Every coffee table needs a few carefully arranged books to give it just a touch of dramatic flair. Whether you’re simply into admiring stunning photography or you prefer a book that’s both informational and beautiful, I’ve gathered some of my favorite coffee table books to share with you.
1. Lauren Conrad – Style
Filled with an inspiring array of fashion tips and personal stories, and lavishly illustrated with dozens of color photographs throughout, Lauren Conrad’s Style is the perfect book for all of Lauren’s many fans and for any girl or woman looking for pointers from one of Hollywood’s most relatable yet glamorous stars.
With pointers on everything from hemming your own jeans to how to rock an LBD, Lauren Conrad’s Style has just the right balance of glamour and sass to make any fashionista’s heart sing.
Get it on Amazon for $12.99.
2. Annie Leibovitz – At Work
The celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz provides the stories, and technical description, of how some of her most famous images came to be. Starting in 1974, with her coverage of Nixon’s resignation, and culminating with her controversial portraits of Queen Elizabeth II early in 2007, Leibovitz explains what professional photographers do and how they do it. The photographer in this instance is the most highly paid and prolific person in the business.
As one of the world’s most famous photographers, it’s no surprise that Annie Leibovitz has a lot of wisdom to share. Whether you want to learn the ins and outs of the industry or just look at some of her gorgeous photography, this book is the perfect addition to your apartment or dorm room.
Grab it from Barnes and Noble and even snag a signed copy for $44.96.
3. Bobbi Brown – Beauty Rules
Bestselling author and famed makeup artist Bobbi Brown’s Beauty Rules is the definitive beauty bible for teens and twenty-somethings. Emphasizing natural beauty, Bobbi shares age-appropriate makeup tips, style secrets, self-esteem boosters, and techniques for perfecting the prettiest hair, eyes, lips, and nails.
I’m a sucker for Bobbi Brown’s beauty philosophy and her natural no-makeup makeup approach. This book is full of helpful tips and tricks as well as some beautiful photos showing the powerful effect that a little touch of makeup can have on a woman. Perfect for teens, college beauties, and everyone in between, this book makes an excellent addition to any collection, and it’s a great gift too!
You can purchase the hardcover on Barnes and Noble for $22.46.
4. Murad Osmann and Nataly Zakharova – Follow Me To
The Follow Me project was created in 2012 based on the concept of showing the beauty and uniqueness of different locations around the world. It is a story told through the eyes of two ordinary travelers who attempt to portray local lifestyles and narratives by means of photography. These images remind us that in the hustle and bustle of daily life, we so often forget to stop and appreciate the things that surround us—the historical and architectural heritage left to us by our ancestors.
This book holds some of the most beautiful, jealousy-inducing travel photos. With stunning images set in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations – including Paris, Egypt, London, and more – this book is a must-have for any jet-setter.
Pick it up on Amazon for $16.99.
5. Teen Vogue – The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion
The key to this book is the mix of beautiful pictures, career advice and profiles of everyone and every aspect of the fashion industry. There are hugely famous people interviewed (Marc Jacobs, Bruce Weber, Patrick DeMarchelier) alongside assistants and others who are just getting started.
Whether you’re a high school student choosing your path or simply interested in the many different careers available in the fashion industry, this book will make a great addition to your reading list. These tales of triumph and success, combined with sage advice from some of fashion’s most powerful men and women, will have you ready to jump right into a career in fashion.
You can purchase it at Target for $17.46.
6. Michelle Phan – Make Up
From creating a gorgeous smoky eye to understanding contouring to developing an online persona, Michelle has advice to help you transform every facet of your life. Make Up is packed with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials, stories and pictures from her own life, and advice on the topics she is asked about most, including etiquette, career, entrepreneurship, and creativity. From the everyday (such as how to get glowing skin) to the big picture (such as how to turn your passion into a profession), Make Up is a practical and empowering resource to help anyone put their best face forward.
If you love makeup tutorials and YouTube beauty gurus as much as I do, you’ll immediately recognize Michelle Phan. If not, you’ll fall in love with her carefree, happy approach to all things fashion and beauty. Whether you’re a budding beauty guru yourself or you’ve never picked up a Beauty Blender, you’ll love all the advice this book has to offer. And it extends beyond makeup, too, providing readers with meaningful tips regarding success in the workplace and jumpstarting a career.
Get it on Amazon for $17.00.
7. Kate Spade – All in Good Taste
In this charming guide to entertaining, kate spade new york throws rigid rules out the door and shares unpretentious ideas for the modern-day hostess that are easy, festive, authentic, and always with an air of deliberate polish.
Everyone’s favorite cutesy-chic New Yorker knows how to entertain. And after picking up this book, you’ll be throwing an upscale brunch or sophisticated dinner party that will have all your girlfriends naming you hostess of the year.
Grab it from Amazon for $20.34.
8. Vogue – The Covers
In this stunning updated edition of the successful Vogue: The Covers, Vogue continues to pay tribute to its tradition of beauty and excellence with a compilation of even more spectacular cover art. In addition to featuring classic covers from the magazine’s 125-year history, this updated edition features every cover since 2010, with each cover displaying the magazine’s cutting-edge takes on style, fashion, and culture.
If you pick up this gorgeous collection of Vogue’s most iconic covers, you’ll be doing yourself – and your coffee table – a huge favor. Watch the evolution of Vogue’s philosophy and approach to fashion unfold as you flip through pages upon pages of covers from throughout the magazine’s history. It even comes with some free frameable prints for you to show off!
Pick up the hardcover on Amazon for $40.02.
9. Vanity Fair – 100 Years
Vanity Fair 100 Years showcases a century of personality and power, art and commerce, crisis and culture―both highbrow and low. From its inception in 1913, through the Jazz Age and the Depression, to its reincarnation in the boom-boom Reagan years, to the image-saturated Information Age, Vanity Fair has presented the modern era as it has unfolded, using wit, imagination, peerless literary narrative, and bold, groundbreaking imagery from the greatest photographers, artists, and illustrators of the day.
Following the theme of reliving their glory days, Vanity Fair’s 100 Years explores the iconic magazine’s decades-long history. Between chronicling the changing fashion world and capturing its beauty through breathtaking imagery, this book is not only a great read but a pretty piece of home decor – and how can you go wrong with that?
You can purchase it on Amazon for $44.74.
10. Serge Ramelli – New York
Black-and-white urban photography has a unique effect: It can lend a historical feel or bring out perspectives and surfaces in a special way. Serge Ramelli’s New York photos do both–and much more. With his film director’s eye, he searches out locations using parameters that evoke a specific atmosphere and build tension. The New York skyline or typical New York street scenes are stylized into a stage–but a stage where nothing is required to happen. Their impressiveness is so heightened that a movie automatically plays in the viewer’s head.
New York is one of my favorite places in the world, so of course, I had to shout out this beautiful book. Photographer Serge Ramelli captures the city in all its gritty, glamorous glory through the lens of his camera. I promise you’ll be staring at it forever.
Grab it on Amazon for $60.97.
Alright beauties, that’s all I have for you today!
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