While Alexa Chung's first book, IT, debuted in September of last year, it was immediately placed at the top of my reading list. However, with a packed semester, It had to wait until winter break. Chung's book proved to be the perfect addition to a cold winter morning, offering aspects of her personal life, style tips, and photographs of her favorite things. One of the most highly anticipated books in the fashion industry, IT proves to be a different take on the mogul's life.
Behind every major event in Hollywood—movie premiers, launch parties and red carpets—there are stylists who help celebrities find the perfect look for their debut weeks or even months in advance. For nearly two decades, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe has given clients such as Anne Hathaway, Demi Moore, Jennifer Garner and Cameron Diaz their “wow” moments through exceptional styling support. In her book, “Style A to Zoe,” Zoe shares important lessons she’s learned in the business from how to rock vintage, quickly fix stains and mend rips, apply the perfect lip gloss and even decorate your home.
“Style A to Zoe” embodies everything one would expect: a perfect mishmash of fashion, beauty, glamor and elegance all while maintaining Zoe’s relaxed bohemian vibe. Similar to the way Zoe describes her style, the book combines “California ease with New York high life.” Anyone from any walk of life can relate to her words of wisdom.
Before delving into expert advice, the book tells the beginnings of Zoe’s love of fashion in a scrapbook style manner. As a teenage fashion queen, Zoe’s love of glamour and beautiful things started at the young age of 13. She and her friends used to take a train into New York City from her hometown of Short Hills, New Jersey. One day, while her friends sat in a pizza dive downtown, she beelined it to the West Village to make her first big purchase—a $200 mink coat—from a vintage store. But her passion wasn’t found solely in her shopping adventures. Zoe said she would spend hours playing with exquisite clothes and jewelry in her mother’s closet, reading fashion magazines and drooling over the fabulous designs of Halston.
A few years later, Zoe graduated from George Washington University as a sociology and phycology major, but naturally, began working at a fashion magazine as a fashion assistant. After styling nearly every teen celebrity of the 90s, Zoe said she realized she could make what she made in a year at a magazine in a week on her own, so she decided to form her own company.
There’s nothing I love more in this world then a well-dressed man. Apart from the occasional shopping spree and brownie indulgence, one of the things I love most is men who know a thing or two or three or four (you get the picture) about dressing themselves. Though my friends often give me a hard time when I tell them that “wardrobe choice” is a HUGE deal-breaker for me in a relationship, I stick by it. Because after all, if diamonds are a girl’s best friend, don’t you think the man picking out the diamond should know something about what’s in style? Marion Maneker, author of the next B.T.A.C. book club pick happens to agree with me. So without further ado, it is my pleasure to present: “Dressing in the Dark-Lessons in Men’s Style from the Movies!
Like most of the books I’ve reviewed in the past, I found “Dressing in the Dark” at a garage sale. After burrowing through a container filled with more copies of Harry Potter than the NY Public Library could hold, I came across Maneker’s masterpiece at the very bottom. Though I only leafed through the first few pages, I instantly knew I had to purchase the book. For one it was in exquisite condition-its hardcover binding had absolutely no blemish. More importantly, however, it would give me a greater understanding and love of menswear. Not to mention it was filled with visual examples I could use to show a potential suitor how to get my attention!
In the book "Lauren Conrad Beauty," the iconic fashion and beauty mogul crams years of experience and expertise into one giant beauty bible. From skin care, to hair care, to party makeup, to fitness and food regimens and even nails, the book breaks down every aspect of beauty. It also provides valuable tips derived from highly regarded professionals in the industry that Conrad has worked with in the past.
For most preteens, the first day of middle school should be an exciting and momentous occasion that, although only marks the early stages of academia, evokes a feeling of maturity.
But for me, my first day of class was an absolute nightmare.
Eager to finally spread my wings and make a decision without my mom’s approval, I made the choice prior to the first day to chop off my long locks and go for a haircut that I thought was fashion forward, edgy and more grownup — the Victoria Beckham angled bob.
Mrs. Beckham pulled off the style effortlessly, so why couldn’t I — an 11-year-old girl— rock the sophisticated style just as easily, right?
Still to this day, I have never been so mortified by a haircut. Although I admit that choosing the look was my fault in the first place, my hairdresser didn’t make matters any easier. She used men’s razors along with countless other tools and ended up trimming and shaping until my once flowing brown hair was cropped above ear level.
