Bookshelf candy

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Now university is all over *sheds tears* I find myself having more guilt-free time on my hands than I have for a long time. Between doing extra shifts at my part time job and hunting for that lucrative first graduate job, I’ve finally been able to chill out with one of the many books that have been piling up over the past six months. Although I love a good fiction novel, at the moment I’m being drawn to books about the fashion and beauty industry as it’s something I love to read about (obvs). Here are a few of my favourites that have made it onto my bookshelf…

The Vogue Factor by Kirstie Clements

Aside from getting excited every time I see my own name on the pages (it’s a rare thing with my spelling), I’ve loved this glimpse into the glamorous Vogue brand. This is an autobiographical book by Kirstie Clements, ex Editor-in-Chief of Australian Vogue who held the position for thirteen years before being unceremoniously replaced. It’s a real insight into the heart of the journalism industry, and as someone who’s trying to break into it myself, I couldn’t find it more interesting!

Man Repeller by Leandra Medine

If you haven’t heard on the brilliant blog Man Repeller, where have you been?! It’s difficult to sum up Leandra in a nutshell but I’ll have a go – a hilarious, unique nutcase who one day realised she was repelling men because of her sartorial choices. Each chapter is entitled with an item of clothing, such as ‘The Period Panties’ and relives a story relevant to that garment. So hilarious and genuinely a good read, I haven’t finished this yet but I love it already.

It by Alexa Chung

Upon receiving this in the post, I expected a book full of secrets and tales of the life of a model who has come to epitomise tomboy chic. This, much to my initial (short term) disappointment, is not the case and instead, expect 192-pages of old photos, doodles, the odd memory and anecdotes. The anecdotes themselves are my favourite part, the best one being;

Boys say they don’t mind how you get your hair done. But then they leave you for someone with really great standard girl hair and the next thing you know you’re alone with a masculine crop crying into your granola’


Pretty Powerful by Bobbi Brown

This is a charming book by the make up goddess herself, aiming to help readers build confidence with beautiful, natural make up. It really does send out a message that everyone is unique and make up it just used to help boost your existing natural beauty. As well as illustrations of tips and tricks and inspirational quotes, the book also includes images of inspirational women in a breadth of industries with and without make up. Rather than a continuous read, this is a really nice book to keep on your desk and have a flick through every so often.

What books have you been loving recently?


1 Comment

  1. Lo
    July 4, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    Eye spy a Yankee candle! Fab choice! I still need to get Alexa's book – I'm dying to read

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