I have always loved a good book whether it's to read or just flip through and look at "pretty pictures". Even though it's probably much easier, cheaper, and faster for me to just order a book on my iPad, I like the feel of the weight of a book in my hands and being able to physically turn the pages - not slide my finger across the screen. So for our coffee table I knew I wanted to display a few books that showcased some of my favorite things. And when I'm laying on the couch I like to reach over to any one of these books and find inspiration in them. The books are a combination of fashion, food, and fun - so the inspiration is endless.
1: The Wonderful World of Fifi Lapin : This book is so stinkin cute. I've had a huge crush on this cute little rabbit and you may remember the FiFi cookies I made a while back. This book is full of cute illustrations, plus a lot of recipes and beauty tips.
2: The book that I, personally, own is called The Afternoon Tea Collection but I can't seem to find it online. The Perfect Afternoon Tea Recipe Book looks like a good alternative. I like to have sweet little snacks on hand that Alaa can grab with his coffee.
3: The Sartorialist..need I say more?
4: Preston Bailey Celebrations. If you have never heard of Preston Bailey then let me make your life a million times better. This guy is an event planning genius! The things he can create out of flowers never ceases to amaze me. One of my favorite things is to throw over-the-top events - whether it's for 5 people or 50..I love throwing a good fete! This book is filled to the brim with inspiration. Bailey also has a few other books that I'm itching to scoop up. Oh, to have only a fraction of this mans talent!
5: Again, the book that I have Great Desserts is one that I can't seem to find online. It's an oldie that I've permanently "borrowed" from my mom, but it's good. It's filled with classic recipes and it's huge. Why don't they make good cookbooks like this anymore?! Martha Stewart is always a great alternative though.