Friday, October 5, 2012

On my nightstand, October 2012

I've only been writing this feature for 3 months, but it's already an inseparable part of my editorial calendar. In fact, I can spend a great deal of time putting together list of books I'm most excited to read every month. The hardest part? Narrowing it down to only 5-6 books (if I could I would read at least 20 books every month!) 
So, without further ado, these are my October reading picks. 
And as always, please, don't hesitate your favorite reads, and who knows? Maybe one of them will land on my November list. I'm looking forward to it!

1. InStyle The New Secrets of style: This book is the best example of my bad reading habits (like buying tons of new books and then forgetting to read them). I remember buying it on my very first trip to New York, two years ago. I was very excited to read it (InStyle has always been one of my all-time favorite mags), yet when I got back home, I put it in the bookshelf and completely forgot about it. An then, a few weeks ago, when I was rummaging through my boxes after my last move, I accidentally found it and literally squealed with delight. In order to prevent it from falling into oblivion once again, it is now proudly sitting on my nightstand, and I promise (really), that it will be the first book I'll read this month!

2. Emily Schuman: Cupcakes and Cashmere: I've been a huge fan of Emily's amazing blog for years (I even read through all her old posts, up to the very beginning). It's no surprise that I was beyond thrilled to hear the news about her writing a book. When it finally came out, I was quite put off by the less than stellar reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but finally I've decided to take the plunge, purchase it, and make my own opinion. It should arrive any day now, and I'm awaiting it quite anxiously. Did you read it? If so, what is your honest opinion? I'm really curious to know!

3. Hélène Dujardin: Plate to pixel: You can tell that I've been riding the food photography book wave recently. I loved Nicole S. Young's Food Photography, and I'm more determined that ever to learn even more about the techniques, tips and ways to make my food pictures look more beautiful and appealing. That's why I'm so excited to read Hélène's new book. She is running a very popular blog Tartelette and when you look at her photos, you must admit that she clearly knows what she's talking about. (And the fact that she is French doesn't hurt either!)

4. Nina Garcia: The little black book of style: To all those who say that clothes are not important, that they are just a frivolous pastime, I tell: You couldn't be more wrong! Your personal style is such an important part of how you present yourself. It influences the first impression you can make on people. Perfectly chosen clothes can even boost your confidence (ever heard the "dress the part" advice?). Re-thinking your style is never a waste of time! I'm doing it constantly, that's why I'm very much looking forward to getting some insider tips from the fashion editor of Marie Claire herself!

5. Joy Deangdeelert Cho: Blog Inc.: When I look for blog advice and inspiration, I always find myself going back to a few tried and tested experts out there. Whether it's an interview with Emily Schuman, or a blog post by Camille Styles on personal branding, these ladies never hesitate to share their experiences and their wisdom. And Joy, author of the sweet and delightful blog Oh Joy, is definitely one of them. That's why I'm so impatient to read this little gem of a book. Whether it's financing my blog, managing my social networks or building a community, I'm sure I'll find plenty of great advices on how to take my blog to the next level.


  1. I'm very interested to check out books 1 and 5 ;)

  2. I would love to read number 1! You can never know too much about clothes an style.

  3. wow, Ivana, it's impressive how many books you manage to read during a month! :) I honestly wish I could say the same thing about myself but obviously I can't. maybe I'll change though :P
    book 3 is the one I'm interested in btw.

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  4. "...yet when I got back home, I put it in the bookshelf and completely forgot about it"
    I understand you, I do this too and I have to change that :)

  5. Great reading list. I look forward to seeing what you think of the Cupcakes and Cashmere book and totally agree with your views on the importance and impact of personal style.

  6. i need to read some fashion books soon!

  7. Im particularly interested in book number 5. I am now really discovering myself and finding ways to show this through my blog, so this book might be very helpful!

  8. I like these books, wanna read them too!:) kisses dear!

  9. I think I'll be checking out Blog Inc. It sounds like its gonna be filled with great tips.

  10. Looks like a good collection of book! I've been meaning to get Emily's new book. Love her blog too! Following you now :-)

  11. Hi Ivana, I have Emily's book and to be honest, I'm not thrilled. She included a lot of her old outfits in her book, I wish she would put in more current ones. The recipes were quite boring...I find more inspirations on her blog. I still enjoy the book because there are lots of nice photos. Anyway, I still LOVE her blog!

    xo Jo

  12. love the little black book <333 folowing you and hopeing u'll fllow back <3

  13. Hey nice blog here! Visit mine and let me know what you think, maybe we could follow each other!

  14. I can't wait to pick up Blog Inc. It looks great. I like the other ones you've picked out too, I'll have to check them out.

    Stay in the Lines


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