Finally! Summer is here and we’re daydreaming of days spent on the beach or in the garden with a good book. When life gets busy it’s easy to forget about your favourite reads in favour of emails and phone calls. We think it’s about time you took a moment to switch off and enjoy a few hours of relaxing reading. To save time we’ve collated a list of our favourite stylish reads - from factual fashion books to informative non-fiction and inspirational autobiographies - there’s something here to suit you. So switch off your phone, grab an iced tea and take a break from technology. Bliss!
En Brogue, Hannah Rochell
You might think hating heels would be a problem for a fashion editor but Hannah Rochell is a self-professed flats fanatic and never wears stilettos despite working in the fashion industry. In her book, En Brogue, she styles forty different flats from brogues to boots, pumps, slippers and sandals complete with hand drawn illustrations, photographs and historical info about each of our favourite shoes. Flats have never been more interesting, fact.
Grace: A Memoir, Grace Coddington
In this revealing memoir Vogue legend Grace Coddington shares personal anecdotes from her childhood through to her fashionable exploits in New York, from wartime Anglesey to the long term professional partnership she shares with Anna Wintour, this book shines light on the hard work that goes into her unforgettable fashion images. Working with industry names like Jerry Hall, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein and Bruce Webber, this model turned editor has had a remarkable career that has touched both fashion insiders and the general public alike. Once you start on this it's hard to put down!
Secret Garden, Johanna Basford
Not strictly a book to read but wonderfully relaxing all the same, this adult colouring book by our friend Johanna Basford has topped bestseller lists for months and it’s easy to see why. The book takes us on a ramble through a secret garden via beautiful pen and ink illustrations that can be coloured and decorated using pens, pencils and paint. A creative boost and a tool for relaxation in under 100 pages.
How to be Parisian, Caroline de Maigret
A light-hearted read for fans of the French capital who admire Caroline de Maigret’s effortless sense of style. We love her relaxed denim jacket and stacking rings (above) and think she'd have fun styling our Flora and Fauna collection, don't you? Follow Caroline's fashionable exploration of Parisian habits and hobbies, tongue in cheek mantras (‘Fashion rules the world and Parisians rule fashion’) and discover the city’s secret haunts. A good book to dip in and out of during short airport delays and quick coffee breaks.
Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes
Die-hard beauty enthusiasts will love this book and read it from cover to cover. Hughes recommends the most trustworthy professionals in the business from seasoned beauty directors to bloggers and vloggers and writes honestly about how advertising can restrict freedom of expression. Drawing on over 20 years experience in the world of make-up, Hughes discusses all types of skin from teenage to mature, bridal make-up to botox and gives instructions on using make-up to feel beautiful both in sickness and good health.