Posts Tagged ‘books’

Fashion Books: Style by Lauren Conrad

This past week, I finally got around to finishing “Style” by Lauren Conrad. This one of the greatest books on styling I have ever read. After being filmed for days on end during her Laguna Beach & The Hills days, she never repeated an outfit. This book, will show you simple styling tricks that will help you to prolong the life of your clothes & develop your own personal style. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Lauren, although she can afford to buy nearly anything, still purchases  tons of brands that are completely affordable for college students & fashionistas alike. Levi’s, TopShop & Steve Madden were all included in her style guide. Of course, Christian Louboutins, Chanel & several other designers made it into the book as well. Lauren also mentioned that she loves mixing vintage items into an outfit.

Here are some other things I learned from reading “Style”:

  • Quick fixes for fashion emergencies
  • How to transform your make-up from day to night
  • The best ways to mix & match prints
  • Her favorite sites to online shop

And tons more!

I would highly recommend reading this book. It is filled with great tips that everyone can used. Plus, all of the clothing, accessories and products featured in the book are documented in the index for easy shopping!

Fashion Books: You Know You Want It

This past October, I had the pleasure of meeting Gossip Girl’s costume designer and stylist, Eric Daman. During his seminar, he spoke of the book he had just recently written titled “You Know You Want It.” The book was released in December.

“You Know You Want It” is a great book for the fashion enthusiasts. It is almost like having your own personal stylist. “You Know You Want It” is all about finding out who you are and what your style is. Style, defined by Eric Daman, is 20% fashion and 80% confidence. I find this statement to be completely true. Clothes are so much more than what they look like on, it is how they make you feel when you are wearing them. Clothing allows us the opportunity to play dress up, to choose how the world will perceive us. Fashion is definitely a force to reckoned with.

In his book, Eric Daman will discuss what types of clothing looks good on your body type (and how to figure out which body type you have), the basics every girl needs, fashion rules to ignore and so forth. He truly is a genius when it comes to fashion and styling.

College Life: Save Money on Textbooks

txtbooksBiggest complaint from college students? How expensive college textbooks are! How can you avoid paying this high price of education?

Research. Check your college’s bookstore and see how much you would have to pay to get the book both new and used. You might find that some books (especially if they are used) are actually pretty cheap while others are over $100.

Search Online. Check Half.com to quickly find the best list price on Ebay, Craigslist and Facebook’s Marketplace. If it is a book that you don’t think you will need much or you don’t mind reading online, check Google Books. You might just find your textbook on there for FREE.

Another Option. A lot of college bookstores are now offering a textbook rental option. You can save as much as 50% and you do not have to wonder what to do with it once the class is over. I have not yet tried this option because I can usually get better deals online but still, a nice option.

Don’t Forget About Your Friends. Know someone who has taken the class already? Then ask them if they still have the book. Plus, if they are really nice friends, they won’t charge you much for it or maybe even nothing at all!

Fashion Books: The Teen Vogue Handbook

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“Ask yourself, Are you sure this world is for you? And are you sure you are the right person to survive in this world—the world of fashion, a world with no rules, no laws?” – Karl Lagerfeld

Teen Vogue has always been a great resource for young girls who are curious about the fashion industry. Now Teen Vogue has gone one step further with the Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion. Filled with great tips on getting started in the fashion industry and inspirational stories of others who landed their dream job, this truly is a must-read for any person one day hoping to break into this world. Teen Vogue realizes that there is a lack of information available to those who really want to be apart of the fashion industry and they hope that this book will help others in finding their place in the fashion world.

The Teen Vogue Handbook will be released on October 5th but you can pre order your copy now at Amazon.com.

For an inside look at the Teen Vogue Handbook, click here.

Fashion Books: Influence

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I recently just read “Influence” by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and it was actually an exceptional read. This book is a collection of interviews from the people that have influenced their lives. Filled with inspiring stories of a company built from absolutely nothing or of what New York City used to be like, this book was life-changing. It introduces you to the world of people you may or may not have known existed and really serves to broaden the horizons of many generations to come. “Influence” is filled with fashion, photography and art. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.