The Cuckoo’s Calling was published, Galbraith’s true identity was leaked. Rowling stayed true to her artful writing and created a masterpiece of murder, mayhem, and the elite modeling world.
Beauty & Style by Lauren Conrad –
The definitive lifestyle self-help books by the queen of reality TV. In both, she gives tips on how to keep your closet organized and true to your style, how to apply envy-worthy winged eyeliner, and how to shop like a pro. Need I say more?
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Caroline De Maigret, Audrey Diwan, & Sophie Mas – I first saw the title and cover for this book on this Tumblr post quite a few months ago and finally found it in the fashion section of my local bookstore. It’s a tongue-in-cheek “how-to” on all things Parisian women. How they dress, act (dramatically, of course), eat, date, and how you can do all of that in your very own hometown. I read it with a delighted smirk and actually used some of the fashion tips while shopping recently.
Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour by Rachel Zoe – Rachel Zoe, the ultimate in celebrity fashion styling, has published yet another fabulous book that details her personal style and those who inspired her. The book is filled with beautiful photos and illustrations. The perfect coffee table book.
Classy by Derek Blasberg – A hilarious book by the current Haper’s Bazaar Editor-At-Large on how to transform from tres trashy to the chicest, classiest, knowingest girl on the block. I suggest to keep a healthy stock of this book on hand to throw at any number of girls you may run into both on the street and in your personal life. Derek flawlessly incorporates his own experiences into his advice He’s perfect, y’all.
The Heiresses by Sara Shepard – Don’t think that since this book is written by the same mind behind Pretty Little Liars that it’s to be written off as just another teen novel. This adult mystery story is dripping in diamonds (literally), family drama, glitz, and murder. I simply loved getting lost in Sara’s perfectly detailed, glamorous world of three diamond heiresses consumed by a mythical curse of tragedy.
Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic by Isabelle Thomas & Frederique Veysset – Ever wondered how to achieve the perfect and seemingly effortless style of les femmes françaises? This novel, unlike How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, focuses solely on the fashion of the French. It’s adorned with beautiful sketches and photographs alongside invaluable advice on putting together the closet magnifique.
The Official Preppy Handbook by Jonathan Roberts, Lisa Birnbach & Mason Wiley – Praised as THE definitive guide to all things preppy, this self-help book is a must for all preps everywhere. Published in 1980, it’s truly a vintage treasure. It’s satirical tone makes for an interesting read, but it actually does give useful advice to the preppy girl and boy looking to hone in their personal style. It’s one-time publishing date makes it a true rarity…unless you want to pay a few hundred on eBay for it. My suggestion is to download the PDF to your iPad, Nook, or Kindle from here (the page will appear blank but click the Download Document button in the upper righthand corner and it will download, I promise!) or easily read it on your desktop here. Enjoy.
White Girl Problems & Psychos by Babe Walker – These books are the result of a Twitter account that has made social media history. White Girl Problems and its sequel Psychos are must haves for a summer of sipping mimosas by the pool. There’s just something relaxing about reading about the misadventures and mental breakdowns of a crazy, spoiled girl from Cali. You might even find some hidden, deep advice that speaks to your inner white girl soul somewhere between the pages. Namaste.