In past weeks I have become slightly obsessed with transforming the function of our coffee table from occasional footrest and free paper dumping ground into ‘cool book’ placeholder. I’ve swept away the month old Evening Standards, hidden the Xbox controller and am slowly replacing both with pages of goodness of my choice stacked high. But I’m not going all Hemmingway on your ass, I’m talking pages packed with my favourite topics – blogging, beauty with a scattering of style. I’ve found the Urban Outiftters book section to hold some absolute gems and as I’ve spent a large proportion of this weekend packed tightly on trains I’ll be taking a bit of a time-out and curling up in the window seat getting my teeth into some of these beauties.
First up, a magazine. I have a bit of a penchant for high quality, hefty and heavy and slightly hard to find magazines, I’m not sure why – they just tempt me. Whilst browsing the shelves at a well stocked WHSmith I noticed, Suitcase Magazine. A quartley travel and fashion focused mag with a bulky beauty section thanks to Amelia. All in all a good read that I’ll be picking up again in three months time. Blog Inc by Joy Cho is a purchase I mentioned in my latest haul video. I’ve passed the halfway point and despite a slow start that focused on beginning a blog - a bit late for me almost three years down the line – I’ve finally had to pick up a pen to write down a few of Joy’s tips. A book packed with tips by the bucketload, is The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art by Sharmadean Reid. I was wary that this could have been a regurgitation of what is freely available out there on nail blogs, but the step-by-step breakdowns are really handy and I’m left feeling inspired. I purchased my first ever set of nail wraps the other day and now I’m eyeing up a nail art pen and striper set. The final read in my coffee table quartet Style Feed: The World’s Top Fashion Blogs by William Oliver, is probably the most coffee table-esque book of them all. Easily digested in just a few hours, visually appealing and interesting interviews with some pretty darn successful bloggers. Leandra Medine, swoon.
So those are the latest additions to my wannabe cool coffee table; but my book haul didn’t end there. Oh no. The Feminist Ryan Gosling: Feminist Theory From Your Favourite Sensitive Movie Dude is winging its way to me in the post right now. Who says I don’t have literacy taste?