Where’s Karl?: A Fashion-Forward Parody by Stacey Caldwell and Ajiri A. Aki is a fun take on Where’s Waldo? books. Instead of searching for Waldo, our job is to find Karl Lagerfeld, wherever he may be. Our guide is (imaginary) fashion blogger Florence de la Sabine (you can call her Fleur). Fleur is determined to get an interview with Karl but she must find him first. Armed with an itinerary provided by Karl’s bodyguard, Fleur leads us across the globe in an attempt to track down the elusive Karl. Will we find him in Milan at a party for Fendi, at a pop-up shop in Hong Kong, or skiing in St. Moritz?
I’m a huge fan of smoothies. I love how they are a nice sweet treat that are actually healthy for you. I’m a regular at Tropical Smoothie Cafe and I also like make smoothies at home. I usually end up making the same flavors so I was excited to get The Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters, a recipe book with all sorts of new flavors for me to try.
I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno and since the main character shares my name, I decided to see if it was worth the hype. This is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who keeps losing chunks of time. She is desperate to figure out what has been happening to her and why she can’t remember what she’s been doing. Why does she keep ending up in weird places and why do strangers act like they know her? After she witnesses a tragic accident, Molly starts to remember.
I was really intrigued by the subject of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick. The book opens with, “Whom to marry, and when it will happen- these two questions define every woman’s existence, regardless of where she was raised or what religion she does or doesn’t practice.” I am not considered a spinster and I don’t aspire to be one, but I think every woman can relate to feeling like a marriage, or a lack of one, is a defining point in their lives. Spinster is part memoir, part history lesson. Bolick writes of her “spinster life” and the five women writers that have inspired her along the way. She tells of her experience as a single woman and compares it to the experiences her “awakeners” (Neith Boyce, Maeve Brennan, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Edith Wharton) had from the late 1800s on.
When it comes to personal style books, I feel like everything has been done before. I’ve read quite a few over the years from celebrities and top stylists but they always feel like I’m reading the same book over and over. I never seem to learn my lesson though, and I always end up checking out the latest how-to style guide. When I saw How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer’s Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing by Alison Freer, I was hopeful. A costume designer should have different tricks than the average fashionista, right? Plus, the back cover states, “Instead of repeating boring style ‘rules,’ Alison breaks the rules.” Was this actually going to be a fun fashion book that gave me new ideas or would I be duped again?
I’ve heard a lot about Momofuku Milk Bar over the years but I’ve never been able to visit. Their desserts are well-known (especially Karlie’s Kookies and Crack Pie) and when I saw that Momofuku Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi was releasing a new cookbook, Milk Bar Life, I had to try it. If I can’t visit the Milk Bar in person, at least I can make some of the recipes at home. Unlike Tosi’s first cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar, Milk Bar Life does not focus extensively on desserts. Instead, Tosi includes more savory foods and focuses on simple and nostalgic recipes featuring supermarket ingredients.