Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gloss for Words

Good morning, students. My name is Professor L. Chic and welcome to Style Finds 101. Throughout the semester, you'll research multiple choices to infuse style into your everyday life.

Study icons like Alexander McQueen and Audrey Hepburn, review inspirational ideas for your kitchen and home-work, then highlight your creative juices with a cleverly-designed sketch book.

So take note of the book list below and feel free to stop by my office for daily tutoring sessions.

You'll earn extra style credit in no time.

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Grand Fashion
Admire Alexander McQueen's most iconic and sculptural designs captured in stunning detail. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty follows the late designer from fledgling label to world-renowned fashion house. Don't be scared by the holographic cover; inside you'll find breath-taking photos of gold feathered gowns and strong-shouldered, waist-cinching military jackets paired with quotes like "I want people to be afraid of the woman I dress."
$30, Barnes & Noble online.
Lei Chic Mid-Bite in Paris
One day you'll be able to afford that trip to Paris, sip on a lime grapefruit and ginger juice and nibble on a maple syrup scone near the Gare du Nord. Until that happens, immerse yourself in Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, a collection of recipes and drool-worthy photos from the popular Parisian eatery, Rose Bakery. Close your eyes, take a bite of braised lamb shank with cumin, eggplant and chickpeas, and murmur incroyable.
$29.95, R&D, 691 Auahi St.
Lei Chic My Fair Lady
Flip through more than 600 magazine covers of one of the world's most recognizable film stars and learn how Audrey Hepburn became a pop culture icon. Audrey Hepburn: International Cover Girl features rare covers from Paris, Italy, even Japan, as well as insightful details about the actress's life, career and style evolution.
$45, Papyrus, Ala Moana Center.
Lei Chic Home School
You'll find everything you ever wanted to know about home decor in one easy bible thanks to Design*Sponge at Home, a tome from the popular Web site Design*Sponge. Peek inside designer homes, be inspired by before and after makeovers, then try your hand at 50 DIY projects with step-by-step tutorials on topics like furniture painting and upholstering.
$35, Olive Boutique, 43 Kihapai St.
Lei Chic A Fresh Art
Be a kid all over again with Let's Make Some Great Art, a book that actually encourages you to draw all over its pages. Take cues from fun scenarios, like completing Mona Lisa's smile or turning people into aliens. Key lessons on artists and techniques are expertly woven into captions and projects.
$19.95, La Muse, 1156 Nuuanu Ave.

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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