What to Read this Month
Happy 2017 everyone! We are officially one week into the new year and (let's be honest) now is when I usually start losing steam on the resolutions I was so revved up about on New Year's Day. It's easy to let go of resolutions once the holiday season fades and reality kicks in, but I really wanted a fresh start in 2017, so I'm taking extra steps to make sure I stay on track with my new goals - starting with a reading list. I've always loved to read and have wanted to share a monthly book list since launching BEAUTY., so here it goes! This January I am all about inspiring beauty, wellness and lifestyle books to keep me (and you!) motivated. Let's dive right in...
Estée Lalonde's Bloom
Estée is one of my favorite YouTubers; she's funny and honest, and her beauty and lifestyle videos always reflect her infectiously positive attitude. I had to include her first book Bloom because it's the perfect read for anyone who needs a little encouragement to put themselves out there or a reminder that it's ok to to be unapologetically you. This book is full of fun tips ranging from beauty and wellness to home design and recipes, but more importantly, it's all about Estée's journey to becoming comfortable and confident in her own skin. Through her story, Estée sends the message that we are each worthy of self-confidence and capable of achieving anything as long as we stay kind to others and true to ourselves. Now that is a message I can definitely get behind. #personalbest
marie kondo's THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP
I think it's safe to say that Marie Kondo's book on decluttering is a now cult classic (you may have already heard me mention it here) and with good reason! This book has helped me pare down just about everything I own to the essentials, so my home is only filled with things I truly love and use...with the exception of my beauty products. I hoard them. Suggest I throw away a lipstick and I turn into Gollum with his precious. So last week I finally admitted that I have a problem and went through my entire stash. Any product that was past it's prime, unused in the last year, or just generally disappointing got tossed, and I was left with a well-curated collection of my everyday essentials plus some special extras. If one of your resolutions is to get organized and declutter any area of your life or belongings this year, then definitely give this book a go!
WENDY ROWE'S EAT BEAUTIFUL
With so many different wellness trends happening, it's tough to weed through all of the chatter and understand not just what we should really be eating, but also why certain foods are better than others. Luckily, Wendy Rowe's new book Eat Beautiful does just that. Rowe, a world-renowned makeup artist and the creative consultant for Burberry cosmetics, has crafted something that is part cookbook, part guidebook all with the goal of educating you on the relationship between food and healthy, nourished skin. In addition to food and DIY beauty recipes, Wendy gives extensive explanations of the beauty benefits of each ingredient. It's also broken down into seasons, so you'll learn exactly what to eat when. If one of your wishes for this year was more radiant skin or a healthier diet, look no further. This book will kickstart your knowledge of what good food can really do for you.
Aimee Song's CAPTURE YOUR STYLE
Are you just naturally gifted at crafting stylish-yet-witty-5,000-likes-in-five-minutes-worthy Instagrams? Yeah, me either. I've always been shy and a little uncomfortable with social media, but there's no arguing that Instagram is a powerful tool for engaging with others and growing a brand. After reading blogger and interior designer Aimee Song's Capture Your Style, I am dedicated to making 2017 the year that I finally learn to just have fun with social media and share with confidence. In addition to hundreds of gorgeous photos, Song's book is full of helpful tips to make the most of your posts, from composing photos to editing to crafting the perfect hashtag, which, hopefully, will keep readers from becoming just another Instagram cliché. Seeing as her blog Song of Style has amassed a following of over four million with 'grams getting upwards of 40k likes, I'm going to go ahead and say girl knows what she's doing. So whether you are looking to build your brand or just need a little Insta-inspiration, I would highly recommend this one.
Gabrielle Bernstein's The Universe Has Your Back
I love all of Gabby B's books and her latest is no exception. The Universe Has Your Back is full of manageable lessons we can all use to stop approaching life from a place of fear and, instead, have faith in the universe and in ourselves. I had the opportunity to attend Gabby's book tour and was blown away by how relatable she is. She is not the kind of self help guru who believes we can only achieve true happiness by spending 24 hours a day plopped on a mediation pillow in a Balinese garden (although that does sound nice and she does recommend meditation), but rather she guides us to stop micromanaging every minute detail of our lives, let go, and actually live. If last year left you feeling burned out and overstressed, this book will help you find your zen.
MOOREA SEAL'S THE 52 LISTS PROJECT
This book is less reading, more writing, but it's how I am staying committed to journaling this year. We all know journaling is a great practice whether for emotional wellbeing or just to empty your brain at the end of each day, but sometimes it can feel like another chore to check off of your list. The 52 Lists Project takes the guesswork out of journaling by giving you a weekly list topic. That's right, a list. No need to write a novel or "Dear Diary...", just make a list. Write one list each week on topics ranging from your childhood dream jobs to things in life you should ignore, and 52 weeks from now you may find you've gotten to know yourself a little bit better. For once, I am looking to my Sunday evening writing session!
So that's everything on my reading list this month! Did you make any resolutions for 2017? What books are you loving right now? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!
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