FIVE BOOKS TO IN­DULGE IN

Pre­pare for the hol­i­day sea­son with th­ese party-plan­ning man­u­als and glossy life­style tomes—each of which can eas­ily dou­ble as a gift.

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YOUR BEAUTY MARK: THE UL­TI­MATE GUIDE TO EC­CEN­TRIC GLAM­OUR BY DITA VON TEESE (DEY STREET BOOKS)

The per­fectly sym­met­ri­cal pats of pow­der and strik­ing red lips that Dita Von Teese rou­tinely sports on stage and screen are done sans makeup squad. The iconic dancer’s mas­tery of bur­lesque is a feat of its own, but her ex­per­tise in makeup artistry is equally in­spir­ing. In this 400-page il­lus­trated book, Von Teese ex­hibits her skills and per­sonal tech­nique.

PRÊT-À-PARTY: GOOD IDEAS FOR GOOD TIMES AND CRE­ATIVE EN­TER­TAIN­ING BY LELA ROSE (RIZ­ZOLI NEW YORK)

Amer­i­can fash­ion de­signer Lela Rose is also an ar­dent host­ess—her whim­si­cal vi­sion in the field of fash­ion trans­lates well into ex­e­cut­ing imag­i­na­tive, in­ti­mate events. Her book guides read­ers through the process of throw­ing nine unique par­ties—from fam­ily-friendly picnics to re­fined ren­dezvous—with dec­o­ra­tion ideas and recipes.

LOUIS VUIT­TON WIN­DOWS BY VANESSA FRIED­MAN (AS­SOULINE)

Thanks to As­souline’s new hand-bound col­lec­tor's edi­tion book, read­ers can gaze at some of Louis Vuit­ton’s most mem­o­rable bou­tique store­fronts. The tome fea­tures more than 150 il­lus­tra­tions and im­ages of the brand’s in­tri­cate win­dow dis­plays.

A VIS­UAL GUIDE TO DRINK: AN IN­FO­GRAPHIC EX­PLO­RATION OF BEER, WINE & SPIR­ITS BY BEN GIB­SON AND PA­TRICK MULLIGAN (AVERY)

To ev­ery cock­tail con­nois­seur: meet your new bi­ble. Pop Chart Lab’s in­fo­graphic spe­cial­ists Ben Gib­son and Pa­trick Mulligan chron­i­cle the his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy, and cul­ture of liquor with data vi­su­al­iza­tions in the form of graphs, maps, and charts.

SIM­PLY NIGELLA: FEEL GOOD FOOD BY NIGELLA LAW­SON (AP­PETITE)

Nigella Law­son’s 345,000 In­sta­gram and 940,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers will be thrilled to know that the culi­nary su­per­star is adding yet an­other cook­book to her al­ready long list of best­sellers. Law­son’s key phi­los­o­phy is that liv­ing a bal­anced life re­quires the un­der­stand­ing that dif­fer­ent days re­quire dif­fer­ent ways of eat­ing, and of­fers a mix of quick week­day din­ners, crowd-pleasers, and healthy break­fasts.

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