Friday, November 14, 2014

A Fashionista's Reading List: Fall 2014

Technically, fall is never my ideal time to embark on a reading list since I'm already swamped with things to read and write in school. I'm currently dissecting Frankenstein for my English class and writing more than a few essays for colleges and scholarships. However, no matter how many school obligations I have on my plate, there is always a sense of calming satisfaction whenever I place everything to the side and embrace a new book. Especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks coming up, I'm looking forward to spending some time relaxing and burying my nose between pages of the books on my Fashionista's Reading List for Fall 2014. These books range from celebrity written fiction to fashion industry insider handbooks so feel free to pick a book or two off of the list and make use of your Amazon Prime account.

The Teen Vogue Handbook was originally released in 2009, but the editors of TV decided that it was time to release another guide to getting into the fashion industry. This time around, The Teen Vogue Handbook was updated to contain 90% new content with some of the biggest names in modern fashion. The first edition featured interviews with Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Patrick Demarchelier, Marc Jacobs, and Pat McGrath just to name a few so there's no telling how fantabulous the industry insiders in the second edition will be. Mark your calendars for its November 28, 2014 re-release!

Similar to that of Alexa Chung's It, through pictures, excerpts, and a continuous story being told throughout James Franco explores his childhood and reminisces about his hometown of Palo Alto. A California Childhood is just one of Franco's many literary works and takes a different approach to his usual writing. Unlike his highly praised book Palo Alto (which is also a great read to add to your reading list), A California Childhood is not just a compilation of stories or essays -- it's the story of James Franco through a different lens.

This past October, Refinery 29 came out with a book filled with street style photos from around the world. However, Style Stalking is not just a photo book of pictures chosen by the Refinery 29 team. The book is semi-categorized based on style, fabric, and trends. Outfit breakdowns and short interviews are scattered throughout and well known fashionista's give their two cents many-a-times so what are you waiting for?? Hop on over to Amazon and buy yourself a copy.

4. Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham ($16.99)
Lena Dunham has become a force to be reckoned with. Her book Not That Kind Of Girl has become one of the most talked about pieces of literature talk in the fashion and entertainment industry this fall. The super, crazy fun girls behind The Man Repeller published an article about their discusion over Lena Dunham's new book and their thoughts alone are enough to convince you to go out get yourself a copy.

5. Rebels: City of Indra by Kendall and Kylie Jenner ($11.49)
Hear me out, hear me out! I know half of you are rolling your eyes at any and everything with a Kardashian/Jenner name slapped onto it, but this may be different. I've gained a particular interest in the new generation of teen celebrity written fiction novels and Rebels: City of Indra is on the top of my list. Others include those written by YouTube star Zoella amd Disney "It Girl" Bella Thorn. And I know your curious to see if Kris Jenner gave birth to the next great YA authors.

6. Fashionable Selby by Todd Selby ($24.49)
Coffee table books are my literary love and Fashionable Selby is my newest obsession. Todd Selby has already written about eclectic home decor and food in The Selby Is In Your Place and Edible Selby. Now his newest edition is about the backdoor fashion lovers who have flown under the radar while making fabulous contributions to fashion as an art form. Oh, and did I mention the ah-may-zing photography??

7. Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year by Demi Lovato (14.99)
Demi Lovato's book Staying Strong came out exactly a year ago Wednesday. The book contains 365 snippets of encouragement, one for each day of the year, for those who need a little pick me up to get them through the day. Even for those of us who aren't struggling with something in our lives right now, getting into the habit of positive thinking and using words of encouragement to energize your life is a good thing to do. Demi Lovato has been through Hell and back in the public eye and her using her struggles to help others is a great way to get her life back on track and make a difference in the world. Word to the wise: Stay Strong.