I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve skimmed all 758 pages once yesterday afternoon! I’m so excited =)
As soon as I got home, I went straight to the library to find great books to take my mind off school and exams. So far I’ve read Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me? and have started Agatha Christie’s Peril at End House. Agatha’s one of my favorite authors and reading her books always makes me want to travel to Europe, which I will, eventually. Kinsella’s book was a great piece of light hearted chick-lit but it also inspired me to reflect on the people in my life and where I’d like to be in the future. I really love reading for fun, rather than reading mandatory works for school. I still have about 2 more weeks of relaxation =)
Ps. I think I may want an e-reader in the future…
The first thing that drew me to the book was the title. I mean, who doesn’t want to be seen as classy and well put together? The book is divided up into sections that mostly cover all the things a classy girl needs to know: how to throw a party, travel, dress, be a good friend, etc. I loved most (not all) of the sections and felt that despite his connections and experience in the fashion industry, author Blasberg came across as humble and grateful for his mid-western upbringing and experiences. There are many suggestions of good movies to see, music to download for different occasions, books to read while traveling (no more gossip magazines!), and even a list of famous artists with whom a classy girl must become familiar. Throughout the book, Blasberg quotes just about everyone, from Plato to Chanel to Daniel in the Bible, which was very unexpected, but nevertheless, refreshing. Thus, I would recommend borrowing this book from a friend. Every time I re-read a section, I learn something new; like how to be a better hostess or things to look for when shopping for wardrobe staples. However, I wish it were a hardback.
I’ve been feeling rather un-inspired lately; perhaps due to the number of important decisions I’ve had to make this week, my excitement to begin my summer work next week, or the simple fact that I’ve been sleeping like it’s nobody’s business ever since I came home from final exams. I haven’t finished Classy yet (my storage won’t be delivered until 2 weeks from now), but I was able to pick up another book: Bergdorf Blondes. I have to say, my taste in literature is quite eclectic. I like serious non-fiction books that help you advance your career, health or personal relationships, then I like fiction books about society, class, the good life (my boyfriend hates when I read these), then I like mystery books (Agatha Christie’s my favorite author for this genre). Bergdorf Blondes isn’t a book that I’d recommend, since I have a bit of a hard time relating to the main characters. They’re beyond superficial, but I’ll finish it anyway, maybe I can learn from their mistakes?
Update: the main characters seem to come full circle (get some common sense, and become a tad more down to earth and insightful) while maintaining a bit of their ditziness.
Anyway, I’m going apartment shopping this week and am definitely looking forward to finding some good deals. I’ve just about searched every crevice on Ikea’s website and hopefully my parents will take me there in the next few days. I’m also still working on a color scheme. I’m thinking of playing with these colors:
The colors that I’m definitely sure about are white and espresso. I want a white bed and for all of my furniture to be a rich, dark espresso brown color, almost black. I’m not sure about the cerulean or orange, and these colors can be changed. I found these chairs online though, that I might want to buy:
I love this buttery brown Barcelona two-seater. Very modern and chic (my sister thinks it looks like a futon, but I disagree.) I could use this color instead of orange. But I don’t know.
Surprisingly, getting the same chair in white is cheaper, but dealing with white leather may be too much maintenance for me!
I read a review of this book in April Elle US and have added it to my list of books to read this summer! It’s by Derek Blasberg who believes that his book can help young women to be classy and behave like true ladies. (I also really like the cover). I’m expecting it to be saucy and tart since he lives in New York and all, but we’ll see. I’ve always been interested in culture and class. I’m actually taking a class this semester called Capitalism and Culture which combines happenings in popular culture with their real world counterparts and meanings. It comes out April 6th and is under $12 on amazon.com.
P.s. Just found out that he’ll be having a book signing in St. Louis on the 17th!! I’m ordering my copy…right now =)