One for the Books

The summer is starting to wrap up in Southern California, but it’s also secretly our favorite time of the year. The crowds have dispersed, but the weather remains. With a little less going on, this makes it the perfect time to take up some reading and new hobbies, and we have just the books to get you started.

COOKING: Flavors of Summer

Just because the Summer is winding down, doesn’t mean you can’t keep making use of the ingredients. September is the new Summer. If you didn’t have time to make that trip to the Mediterranean this year, get in the spirit with some of the exotic flavors listed in this book.

STYLE: Paris Street Style- Shoes by Isabelle Thomas, Frédérique Veysset

Imagine yourself at a café on the cobblestone streets of Paris, people watching as you sip your café, admiring the shoes of the beautiful Parisian women as they saunter by effortlessly. With this book, you can bring that style home. Explore the significance of the shoe as fashion icon and its deeply French origins, and receive expert advice on the selection and upkeep of footwear as well as perfect outfit pairings.

ART FIX: Equus by Tim Flach

Tim Flach is a London-based photographer best known for his highly conceptual portraits of animals, particularly horses. A lot of hard work went into his series-turned-book ‘Equus’. Unlike humans, you can’t just flat out ask an animal to pose for you and the best pictures are often taken after a long period of waiting for just the right moment. Prepare to be moved as you take an intensely closer look at an animal—as solitary subject and en masse, from the air and from underwater—whose history is so powerfully linked to our own.

LIVING: Designers Abroad by Michele Keith

We sure love looking at hotels in exotic locations for interior inspiration. But this book takes it a step further… Take a tour of the world with the creative brains behind said hotels, in their vacation homes! This revealing collection offers a sneak peek into how these designers embrace new cultures’ climates, architectural traditions and indigenous art, fabrics, and furniture. Each project is accompanied by the story of how its design was conceived and executed, and how the attributes of each country inspired its owners.