While I had once expected to feel a surge of confidence as I entered the classroom to take on the new school year, all I could feel were my cheeks burning red and my confidence levels depleting as I watched the eyes of every student stare blankly at my head like deer caught in headlights.
Let’s face it; we’ve all had our fair share of beauty mistakes. Between bad haircuts, coloring, processes and failed makeup attempts, we can reflect on our younger years and truly realize how far our looks have progressed and developed over time.
Hey there my fellow Cupcakers! Another week has come and passed and you know what that means!!! It’s time once again for this week’s BTAC book review! Today’s pick is a bit of an oldie, but it’s still fabulous just the same. Without further ado, I give you: How to Walk in High Heels- The Girl’s Guide to Everything by Camilla Morton.
As the summer comes to a close and the school semester is well-under way, it’s nice to know that amongst all the changes, one very chic, very fashionable, thing remains the same…THE B.T.A.C. Book Club! You heard it here first my lovelies, the book club moves onward! And boy do we have a lot of great reads in store for you! So when Chaucer, Shakespeare, Poe, Tolstoy, midterms, finals, and research papers get you down, look no further than B.T.A.C. , and the B.T.A.C. Book Club because we’ve got you covered! Now onto this week’s read: wait for it, wait for it…..Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by lnes de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet, otherwise known as, your ultimate must-have companion for everything and anything Parisian!
The perfect book for the Parisian lover in us all, Parisian Chic is by far one of the best fashions reads I’ve come across and I’m not just saying that because I’m writing its review. Sassy, snarky, and altogether fabulous; Sophie Gachet takes readers on a fashion adventure with every page turn. Don’t let its leathery red, passport-esque cover fool you, Parisian Chic is anything but ennuyeux.
Another month has come and passed, and you know what that means; it’s time for another B.T.A.C. Book Club Pick! This month we delve deeper into the inside and outs of the Fashion Industry with the help of Teen Vogue’s very own fashion Bible, The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion.
Not only is this literary-gem filled with colorful pictures and helpful tips, but its authors have lives we have all dreamed of living!
Our Very First B.T.A.C. Book Club Pick is….drum roll please….“That Extra Half Inch: Hair, Heels, and Everything in Between” by none-other than Posh Spice herself, Ms. Victoria Beckham!
I first came across this book at my cousin’s garage sale. Though I only paid $2 for it, Ms. Beckham’s book has given me a wealthy chuck of knowledge! Though it’s easy to look at this book and feel a little standoffish at first (I mean she is a Beckham after all) don’t let Victoria’s super-star status fool you, this fashion icon is really down to earth! Some may say she’s even a bit Spicy!
Kate Moss’ style continues to influence fashion lovers all over the world. Even with all her accomplishments Kate still keeps people captivated with her creativity and evolving style. She has taught millions of girls that it is possible to be chic, comfortable and stylish all at the same time.
The release of Kate’s new coffee table book, Kate: The Kate Moss Book this year celebrates her years of working in the fashion industry and her many accomplishments as both a model and designer in her own right. Her exclusive clothing line for Topshop continues to be successful with each new collection.
Love her or hate her, Kate Moss is synonymous with fashion and style. If you are a fashion fan there is no escaping Kate’s influence in the industry. Although her personal life has had its ups and downs there is no doubt that Kate is an icon in the industry and a force to be reckon with.
For us here at B.T.A.C., fashion isn’t just a hobby. It isn’t something that stops once the work or school week does. It isn’t something you turn off or throw aside; it’s something that stays with you always, pulsing through your veins like an adrenaline rush. You feel it everywhere you go and you look for it in everything you do. Fashion is a part of your identity; it’s in your DNA! From clothes, to bags, to shoes, you always seek to make a statement, create the new trend, make the new look! You even feel it in everything you read and in every page you turn! That explosion of sassy, classic, chic, and dramatic! That’s why we here at B.T.A.C. are super excited to introduce a new addition to our very fashionable and always on-trend family: The B.T.A.C. Book Club!
Each month our team of brilliant writers, along with yours truly, will suggest and review a series of fashion/beauty/style-based books, telling you all there is to know about them! At the end of each review, we will include a rating and chose another book to be discussed the following month! You can think of us as your very own interactive, couture bookworms! Feel free to send us questions, requests, comments, whatever your heart desires! We want to hear from you! With that said, let’s start turning some pages!
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