>>American Fashion Travel, by the Council of Fashion Designers of America<<
Best gift ever. In the middle of bleak December, this was a ray of sunshine and a tease all at once with fashion week so far away and no passport stamps in my immediate future. Inside, globetrotting tastemakers share their favorite destinations, hotels, restaurants, stores, and sources of inspiration. I’m surprised you can’t see drool on the cover. And few things satisfy my celeb-curiosity like open-ended prompts. Here are a few of my favorite pages:
The science of beauty? Umm, yes please. This provocative read by Harvard Medical School psychologist Nancy Etcoff sheds some well-researched wisdom on why we appreciate full, pouty lips and large eyes. And certainly explains why my list of “girl crushes” is a mile long.
Writing from the scope of Evolutionary Psychology, Etcoff persuasively posits that beauty is less a cultural construct than a biologically-driven instinct. Think about this (quoted from the book), “In the United States more money is spent on beauty than on education or social services.” Read this book to learn why.