Teen Vogue Handbook giveaway

Hello everyone, I’m trying something new! I’m giving away the copy of Teen Vogue I reviewed for the previous post to one lucky US resident. Leave a comment on this Instagram photo for a chance to win the book itself, but what’s really cool is that it comes with a free one year subscription! Perfect for yourself or a Christmas gift! You have until this upcoming Saturday (12/20/14) to leave a comment with your favorite Vogue moment. No need to like or subscribe. Just a comment! Easy peasy :)

The Teen Vogue Handbook

I grew up with Vogue magazine around me, in a home and family where the women would buy issues to sew their own copycat outfits inspired from its pages. In my late teens, when Teen Vogue came out, I was on board right away and I continued to purchase it for years and years (until I began working at the library and had issues at an arms length at all times).

I was given a copy of the NEW Teen Vogue Handbook to preview and share with you guys. The original book was published in 2009, so this new issue now has updated advice that corresponds to our current landscapes with new feature profiles. You know I love books, and fashion books are my ultimate pairing (see my past post about my must have fashion books!) This handbook features great magazine editor, fashion designer, fashion guru, model, blogger, photograher profiles plus many more! Along with tips on how to break through in the industry.

Who would want to read this book? Fashion and fashion book lovers, students interested working in the fashion field, entrepreneurs who like to read profiles on successful people, aspiring photographers, fashion loving teens, or those curious about how these jobs work, just to name a few.

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Where can you buy it? Right now, look for it on Amazon.com and your local bookstores.

A literary take on fashion part 27

If you’re new to this books into fashion series, you can catch up with the others HERE.

The past month for me has been one of devouring best sellers that I’ve had a hard time getting my hands on until recently! Both books had 200+ holds at the library, so patience is a virtue, even as a librarian.

Reading teen dystopian trilogies is my guilty pleasure. So finally indulging in Divergent by Veronica Roth has been the cherry on the top (I’m currently waiting for my copy of Allegiant to arrive). In a future where society has collapsed, people are divided by factions of societal values. All teens must then pass a virtual simulation initiation ritual that helps them decide if they stay in their faction or belong in another. Tris is unhappy in hers, but her simulation only uncovers that she is not like others. Things only begin to unravel from there.


I’m also days off of just having finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m not a big reader of mysteries, but wow, the twists and turns about this had me hooked! I’m totally ready to see the movie now. Amy, wife to Nick, has gone missing. The intertwining chapters are the story from both of their views. It more or less is about how people in relationships can know so little about their significant other and the depths they’ll go for revenge.

Gone Girl

How late am I to the party? Tell me you loved these books as much as I did!!

A literary take on fashion part 26

If you’re new to this books into fashion series, you can catch up with the others HERE.

So I knew I hadn’t done one of these collages in a long time, but I didn’t realize how long it had been – until I saw a blog out there that basically stole the idea. I knew I had to ressurect it!

Because I have several book series going on here I’ll break it down again

Books into Fashion
Covers into Fashion
Best, Last, Longest reads

And here we go! My newest books into fashion is my latest read, it took me just about FOREVER to get through Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. I’d been reading it for several months now, because I was never able to finish it during the three week library checkout. Not only that, it took many, many, many pages in for me to even get hooked! There are SO many details – many necessary, other details you can just gloss over. It can be a very frustrating read at some points! But the good parts are really good. I made this collage just out of some of the details, there is no way to allude to all! From the Barbour jacket, because of the family that takes Theo in, the ring that brings Theo to Hobie, his terrible pill addiction, a puppy cup for Popper! An antique table, the Ozma book he leaves Pippa, to Kitsey’s pink coat, his mother’s emerald earrings, and a memento to the wild and crazy times in Vegas.

The Goldfinch

As a San Francisco transplant, I knew sooner or later I would have to read Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. It was worth it. A very easy read that follows the lives of several people that have ended up in SF by different fates. Their stories intertwine in funny ways – through friendships, with the landlady, at work, at Safeway, and avoiding explaining things to their family. It’s funny to me that the book was written so long ago, but could very well be about young people this day.

Tales of the City

What do you guys think, have you ever read either of these before?!

Fashionable books to inspire your style

I’ve had this post saved as a draft for a very long time! This blog is a testament to my own personal interests of books and fashion mixing – and although I have covered lots of books individually, the two subjects don’t always blend so well. I thought a roundup of my favorite fashion books would be helpful (for everyone, but also as a reference to myself too, because people always ask me for recommendations!)

Please enjoy this list of my favorite fashionable books, click on the image to get to more information about the book!

The One Hundred by Nina Garcia – an amazingly stylish list of classic pieces, that are basic staples to a wardrobe, which a woman could own. A great book to keep around the house for inspiration, or for a young girl who may be interested in fashion. The Ruben Toledo illustrations are an extra nice element to this book.

The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake – This was actually one of the first books I reviewed on my blog – an amazing and complicated account of the lives of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, and how they intersected.

100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman – Fashion illustration has been a key element to fashion and style for a very long time, as most fashions begin as a sketch by the artists (better yet, designers) hand still to this day!

Fashion Drawing in Vogue by William Packer – A quite old fashion (not old fashioned) book I came across in the library, hidden among all the new books (click here to see my old post about it with some photos of the pages). An extremely relevant book because of its retrospective of a time when almost all images in Vogue magazine were illustrations, and not photographs.

Fashion Now by Terry Jones – An A to Z list of must know fashion industry names. Gorgeous photographs to go with the information.

Fruits by Soichi Aoki – I can clearly remember the first time I saw this Fruits book back around 2003 or 2004; before street style was a huge thing around the world, the Japanese had been doing it right this whole time. The book is still just as influential!

Dressing Up Vintage by Tracy Tolkien – Another lovely book I found at the library (click here for my old post about it). It’s a great book for vintage fashion lovers as well as collectors, but also for anyone interested in the subject. Covers decades individually, and gives key names/brands to look for.

Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi – I first came across this book a few years ago when I moved to San Francisco and saw it inside the Kinokuniya bookstore. The clothing constructed out of the patterns truly are magic as the title suggests. Now that I have dipped my toes in the world of sewing with patterns, I hope to eventually work my way up to one of these designs!

Biba: the Biba Experience by Alwyn W. Turner – I came across this one while I briefly worked at the art school library, a wonderful look into the rise and fall of Biba – a wonderful experiment in fast fashion that was elemental in changing how we wear our clothes today. (click here to see a past post where I spoke about it)

Influence by MK & Ashley Olsen – I have a love/hate relationship with this book. It is full of Proust questionnaire responses by influential people in the fashion industry. Some of the answers are very insightful about how professional creatives think. My gripe is that a few people they chose, are honestly not very interesting.

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline – my last fashionable read. This book is amazing. It has really helped me understand this whole Made in the USA fashion movement, what it really means, and where we should hopefully be moving towards!

Everyone has their own, what is your favorite fashionable read?!