The Reading Pile

A few of my favourite things about Summer holidays are; 1. The (generally) amazing weather, 2. Sleep ins!, 3. Travel & 4. Getting to read a lot! My Summer break is rather long so usually I get to read a lot more books than during the year, which is nothing to complain about!

Here's a selection of books & magazines I've enjoyed lately 

British Vogue, January 2013 This issue is one of the best British Vogue's I've seen in a while. It's one of those magazines I rarely buy, mainly because it is a bit on the pricy side here in New Zealand but when I do I'm instantly reminded just how good it is. It always seems like British Vogue has the best articles of all the titles under the Vogue umbrella & of course the best layouts, and oftentimes the best editorials too. 

 Emily Sheffield penned an article entitled 'How We Shop Now' & whether or not women are savvier shoppers in a post-recession world which was an interesting read. My favourite stories though were an almanac of facts & interesting pieces from the Spring shows. Did you know: Marc Jacobs had customised Dot taxis outside his show venue, celebrating his new fragrance. How cool is that?! The other was 'Katepedia',  an in depth analysis of every single outfit Kate Middleton has worn & what the exact key elements are to her style. The findings found her most worn colour is blue & her most worn label since she was engaged is of course LK Bennett, designer of the nude heels she favours. 

The issue also contains a spectacular editorial named  'Collective Spirit' photographed by Angelo Pennetta. The shoot takes place at a classic English manor & each image features looks from one specific designer. Compared to some of the lavish Tim Walker shoots that leave me inspired this is pretty simple, but I love it. See the images yourself here. All in all this is a fantastic issue & if you can still find yourself a copy of this I suggest you take it home with you.

An Extraordinary Theory Of Objects by Stephanie Lacava This memoir charts the tales of Lacava's life as an outsider in Paris. She tells her stories through the objects she associates with moments in time. Her memoirs contain memories of loneliness & sadness but also adventure, discovery & hope for the future. Each object from her past that she mentions is accompanied by an explanation of its context & how she came to find it.

I really enjoyed this book. It is unlike any other memoir that I've read & it is well worth having a look at. It is available from The Book Depository.

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell The Carrie Diaries takes place in the early eighties & follows Carrie Bradshaw during her high school years, before she fell in love with New York City. It charts one of her first romances & introduces the story of how & why Carrie decides to become a writer. If you're a fan of the new series based on these books then you must read this & also Summer and the City.

Fashion Quarterly, Autumn 2013 For those who don't know, Fashion Quarterly is New Zealand's leading fashion publication. In the last year or so they've really upped the ante & this latest issue is fantastic. The cover editorial was shot in California & it is stunning. As always there are also great breakdowns of the season's key fashion trends, beauty trends & new products, twelve ways to renew your wardrobe & more.

I don't think you can get Fashion Quarterly outside of New Zealand but if you do live here then I definitely recommend you check this out if you haven't already.

♥ Do you have any book recommendations for me?? I am always looking for new books to read so leave me a comment below with your suggestions!

♥ ♥ I hope you're all having a fabulous Valentines Day. Eat chocolate & wear pretty tulle like Isabella did. I'm off to do some baking & I'll probably watch my favourite love story Moulin Rouge too.

*Before I forget, I've been using Tumblr a bit more lately & I've reopened my ask box if you ever want to ask any questions. You can find my Tumblr here. I mainly post Instagrams, things I love & anything else random that I see & like. 

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