Recommended Reads

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My blogging schedule has been all out of whack this week because my back has been giving me some serious grief, so I have spent most of my days snuggled up in bed with a mountain of pillows. That said, I want to keep my content regular and today I thought I would share with you some of the books that have given me inspiration with my blog.

I'll start from the top and work my way down, and first up is Blog INC by Joy Deangdeelert Cho. This is a really fantastic little book for both beginners and those that have been blogging for a long time as it is filled with advice on finding you own blogging "voice", the blogging community and making your blog into a business. It's really worth picking up if you're struggling to get to grips with the blogging world or you just need some inspiration. It's inexpensive and out of all the books featured in this post, I would recommend picking up this one the most. 

Next up we have a really inspiring story by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal. #GIRLBOSS tells the story of Amoruso who, by twenty-two, had resigned herself to employment, but was still penniless, with no real direction, and working a crappy day job that she had taken purely for the health insurance. However, Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay and eight years later, she became the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. It is an incredibly inspiring story, not least for what she has achieved but it's a book that reassures young women that it's okay not to know what you want to do as soon as you hit your 20's. 

I have had this next book for such a long time now, I know it was wahaaaay before I even knew what blogging was and my mum bought it for me because it is just such an inspiring story (let's see how many times I can say inspiring in this blog post...). After a difficult childhood, personal life and a little baby to feed, Lauren knew she needed a job. After 4 years working for a taxi firm Lauren decided she needed a job that sought better prospects for herself and son Jordan, where she knew they had a secure future. She had always enjoyed using and experimenting with make up and so she looked into setting up her own business selling cosmetics on eBay, and although she did not have much money to invest into a business but she put enough money aside to buy her first batch of stock. Orders were slow at first but when her business found it's feet, the orders came flooding in and customers asked how some of the products should be applied and which colours would suit who etc. ANYWAY, to cut a long story short she discovered YouTube  and she began making short tutorials about the products she used and then she went on to make videos recreating celebrity make up looks and BAM she became a massive success. If you're looking for a book that teaches you how to recreate lots of different looks then Lauren Luke's Look Like A Star is the book for you.

Next up is a book that was passed down to me from my elder sister, and although it is aimed at teenagers (and I am in my last 4 months of being a teenager) it is a fantastic book and I learnt a lot from it. The book I am talking about of course is the Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty. This is a great little book for using makeup to boost your confidence and self esteem by enhancing your own unique, natural beauty. 

The Complete Photographer by Tom Ang is a reference book that has really helped me expand my knowledge of photography and made me more able to produce good quality images for PhoebeTea. It's a very accessible read and there isn't any off putting techno jargon and I highly recommend picking it up if you're looking to improve your photography skills. 

Finally (and thank you for sticking with me for this long!) is The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible by Sarah Stacey & Josephine Fairley and this documents award-winning products, home-made recipes for make up, skincare and bodycare, and everything that has been featured has been tried and tested by 2,400 women. So, if natural beauty is your thing, then this book will be right up your street. 

Have you tried any of these books? I would love to know any of your recommendations because I am always on the hunt for new beauty reads!