It's a trade secret for interior designers to set coffee table books on side chairs, creating an instant, elegant little vignette. You'll often see a small bowl or objet d'art set on top of the books as well. Although this is mostly a decorative trick, it's also a good place to store your coffee table books, instead of allowing them to hog your cocktail space. I personally like to switch my coffee table books out every now and then, to keep my guests interested with new material. Do you store your books on chairs?
Oh wow. The folks behind America's Next Top Model have a book on the way, and it's claiming to be "A Fierce Guide to Life." Come April, we'll be able to turn to this tome for actual, earnest advice on topics that apparently include:
- Applying makeup
- "Runway etiquette"
- How to wear a crop top from Hot Topic
- How to keep hydrated (I wonder if it involves water? We'll have to wait and see!)
- Understanding that "beauty starts on the inside"
I'm assuming there's also a chapter on smiling with your eyes, but that's unconfirmed.
Now, I do love me some ANTM but . . . I don't know what to do with this book. I don't think it's ironic or silly enough to put on my coffee table, and I also honestly can't imagine anyone taking these tips seriously. Now, if Tyra Banks, queen of my heart (OK, not really), had written it, or even the Jays, maybe we'd have a different situation — but it's actually by the author who brought us Kung Fu Panda: The Secret of the Scroll. So, as it stands, it seems just like a lame attempt to make some money.
What do you guys think? Dumb idea? Or genius? Could you see this on, say, the Urban Outfitters book table? Who's going to buy this, besides friends and relatives of people who are trying out for ANTM? And shouldn't it at least be called a guide to the fierce life? I don't care how fierce the guide is if the life I get from it isn't fierce, you know?
There are books available to guide us on everything from gardening and self-help to personal finance. The latter can be tough to select because there are so many titles telling us they can best fix our finances or get us rich. Have you ever bought a personal finance book?
If you're stumped for a unique holiday gift, you could bring some timeliness to a friend's life with this book clock ($19.95) from Etsy seller Recycleeh. Or, if you're feeling handy, you might consider personalizing your friend or family member's favorite book by turning it into a clock.
To make this cool clock, simply choose a hardcover book, without a busy cover, so that the clock numbers are legible. The book also needs to be large enough to fit the clock hands. Aside from the book, you'll need a clock hands set (available at Michael's or other craft store), a ruler, a protractor, pen, paper, scissors, and a drill. The stem of the clock hands set varies between 1/4 and 3/4 inch, so be sure it fits the thickness of your book.
To learn the steps for this project, read more
I have a friend who recently went from naturally brunette to shockingly blond, all because she was having a tough time in the dating department.
She heard guys prefer blondes and thought changing her hair color may help change her luck. Have you heard that too? I definitely have, and although I don't necessarily agree with my friend's impulsive approach to finding a boyfriend, the idea does intrigue me, as it did author Jena Pincott. She set out to answer this, and other juicy questions regarding men in her book entitled, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? She began doing research to help answer questions in her own love life and compiled all her scientific research about sex, men, and love in this book to share with other puzzled women.
Seriously though, I know you're dying to know if men really would rather be with a blonde. To hear what Jena had to say, read more
While perusing the local book store, I came upon this book called Just Do It. The subtitle says "How One Couple Turned Off the TV and Turned On Their Sex Lives For 101 Days (No Excuses!)." Wow is all I could think. Sure, most couples have sex every day in the first month or so, but after that,
it happens more like a couple times a week! It's a known fact that life gets in the way of sex but it seems like the middle-aged couple in this book weren't willing to stand for it anymore. They made a pact to have sex every day for 101 days straight, no matter what.
I'm in awe that any couple would try this sort of experiment as a way to rekindle their love. Do you think you and your partner could ever commit to this type of sexathon? Would agreeing to get it on every single day for over three months prove to be beneficial to your relationship, or do you think it would turn sex and intimacy into a chore?
My friend Citizen sparked a lively conversation yesterday around an upcoming book by Prep author Curtis Sittenfeld titled American Wife. The novel follows a character named Alice Blackwell who is based on Laura Bush, and many of the first lady's real-life experiences are included.
I was intrigued by the strong reactions that spread across the Web yesterday, especially after Radar posted several sex scenes from the book that earned the unpublished novel descriptors like "steamy" and "tawdry."
Some folks feel strongly that this was disrespectful to Laura Bush, and that Sittenfeld should have left her alone. The assumption there is that the main character will be trashed in the book, but actually, there is reason to suspect the opposite. In 2004, Sittenfeld wrote an article ("Why I Love Laura Bush") explaining how much she admires Laura, calling her "such an easy heroine to root for — smart and nice but just flawed enough (she still sneaks cigarettes!) to remain likable." There doesn't appear to be malice in Sittenfeld's intentions.
Many fictional characters are based on real people — some famous, some not — but do you think Laura Bush should be off-limits? Or is any public figure fair game for novelists?
After months of heated anticipation, I've finally had the blessing to read Bazaar Style, an interior design book from beloved Designer Spotlight, stylist Selina Lake, interiors writer Joanna Simmons, and interiors photographer Debi Treloar, which was just released in April. Chock full of salivating images of homes furnished with French flea market and Moroccan bazaar finds, alongside modern design classics, big-box buys, and inherited antiques, the book will reveal the potential in your beat-up furniture and a can of
paint, inspire you to paint the surround of a window to frame the view, and liberate you to break conventions, be it by setting your table with mismatched china, or duct taping fresh flowers to the wall. While the photography alone would be enough to sell me on this title, unlike some of its contemporaries, the ratio of editorial advice to image content is not negative, let alone meager; Lake and Simmons have channeled their industry expertise into hundreds of tips, suggestions, and solutions for achieving this unprecedented style in your home. To hear more about this impressive book and see some photos from it, read more
The latest in the South Beach Diet craze, The South Beach Diet Supercharged, is getting a lot of heat from top exercise researchers across the country.
The feature under particular scrutiny is an interval walking plan that promises that readers will burn many more calories than moderate walking and keep on burning calories all day. Researchers say no and no. They say, sure, those using the book's interval program may burn a few more calories than if they'd walked at a steady pace, but they won't burn "far more calories," and more importantly they won't burn calories for hours afterward as the book promises.
While I do feel like the South Beach Diet is a relatively good eating plan, I am not a fan of misleading customers to make a buck. So, I'm not saying that you shouldn't follow the book, just be prepared that your results may not be as dramatic as it claims they may be.
I just finished reading a great book! Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America , written by Jennifer Storm, a former teenage addict, is a page turner to say the least. This autobiography tells the story of her tumultuous childhood and her fast descend into alcoholism and drug addiction. For some reason, I've always been fascinated by these types of memoirs and this one didn't let me down. She never went over the top in her detail of her past, nor did she make any excuses for the numerous mistakes she made.
This book touches on some pretty heavy subjects — rape at a very young age, her troubled and abusive relationship with her mother, death, divorce, her questioned sexual orientation, and recovery. Every time I thought she'd hit her bottom, I was sadly mistaken. Her honesty made me turn each and every page and I found myself becoming her cheerleader. Her story of survival is a great example of how someone can turn life around, no matter how bad it gets, with a lot of hard work and determination. If you're up for a straightforward, raw, and emotional read, Blackout Girl is the book for you.