Congratulations to Sarah from East Wareham, MA for winning a copy of Alexa Chung's new book, IT in my recent giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered on the blog, Twitter, and Instagram! More giveaways will be coming soon!
Style icon, model and muse Alexa Chung has debuted her first book titled simply, IT ($22.37 on Amazon, published by Penguin Books). The book is pure design and gives you a intimate glimpse into Alexa's thoughts and world through her stream of consciousness, simple photography and whimsical doodles. The beautifully designed book reminded me of the many british design books I would pick up in the 90's – filled with little nuggets of inspiration. It's not a look book, rather it's a mix of style guide, memoir and scrapbook. It's minimalistic cover will look so stylish on your coffee table next to some pink peonies and would make the perfect holiday gift for any fashion-lover.
In the book, Alexa recounts her fashion inspirations (and fashion fails) through family members like her Grandpa Kwan who always maintained his own sense of whimsical style right down to his Nike trainers. She was also inspired by pop culture such as Wednesday Adams the little girl charter from the 's TV show "The Addams Family who was the first gal she saw wear a Peter Pan collar, now one of Alexa's trademark looks. I especially love to see the movies she was inspired by like Winona Ryder in "Heathers" and Charlotte Rampling in "The Night Porter".
Coquette readers can win a copy of Alexa Chung's IT. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada. Simply leave a comment to this post or on my Instagram. All entries must be received by Tuesday, November 5th at 5pm PST. Good luck!
Paper crafter extraordinaire, Ann Martin has a new book out All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers. Let me be the first to tell you this is not your typical paper craft book. In addition to projects on making beautiful cards, you'll how to turn paper into home decor, fashion accessories, and jewelry. I met Ann many years ago through her blog of the same name, All Things Paper and was so impressed by her work, asked her to contribute her paper projects to the CRAFT site. She has an amazing attention to detail and artistry, especially with her quilling techniques. This book is well-curated by Ann, who has gathered up an amazing variety of pretty projects by top crafters and artists.
Here are a few of my favorite projects:
Quilled Key Pendant by Ann Martin
Paper ornament by another one of my favorite crafters, Patricia Zapata of A Little Hut
Mark your calendars! The Chronicle Books Back To School Warehouse Sale is happening next week. Save 65% on everything in the store. The sale is happening only at the Chronicle Books Corporate Headquarters location.
Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale
680 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Wednesday, July 31, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 1, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday, August 2, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Stock up on back to school items, gifts for yourself and friends with 65% off hundreds of selected titles. Choose from cookbooks, children’s books, lifestyle + home, arts + crafts, art + design, photography, travel, pop culture, and music titles. Plus, journals, stationery, and much more.
After you shop, grab a delicious lunch or snack at Ironside next door. Their hot sandwiches, pizzas and salads are amazing!
On my spring break trip to Hawaii, I brought along my Ramble & Rove A Travel Journal ($16.47 on Amazon) created by textile designer John Robshaw. I love that the pages in this book aren't completely blank. Complete with batik prints and clever writing prompts, this journal will inspire you in capturing your travel memories. I chose to use it as both a journal and sketchbook and found the beautifully printed pages gave me just the right push to doodle away. Bring a small glue stick and you can also paste in souvenirs from your trip. It also includes a pocket for loose mementos and an elastic closure.
Disclaimer: Journal was provided by Chronicle Books for review.
Congratulations to Jennifer from Brooklyn, NY for winning a copy of the new DIY nails book, Nails, Nails, Nails! by Madeline Poole in my recent giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered. More giveaways to come soon. Stay tuned!
American Craft magazine has a special digital bonus issue out now. The Craft of Design goes behind the scenes with 25 artists and craftspeople and showcases what they create. You won't want to miss Wendy Stevens metal purses and Jennifer Merchant's layered acrylic jewelry.
Today I am so excited to have a project excerpt from the new book from Nails, Nails, Nails! by Madeline Poole (published by Chronicle Books). This small format book features 25 gorgeous and creative DIY nail designs. Each project comes with step by step photos so you can make your own nails fancy!
One lucky Coquette reader will win a copy of Nails, Nails, Nails!. To enter, please leave a comment to this post telling me why you want this book. Please note that you must be a resident of the US or Canada. The giveaway will end on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 5pm PST. Good luck!
When I received Amy Palanjian's new book, So Pretty! Felt my 4 year old immediately said "Oh Mommy can we make these flowers?", referring to the beautiful array of felt flowers on a fabric clutch pictured on the cover of this book. Amy is the former deputy editor of ReadyMade magazine and her previous book is So Pretty! Crochet, one of my all time favorite crochet books (Coquette post here.) Needless to say, I am excited to be a part of the So Pretty! Felt blog tour. The book contains 24 stylish projects that are really easy to make. Many of them are so wonderful to make and give as gifts. Perfect for anyone to start DIY'ing!
Here are a few of my favorite projects:
I have a good felt collection and I love working with felt. It's one of the easiest materials to craft with because you never have to worry about frayed edges. These Rosette Hairpins are an easy way to get started and break into my felt stash. I love how they can dress up your ordinary bobby pins. I plan on making a few for my daughter.
This Double Ruffle Necklace is perfect for a little pop of color and texture to an outfit.
Likewise for the Spiral Necklace. It's such a beautiful statement necklace and the color combinations can take your outfit to the next level.
If you're interested in making very stylish projects that are easy, So Pretty! Felt is for you!
Please visit the rest of the blogs below for the So Pretty! Felt blog tour happening through next week!
I have lived with my French man (aka my husband) for nine years. I now understand the nuances of French cooking which I have learned from both my husband and my in-laws, on our many travels to France. French cooking isn't as complicated as most people think. Their dishes incorporate lots of healthy vegetables and stews.
This is why I love Rachel Khoo's new cookbook The Little Paris Kitchen: 120 Simple But Classic French Recipes ($19.88 on Amazon), published by Chronicle Books. First off, who can resist a stylish Brit who sautés while clad in red lipstick looking like she jumped out from an Anthropologie catalog? The Le Cordon Bleu pastry chef grad who has her own BBC cooking show of the same name, cooks her French cuisine in her teeny-tiny Paris kitchen with only a mini oven and two gas rings. It makes you amazed that if this young gal can cook in such a small space with limited equipment, I too can whip up French fare in my "big" (compared to hers) apartment kitchen.
Rachel brings in the home-style of French cooking but brings in her own twists which I love. Pot au Feu is an essential soup in our household. We have it a lot in the winter or when someone in the family is sick. Usually by the third day of the big pot of beef soup, we devour it on the first day and by the third day, everyone is over it. Rachel provides some fantastic additional recipes such as sauces and a fajita recipe for the leftover meat and veggies. There is also a classic ratatouille recipe that most will love. For me, it's a great way for me to get my daughter to eat veggies. (I also love how she tries to teach me how to say "ratatouille" in a perfect Parisian French accent.)
Since Rachel is a trained pastry chef, dessert recipes are included in the book, but for me the main entrees and side dishes make this a must have book for everyday cooking. I have read this book cover to cover which I can't say I do for most cookbooks. (The photos of her around Paris are divine!) A lot of the wisdom that Rachel brings in her book, I can hear my father-in-law, Jean-Marie say as well. But I love how Rachel brings her own voice to this with a touch of originality by suggesting or adding other ingredients to create a different twist. My advice to you is to start with some of the stews, seafood and veggie dishes in the cookbook. You definitely won't go wrong. Then work your way up to the more advanced recipes featuring meats and the desserts.
My first recipe I tried from this book was the Spring Lamb Stew (Navarin d'Aagneau Printanier). I know it was delicious because everyone in my family devoured it without saying a word.
The next recipe I am going to try is this Cassoulet Soup. Watch the video above from BBC Food.
I also love what Alexis Watts of Chronicle Books is doing on the Chronicle Books blog. She's trying out recipes from The Little Paris Kitchen over the course of the next few months just like the Julie/Julia project.