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.
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.
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.
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?