Five Fashion Themed Books from a Salt Lake City Fashionista

Hey, guys! My name’s Rebecca and I write the fashion blog Rebecca (hearts). Kim asked me to be a guest blogger while she was away and I jumped at the chance.

Anyone who’s been reading Kim’s blog for very long has probably noticed that she’s a total book lover. This girl can read! Now, I’m not as much of a reader. I’m ashamed to admit I’m lucky to finish a book every few months. But, there are a few books that I reference over and over again and make sure to keep in arm’s reach.

Sure, they may not be literary classics (one day I plan on reading a bunch of the books that Kim has already devoured), but the books I keep close by tend to be style or fashion-centric.

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The first book is 9 Heads. I’ve been trying to improve my fashion illustration. I certainly have a long way to go, which is why I keep this amazing reference book close by.

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Some days I just need a little visual stimulation. That’s when I grab Artwear. This collection of beautiful images of wearable art is just the thing to bust out of an inspiration rut.

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Coco Chanel is arguably the most influential woman ever in the fashion world. Her book, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is perfect to grab and skim through any time I wonder, “What would Coco do?”

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And because style is about much more than what you have on, I love the book, Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm. Girls nowadays aren’t sent to charm school, but that doesn’t mean charm is useless. This book was first published in 1938, but the hints, tips and tricks are just as useful today.

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I read The End of Fashion in college and it was one of the only books I opted to keep at the end of the semester. This book describes how the relationship between marketing and fashion changed couture as we know it. I won’t bore you with all the details, but if you are remotely interested in the history of the fashion industry over the last 30 years, I highly suggest this book.

So those are my favorite fashion-themed books. And I promise, next time I’m in a bookstore I’ll pick up a classic. A girl’s gotta be well-rounded, right?  

What are the books you keep nearby? What books inspire you?
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This is a scheduled guest post while I’m away sunning it up in California. This post was written by my good blogger friend, Rebecca who writes the fashion blog, Rebecca (hearts). Wasn’t this a fun post? It combines a couple of my favorite things, fashion & books! And since I will read just about anything that’s put in my hands, I think I’ll be adding these to my to-reads list!

It’s awesome because Rebecca lives in Salt Lake, so I get to read all her recommendations on where to shop locally and go try them out! Plus we have similar taste so when I want to look good I just copy one of her outfits. Ha! Rebecca just recently did some fashion segments on Fox 13 which you should check out and you can also follow her Facebook page. She’s also an amazing artist and I love to check out her fashion sketches and her sewing projects. Thanks Rebecca!   

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Reading Challenges you should try

This is a scheduled guest post while I’m sunning it up in California written by my blogger friend, Kyria. Kyria writes an awesome blog called Travel Spot. We have a lot in common, including our tendency to buy way more books than we actually need! Stop over to Travel Spot where you can see all the cool places she’s been. She’s also a runner so you can follow her 12 in 2012 running challenge and her other running adventures! Thanks Kyria!

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Kim and I have a lot in common. That is why when she asked if I could do a guest post, I jumped on board! I love reading her blog and feel like she and I would get along great in real life. One of the main things I think we share is our love of books. We are also both doing a couple of reading challenges this year. Actually, I am only doing two.

(1) The bookmark break challenge. This is a challenge by AudrieAnne to get those books off the shelves and read them. If you can read more books than she can this year, you get a prize! Last year I beat her by only a few books, so this year, it’s a challenge to try and do it again! So far, I have read 31 books this year.

(2) No book buying. This challenge is to myself, since I cleaned out my storage space late last year and found many (MANY!) books that I haven’t read yet. I also gave away 4 boxes of books. Since the last thing I need is to have to sort through and give away more books, OR to spend money on more books since I have so many waiting to be read, I told myself that I would only read (a) library books, (b) books I already own, (c) borrowed books, (d) books that are given to me as a gift, or (e) as a treat, I could buy books with B&N or Amazon gift cards that I already had. I have not used the gift cards yet. In fact, I have not even bought a book at a thrift store, although that is my downfall, if you will. I did trade about a dozen books with a fellow blogger. I have also received books for free in return for a review. These are all still “legal”.

Now, Kim has a few fun book challenges as well. You probably already know all about them, but if not, they are here. My favorite is the What’s in a Name Challenge, which challenges readers to read a book with these items in the title: (a) a topographical feature, (b) something you would see in the sky, (c) creepy crawly, (d) type of house, (e) something you would carry in a pocket, purse or backpack, and (f) something you would find on a calendar. Kim’s doing great; she’s got 5 out of 6. So I thought I would see how I measured up.

(a) The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton****

(b) The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern****

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(d) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetJamie Ford****

(e) Sarah’s KeyTatiana De Rosney****

(f) Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin***

So I guess I need to read something with a creepy, crawly name! By the way, the stars are my rating system (out of 5) so all of these books are good ones! Thanks again Kim for having me. I can’t wait to see how we both (and all of you!) do on our reading challenges this year! For other reading recommendations, you can visit my Bookshelf page.

What challenges have you taken on this year? Are there any good books you can recommend? 

Beautiful Turquoise & Gray Rooms

Hello, Her Sunday readers! My name is Jessie and my blog is My Mod Style. While Kim is off vacationing she asked me to do a guest post for her. I wanted to feature some rooms that I found inspiring. I think they are rooms that Kim would like and I also made sure to include some chevron for her!

Decor Pad

Beautiful Room

Look at the beautiful living room by June & Bear.

Gray Living Room by June & Bear

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I am in love with this chevron painted bedroom by Living With Lindsay.

Chevron Bedroom by Living With Lindsay

I love how she hung all the picture frames on the wall!
Chevron Bedroom by Living With Lindsay

Love this bright table setting!

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Table Setting

I love this bright turquoise room!
House Of Turquoise
Turquoise Room

I hope you find these rooms inspiring!

Thanks Kim for inviting me to post on your blog!

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This is a scheduled guest post while I’m sunning it up in California! Big thanks to my bloggie friend, Jessie, for putting this post together for today. She’s awesome and she knows my style so well! I absolutely love those built in shelves painted turquoise and the cute seating option from House of Turquoise. Be sure to stop on over and say hi to her on her personal and design blog, My Mod Style.