At the beginning of this year, I set a goal for myself using my Goodreads account to read at least 24 books. So far, I've read 8 which is 33% to my goal. Not so bueno. But I don't feel bad about it, because this year I worked much more on a freelance basis than I ever have before: taking on a new social media client, blogging for 'Fro Fashion Week and becoming a weekend contributor to Madame Noire--in addition to other one-off opportunities here and there. So I'd say my literary slow down was due to a good cause. However, I've missed reading as much as I used to! And since the holidays are generally a less busy time of year, I'm planning to make up for lost time. I'm particularly excited to catch up in the fashion/business of fashion genre with these delicious reads.
Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease - Emily Schuman's Cupcakes and Cashmere blog has been one of my top 5 favorites ever since I discovered what a blog was. I can only imagine that her book is a wonderful extension of the amazing fashion, lifestyle and food porn we've come to expect from her.
Grace: A Memoir - This little gem was just released last week, and I've been completely envious of all the Instagram photos I've seen from people who are already devouring it. And after reading the New York Times article about Ms. Coddington a couple of Sundays ago, I am even more intrigued and anxious to snag it.
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman - Also released this year, this work captures the history of the iconic location where Grace Kelly ordered her wedding invitations and Jackie Kennedy was outfitted for the Inaugural Ball. I love to learn little tidbits that are a fingerprint on fashionable history.
By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop - By Invitation Only was recommended to me by my good friend Mrs G. I love to get a behind-the-scenes look at the business of fashion and see how the lessons learned can be applicable to every day life.
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion - "Overdressed will inspire you to vote with your dollars and find a path back to being well dressed and feeling good about what you wear." This line really speaks to me as I'm at a place where getting more for less is becoming a lot less important than getting quality pieces that can last a lifetime.
Are any of these currently on your bookshelf or reading list? What other books are you looking forward to diving into?