I don’t read many fashion/style/life style books because I will admit, I am the woman who hardly ever wears make up and while I most definitely have a thing for purses (why hello Coach and Kate Spade), I’m more of a jeans and sweater kind of person. That being said, jeans and sweaters get boring after a while, and I like to be kept informed and read new things. Thus, this book that is a little bit out of wheel house.
I found out about this book from The Elgin Avenue. Monica, from The Elgin Avenue sends out a weekly email (if you subscribe to it, which I would highly suggest that you do) called Croissant Reading. And it’s essentially an email with specific links to articles or books or clothes that she’s found interesting during the week and wanted to share. The author of this book had written an article called Body Happy, and while talking about the article Monica mentioned and linked to the book Love Style Life. Obviously, I clicked the link (hello, it’s a book) and next thing you know I’m requesting it from the library. I’m so glad I did, I really enjoyed this one.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The guardian of all style” (The New York Times Magazine) shares stories on life, love, style, and career, from Paris to New York, and inspires readers to cultivate an effortless chic that is all their own.
Garance Doré, the voice and vision behind her eponymous blog, has captivated millions of readers worldwide with her fresh and appealing approach to style through storytelling. This gorgeously illustrated book takes readers on a unique narrative journey that blends Garance’s inimitable photography and illustrations with the candid, hard-won wisdom drawn from her life and her travels. Infused with her Left Bank sensibility, the eclecticism of her adopted city of New York, and the wild, passionate spirit of her native Corsica, Love Style Life is a backstage pass behind fashion’s frontlines, peppered with French-girl-next-door wit and advice on everything from mixing J.Crew with Chanel, to falling in love, to pursuing a life and career that is the perfect reflection of you.
This book is simply beautiful. It’s a great size, with full colour and glossy pages throughout. There are a lot of images – photos, sketches – as well as some great graphics. It looks like a fun and accessible book, and it is.
The book does, obviously, talk about fashion – such as what pieces are considered a must for any wardrobe. But to my delight the book was overall less about fashion and more style – your own personal style. What makes you comfortable, and feel sexy and how that then translates into you being able to put your best foot forward in life overall.
Another section of the book that I really liked was Garance’s rules. I thought it was an informative section and provided great guidelines for making your way through a project, career, and life.
The book also contains some great interviews with other celebrities, and some very good life advice.
Overall, I felt this book was like sitting down with a good friend or a mentor over a cup of tea and just having a great conversation. It made you feel good, gave you some things to consider, and some other things to laugh at.
I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it.