Monday, 8 October 2012

Book Review: Cupcakes & Cashmere

Ever since one of my favourite Los Angeles based bloggers, Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere announced that she was publishing a book version of her blog, I have wanted to get my hands on it, but waited to order it until I was settled into my new LA apartment. I love how her blog throws together all aspects of my life from personal style (I get so many ideas from her as she has just a slightly more grown up version of my personal style), food, and interior ideas which are starting to be relevant to me as I'm growing up into my own spaces. 
Cupcakes And Cashmere: A Guide For Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space and Entertaining With Ease: UK / US
The book is separated into seasons; each season with the relevant style, beauty and entertaining (think Halloween or Christmas) entertaining tips for each season, as well as other, more general tips that are good for practically any season dotted throughout the book, but grouped together, so if you're looking for a section it is not too hard to find, and so that the book flows rather nicely. 
There is a lot in the book I already knew a lot about, like flower arranging for example (I love having fresh flowers around the house or my apartment), but her beautiful photography and styling gave me a few ideas all the same. There are also sections in the book I learnt quite a bit from, so I think at least something in the book will be helpful for everyone. I learnt about going to flea markets, something I'm not great at. She uses the famous flea market on Sundays on the corner of Melrose and Fairfax in Hollywood as her example, and armed with her tips my roommate and I are going to go and check it out next weekend. 
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If you don't buy it for anything else, buy the book on this great page on how to photograph well - I'm taking notes as I'm never quite happy with how I look in most of my outfit shots.
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As well as food, style, beauty and interiors the book is also heavy on entertaining; I love having friends over, and I love having a theme, so I'm really excited to try out some of her ideas, and add a little something of my own to them as well the next time I have people around to my place. 

I really love this book; it has a beautiful design, stunning photography and it is really well written - I'm going to keep referring back to the seasonal sections throughout the year; it is the perfect companion to her blog. 

Had anyone else got their hands on the Cupcakes & Cashmere book yet?  


  1. love this book, glad I bought it

  2. Rachael Poklitar8 October 2012 at 17:08

    i've been reading her blog for years... i'd definitely like to take a peek!

  3. I haven't checked out her book yet, but I love Emily's blog - she certainly offers up a lot of inspiration.

    Sea and Swank

  4. I need to get this book! It looks gorgeous and full of great ideas!

    The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

  5. i don't have it but im sure it is amazing, because her blog is ridiculously good!


  6. Wow, looks every informational. I started following her blog a few weeks ago and have really enjoyed it, will have to check this out too!

  7. This book has been on my Amazon list for ages. I picked it up and flicked through it in a bookstore in Kentucky yesterday and it's absolutely beautiful! I'll definitely be buying it but it was $25 and I know it's only £9 on UK Amazon so I'll wait until I get home.
    Have a great time at the flea market! Can't wait to see your photos from there!

  8. This book looks divine! I think a little Amazon shipping might be in order...

  9. Great review! I love emily!

  10. I've been meaning to pick up her book but feared that it wouldn't be as good as her blog and I didn't want to look at her blog any differently but now I might just need to sneak a peek :)

    I love your blog, would you like to follow each other?


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  12. I bought it a while back actually but must confess I haven't had time to read it yet! I must make time now...

    ♥ ThankFifi
    Thanks so much for your comment on my post today - either you were lucky with your champers or I was very unlucky...

  13. I've been meaning to reading Emily's book for ages! Great to see a little review about it - definitely enticing me too commit and purchase on Amazon : )!
    If you have a great local flea market you should definitely go - they are well worth it! I have found some of my very favourite household and clothing items at markets!
    Love from London,
    MB x

  14. Which ones do you recommend in London? I most likely wil be moving back to London next year.

  15. Elisabeth Earnshaw11 October 2012 at 02:48

    so happy to come across a review of this book! i've been thinking about getting one (and wishing i could just write one) - but not knowing if is should :)

  16. It seems like the perfect coffee table book, one of those where you can simply open any page and enjoy some reading and good photos with a cup of coffee.

  17. splendourandrouge11 October 2012 at 15:42

    Love Emily! I have photographed the book for a review have been meaning to post it. I love it!

  18. This has been on my bedside table for too long (I even pre-ordered it!), I'm waiting for the perfect dreary autumn evening to curl up with it and an oversized hot chocolate :)

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