My relationship with books has previously been a bit of a love/hate one. I’d go through stages of reading book after book and then hit a dry patch. The reality is that of course I never really stop reading. Whether it’s blogs, online content or even Insta stories, I’m always reading in some way. This year, however, I have made a conscious effort to read more real books and it’s actually been surprisingly easy.
I’ve always taken myself to be the type of gal that needs some kind of thriller-esque hook to keep the pages turning, but this year it seems I’ve caught the non-fiction bug. I’ve always assumed that I’d struggle with non-fiction books given my craving for an addictive plot, however, as it turns out, the books that I’ve been enjoying most are ones where I really feel like I’m learning something and educating myself.
For the beauty and fashion junkies amongst us, choosing a book in the field can often be hit and miss. It’s important to find a happy medium – somewhere between picture book and intense fashion theory (it seems fashion and beauty are yet to be deemed serious business even in 2018). So, without further ado, here is my fashion and beauty reading list for the summer ahead…
Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Woman by Otegha Uwagba
So pretty that it’s graced our Instagram feeds for what feels like an eternity. But, don’t be fooled by the pretty exterior, this millennial pink pocket guide contains a huge amount of boss lady intel. Writer, brand consultant and previous ad-lady, Uwagba goes through how to survive as a female in a competitive working environment. Whether you’re thinking of dabbling in freelance work or sitting down with your boss to discuss a long overdue pay rise, it’s worth picking this up first.
Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano by Dana Thomas
This book is a MUST-READ. I can’t put into words just how powerful this book is and just how much I enjoyed it. From childhood to the rise of their fashion empires, Gods and Kings tells the life stories of both John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. Whether you’re interested in 90’s British counterculture, fascinated by the inner workings of luxury corporations, intrigued by the effects of mental health issues in creative industries or if you simply love fashion, pick this up.
The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 – 1992 by Tina Brown
Here’s another you’ve probably seen everywhere. This one delves into the diary of Tina Brown, who served as Editor at Vanity Fair for eight years, starting at the age of just 24. Open, honest and insanely juicy, the tales told in this book will have you hooked from start to finish. If you’re interested in the world of mags at the height of their glamour (and, let’s face it, who isn’t) this one’s a must-read.
The Skincare Bible: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Skincare by Dr Anjali Mahto
Written by Dr Anjali Mahto, one of the UK’s most respected dermatologists, this book is full of genuinely digestible info on skincare. With so many skincare products claiming to cure your concern, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to shopping for your cosmetics. This book neatly organises everything you need to know and debunks any myths you may have heard. Read it once and keep it out to refer to whenever you need it – it’s now a staple on my dressing table.
Inside Vogue: My Diary of Vogue’s 100th Year by Alexandra Shulman
Inside Vogue takes a look at the diaries of ex-Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman’s diaries whilst she was overseeing the celebrations of British Vogue’s 100th year. Tell-all and inspiringly honest, this is an entertaining insight into a year in the life of British Vogue.
I prove to be quite difficult to please when it comes to books and the above have seriously reignited my love for reading. However, I do like to throw in the odd fiction book between these heavier reads, so if anyone has any reading recommendations perfect for summer, please do hit me up!