School may be out and your mind may be on the beach, but that doesn't mean you can't kick up your heels poolside and dig into a great book!
I love reading and losing myself in a good book. Somehow, it's so much easier than losing your in a blog. So do yourself a favor this summer and step away from the computer screen, grab a big hat, fabulous shades, and sunscreen, and lose yourself in a book (will outside). You'll thank me for it!
Fashion + History:
There's something compelling about fashion when combined with history. Whether it's a memoir, a period in history, photography from a particular era… it's very visceral, evocative, and moving. It removes you from fashion today and puts you in fashion of the past. It's eye-opening and curious.
- Jazz Age Beauties: The Lost Collection of Ziegfeld Photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston. I've been coveting this book for as long as I can remember, and with The Great Gatsby fever going around, there's no better time to lose yourself in beautiful photographs and fashion.
- Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War by Hal Vaughan. Heralded as a feminist and founder of fashion, Miss Coco Chanel has an interesting, and controversial, past.
- Fashion under Fascism: Beyond the Black Shirt (Dress, Body, Culture) by Eugenia Paulicelli. Similarly to Coco's tale, this book explores the impact of 1930s fascism in Italy on design houses like Prada and Gucci.
- Parisiennes: A Celebration of French Women by Carole Bouquet. What fashion blogger isn't, or hasn't been, obsessed with French culture, women, and fashion? This photography book captures Parisianne women from the 1930s through 1960s captured by the earliest street fashion bloggers.
- Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution* by Caroline Weber. Couple this read with Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette for a dose of beautiful and lovely with education and insight.
The Business of Blogging (& Writing!):
Maybe you want to use this down time to grow your blogging knowledge or craft your skills as a writer.
- Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay by Adair Lara.
- Creative Is a Verb: If You're Alive, You're Creative by Patti Digh. Both this book, and Naked, Drunk, and Writing have been recommended to me by multiple writer friends. Reading about the creative process and learning new ways to explore your craft… it's all so fascinating to me!
- Blog, Inc: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Cho. The topics in this are great for new bloggers and old. This will definitely be my next “blogging for blogging sakes” read!
- Fashion 2.0: Blogging Your Way to the Front Row* by Yuli Ziv. The internet moves and changes at lightning speed, and yet, despite being 2 years old, this book is essential reading for every fashion blogger.
Personal Style + Growth:
- The Fire Starter Sessions* by Danielle LaPorte. The internet's favorite self-love, self-improvement, feel good blogger and writer released this book last summer. Perfect for the man and woman who wants to light a fire under their ass.
- Bossypants by Tina Fey. Another that's been on my “to read” list for too long, and yet… I've guiltily quoted passages from the book. That I find online.
- Kevin Aucoin's Making Faces* + Face Forward*. I had both of these in undergrad and sold them to help finance moving. I've regretted it. You don't get a much better guide to beauty and applying make-up.
- Style Statement* by Danielle LaPorte. Fact: I never DID find my style statement, but the process sure was a lot of fun.
- Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. by Leandra Medine. Our favorite fashion forward blogger has a new book of essays! Anyone fancy an IFB book club read? Yeah??
Fashion + Fun:
Spend your summer with some classics when it comes to fashion fiction… the stories that launched films, franchies, and about a billion sequels.
- Sex and the City* by Candice Bushnell (or if you're feeling a bit YA… The Carrie Diaries!)
- The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger and it's new sequel, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns.
- Confessions of a Shopaholic* by Sophie Kinsella. Okay, serious question: does Becky EVER get her shopping under control and learn from her past mistakes? Because seriously, girl has the same problems in EVERY.SINGLE.BOOK. Stop shopping! Stop lying! I had to stop reading 4 books deep because it was driving me nuts.
- The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped off Hollywood and Shocked the World by Nancy Jo Sales. While this one isn't fiction, it's got a summer film attached to it! Is there anyone (in fashion blogging) who isn't more excited about seeing this than say, Man of Steel or Iron Man 3?
I'll admit– I haven't read ALL of these yet (* indicate those I own/have read), but that's what summer is for! They're all on my reading list, and I can't wait to dive in. (As soon as I finish Call Me Zelda, okay?)
What books do you recommend for some light, fun, and learned summer reading? Have you read any of the books above (want to confirm or deny if the rest of us should read them)?
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