Reading use to be a favorite pastime of mine growing up as a child and into my teen years. I remember loving to read so much that if I ever cut up, as punishment, my parents would just take all my books away. Crazy hunh? Well it worked. They knew how to get me, lol. But then life happened. I grew up went through high school, then college and got a full time job. Girl, I wasn't reading anything other then those text books I had paid half a million dollars for for classes. I just didn't have the time. I was too tired, too stressed, busy, and dealing with...EVERYTHING. These days I just make the time. I find that reading is very relaxing and a perfect way to end my day. I tend to keep in rotation books of whatever I may be going through at the time. Right now it's books regarding career, business, and topics that have everything to do with the style and beauty industry. My collection is growing. Here are 3 books that are on my night stand right now.
The Career Code: I have been following Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr since I purchased their 'Who, What, Wear' style book back in 2011. Together, they have built a media empire by creating Whowhatwear.com, the leading platform for premium, shoppable fashion and style content. I'm on this site almost everyday! Shortly after, they created Clique media, a content and technology company behind home décor site, Domaine (www.domainehome.com), beauty site, Byrdie (www.byrdie.com), and exclusively represent a large, curated collection of the top bloggers in fashion (such as Atlantic-Pacific, Song of Style and Something Navy), beauty, and home décor as part of its online sales offering. Not to mention they've got a new clothing line with Target!
Since I enjoyed their last book and am pretty much inspired by their careers, I figured this would be a good read. The Career Code has everything to do with helpful tips on navigating through your career. It includes great topics, such as: Job interview tips, style advice on what to wear to get promoted, and the easiest ways to get a raise. Right now I'm taking note of the book's 'Life Hacks' which gives tips on making you more efficient and effective in life in general! My favorite life hack is 'Always be Ready'. Which has so much truth to it. Life is unpredictable. True. These ladies make a great point that the benefit of being prepared actually allows you to be more spontaneous while keeping your stress level down. We all know that you have to stay ready, so you don't have to get ready. Hello somebody.
Leave Your Mark: Aliza Licht is formerly the voice behind the popular @DKNY PR GIRL twitter feed that boasted over half a million followers. In 'Leave Your Mark', she shares advice and inspiration through her own experiences as a top fashion publicist, while providing information about building your personal brand. I'm still reading this one. But I'm loving the passage in the book that talks about getting experience when you have no experience. Hey, if you can't get through the front door, sometimes you gotta go through the window.
Love x Style x Life: I'm so in love with this book because the aesthetic is very much my style. French illustrator turned blogger, Garance Dore, opens up about her favorite topics in Love Style Life. From her childhood in Corsica, to finding her sense of style, to career advice and love stories. Almost every section in this book is tied together so classically and I love the quality of the photos. This book gives me all types of Parisian vibes. I'm taking every last bit of it in!