Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Style Maven










I’m going back to my Anthro excursion for today’s post and another book that that I found while there. I mean you can’t help but love that store. You can find a top, skirt, candles, china and fun reading. Genius.





But back to the book, well, books actually. The Little Black Book of Style and One Hundred: A Guide to The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia our favorite tough no love judge from Project Runway and former fashion editor for Elle magazine.







Oh Nina How I miss you! I love how Nina makes the title for One Hundred so forceful using the word 'must'. Go Nina.

The books are beautiful with illustrations by famed illustrator Ruben Toledo, husband of designer Isabelle Toledo.






Here is the blurb from Little Black Book of Style:


Every time you dress, you assert your identity. With style, you tell the world your story. In that way, style affords you opportunities to think about your appearance as a quality of your creative character. The Little Black Book of Style helps you to explore your own fashion voice—the piece of you that joyously revels in the glamorous experience of creating your best self. From cultivating good taste to guarding against definite fashion faux pas, Nina Garcia offers readers the ultimate guide to follow when it comes to dressing their best. Including tips on how and when to wear an outfit, occasion-appropriate wear, advice on how to combine colors and textures, and inspiration on how to achieve your own signature look, you learn how to experiment, storyboard, archive, and play. Timeless and universal, this book seeks to remind women that eternal style is internal style, and that everyone has what it takes to discover themselves through the colorful palette that is fashion.






And here is the blurb from The One Hundred:




In the wildly popular The Little Black Book of Style, fashion authority Nina Garcia showed women how to think about personal style in an entirely new way. Encouraging readers to creatively assert their style identities, Nina showed women of all ages how to hone and self-edit a distinct fashion voice.
With her style philosophy firmly out in the world, Nina decided to address the most popular question readers consistently ask her: Exactly what are fashion's timeless pieces?
The One Hundred answers this question and provides women with a tangible style map to follow when planning a shopping trip and stocking one's closet. With illustrations from world-renowned fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo, The One Hundred contains the 100 items that Nina believes will never go out of style, and that have become absolutely indispensable for any woman reaching for her own eternal fashion look.



What are some of your Wardrobe Must Haves? I'll start: A great pair of jeans, perfect tees, good tailored shirt, classic black pants, ballet flats and LBD (I'm still working on finding the perfect one)






Best,
Kwana

16 comments:

Tamstyles said...

I have those books..and they are now at tj maxx for 14.99

Purple Flowers said...

For the LBD, try Nordstrom online. They have a large variety of LBDs

jane said...

you are a woman after my own heart. i´ll check these out. how´s jack? happy day!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Cute flats...I like Miss Gracia, can't wait for Project Runways to be back on the air! xo*

pve design said...

for the LBD, the one that looks like "nah" on the hangar is the one that says "yah" in the dressing room! I love ballet flats ---
pve

Frau said...

I love the little ballet flats, LBD is everyones goal but I want the body first to fit in my LBD. Good Luck finding one, do you have a Dillards they have a huge dress selection.

Deidra said...

I'm a firm believer in great underwear. It's all about the foundation!

Kristen Painter said...

Oh good! Another reason to shop! lola

Joyce said...

Kwana you will be one stylish gal! Congrats on winning one of Tonya's jewelry pieces. I'm happy that you won. YAHOO...

Hugs to you and Jack. xoxo

Amanda McCabe said...

That black wrap dress you wore at Lady Jane's a couple months ago was great! I am a big believer in the perfect LBD and ballet flats (think I have about 50 pairs), and I'm always on the hunt for the perfect jeans. I'm so short it's hard to find the right ones!

Alluring Interiors said...

Imma have to pick those bad boys up...Thanks for sharing!

Sheryl said...

Stacy and Clinton would so laugh at my closet. I'm not sure I had any of those must haves. My fashion style is really sad.

Ondo Lady said...

I have both of these books and they are really cool. I LOVE the illustrations, they really sell the book. Did you know that Rene Toledo, who did the illustrations is married to Isabel Toledo, the lady who made Michelle Obama's suit for the inauguration?

Phyllis Bourne said...

I already have her new one The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart pre-ordered on Amazon. It comes next month!

T. Anne said...

Isn't about time PR hit the airwaves again? I'm ready.

Kwana said...

I did know about Ruben being married to Isabel Toledo thanks Ondo Lady.

Thanks for the recommendations from those who already have the books and for the LBD suggestions.

Ammanda you are sweet.

T. Anne I think PR starts in August. I can't wait.

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