On the Shelf – 6 Must-Have Books

Here is an overview of my main must-have, must-read, must know everything about books that have been hanging out in my reading/buying list or just popped up there recently. Some are style books, some are new, some are old, but they are all worth getting into the house, on a coffee table, and in the head, to fuel inspiration.

I always read either 10% or the first chapter of a book (whichever is shorter), before deciding whether I want to buy and read that book. I normally stop every week in bookstores and do a bit of these reading tests, and the ones in this list are all test-approved.

Posts will come on each of these as I tackle them, followed by a favourite reads list. More inspiration on my Goodreads .

Love x Style x Life by Garance Doré

Love Style Life by Garance Dore


Personal love, style, life notes from Garance Doré enriched with great visuals, her adorable font writing and doodles, sketches and the nicest layout and paper. Perfect for styling a #shelfie (just check out the Insta feed on the book’s website!) and to inspire by finding out the story of one of the most successful bloggers of our time. The book is also a story about her two cities, New York and Paris, and you can check out Garance’s list of favourite places in New York and Paris here.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying 

the life changing magic of tidying up marie kondo

This book is literally a sensation and a tidying revolution. It promises to bring your life, closet, flat in order with a super interesting technique and Japanese-proofed philosophy by Marie Kondo. Articles about it are now literally everywhere, and this book must absolutely come into everyone’s life and home to enlighten it with its sparking magic. You can learn more about it on Vogue and One Kings Lane. Spark Joy, is its illustrated, method guide counterpart.

Vogue Colouring Book 

vogue colouring book

Colouring books are all the rage right now, and they are praised for their mindfulness and meditating power, helping the mind to relax by finding flow and the soul to express creativity. Read more about their benefits on Entrepreneur. One interesting article about it here. And what is best to colour for a Style lover than original Vogue sketches with the most amazing gowns and outfits reimagined in your favourite hues?

Deliciously Ella Every Day

deliciously ella every day

Green, wholesome, nutritious, healthy food is always on the forefront nowadays, and yet we somehow lack sometimes inspiration among the clutter to find really good recipes and get help in defining a nurturing lifestyle that works for us. Absolutely gorgeous and glowing Ella Woodward from popular blog Deliciously Ella  is a perfect source for your own little food revolution, and the lucky ones who can drop by Marylebone anytime, will get the chance to also visit her Mae Deli (read more about it on Whiskers & Lions).

Tory Burch In Colour 

tory burch in colour

This book has been around for a while now, but everytime a new Tory Burch collection comes out or there are new interesting articles on her outstanding Tory Daily blog about her inspiration, it comes back to mind. It’s about the designer’s inspiration and life divided in colour chapters, what the colours mean, to her and her universe. For sure a must have on every interiorista and fashionista’s coffee table.  A great article on The Cut appeared recently that perfectly explains the outspread fascination with this woman.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham 

not that kind of girl lena dunham

Oh yes, a new season of Girls is coming out soon! And what best way to reconnect with creator Lena Dunham (other than reading this great interview and photoshoot on Refinery29 about her turning 30)  than reading her autobiography? The 1st chapter test on this book has proven that this is nothing like a lighthearted and superficial style book. It’s uplifting in a whole different way, it’s ironic and real, at times too real, but that we know about Lena.

From Instagram hashtags of the books: @penguinrandomhouseau, @blovedblog, @mes2petitesetoiles.

My Instagram shot of the Vogue Colouring Book: @gigidmc.

My Instagram shot of the Garance Doré book: @gigidmc


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