Monday, July 12, 2010

6 Great Reads

I'm really going to get into gear and start doing some reading before school starts again. Career related, fashion related, and some fun stuff...

Here's my reading list:

I Love Your Style 
by Amanda Brooks
I've read this a few times but Amanda Brooks is definitely a style icon to me. She compiled some of the best photos, stories, and tips into her book. The book is more about defining a style, but I look to it for inspiration about my own style and its evolution. Oh, and the pictures! I love the pictures in here!

The Thoughtful Dresser: The Art of Adornment, the Pleasures of Shopping, and Why Clothes Matter by Linda Grant
This is a nonfiction book about how fashion and clothes really do matter and how they have an influence on culture and society. Definitely a fresh perspective on fashion! The book is preceded by a blog of the same name. Check that out here.

Backwards in High Heels: The Impossible Art of Being Female
by Tania Kindersley and Sarah Vine

This book houses a group of short stories about being a female. I love other perspectives on the odd, cruel, miserable, amazing, and always fabulous experience of being a woman. Who doesn't like to read a book and think, "Yeah, totally. That's me in a nutshell!"

If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone and Meredith Bryan

I'm dying to read this book. If you've ever seen Kelly Cutrone on The Hills, The City, or Kell on Earth (her own show), you'll know why. She steals every show she's on and she is fantastic. Honest, brutal, talented, and she really knows what she's talking about, be it the fashion industry, PR, or life in general. She also has the "slap in the face" kind of honesty that I envy!

How to Win Friends and Influence People  
by Dale Carnegie
My dean actually recommended this book. It's sort of known as a classic for any workplace scenario and for networking in general. I even think some lessons in this book will apply to blogging, so it seems relevant... And hopefully it will just instantly make me outgoing, a great public speaker, a leader, and help my blog. Probably not, but I'm reading it anyway...

The Teen Vogue Handbook
I'll also plan to re-read parts of this book. It really does have some valuable tips on working in many areas of the fashion industry. Personally, I stick to the chapters on being a magazine editor.

Are you planning on doing some summer reading, too?

Happy Monday!


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  1. i love the teen vogue handbook it's really motivating and inspirational to see how people got their jobs and what there careers are like and i'm dying to read that book by Kelly Cutrone! awesome reading list :)

  2. Sameee, I am itching to get my hands on K Cutrone's book and the Teen vogue Handbook. The one by dale carneige looks interesting too I'll add it to my summer reading list :)

  3. I definitely have to check out the Thoughtful Dresser, looks very interesting.

  4. I'd love to get my hands on The Thoughtful Dresser.

    fashion has never been just about the clothes, after all, so the sociology behing it all is actually extremely interesting!

  5. I really wanna read that book by kelly too.. check out my blog you might find something you like

  6. Thanks for the great list! I just put three of them on hold for me at the library. Just the thing before Fall 2010 hits full force.

  7. Nice round-up! I'll check some of these out (even though I have a massive stack of books-to-read that seems to grow a lot fast than I can read). It's nice to have these references around.


  8. What a fascinating list. I now am going to follow the Thoughtful Dresser.


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