Monday, August 26, 2013

back to school beauty essentials: books

my kids have been in school for about two weeks and the excitement over new teachers, clothes, books, pencils, etc. is still pretty high {i'm thankful that they are the types of kids who look forward to going to school!}. this makes it easier for me, of course, since i'm still in denial that they're another year older and each in the last years of elementary and middle schools {5th and 8th grade}...

but i digress...

so, as we all know, summer is coming to an end. it's likely the time of year that you plan to get back to a more structured "back-to-school" frame of mind. days become more scheduled, put together, focused...

it's also a great time of year to stock up on the things we need {books, pencils, paper, notebooks, sharpeners, planners, etc. ~ it's all on sale!}, as well as possibly set aside time to learn something new. with regard to beauty and style, i have a few things on my wish list that you to may consider.

let's start with books! i love a good book and the following all have something fabulous to teach and are sure to beautifully inspire you!

Nails Nails Nails by Madeline Poole
it's all about the art of nails in this book. 25 nail art projects are in these pages, ranging in techniques from leopard print to plaid, stripes to lace, glitter, and more. complete with gorgeous images, you learn exactly what tools you'll need, easy step-by-step instructions, and fabulous shots of the finished nails, making it super easy to replicate the designs.

Lessons From Madame Chic: The Top 20 Things I Learned While Living In Paris 
by Jennifer L. Scott
in each chapter of Lessons, author Jennifer offers a valuable secrets she learned while under Madame Chic's tutelage in paris ~ tips you can incorporate into your own life, no matter where you live or the size of your budget! visit her fabulous blog here.

Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass: Beauty Bible of Professional Techniques and Wearable Looks by Jemma Kidd
Jemma gives insights into her life in the beauty industry and a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the preparation that goes on before a show or a photo shoot. she also shares how she works with the latest trends to create new looks and color schemes, as well as giving extreme looks a more toned down variation so it can be worn for an everyday look.

other stylish books i love {and i think you'll enjoy reading}:


Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor by Linda Wells, Classy by Derek Blasberg,  That Extra Half Inch by Victoria Beckham, Beauty Confidential: The No Preaching, No Lies, Advice-You'll- Actually-Use Guide to Looking Your Best by Nadine Haobsh, The Fashion Coloring Book by Carol Chu &  Lulu Chang


Confessions of a Beauty Addict by Nadine Haobsh, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell and all of Sophie Kinsella's books in the Shopaholic series. :)

tell me: what are your favorite beauty/style book{s}??

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