Coffee table books are some sort of art form since they are inexpensive way to decorate your house and have ample pages of design/fashion/culture inspiration. Every so often there are new titles to add to your coffee table stash and these two came highly recommended.
Before I start my brief review, some guidelines need to be set. There are two types of coffee table books: pictures mostly with the occasional article about the author or the photo subject, second type is more of a guide/help book filled with beautiful pictures, advice and personal stories that are easy to relate to. Both books included in this blog post belong to the second type.
Living in Style by Rachel Zoe is a nice hard cover type of book that is a mix of autobiography and style advice for women. I love Rachel Zoe’s personality, work as a stylist and character but do not necessary love her personal style. She wears quite a lot of black and so much pattern or color which I can totally understand why (its chic, no denial there) but not necessarily my cup of tea. In her book she talks about how to find your personal style and basically start by picking up a style icon and mimicking what she/he is wearing. Other chapters talk about the power of accessories, beauty, home décor, family life, how to throw a party and last chapter is on travel. Overall this book has few useful tips combined some nice pictures. It come in hard cover which is always a nice touch but, personally I felt that it wasn’t special enough to recommend or even serve as a advice book I look back at after some time.
Love x Style x Life by Garance Dore is a mix of autobiography and advice kind of book. Personally I thoroughly enjoyed reading it since the author really manages to capture her life story/struggles/career in a funny and engaging type of way. Garance Dore is a French style blogger who exceeded at her craft, she contributed to many fashion magazines and won a few international media awards along the way. In her book she talks about how she decided and started to do what she does now in 10 short pages, and talks about the swings of her career and how she managed it. Garance also shares her wisdom on French style and what New Yorkers do, which I found quite entertaining. In her book the author include elaborative chapters dedicated to style (key essencials every girl/women needs), beauty and how to achieve elegance finishing with some thoughtful words on love/family. Overall a very uplifting and entertaining reed I strongly recommend adding to your coffee table collection.