First of we have 'What would Audrey do?' by Pamela Keogh.
I love Audrey Hepburn, she was totally gorgeous and elegant so I bought this from Amazon early last year, I think and finger through it often.
"Charm the beast. Audrey was so successful with the press because she was always, most notably, herself."
Next are 'No Body's perfect' by Kimery Kirberger and
'Elegance' By Kathleen Tessaro.
'No Body's Perfect' was given to me by my mum when I was about fifteen/sixteen and struggling with self-image a little. It has real girls stories, one is titled 'Army Tank vs The Ethiopian' and has loads of tips on self confidence and body image.
It really hit home to me that not everyone is the same. Some people are as skinny as a lamp post and others aren't but it doesn't make you a bad person because of the way you look!
'Elegance' I will admit is a novel! A novel of love & romance.
However, each chapter starts with some style advice.
J starts with Jewellery ...
"Jewellery is the only element of an ensemble whose sole purpose is elegance, and elegance in jewellery is a highly individual matter."It is a good book, I loved it - the story, the tips - and would consider buying another Tessaro novel in the near future.
The next two are 'How to walk in High Heels' by Camilla Morton and
'Two Lipsticks and a Lover' by Helena Frith Powell.
'How to walk in High Heels' tells you how to much pretty much anything! How to play poker, how to achieve perfection. How to put songs on your iPod - which I used when I bought my first iPod as I couldn't work it out for the life of me so it has been used and found to be useful in everyday life!
'Two Lipsticks and a Lover' is about a British women's experience moving to France and french women's effortless style, class and grace. I love this book due to my unconditional love for French women's style & ability to pull of any outfit elegantly.
The final two are sort of coffee table books. On the left is Bobbi Brown Beauty which my mum bought me also for my fourteenth Birthday possibly. It tells you all about make-up and how to apply it.
I found it useful as it taught me about the technique behind applying make-up.
" 'Imperfect' beauty; Taking a flaw and making it your most striking feature."
The books contains lots of gorgeous pictures ranging from Madonna to Marilyn Monroe.
Lastly is the book on the right of the photo.
It is Debretts Etiquette for girls by Fleur Britten.
I got this for Christmas a few years ago and love reading this for tips on presentation, romance, events and style.
It discusses basis manners which are forgotten about sometimes and is just a nice book to flick through - I wouldn't say something to sit down and read from cover to cover all at once!
The unfortunate truth is that society judges first on surface."
So that is some of my favourite books ... I would love to hear some of your favourites as I am always looking for new books to flick through.