There are some books in my overflowing shelves that I go back to over and over again. They are like my entourage of affordable helpers and gurus.
I wanted to share with you a few of the top books I rate to up your life skills. Perhaps they are just what you are looking for to help you out too?
Your Beauty Bestie
Amazing Face – Zoe Foster (or should I say Zoe Foster-Blake now)
I love Zoe’s down to earth writing. It is like I am in the bathroom with a girlfriend and she is filling me in on what I really should be doing with my eyebrows.
Amazing face covers skin, face, eyes, lips, hair, hands and nails, body, whole looks and essentials. So, the works!
She even fills you in on her “toolbox” favourites.
Don’t be worried about the products being unaffordable either. Yes there are some of those miracle creams with the essence of phoenix fart but mostly it is just great products you can pick up at Priceline or your local supermarket.
Your Gardening Gurus
Now these guys have brought out a number of books and even an easy reference card set (so I see checking out Angus & Robertson Bookworld) but this is what is in my collection. I am certainly no green thumb but it is very handy to have fresh herbs and some veggies growing in my backyard. I hit this book up whenever something isn’t growing well or I am wondering when it is best to plant something in particular. I even check it out when I want to bunch a whole heap of herbs together incase they just don’t get along.
There is a whole section in this book about having your own urban chicken coop which gets me excited.
One day Karin, one day.
Your Photography Coach
The tag line is – how to take that fancy DSLR camera off “auto” and photograph your life like a pro.
Do you know how many courses I have done on photography now? Too many! None of it sinks in. I have a photography blocker. I need a constant reference and Beyond Snapshots is just that.
Covering a range of life events the authors show you how to take control of your settings and capture those memories without loosing me in technical talk. But if it is technical talk you are after there is a bit of that too. When I do have a functioning photography brain I really like checking out the settings for each photograph to see how each was captured.
I will often go to this book before a special occasion just to brush up on what I am supposed to be doing with my big, “fancy” camera.
I really love this book!
Your Interior Designer
Megan Morton has a few books out now which I also have but this is my favourite. I find it really practical and a great reference when putting together a room.
The book is sorted by styles, room types and feature colours. You can basically work with any combo. I will go back to this book whenever I want to refresh a room but don’t have a budget for an overhaul. It is a great source of inspiration.
Coming in second in this category is: Absolutely Beautiful Things – Anna Spiro. This one is also a favourite but a little more dreamy.
Your Positivity Pump Up
When I first bought Craft For The Soul I was really skeptical because I am not a crafter. Like I am far, far away from a crafter. But Pip’s book is more about giving you that boost to keep your creativity flowing no matter what your “craft” is.
Yes there are a few craft projects in the mix but that isn’t the main focus. To be honest I couldn’t actually tell you what any of them are as I flick past those bits but I really enjoy how Pip writes, she is so warm and friendly and I find myself always wanting to drink tea.
I am actually about to read this through again after doing a workshop with Pip recently. I think it is one of those books that you will take something different away from it each time.
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