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True Whit by Whitney Port

23 Sep


Deisnging a life of Style, Beauty and Fun with Sheryl Berk

 

Welcome to the world of Whitney Port. She was part of two of MTV’s most successful reality TV shows, The Hills and The City, and has since become a style icon through launching her very own fashion line Whitney Eve. In her first book, Whitney aims to use her life experience to enlighten young ladies who are starting to find their feet in the real world. “What I wanted to create was a guidebook, so to speak, to starting out in your twenties. It’s your time to shine, to dig deep and discover who you are.”

 

So a la mode?

 

Whitney goes down to every little detail when offering advice on how to get your life in order. Using specific family recipes and detailing things such as what her personal fitness regime consists of make it lots easier for us to dabble in her routine and see how it works. She also gives tips on how we can channel her eclectic style, from encouraging shopping in charity shops to identifying specific hair types and using that information to explain how each hair type can be styled to emulate her own locks. Every base is covered, from how to deal with a difficult co-worker to how to impress on a first date.

 

Uh-oh a la mode?

 

One thing that did disappoint me as an avid fan of The Hills and The City was that lots of her personal experiences draw from things we’ve already seen on the show. I was hoping that in purchasing the book I’d hear a different side of the story than what I’d already watched, but advice seemed based on things we already knew – e.g. relationship advice based on her relationship with Jay or work advice based on her time with Olivia. Maybe next time if Whitney could give us a little spoiler of all the things we had missed then the read would be a little juicier!

 

All in all a brilliant guide for a young girl – I’d especially recommend it to anyone who has just moved away from home, for example a University student or a new graduate.

 

A la Mode Appraisal: 8/10 – more secrets next time please, Whitney!

 

True Whit is published by Aurum Press and will help every young lady in her search for herself at a very reasonable £14.99.

 

If you liked this book, you may also like Style by Lauren Conrad.

Style Yourself, Inspirational Advice from the World’s Hottest Fashion Bloggers

13 Jun

Foreword by Jane Aldridge

Since the internet was launched, fashion bloggers have taken the web by storm and created an infectious network. Perfect for supporting those in need of fashion inspiration and daring readers to explore the endless possibilities within their wardrobes, there are tons of style writers all over the world uploading invaluable fashion content every day. Now, 95 of the best bloggers, from the UK to Japan, from the USA to Norway, have joined forces to compile the ultimate guide in personal style.

In a guide that is both logical and whimsical, bloggers give their advice on all wardrobe essentials. The book begins with a guide to which  items specifically should make up your wardrobe, e.g. number of skirts, tops and shoes, and then as it continues each garment is evaluated in meticulous details. Styles and shapes for each piece are explored and suggestions are made as to which variety of each garment is most suited to each individual. Throughout this process, bloggers sprinkle in their in-depth features on how to style a particular part of your wardrobe. Whether you’re after some advice on which colour suits you best, what trousers accentuate your shape or what kind of purse will compliment your earrings, this book is not to be missed. The balance between creating attainable concepts and outlandish collaborations is incredibly refreshing.

For a glimpse at some of the contributors personal blogs, why not visit some of the following websites?

Susie Lau from London, England
Style Bubble

Carolina Engman from Stockholm, Sweden
Fashion Squad

Funeka Ngwevela from Johannesburg, South Africa
Quirky Stylista

A la Mode Appraisal: 10/10

Style Yourself is published by Apple Press and will inspire you to play with your wardrobe for just £14.99.

If you liked this you may also like Style Diaries by Simone Werle.

Doppelganger by Gestalten

5 May

Images of the Human Being

I would like to preface this review by stating that this book contains the most astounding visuals I have ever seen. Have you ever seen a man with a half eaten face of cake? Laid eyes on a regular fellow who happens to assemble the features of his face like Mr Potato Man? Seen a girl with eyelashes the colours and length of the rainbow?

Doppelganger explores images of the human being in an array of different contexts. Sometimes the body is explored as an entity in itself and is pictured merely in its usual form, perhaps jogging or climbing up a wall as depicted by Willi Dorner. At other times completely manmade art works are made to resemble the human body, for example by artists such as Antony Gormley. Frequently an image of a human being will just be doctored to create an other-worldly concept of what is human. Whatever the method, these images are designed to shock and to invoke deep thought in those who receive them.

