Yup, I'm still a student, which means I still don't have the time to read books I actually enjoy. I'm not saying that my studies are boring, and much less that the only books I'm interested in are books about fashion and beauty. BUT every female student who has had to write 3+ essays or exams within a short period of time knows, that afterwards all you want to read is a good old fashion magazine. Or just something that doesn't demand much of your brain.Therefor my bucket list of not so demanding, but still highly interesting books is growing and growing. Let's start off with one that has been on my wish list for months:
Love x Style x Life by Garance Doré
Garance Doré, for those who don't know her, is a French all-rounder, best known for her eponymous blog. Reading her posts gave me this "I want to be killer good at speaking French"-moment, which I should have had years ago, considering the fact that I live in the only country that is probably more Francophile than France itself. Therefor it was pretty clear to me that the only really good guide on how to be a bit more like a French girl, would be her style guide. Now that she has started posting stories about her engagement and on how she met her future husband, which are by the way more interesting to read than any episode of SATC could have ever been, I am also eagerly interested in the "love" part of her book.
Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore
When I published my post about "How I Solved my Beauty Problems by Doing Less", a friend recommended me to read this guide on how to treat your skin naturally and detox your beauty routine. Definitely something I will need after having read the last book from this list...
Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odell
I saw this book recommended on Instagram and when I read the title and especially the subtitle "An outsider's view from inside the fashion industry", I was hooked immediately. Just like about every other fashion blogger, I would love to work in the fashion industry, but I feel I don't really belong there. That was what Amy Odell thought so at the beginning of her career, too. I had a peek inside the book and I already love her writing style and how on point she is with clichés about people in the industry.
The Art of Dressing Curves by Susan Moses
Another book I came across on Instagram and think might be a game changer for me. With my body I've known three different stages: 1. "I don't have a perfect body and I should really loose some weight", 2. "I don't have a perfect body but I'm too lazy to give a fuck" and 3. "I have curves and I should learn how to use them!". At stage number three I'm usually stalking plus size models and bloggers on the internet, admiring how awesome and self-confident they look. Unfortunately I'm back at stage one too quickly to ever learn how to dress them curves, so this book might be my solution to stick at stage three and be awesome. #girlpower
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
So as I said at the beginning of this post, I'm still a student, but not for much longer! It's time to seriously think about getting a job and actually being good at it. I know that the combination of my dream job, my current homeland and the studies I almost finished, are the worst blend ever. Who would hire someone in fashion, who doesn't know anything about the industry, in a country that doesn't know anything about the industry, either? I guess my only solution is becoming a professional blogger after all, which is where the "rock social media" promise from the cover comes into play.
No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O'Connor and Alexandra Spunt
As I indicated there's another book about beauty on my list, and as far as I can see it has been written by two journalists who found out the hard way that the beauty industry is more of a toxic industry, and who decide not to ignore this fact any longer. I can't wait to find out which brands are actually producing the clean cosmetics our skin deserves and needs!
Which books are currently on your bucket list?
P.S.: Please excuse my ramblings about my messed up future professional life. I'm just having one of these moments every student who studies human sciences knows all too well.