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The Fashionista’s tried and true for reading while catching some rays.

There are a million things I usually involved myself in on a beautiful day instead of just soaking it in. But life is short, you can organize your closets and do all that other crap later. This summer it’s time to take advantage of our beautiful beaches!

So order yourself a glass of wine, throw on some SPF to protect your pretty skin and dive in to one of these fashionable reads.

I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich

Betty Halbreich has spent more than 40 years as Bergdorf Goodman’s legendary personal shopper. I loved her viewpoint of the world. She overcame some pretty tough situations in her life and did so without missing a stride. She doesn’t take shit from anyone, and tells it how it is. She also has a very impressive resume of celebrities, politicians, and honorable characters she’s responsible for dressing. Trends pass, but style is timeless – she’s a true example of it.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

This girl kicks butt. She’s the owner of Nastygal.com and literally went from digging in a garbage can to owning a multi-million dollar online fashion company. It is inspiring to say the least, and makes you proud to be your weird self — normal is boring! It’s a quick read, I actually read it on my plane ride to the beach and had to buy another book for the actual beach.

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits

This book you can put down, dip your toes in the water, and pick it back up on the wrong page and not be confused. It has lists of basic clothing items every chic lady should own, how to properly set a table, and bits of priceless advice such as “Always be fuckable; when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle or the night, or even picking the kids up from school. You never know.” Cheers.

The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume by Tilar J. Mazzeo

I just might have a tiny obsession with Coco Chanel (and by tiny I mean I base everything I do on what Coco may have done). While I’ve read countless biographies on Chanel, this one was especially educational. Chanel’s empire exists primarily because of the wild success of Chanel No 5. At one point, a bottle of the perfume was being bought once every 30 seconds worldwide. This book delves in to how perfume is made, why Chanel No. 5 was so revolutionary, and the struggle to make it. It’s a bit of a deeper read and it’s well worth it.

The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane von Furstenberg

Here’s proof of how a simple idea can change your world as you know it. Love is a big factor in Diane von Furstenberg’s life and design, and she has wonderful advice — like what you’d expect from a respected aunt. She managed to balance the men in her life, her children and her wildly successful company and do so with grace. It makes you want to get up and do something.

Vidal: The Autobiography by Vidal Sassoon

I bought this book at a signing and got to see Vidal Sassoon shortly before he passed away. The many hairdressers crowded around him displayed an enormous amount of gratitude for the man. He changed haircutting as we know it, and his life story is nothing short of spectacular.

Sleeping with The Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War by Hal Vaughan

This book focuses on the very controversial (and never actually confirmed) relationship Coco Chanel had with a Nazi officer. Her connections with Sir Winston Churchill, Picasso, and Igor Stravinsky (among others) were the reason she wasn’t stripped and paraded through the streets with other women found to have loved Nazi officers when the war was over. While so many fashion houses closed, Chanel’s remained steadfast.

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