Upon observing these images, we are compelled to feel attached and react strongly to them because we can relate to clearly to them; these are body parts which we have ourselves and they are presented in a strange or unconceivable way. Any reader, old or young, male or female, would thoroughly enjoy exploring the possibilities of what could potentially be made of the limbs and features that they take for granted should they inject them with a little paint or a block of ice. An absolute must for fans of the bizarre, this book is truly mind-boggling.

A la Mode Appraisal: 10/10

Doppelganger is published by Gestalten and will blow your mind for £37.50.

If you liked this, you may also like Hyperactivitypography by Gestalten.

New Club Kids by Oggy Yordanov

18 Apr

 London Party Fashion in the Noughties

Welcome to a time when eccentricity was ultimate fashion statement. You are about to embark upon a journey of spandex, leather, glitter, wigs, body art and some female fashions, too. Influenced by the New Romantics and breaking the barriers of Punk, this is the tale of London’s New Club Kids.

Upon arriving in London in 2001, Bulgarian photographer Oggy Yordanov decided to capture the style of London’s original “dressers” in the underground club movement. For ten years he was immensely inspired by his findings and so he decided to put together a glorified scrapbook of all of his favourite looks. Containing minimal but brilliant prose, New Club Kids provides the reader with a brief written description of London’s New Club Kids, an interview with Princess Julia (a woman who has lived through many of London’s creative movements and played an enormous part in founding some of them) and then decides to let the photographs speak a thousand words.

Taking photographs of individuals and groups across a ten year period and in numerous London clubs, Oggy manages to capture the fashions behind the music, the art and the characters that inhabited the city at the time. What is most interesting for me is the fact that Oggy seems to focus particularly on androgynous fashion. In doing this, he almost creates the impression that each person is a piece of art all on their own. Rather than presenting these people as spectators of a fabulous scene, he presents them as a pivotal part of this ludicrous movement – they are the scene. By removing gender from the equation, these people become almost like other-worldly walking art forms and are even more integral in allowing the reader to get lost in such a fantastical time.

After turning through pages of outrageous face paint and wild props and every clothing texture under the sun, I felt as though I had completely developed a sense of what it was to be a New Club Kid and felt compelled to do something daring with my hair that evening. Oggy certainly knows how to capture a moment with his camera; if you’re a fan of fancy dress or have an interest in theatrical makeup, this book will certainly be useful in kick-starting your creative vision.

A la Mode Appraisal: 10/10

New Club Kids is published by Prestel and will provide you with endless fashion and makeup inspiration for £16.99.

If you liked this, you may also like Doppelganger by Gestalten.

Express Makeup by Rae Morris

13 Mar

Imagine the scenario…

You are a hairdresser at a beauty pageant and one of the guest judges is Naomi Campbell. The model throws one of her infamous tantrums and her makeup artist storms out, prompting her to bid you “fix my lips”. At the very moment that you reach to apply a little gloss for her, the paparazzi burst into the room and capture you pampering her to perfection. From that day forward, you are an in demand makeup artist extraordinaire. This is the story of author, Rae Morris, a now world renowned makeup artist.

In a sequel to her first book, Makeup: the Ultimate Guide, Rae is attempting to share all of her artistry secrets with an attention to speed; “this book is for the women who are put off by the thought of how long it takes them to do their makeup”. Covering all bases, from helping you to compile an essential makeup kit to making suggestions that tailor it to your eyes, skin and hair, Rae is here to provide a starter guide to maintaining a fast and flawless beauty regime.

My favourite parts of the book were, in fact, two small statements that surprised me the most. Firstly was the recommendation that one invests in good eyebrow pencils because “besides the perfect foundation, your eyebrows are the most important feature on your face”. It seemed so trivial at the time, but since adapting the mantra of using an eyebrow pencil regularly I have really noticed how much varying your brows can completely alter your look. Secondly was the very logical suggestion that women own at least two shades of foundation. Your complexion changes with the seasons, so shouldn’t your foundation? Such a small thing to note but it had genuinely never occurred to me. It is also useful to vary your shade depending on whether you’ll be applying fake tan or not.

A thoroughly enjoyable book with lots of images and step-by-step guides to creating specific makeup looks, I would like to emphasise that this book is not a girlie indulgence… it is a necessity.

A la Mode Appraisal: 10/10

Express Makeup is published by Apple Press and will teach you all of the tricks of the trade for a mere £14.99.

If you liked this you may also like The Modern Girl’s Guide to Fabulousness by Bethanie Lunn.