Monday, June 23, 2014

A Fashionista's Reading List: Summer 2014

Summer has officially started in more ways than one. The Summer solstice was this past Saturday meaning scientifically it is the summer season, yesterday the weather was the perfect mix of sunshine and breeziness that I've always imagined summer to be, and today is my first Monday since getting out of school that I don't have any responsibilities like getting work done for my summer job or studying for some exam. I am officially free! For the past few summers I've created a Bucket List of things to do before Labor Day weekend (I'm kind of obsessed with bucket lists if you haven't notice from my New Year Resolutions and 101 in 1001 posts) and every year it includes a a number of books I have to read. This year it's 15 and while almost any other year I could get through that no problem I'm already a month into summer vacation and I have only finished 1 book... But I have a feeling that's about to change really soon because I've put my own twist on the classic High School summer reading list and picked 5 fashion, beauty, and style books that every Fashionista should read this summer. All of you glamorous bookworms rejoice because these summer reads will have you filling up your Amazon Prime cart in minutes.

1. The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It Into a Global Brand by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor I have a love for Juicy Couture like nothing I could ever explain. I've read it's Wikipedia page at least a dozen times and the very first online purchase I every made was from it's website nearly 4 years ago. Reading the story of how Juicy founders Pam and Gela created the iconic lifestyle brand in a book that's part memoir and part business guide is a must for anyone familiar with their all too cliche velour track suit and mirrored terrier logo.

2. Sparkle: The Girl's Guide To Living a Deliciously Dazzling, Wildly Effervescent, Kick-Ass Life by Cara Alwill Leyba If you've ever read the blog The Champagne Diet then go ahead, order the book. I don't need to convince you any further. If you haven't, then this book will be like a guide to creating the glamour in your own life. Cara has been through bad relationships (and breakups!), struggled with her body image, and climbed the ladder one rung at a time to have the career she so desperately wanted. Her book is a basic guide on loving yourself and being the author of the fabulousness in your own life.

3. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso This book has been the talk of the fashion world since its release last month. Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, is known for her business smarts and ability to get back up after every downfall. Her struggles in her earliest years of online fashion show that even the biggest setbacks can have a positive outcome. And the most quoted part of the book so far: "Don't ever grow up. Don't become a bore. Don't let The Man get to you."

4. Brunette Ambition by Lea Michelle Lea Michelle gives us a little bit of everything in Brunette Ambition. She talks about beauty, fashion, and lifestyle in an illustrated guide to living life to the fullest. Brunette Ambition is formatted like Lauren Conrad's books Style and Beauty and has the same air of light-hearted advice and personal anecdotes. It borders between mini coffee table book and illustrated how-to guide/memoir but that makes it all the better. No need to be a major Glee fan to buy the book. Just have a love for fashion, beauty, and a great personal strength story.

5. It by Alexa Chung I have an unsolicited love for Alexa Chung. I don't even know that much about her or what she does but the little I know has me mesmerized. Her book It is a literary documentary of her life in the form of personal photos, drawings, poems, and letters. She's spent much of her career being called an "It Girl" which inspired the title. What is an It Girl and what is the "It" factor? Well Alexa talks about love, life, music, and fashion so this book might be the answer.

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