Title: Bonjour Girl

Author: Isabelle Lafleche

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Dundurn

The Blurb

Dating, fashion, and drama: Clementine never has a dull day at the Parsons School of Design.

When Clementine Liu arrives in New York City to study at the Parsons School of Design, she knows that she’s found her place. It isn’t long before she meets her fashionista soulmate, the loud and charismatic Jake, and Jonathan, a dreamy fashion photographer who turns her world upside down.

Between schoolwork and glitzy fashion shows, Clementine launches a blog, Bonjour Girl, and her wit, originality, and flair quickly catapult the site to cult status. Unfortunately, this comes with a price: Clementine is faced with online abuse and public humiliation. In the midst of all the drama, she finds out that a classmate is not what she seems, and Clementine has to find a way to save both her reputation and Jake’s fashion collection.

The Review

The story of Bonjour Girl was quite enjoyable. I liked the idea of a young girl hiding in plain sight in one of the busiest cities in the world which is exactly what Clementine is doing at the famous fashion institute that she is attending. Along the way she meets people who can both help and hurt her and she gets lessons in life as well as in lapels (I probably shouldn’t try to pun about fashion).

If I am honest, I found the writing style of Bonjour Girl a little stilted. I felt that Clementine harped on far too much about how hard done to she was; all the things that had happened and how she was the innocent victim in it all. Furthermore, some of her actions seemed far too saccharine at times which made her a little less believable as a character.

Bonjour Girl is a cute story but it didn’t blow me away.

Bonjour Girl by Isabelle Lafleche is available now.

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EleganceTitle: The Little Pink Book of Elegance

Author: Jodi Kahn

Pages: 160 Pages

The Blurb

Enhance your world, one elegant touch at a time!

The Little Pink Book of Elegance: The Modern Girl’s Guide to Living with Style includes fabulous tips on clothing, colors, accessories, jewelry, fragrance, your home, closets, entertaining, correspondence, and more.

Learn how to manage all the aspects of your life with poise and self-confidence, and discover how to develop and refine that ”true-to-yourself” style!

The Review

I’m not someone who style come too easily. However, one thing I have always wanted to be is elegant. You don’t have to have the best style to be elegant or classy so I was intrigued to find out what The Little Pink Book of Elegance by Jodi Kahn described as being elegant.

It was quite an interesting read. You were told: what clothes to wear, how to wear your make up and how to host a dinner party. Ok, somewhere in the middle the book did somehow lose its way and grasp at straws but overall it was good.

This little pocket read is worth a read just for the section on wardrobe “must haves”.

The Little Pink Book of Elegance by Jodi Kahn is available now.

3 Stars

ItThe Blurb

Alexa Chung’s IT: the Top Ten Bestseller from the international fashion muse and Vogue contributing editor

Now a Penguin paperback, this one-off collection of Alexa Chung’s writing, doodles and photographs combines stories of early style inspirations such as her grandpa and the Spice Girls with discussion of figures of obsession like Jane Birkin and Annie Hall, reflecting on heartbreak, how to get dressed in the morning, the challenges of taking a good selfie, and more. Interspersed with pages from Alexa’s notebooks and many a photo of a good night out, It is now perfectly sized for any bag – handbag or otherwise. Witty, charming and with a refreshingly down-to-earth attitude, It is a must-have for anyone who loves fashion, worries about growing up, or loves just about everything Alexa Chung.

‘If you love Alexa Chung, buy it. If you are interested in fashion and style, buy it. If you’re after a book full of pretty pictures and inspo, buy it’ – Cosmopolitan

Alexa Chung is a model and contributing editor to British Vogue. The recipient of numerous style awards, Alexa has won the prestigious British Style Award (voted for by the public) three years in a row. She currently lives in New York City.

The Review

Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of Alexa Chung. Personally, I have never understood the charm of her as a presenter but even I can admit that she has style. She is type of girl that manages to wear the clothes, they don’t wear her.

With this in mind, I decided to give her book It a try. I have to admit, I have mixed opinions. Whilst it is written well – by this I mean the actual words on the page – the actual narrative is so very disjointed and erratic. It veers from memoir to fashion advice in a rather willy-nilly fashion. It was interesting to learn more about Alexa Chung from her own perspective rather than the catwalk personality.

Overall, It is an interesting and quick read. The photographs are quirky and appealing but it is far too disjointed for my personal taste.

It by Alexa Chung is available now.

1 star


Little Black Book of StyleTitle: The Little Black Book of Style

Author: Nina Garcia

Pages: 141 Pages

The Blurb

From Nina Garcia—fashion judge on Bravo’s hit Project Runway and author of Style Strategy and The One Hundred—comes her wildly popular New York Times bestseller The Little Black Book of Style. Here, in one indispensible volume, are Nina’s ultimate rules of style to help you uncover your own signature look.

The Review

I’m not a lover of fashion. If you saw me day to day there is no way that you would question that statement. Black pants and black top – standard. However, I am very intrigued and impressed by style. Some people have it and I wish that I was one of them.

I know how to recognise nice things and love some of the classic looks that Nina Garcia discusses in The Little Black Book of Style. See, it isn’t just an advert (or indeed a catalogue) for this designer or that designer. Garcia genuinely loves clothes and encourages style that doesn’t break the bank.

She offers you tips on how to dress up an outfit, how to add little elements and touches, tips on how to make you feel more feminine. But what Nina Garcia – and indeed all the designers and fashionistas who contributed to this book – encourage is feeling confident in who you are because confidence in yourself if the sexiest thing.

I really loved the historical element of fashion that is discussed in The Little Black Book of Style. I was enraptured by the description of Audrey Hepburn and Bridget Bardot. It really is a delightful book. The illustrations by Ruben Toledo are gorgeous and add a little pizzazz to the book.

The Little Black Book of Style is a must read for fans of fashion.

The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia is available now.

35 Stars