holiday gift guide . . .books

i am #obsessed with books.  in my mind, there is no greater gift to give or to receive than a beautiful coffee table book or a hardback copy of a great new read. even if you aren’t crazy for books, every trinket, tchotchke, or potted plant in your house looks better when set atop a pedestal of gorgeous books.

regardless of whether your gift relates to the personal interests of the recipient or is a new release for the avid reader, with a clever inscription from you on the title page, the book will serve as a quiet reminder of a time, a place, a love, or a friendship, every time the book is opened.

in this age of digital everything, the weight of the book in your hand, and the crisp turn of the pages, the slight whiff of ink that lingers when opened, are all cues to slow down and enjoy a moment – to disconnect from all the craziness. is there a better gift???? feel me?

below, i have hooked you up with some of the most awesome offerings of season.

because ’tis the season of amazon prime, i have linked you into amazon so that you can grab all those savings (discounted books! free shipping! no tax!)!!  you can thank me later!



gypset living, by julia chaplin. in her third book for assouline, julia opens the door to the fascinating and dazzling homes of jet setting bohemians, artists, and other laid-back-but-super-chic people known as gypsets (gypsy + jet setter = gypset). this book tops my list. while i could never live in a truly bohemian style, i find the way of life fascinating and inspiring. . . for the fashionista or the would-be decorator in your life. $32.11 at amazon.


omg. yes please by amy poehler is. killing. me.  hysterical!!  for your best girl friend or anyone needing a laugh.  you cannot lose with this one. $17.39 at amazon.


every one of her cookbooks is a gem, but this one, make it ahead by ina garten, is arguably the best. why? because we are all so busy. this book helps you get dinner on the table each week and make entertaining (what is that?? it has been too long for me) more doable instead of a completely exhausting chore.  every mom with kids needs this book.  word.  $21.00 at amazon.


this primer of classic design, in with the old, classic design from A to Z, by jennifer boles, is my favorite.  i cannot tell you how many times over the past year i have picked this up to teach myself everything i didn’t know about the elements of classic (think billy baldwin) design.  for the would-be decorator or shelter magazine junkie on your list.  she’ll will definitely thank you.  $24.59 at amazon.


this new york times best seller cannot be missed.  in not that kind of girl, lena dunham, writer, producer, and actor from the hit hbo series, girls, tells us what she has learned.  lena is widely lauded as one of the most original young talents in writing today.  you will love her writing style.  she is hilarious, wise, and fiercely candid.  for you or your besties.  $16.80 at amazon.


because we would all like to lose a lb. or two and no one wants to give up taste. in the skinnytaste cookbook, light on calories, big on flavor,  gina homolka, author of the wildly popular and number one go-to for slimmed-down recipes, the skinnytaste blog, brings us a collection of her best recipes that taste like full calorie but keep you slim in the middle. for the mom or cook in your life. $17.50 at amazon.


i’ve posted on this one before, but i could not help myself.  this book is just so gorgeous and such a delight to flip through.  have friend who is an entertainment junkie, always buying a people or us magazine or watching e! news?  this book, young hollywood by claiborne swanson frank, is for her.  this collection of portraits of hollywood’s hippest and hottest is extraordinary.  $47.50 at amazon.


in color by tory burch is fantastic journey through bold and subtle colors. from clothing to photos to interiors, tory pulls out the colors, people, fabrics, and photos that inspire her. i love pulling this book out when i need to fire up my creative juices. $32.50 at amazon.


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