Monday, 24 October 2016

Bookish Monday


The one thing I buy as much, if not more than skincare, is books and music. Yes, I still buy CDs, the old-fashioned way. 
Book-wise, I'm a sucker for a beautiful, good, solid hardback and there have been an abundance of them released in the last month.



First up is Bloom by the lovely Estee Lalonde aka Essie Button-of-old to those of us in the blogging world. Bloom is a journey through Estee's life so far and is done really beautifully, almost like an extra long blog post with fabulous photographs. A joy. Available from: waterstones.com/book/bloom 
Estee's site can be found here: www.esteelalonde.com


I remember shopping for Lime, Basil and Mandarin shower gel in Jo Malone's first store in Walton Street in London. Since then she's sold the business to Estee Lauder, survived breast cancer and opened Jo Loves, while being a wife and mum along the way. This is the story of her journey. Available from Amazon: www.amazon.co.uk/Jo-Malone-My-Story More info on Jo can be found here: www.joloves.com


Sali's second book looks at iconic beauty products through the decades and is a cross between a fun encyclopedia and a trip down memory lane. LouLou fragrance anyone? 


A breeze to read, it's an excellent reference book and a perfect Christmas present for the beauty lover in your life. Available here: waterstones.com/pretty-iconic More info on Sali here: salihughesbeauty.com


Finishing up with The Coveteur. I am fairly new to this site, but I am completely addicted. If you like nosying into people's wardrobes/dressing rooms/general living spaces, be warned, you'll be here for hours. The book is beautiful. Big, hefty, bright and chock full of exquisite photography.
Available from Waterstones: waterstones.com/the-coveteur and the website is here: Be warned - make a brew before you start. coveteur.com/closet



As an aside: every time I googled these books, Amazon came up first. Can we please support traditional booksellers? The absolute joy of meandering for hours in a bookshop cannot be matched by having something delivered to your house with lightbulbs and phone chargers via Prime delivery.

To that end, here are some of the best:

www.dauntbooks.co.uk

www.johnsandoe.com

www.ica.org.uk

www.assouline.com/boutiques

www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

www.clairederouenbooks.com

www.sotherans.co.uk



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22 comments:

  1. I love reading but my passion is crime thrillers/fiction. I do have a Kindle now because I can no longer hold a book open for hours due to my RA but I love nothing more than a meander round Waterstones with my daughter who is a huge book fiend it seems like yourself!! I'm lucky if I (and my purse) escape untouched!! The smell alone is enough to keep me engrossed for hours just browsing and finding new things to read.

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  2. Thanks for this - just ordered The Coveteur as a Christmas present for a friend (1 down..only a hundred or more to go!!) and am now (well not right now) ogling their website!xx

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  3. I love books, especially beautiful ones, and these look so lovely! Bloom and Pretty Iconic were, of course, already on my list ;)

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  4. Also - if anyone wants to buy online (at a reasonable price) whilst also supporting local booksellers, I would recommend using the website Hive. Not sure any of the books mentioned here are available through it, but might be worth anyone who is starting to think about the dreaded Xmas shopping!

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  5. What amazing books!!! But I mainly wanted to say I completely agree - I can't imagine a life without a bookshop to go to. It's the place I go if I feel a bit fed up - just being surrounded by books, the smell and feel of them is addictive.
    Pretty Iconic is going on my Christmas list :)

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  6. And who remembers LouLou Bleu?

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  7. I loved Bloom, and Sali Hughes first book. Just as an aside, Amazon does have an actual retail bookstore (where you pay the Amazon online price :) Currently the only one is in Seattle. But if demand increases... (I have filled two stamp cards at Waterstones and am well on my way to a third, so I 100% believe in the in store experience, but sometimes they just don't have what I'm looking for at a price I want to pay.)

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    1. I know - it's not always easy to get what you need. x

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  8. Thank you for suggesting supporting booksellers other than Amazon, browsing in a bookshop is a joy and pre kids I worked in one for 8 years. May I also suggest that you can get these from your local library too ☺️

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    1. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WOMAN IT'S 'SALI', DO YOU WANT HER TO KILL YOU?

      ;)

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  10. Completely agree on the bookshop experience! Nothing compares. When I was younger my mother and I would go to Barnes & Noble (not a local bookseller at the time no, but was the closest one to us!) every other week. And whenever I travel I must stop in a local bookstore, even if they don't have anything in English. Thanks for your insight on these books!

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    1. Me too. Literally have to stop myself buying books in languages I do not speak!

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  11. As an author it makes me extremely happy to see beauty and books celebrated in one place. Big love to Daunt books too!

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