It's been a minute since I last found a book that caught my interest, I'd read the back of the book and put it right down because it didn't excite me or gave me a good enough reason to dive in... and tadah! Surprisingly, I've been doing a lot of reading these past few weeks and substituting the junk on television with some great reads. I got my hands on 3 books that I've been balancing and reading as much as my eyes would allow me to then hop to the next book, vice-versa. A good mentor of mine, Lauren Messiah, recommended a few... if you live and breathe fashion and the ingredients it consists of, then I suggest you add these to your fashion/coffee table books.
1. THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF STYLE / NINA GARCIA
1. THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF STYLE / NINA GARCIA
“I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” - Coco Chanel
First of all, if you're a PR fan, you're already in tune with Nina Garcia's great personality and intelligence. (You'll see what I'm talking about as early as page 2). Second of all, this styling book stand out among the rest with Nina's informative and genius advice on style. Lastly, if you enjoy the illustrations on the Nordstrom ads and catalogs you receive in the mail, the man himself, Ruben Toledo, makes a cameo with his fashion illutrations throughout the book, I'm visual and I like pictures! I LOVE this book and genuinely take so much into consideration as an apparel designer and an aspiring wardrobe stylist. It was easy for me to connect after taking a couple classes on personal styling, but Nina gives a brief and easy 101 on how to edit your closet, your shopping habits, and helping you discover and create your own style. She also gives you an inside of her personal life growing up and how she first stepped into the world of fashion as well as Q and A's from your favorite designers/stylists on style and details. - A must read!
2. WORK, LOVE, PRAY / DIANE PADDISON
If you started out in the working field early like me, I'm sure at some point you can relate when I say it's not easy balancing work, being a light in the work force and the test of faith that comes along with the bumps in life, and accomplishing your dreams. It's a lot to handle, trust me, I know. I graduated high school summer of '06, jumped right into college at FIDM a month after graduation and landed my first real job in the fashion industry by the time I was 20. I'm now 24, and you can say I've never really been or had the opportunity to "party hard in my early 20's", nor would I choose to if I had the chance, because building and investing in my career took care of all that excitement and fun for me. I always lived by the "Work hard, party later," sure you can call me a grandma, until this day, I see life as a celebration. After relocating to Southern California alone and away from all my family and friends, I was exposed to countless opportunities and endless activities I just had to grasp my hands on. Just when I thought I had everything down, nailed a solid career I've always dreamed of, that all changed in a short amount of time. I found there was more that I wanted to accomplish in life and with God's blessings to give me the ability to not only utilize my knowledge in design, but also in styling and pursuing other opportunities in the industry that He's allowed me to experience. I'm only halfway through the book, but so far it's really been helping me on pressing forward and to keep aiming for my dreams as long as I keep God as the center of my focus. Proverbs 16:9 reads, "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps," and it's all so true. Without Him, I wouldn't be able to accomplish so much at such a young age if it weren't for His willing. I used to think it was impossible to be a Christian in the Fashion Industry consumed with so much intensity and disagreement, but one thing I've remembered to keep in mind is to remain true to myself and to stand firm in my faith for with God, all things are possible. (Proverbs 19:26). Don't be ashamed, I'm not. With society today, you would think religion is such an open topic to be able to approach yet so many still shy away and refuse to share. You'll be surprised at how far in life your faith can take you, and Diane Paddison does a great job at sharing her experiences out in the field.
3. THE POCKET STYLIST / KENDALL FARR
Whether you're an aspiring wardrobe stylist like me or you just want to look and feel better in your clothes, then please continue on what I have to say... I first learned about the different body types during my personal styling class, and wanted to get more into depth on how to dress a specific body type for my future clients including fabrics, silhouettes, and lengths that look best on you and will help compliment your best features. Kendall also helps with editing your closet, where to shop, where to splurge and where to skimp, and how to score on the bargain hunting without looking like you did. It's one useful and informative crash course that I feel will benefit a lot of women and their daily lives. You don't notice how much of an impact your wardrobe takes over until... you do. I don't mean to bring out the Stacy and Clinton in me, but when I'm shopping in certain departments and spot a lady struggling on why nothing is fitting right, I kindly want to offer my service without coming off as offensive but to lend a helping hand with my fashion and styling knowledge! Instead of purchasing items you currently can't fit into at the moment, but are working into fitting into them 3 months later, be realistic and wise with where you're spending your money. Work with what you have now, because there are ways to go about them my dear friends! I love this book and read half of it on my 1 hour flight to my destination, and an hour back home. So if you ever need my service and wonder why you're a size 30 in your favorite pair of Diesel jeans and a size 28 in J. Crew, why I'd be more than happy to assist you and your wardrobe needs!
I hope my brief reviews and two cents find you curious to order these books on amazon.com, because they're quire essential to my fashion and faith library! Plus, the hard covers add a little 'pretty' to my shelf. Good night!