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Hello, my name is Kelly and I welcome you to the Bookend Diaries book blog. I created this blog to share my own reviews of existing and new books, to discuss with other readers what we’re currently reading, update you on my book club picks, and of course, to ultimately support the work of the authors we all enjoy. I am addicted to reading and I thought this would be a great way to reach out to other readers who are as obsessed with books as I am.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Beauty At Home By: Aerin Lauder

Style icon Aerin Lauder reveals what it means to live beautifully
Extravagant and fun to be around, Estée Lauder, Aerin's grandmother, loved jewelry and chocolate-covered marshmallows. She adored flowers and rooms full of exuberant patterns. When Aerin was a child, weekend visits with Estée meant ice-cream-and-late-night-TV adventures and spending time together at her grandmother's dressing-room table with its intriguing lipsticks and creams. From an early age, Aerin understood that Estée's passion for family was equal to her love of beauty.

Now, Aerin has made this legacy her own. For the first time, she shares memories of the family celebrations and world travel that formed her sense of style. Aerin opens the doors to her New York apartment, where on any given night she might host a relaxed dinner with firends under a vintage French chandelier or, just as often, an impromptu get-together for her sons. Aerin also reveals how she preserved Estée's heritage in her former Hamptons home while adding her own twists. The traditions Aerin has created in her own family--from pool parties with her sons to walks along the beach collecting sea glass to breezy summer lunches--blend elegance and fun in equal measure.

Throughout this book, evocative photographs by Simon Upton show Aerin's world in inspiring detail and enhance Aerin's insights into surrounding oneself with beauty and family in every aspect of life.

This is a wonderful coffee table book that you can get lost in on any rainy afternoon. Besides, the beautiful layouts of images there is a nice story line flow through out the book. I have always loved Estee Lauder perfumes and products and this just made me appreciate how the empire was built on such beauty and grace. It really is everything that you would expect from someone with a family last name, "Lauder".

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving Season

It's that time again, to be thankful for all the many blessings, we have in our lives. Hope everyone enjoys this upcoming, "Thanksgiving".

Sunday, November 8, 2015

100 Years of Fashion By: Cally Blackman

This book documents in pictures the most exciting and diverse period in fashion: from 1900 to today, covering high society, uniforms, sportswear, streetwear, and couture. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in fashion as well as students Over 400 photographs and illustrations, many published for the first time, tell the stylish story of a fashion revolution. Love this book, and to think it has Audrey makes it a must have.

Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style By: DK Publishing

Tracing the evolution of fashion — from the early draped fabrics of ancient times to the catwalk couture of today — Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style is a stunningly illustrated guide to more than three thousand years of shifting trends and innovative developments in the world of clothing. Containing everything you need to know about changing fashion and style — from ancient Egyptian dress to Space Age Fashion and Grunge — and information on icons like Marie Antoinette, Clara Bow, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Alexander McQueen, Fashion catalogs the history of what people wear, revealing how Western fashion has been influenced by design from around the world and celebrating costume and haute couture. Fashion will captivate anyone interested in style — whether it's the fashion-mad teen in Tokyo, the wannabe designer in college, or the fashionista intrigued by the violent origins of the stiletto and the birth of bling. This makes a great coffee table book besides, being a wonderful resource of fashion and style. A must have for anyone interested into fashion. Would make a great gift.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Birthday Audrey !!!!

The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters. Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. By: Norman Vincent Peale Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays