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.
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.