Two Great Style Books

I have vivid childhood memories of borrowing my mom’s Adrien Arpel style books and pouring over them for hours. These days, I’m more likely to follow style and beauty bloggers, but I absolutely love it when one decides to write a book. Two new releases caught my eye recently and I’ve been perusing them this fall.

Estée Lalonde, the beloved vlogger, has been hard at work on her book, and Bloom: Navigating Life and Style debuted in October. I ordered a copy as soon as it was available in the United States, and I loved it so much that I sent a second copy to a friend. Reading Bloom is really like reading Lalonde’s private journal, and she shares an openness and vulnerability that doesn’t always come across in her videos. I admire her casual style and share a love of beauty products, so I loved indulging in this book in one sitting. The design and photography are beautiful as well, and it’s an inspiring story that’s perfect for young women.

Lalonde actually mentioned the second book in a recent vlog, and I was intrigued. The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman by Navaz Batliwalla of Disneyrollergirl focuses on a specific aesthetic that is always in style. It’s a great alternative to more mainstream style blogs, and I’m enjoying its profiles of “gentlewomen.” This book is currently on the top of my nightstand and I hope to feature a more in-depth discussion about it soon.

Next, I’m planning to dig into Deep Run Roots, the new cookbook and more by Vivian Howard. Ryan and I have watched several seasons of A Chef’s Life on PBS, and this book, which is as big as a college textbook, is filled with stories of Howard’s life in North Carolina, as well as many of her delicious recipes. The upcoming break will be the perfect time to curl up and enjoy it.

What are you reading lately?

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