It feels like every celebrity nowadays is writing lifestyle books/style guides/copy-my-life-and-you’ll-look-perfect too books. I don’t know what it is about these books, but I cannot resist them. Show me Lauren Conrad in an awesome outfit, I want her book. Jessica Alba looking effortlessly glam while also living chemical free, Sign me up! Blake Lively’s hair? You get the picture.There are tons of these books out nowadays, but I remember one of the first lifestyle books coming out being Style by Lauren Conrad. This book has always been the bible of lifestyle books….
So what is style anyways? Can it be taught from this book? When I initially purchased this book, I was a young professional starting out, hoping to be just like Lauren circa The Hills. Going to work every day looking effortlessly glam, hair and makeup always looking just right (but without trying too hard, of course).
Style is a great book for teenagers and young professionals especially for women who want to learn more about building a basic look. For more advanced fashionistas, this book may not be very helpful. However, Style is really fun to just browse. Lauren’s pictures are beautiful and her outfits are great.
Throughout the book, Lauren covers fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. She takes us through building the basics in the closet, makeup drawer, and in accessories. She also takes it up a notch in each category- she walks us through how to mix patterns, packing checklists for different types of vacations, and even goes through how to do your makeup for photos.
My favourite part of Lauren Conrad Style is definitely the building the basics lists. The key pieces for wardrobe are a great review of not just following trends, but making sure to also have basic pieces like a little black dress, a blazer, jeans, etc. The most useful basics Lauren helps with is going through what makeup to include in a basic routine. She really helped me with learning how to apply bronzer, what to include in a daily makeup routine, and because I am always late her 5 minute beauty routine has been a lifesaver.
What was not considered
While Lauren’s building the basics tips were helpful, her additional advice tended to feel lackluster. She covered an extremely wide breadth of topics, so her advice often ended up being very vague and been-there-done-that. For example, she went through how to find the perfect jeans without talking much about diversity of body shapes and not much beyond the different jeans styles out there.
The Annoying Part
Another thing that annoyed me in this book is the CONSTANT distinction between day and night. Makeup, clothes, accessories- constantly telling us what should be for day, what should be for night, and how to transition well. It is so overdone and not really all that useful in everyday life. Do we really organize our looks that much depending on time of day?
Lauren says the aim of her book is to help us develop our own sense of style, and have fun with fashion. I would say she definitely helps girls just starting to find their style voice, however, beyond the basics, the book falls short. Lauren Conrad’s Style is a really fun read- Lauren looks amazing, it’s fun to check out her looks, and she has a really authentic voice throughout. We give this book a 3.5 stars- worth checking out, but not life changing.
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