Tag: Lavish Reads (Page 1 of 3)
When I first heard of Erica Kennedy’s latest novel, Feminista, from The Black Snob, late last month, my heart skipped a beat at the sight of the title. After all, I’ve wondered for a while if society would ever quit pigeonholing a feminist with a hankering for all things fashion like me into a boring square peg. Add an unapologetically confident successful heroine of what Publisher’s Weekly lovingly referred to as ‘bitch lit’ named Sydney Zamora and I was game.Yet, a funny thing happened while reading this book. The so-called bravado that it promised to provide was as paper-thin as the Sydney’s self-possession. For while I truly expected Feminista to be that chick lit game-changer, it predictably fell back on familiar stereotypes and ultimately reduced this ‘strong bitch’ to a whiny one. Thus, while I’m intrigued by the idea of chick lit’s ornery stepsister, Feminista proves that it has a long way to go before it truly comes into fruition.
I was erroneously sent two copies of The Thing Around Your Neck, a book I profiled last month. As you may recall the book featured touching, telling, and witty stories from the African woman’s perspective both in Africa and in America. I am giving away a fresh copy for my readers in another one day giveaway. Contest ends Wednesday at 9AM. Retweet @LavishChic for your chance to win!
Every day, I get a little fashion nugget in my inbox courtesy the women at WhoWhatWear.com. As former fashion editors at Elle Magazine, Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr have the inside scoop on the latest celebrity fashion, looks to covet, and boutiques to browse. Wanna know what Rihanna was wearing at lunch? Or what Kerry Washington wore on the red carpet? Or how about tips on styling your everyday wardrobe? These trend experienced trendsetters will let you know, pronto! What gives them the edge is the insider knowledge and access that these two women have gained to the inner-workings of the fashion world.
Doubters, listen up: Who What Wear includes everything from original style advice from celebrity trendsetters such as Rachel Bilson, Nicole Richie, Erin Wasson and Rachel Zoe to helpful chapters like “What To Wear Where,” which explains just that. There are pragmatic chapters like “Runway to Real Way,” in which we detail the step-by-step process we use to translate high fashion looks into wearable outfits (it’s always good to refresh this knowledge, especially this time of year), and fantasy chapters like “Style by Inspiration.” We even included a little high-theory for you and wrote a whole mini treatise on the way trends cycle through the celebrity and fashion worlds!
Fashionistas, take heed!
Every season Vogue executive fashion director Candy Pratts Price give us a rundown of the season’s best accessory picks on Style.com. Now the editor, along with Art Tavee and Jessica Glasscock, has compiled a book of the most notable pieces of the 20th century and beyond. This eye candy of a read takes us visual ride from Madison Avenue to Main Street. I’ll definately have a peek.
Buy the book here.
Being an African aspiring to the heights of American success is one thing. Actually living in America as an African is another. I am neither, but somehow the characters in The Thing Around Your Neck seem to drift in between. Written by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, this collection of short tales takes us through arguably simple life stories that unearth a complex subtext. the African stories she tells are vivid, touching, and powerful, not unlike the writing of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, but in a subtly femine way. Luckily, the themes are not so subverse as to confuse a reader that hasn’t been exposed to life as a Nigerian, here, or there.
Themes of feminism, rape, and female inequality are issues that resonate with all women; stories of scorn that relate to skin tone are even deeper rooted in the minds of Black women. What brings this book within the grasp of the foreign reader–and by foreign I mean anyone who isn’t an Igbo Nigerian– is the short story form. Adiche touches on adultery, homosexuality, immigration woes, and self identity in a way that is thoughtful, and not in any way preachy. Reading one story a day gives you a simple, yet extraordinary dose of Adiche’s uniquely lyrical prose.
Purchase The Thing Around Your Neck here.
When you browse over to the sidebar, you may have noticed some of our favorite art and fashion links. One of my favorite sites has been Scott Schuman’s The Sartorialist, a simple, non-flashy blog with simply great photographs of ordinary people looking simply fabulous. Now, Schuman’s good taste can be viewed in his new book, simply named The Sartorialist.
Available in paperback August 12, 2009. Order here.
I originally read this book way back in the late summer of 2008, but never got around to posting it because at the time, I didn’t know what to say. It was just so powerful that I couldn’t figure out words to describe the horrific and heroic life of a woman who dared to defy a faith that both consumed and destroyed her life. Infidel tells the story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Muslim woman, who, after years of living under the cloak of Islam, discovered that she no longer could embrace the faith. Her deflection from Islam and outspoken nature against the faith has burned her relationship with her father, her family, and the life of freedom she knew; because of the constant death threats against her, she now lives in seclusion in the United States.
In the mini movie Submission, Ali collaborated with director Theo van Gogh in the Netherlands. The video was so controversial that van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight by religious fanatics.
Even if you don’t agree with Ali’s portrayal of Islam, her book gives such an intimate portrayal of her life; at times I felt as if I walked in her shoes at the dingy apartment in Saudi Arabia, and as a religious stranger along the streets in Ethiopia. Her entire story-from faithful Muslim girl, to Dutch Parliament member, to social outcast–is beyond powerful. Below, the controversial video Submission.