I have long been intrigued with Jane Mount and her ideal bookshelves.
I’m a reader, my husband is a literature buff, my small boys die to be read to. That’s why I constantly keep my eye on 20×200’s collection of Jane Mount’s art. She makes “ideal bookshelves” for everyone – over 600 to be exact.
Obviously, I’m into fashion. And to no lesser degree, fashion books.
My blog, my weekly column and my wardrobe are proof positive of that.
However, something I find most frustrating when it comes to fashion, is that what my vision entails often doesn’t even exist in the market. So I began casually looking for ways to “invent” or create that elusive thing I’m looking for.
I discovered books on how to do just that. One of my faves is “Fashion Artist: Drawing Techniques to Portfolio Presentation” by Sandra Burke. The review of this book states, “Thorough text, self-explanatory drawings, photographs of the fashion model, together with artwork from international designers and illustrators, this book demonstrates the accepted design standards used in the fashion industry.”
Brilliant! I’m putting it on my Christmas list because I’m kind of a tough cookie to shop for. (Unless you are my husband and you shop directly from this blog… also brilliant!)
Maybe my New Year’s resolution will include more sketching and sewing… wait and see!
He’s excited. I get knots in my stomach just thinking about it.
He’s ready, but I can’t believe he’s going to be gone all day, every day. He’s been with me for almost 6 years… my buddy. my associate. my Tomas the Train enthusiast. my personal shopper. my lunch date. my baby.
So, in honor of my little guy’s first day of school, I’ve put together a fun collection of “Back to School” items that any girl could show off — in class or otherwise!
Coco Chanel, one of the world’s most famous designers and innovators of women’s fashion, is the subject of a collection put together by Joss & Main. Fabrics and furniture in signature black and white, as well as coffee table books on the design house’s founder and ads featuring her signature Chanel No. 5 perfume, are all part of this inspirational collection.
Speaking of Paris… I ran across this book that is to be released on April 18th.
The book is 128 presumably beautiful pages of photographs taken by Nichole and Evan Robertson. I can’t wait to see Paris at its colorful best right from the comfort of my own home (since I can’t be there, that is!)
I also can’t wait to get my name on the waiting list. And so can you right here!
Paris in Color, amazon.com $11.87 (Book cover photo taken from author's website at littlebrownpen.com)
Gay Men Don't Get Fat by Simon Doonan, barneys.com $25
Yep, you read that right. I first found the book Gay Men Don’t Get Fat by Simon Doonan at Barney’s online. I stowed away the picture of the book cover in my iPhoto arsenal of all things coveted.
It struck me as hilarious, because I’ve read French Women Don’t Get Fat, but it lost me at the recipes. (I hate to cook, you should know by now!) The review lead me to believe it concentrated far more on eating food, than it did on having to make it. And the kicker is, the author also goes on to explain how gay men delight in fashion, have amazing taste in décor and accessories and of course, how they stay so slim and well kept.
So, after I get through the book Attachments by our local Rainbow Rowell, I will dial up, Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, on my Kindle. But maybe since I like the cover so much, I will consider getting the hardback option for my bookshelf…
Tescher's History of Fashion, Volume 1 & 2, amazon.com $38
As if I need another coffee table book in my life, I found this beautiful History of Fashion set in one of my daily emails.
And just in time, my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told her about my newest covet. It’s got to be obvious by now, that I love, love, love clothing. And not just the kind that is practical and keeps you protected. In fact, I tend to lean more toward the clothing, which provides no practicality and that, which you actually have to protect.
But I figured this is a must-have for a girl who just can’t get enough fashion. And it got glowing reviews from readers!
Now I’m crossing my fingers that Mom decides I must have it too!
I love to read. I usually have a stack of unread books next to my bedside just waiting to be cracked open.
There are times though, when I really want to read a book that someone has mentioned or possibly one that I’ve read a review for and I can’t remember what it was by the time I finally get to the bookstore.
It sure would be nice to grab my Kindle and order it up, right then and there!