Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: "Love x Style x Life" by Garance Dore

Garance Dore Book Review
This post has been in the works for a long time. So long, that I actually can't believe I'm finally writing it! I've finished reading Garance Dore's book in December, but hopefully my memory of it is still fresh and I'll be able to tell you in details what I think about it.

Love x Style x Life is a book full of inspiration, that comes both from words and images. First thing that caught my eye the moment I've picked out the book is the imagery. The selection of photographs and illustrations is just phenomenal! I'm a visual by nature and simply going through the pages of the book gives me so much satisfaction.

Garance Dore Book
Although at first sight you can think that it is a book about style and fashion, I actually think that this book is mostly about life: different experiences, the process of finding yourself and your passion and trying to be happy in the midst of all that. 

I love reading about people's experiences in life, how they got to where they're now and what made them choose a certain path. The part I related the most to is where Garance talked about her 20s, how she was trying to find what she wanted to do in life, where she wanted to live and what kind of woman she wanted to be. I think we all go through this period in life, sometimes not once, where we just lost and can't figure out a way to discover our new selves. Garance changed her career multiple times, from illustrator to photographer, from blogger to journalist. As a matter of fact, eventually she came to do all of them at once

Garance Dore Book | Love x Style x Life

While you're reading the book, you just can't help but fall in love with the way Garance writes, in that sincere easy-going manner with the help of self-irony. Overall, you get a feeling that you're talking to a close friend, who tells you her biggest secret and the whole life story. And she writes like that about everything: fashion, love, business. One of my favorite parts is the 100 love lessons at the end of the book.

Another thing is how she compares people who live in Paris and New York. You may know already that she has a whole section on her blog, dedicated to those differences, but you'll find even more of that in the book. Some of them are funny, but some are dead serious.

As a great bonus, there are also interviews with Drew Barrymore, Diane Von Furstenberg, Emmanuelle Alt (editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris) and Jenna Lyons (creative director of J.Crew). Video version of them is available on the site.

To sum up, I'd recommend this book to anyone who is currently in the process of finding themselves or just wants to get inspired by a person who seems real and authentic.

If you've already read this book, I'd love to hear your opinion as well!

Thanks for reading! 

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