It’s finally time for us to close our laptops, tie up all of our loose ends and clock out for the last time of 2020. With the Christmas holidays so close we can start planning for that long-awaited staycation we’ve been dreaming about all year. Whether you are planning to explore the backyard of our beautiful country or stay at home for some much needed (and non – government-mandated) chill out time, we’ve picked out 11 fashion, beauty and wellness books for you to enjoy these holidays.
Diana – Style Icon by Dan Jones
Princess Diana is one of the most influential style icons of the 20th century and this new book by Dan Jones celebrates the evolution of the Princess of Wales’ style from shy newlywed to fashion icon. The book is beautifully illustrated and features over 50 of Diana’s most iconic looks, as well as profiles of her go-to designers, making it a perfect pick for Diana fans and fashion-lovers alike.
The Beauty Guide by Dr Libby Weaver
Dr Libby (Libby Weaver) offers an insightful read about what it means to be beautiful and to help women of all ages understand their beauty. The Beauty Guide will help to reframe the way you look at beauty. Learn how to stop worrying about what others think of you, improve your relationship with your body and explore ways to inspire a new generation of girls with an innate belief in their inner beauty.
Dior – Catwalk
A beautiful tabletop book by Dior, documenting every captivating Haute Couture collection from the brand’s celebrated fashion history. The glamourous brand’s evolution is captured over 632 pages with gorgeous runway imagery that showcases the incredible beauty of Dior’s stunning creations.
Living without plastic by Brigette Allen and Christine Wong
Learn about all the different types of plastic and how to make over 100 easy plastic-free swaps for home, travel, dining, holidays and more. The information is presented in short actionable text with each entry including facts to help the reader understand why the change is a good one. Swap your to-go cup for a reusable mug or invest in metal straws; learn how to DIY your cleaning products, the options are all laid out for you.
Nevertheless, She Wore it by Ann Shen
Ann Shen shares her beautiful illustrations of history’s most iconic outfits and the equally iconic women who wore them. From the revolutionary bikini to the presidential pantsuit, this book explores 50 fashions through bold paintings and insightful anecdotes that empower readers to use the power of fashion as a political and cultural tool for making change.
Great Skin: Secrets the beauty industry doesn’t tell you by Ingeborg Van Lotringen
This tell-all book by Ingeborg van Lotringen debunks skincare myths, explains the good, the bad and what the beauty industry doesn’t tell you. For more than twenty years, she’s been testing and researching every possible skincare product and treatment, and with this book you’ll become your own expert and soon pick beauty products like a pro.
Fuck it, I’m colouring by Becky Glass
OK, so this one isn’t exactly a read but is there anything more relaxing than to zone out and get creative? This epic adult colouring book features 45 original hand-drawn illustrations to help de-stress your mind and swear your way to a happier life.
Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin
Originally published in 1999, this iconic book by globally acclaimed makeup artist, Kevyn Aucoin, shares his secrets on the basics and fundamentals of makeup application. You’ll find all the tips and tricks you need to apply every product in your make-up bag flawlessly, from bronzer to lipstick and it features some gorgeous famous faces too.
Try Softer by Aundi Kolber
A fresh approach to help us move out of stress, anxiety, survival mode and into a life of connection and joy, Aundi Kolber shares the latest psychology, practical clinical exercises, and her own personal story to empower us to connect to our truest selves.
Happy Gut, Happy Mind by Eva Kalinik
Nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik draws on her clinical experience – as well as the science and research around the gut-brain connection – to give an insight in to how this fascinating relationship works, and the diet and lifestyle steps that can support both the gut and the mind. This book features 80 delicious recipes to help feel your soul and mind.
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty
This thought-provoking book is an accessible leap into feminism, for people at all stages of their journey who are seeking to reshape and transform the way they view themselves. Florence explores progressive corners of the feminist conversation; from insecurity projection and refusing to find comfort in other women’s flaws, to deciding whether to date or dump them, all the way through to unpacking the male gaze and how it shapes our identity.