Have you guys given up on me yet? No? Okay good... I'm sure you know at least one person with this stupid flu/cold bs floating around, maybe you had it, but anyways, it took me down all of last week and is still lingering... so I apologize for the random blogging hiatus but I literally slept like 20 hours everyday. So this week we are digging our way out of the piles of emails and calligraphy projects that were collecting dust. I think I can finally see the light;)
Now that you're all caught up on my boring week, I wanted to share the latest book I've been reading. Megan and I decided to start a book club... well, if you would call 2 girls reading the same book a club. I don't read, I barely read blogs, I feel like I have a million other things to do that are a better use of my time (and yes, that includes doing absolutely nothing with a glass of wine on the couch). She convinced me that we need to do things like this though, to learn and be a better person (ugh). And so we picked something with lots of pictures and illustrations to help ease us into the whole thing, at least for me.
I could've ripped through this book, Love, Style, Life by Garance Doré, in a weekend but I found myself STOPPING myself from reading the next page so I had something to look forward to the next day. The book walked us through everything from how Garance developed her style, to how her blog got to where it is today. It revealed secrets about Fashion Week and share her hilarious point of view on Parisians and New Yorkers. All things I didn't know, I wanted to know, but somehow ended up feeling like it gave me a new perspective on things. Even if I'm not in Paris and New York all the time, some of the ideas she pointed out still ring true here in California. I know I don't talk about style a ton on here, but one thing I was really inspired by at the end was that I felt like it was okay to like the (maybe boring) style I have gravitated towards. I'm a t-shirt + jeans or simple shift dress kind of girl. I've tried the color and the patterns and the boho and the edgy, and I always come back to this. After reading the book and hearing about her style and her key pieces it was like the skies opened up and everything was clear (maybe a bit of an over exageration). Unfortunately since finishing the book, I've thrown away half of my closet and been on a constant quest for filling it with my perfect pieces... aka $$$.
Her journey from sharing her work on her blog, to building it into what it is today was a good reminder that if you keep doing what your doing, you'll find your niche. I know it was a style book, but I wish there was more on this part! It's so hard to find information on successful bloggers and online business owners... it's definitely something I think a lot of us could use.
And if all of that wasn't enough, there are the gorgeous images, illustrations and hand lettering to drool over. I'm actually considering tearing a few of my favorite pages out to frame and hang... crazy?
Our next read isn't as light, so i think that review might be a bit deeper... longer. It's more about running a business and hopefully some insight into doing that successfully as it grows. A lot of you asked to hear more about starting a business and tips/tricks in our survey, so I hope to have a lot to share after the next book! BUT, if you need a quick easy read for a weekend getaway, get this book! It'll look great as decor after too;)