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Gift Guide: 13 Books for The Blogger on Your Lists

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Bloggers are fans of wishlists, this I know. With the holidays just around the corner, I wanted to do a series of wishlists, all non-apparel. This week is the first, and I’m going to discuss the best books in the business for anyone in your life interested in fashion! Many of these I already own, and are ones I highly recommend. The 3 I do not own are on my own wishlist, as I’ve heard great review!book wishlist1: The Boss of You
I own this book; it’s highlighted, underlined, crammed with notebook pages of my own notes. It’s full of exercises and steps to get you where you want to be in your business, whether it’s owning your own store, or the business of blogging, or anything!

2. A to Zoe
I love this book for many reasons; it’s a great coffee table book, it’s by an intelligent and iconic stylist, and goes over anything and everything you could need to know about dressing for various events and curating the perfect wardrobe.

3. Writing for the Fashion Business
This book was recquired reading for my college degree, yet it’s something I go back to time and time again and definitely suggest to anyone who takes writing for their blog seriously, or has aspirations of becoming a fashion writer.

4. Alexa Chung’s IT
This book is SO NEW to the market, yet has come with some great reviews. A collection of photos, blurbs, and stories about the iconic “it” girl is inspiration enough for any blogger coveting the “it” factor.

5. Fashion of the 20th Century
Another great coffee table book, this one is for the blogger who is visually stimulated, as it covers 100+ apparel ads spanning the history of fashion.

6. Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls
As a long time follower of the musings of Leandra behind Man Repeller, I was super stoked when she wrote a book. One of my favorite things about her blog was her way with words; her whitty rhetoric, her uncanny ability to perfectly use SAT level verbs to describe fashion, and her effortless analogies. While I have yet to pick this baby up, I need to. And so does every blogger you know!

7. The TeenVogue Handbook
This book is perfect for the fashionista in your life who has yet figured out her niche, or where she wants to go within the industry. I bought this book in college when I was at that level, and the in depth descriptions of the positions and jobs within the fashion industry helped give me a better overall view of the business, as well as helping me hone in on my favorite aspects.

8. The Fashion Book
Dictionary-like, this mini-book offers basic information about iconic designers and fashion terminology alphabetically. The cover and size also makes it a great reference book to keep on your desk or night stand! There’s also a heftier, larger version available perfect for the coffee table!

9. Fifty Dresses that Changed the World
If your blogger wants to run the world with the air of sartorial intelligence, knowledge of the iconic fashions is necessary. This book will show what it takes to make a stand out piece and to be inspired by the greats.

10. Lauren Conrad’s Style
Another celebrity penned book, this one talks about style basics, proportion, and how to dress for both the ‘burbs and the city life. Probably my all time favorite celeb book.

11. Lauren Conrad’s Beauty
LC can do no wrong; she always looks flawless, which is why she’s been on our radar for so long. I mean, do I really  need to be the one to tell you how long its been since Laguna Beach was on the airwaves? Instead, read this book and take beauty tips from the gorgeous star.

12. Born to Blog
Not yet in my position, but a book I’ve skimmed through before and love. It’s great for those just beginning to ponder blogging for fun or to make it a business. Born to Blog offers easy steps with thorough explaining to help you get off on the right foot.

13. Vogue The Covers
Last but not least, every blogger would love this iconic book of inspiration. Whether for their bookshelf, desk, or coffee table this book showcases over 120 years worth of fashion history, beginning from the days when Vogue was merely sketches and Sears ads.

Do you own any of these books? What do you think of my picks for your blogger this season!?

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February is over already!? Well, it is the shortest month of the year. For me it’s been snowy and busy; changing things, focusing harder, making plans, traveling and testing out new situations. I’m ready for March and the impending spring, along with more travels and ventures.
How was your February!?

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I Love the Place Where We Shared Our Tiny Grace

but just because it’s real don’t mean it’s gonna work
I was out of your league, at a distance that I didn’t wanna see

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I was all sorts of pale for this Valentine’s Day, jeeze. I spent it on the daily grind, helping my father prepare a cute night for my mother, then socializing with other single pals and plenty of wine! Hope you all had a good Valentine’s Day, in a relationship or not! Also, please excuse any shakiness and imperfections in these images, I asked my father for help and he hasn’t the greatest eye for proper blogger composition! What can ya do?

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Mother’s tunic from Lane Bryant
Target skirt
Target socks by Merona
M.I.A boots
Vintage fur jacket

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True affection floats.
True affection sinks like a stone.

Another Long Winter Trying to Fight this Freeze

Waiting on the cold’s got a hold on me
a hold on me
so hold onto me

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Baby, it’s COLD outside! Here in the north east it’s been a steady ten degrees Fahrenheit for a couple of days now and all I have to say is praise the gods for Uniqlo’s HeatTech, I honestly don’t know how I survived before I discovered with almost 3 years ago…This heat generating line features Japanese technology in light weight basics which are perfect for looking effortlessly chic in these below freezing temps.

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Banana Republic skirt
Sweater from Urban Outfitters
Jacket from Macy’s
Uniqlo HeatTech tights
H&M booties

photos by Greg Easton

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Baby’s Got A Lot of Baggage

it don’t seem to matter

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J. Crew sweater
Floral jeans from TJ Maxx
H&M Booties
H&M Holographic purse
Aldo three-finger ring
Satya Jewelry gifted stone necklace
Sunglasses c/o 80sPurple

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Back in School They Never Taught Us What We Needed To Know

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Yuengling Beer shirt from Yuengling Brewery, Pennsylvania
H&M Skirt
Liz Claiborne tights
gifted Eclectic Eccentricity bracelet
H&M Booties
Fossil Belt
Vintage Liz Claiborne hat

Photos by Greg Easton

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Ugly Sweater Season

Welcome to December; the month of holiday parties, ugly sweater clad whether it’s the theme or not. I was asked to model for a poster for an upcoming Ugly Sweater party by the talented Greg Easton, and jumped at the fun opportunity! I borrowed the sweater vest from my mom, and I love her, but she has quite the collection of hideous holiday themed knits. At least they’re fun and keep us jolly and laughing!

H&M shirt

Mom’s sweater vest

Sequin skirt from TJ Maxx

Ellie Second Skin boots from Patricia Fields Boutique

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Remembering the Warmer Times

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H&M jacket
Charlotte Ronson x Diet Coke tee
Banana Republic skirt
H&M booties
Thrifted bag from Savers

Old photos from the warmer months of a trip to Newport, RI where I toured the Breakers Vanderbilt mansion. It was a gorgeous place with spectacular views and just so spacious and dreamy!

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Man Repelling as a Ghetto Republican WRapper

**Please note this title is satirical**

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Completely channeling Leandra AKA The Man Repeller with this look; pattern mixing to the extreme. The idea of pattern mixing used to send my OCD into a fit just thinking about it, but the idea has been growing on me and I must say it’s quite invigorating to dress a little “crazy” and make the people around me roll their eyes. In fact, when I came out with this on my photographer friend giggled and mentioned I look like a white ghetto republican rapper (hence the title). I went with it; threw on my favorite rap sing-a-long of Nelly’s Hot in Herre, and had some fun shooting this.

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Vintage elephant necklaces from my Grandmother

Vintage sweater from my Dad

Army/Navy Surplus jacket ($10!)

Printed jeans from TJ Maxx

Fossil belt

BDG Sneaker wedges from Urban Outfitters

TopShop clutch

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