Hey guys! This week I thought it might be fun share my favourite ‘coffee table’ books with you. These are just books that are not only beautiful to look at, but are interesting for almost anyone to read – usually while they wait for my late ass to get ready for anything!
‘Coffee table’ books are a great way to showcase styles you love and things that inspire you around your home. I have books in almost every room of the Gypsy Van, and I’m always buying more. But interestingly, two of my three favourite books to have out on display, were actually gifts.
‘Chanel: Collections And Creations’
Amazingly, my brother chose this himself as a birthday present for me a few years ago. Knowing how much I love Coco Chanel herself, and her label, he actually went online and picked this without any help or hints. I read it cover to cover as soon as I got my hands on it and spent many happy hours pouring over the beautiful images and the story of Chanel. This book is not only a really interesting insight into the Chanel brand, but also happens to fit into my style and colour scheme beautifully. 100 sibling points were earned when he gave me this!
This beautiful book was a present from my Mum one Christmas. It’s a collection of both some of the most famous images of Audrey Hepburn, and rarely seen personal photos of her. I come back to this book time and time again, hence why the coating on the cover is starting to lift! Reader’s who remember my 30 Day Writing Challenge might remember that I had to write about a person who inspires me, and I chose Hepburn. Quite simply, she’s my idol. From her unbelievable beauty to her stunning personality and charm, Audrey Hepburn will always have a place on my coffee table.
‘Burlesque and the Art of the Teese’
Anyone who knows me in real life knows that I want to be Dita Von Teese. She’s fabulous and her books are always just stunning. This one is “reversible” in that on one side it’s all about Burlesque of old and new generations, and then if you flip it over it becomes a book called ‘Fetish and the Art of the Teese’ which explores Dita’s love of the fetish world. It’s a very different book once you turn it round! But that being said, I think the way Dita’s mind works is amazing, and how she sees things like Burlesque and fetish as being a way women can empower themselves, rather than using these tools solely to attract men. One of my favourite books to read, and one of my favourite books to display.