Thursday, September 11, 2014

Over the Counter #229

What books caught my eye this week as they passed over the library counter an under my scanner? It's all about style this week - personal and parties...

First up is Cycle Style by Horst A. Friedrichs.

From the publisher, Prestel:

"An acclaimed photographer introduces the incredible variety of stylish cyclists pedaling through city streets in this stunningly illustrated book.

No city boasts of a more fashion-forward population of bicyclists than London. Photographer Horst Friedrichs meets his subjects in their own milieu: zooming around the city’s streets on two wheels. There he encounters a dazzling array of style and a surprising amount of substance. In tweeds (both Harris and hipster) and Saville Row suits, in hightops and stilettos, in flowing skirts and the skinniest jeans, wildly tattooed and impeccably manicured, sporting bowler hats and racing caps, London’s cyclists are jubilantly exercising their fashion freedom. Whether they’re leisurely filling their baskets from market to home or pedaling purposefully to an important meeting, experiencing the city as cycling tourists, or getting from place to place in the most economical way possible, Friedrichs’ subjects share a love of the bicycle culture that is sweeping the streets of London and the rest of the world."

Next up was Vintage Parties: A Guide to Throwing Themed Events - From Gatsby Galas to Mad Men Martinis - and Much More - by Emma Sundh, Linda Hansson and Louise Lemming.

From the publisher, Skyhorse:

"Invite your nearest and dearest for a celebration¬—vintage style! Vintage bloggers Linda Hansson, Louise Lemming, and Emma Sundh reveal their secrets for throwing the best parties, festivities, and fetes with a nostalgic twist. With this beautiful reference for hosting themed get-togethers, you’ll create the right old-time atmosphere, play classic games, serve treats and cuisine with yesterday’s pomp and flair, and best of all—you’ll look the part!

Get creative with: pom-poms and balloons for a spring fling,“airmail” place settings for a ’40s theme, nautical cushions, placemats, and décor,’50s photobooth props and parlor games, typewriter guestbooks for a Gatsby effect,and so much more to create your perfect retro look!

Add to that make-up and hairstyles from yesteryear, tips on how to care for a vintage dress, and instructions on how to sew the perfect skirt or a festive bow tie. Plus, discover great recipes for modern updates on such time-honored offerings as homemade donuts, apple pie moonshine, cake pops, picnic sandwiches, and, of course, champagne.

Packed to the brim with clever do-it-yourself creations from vintage and thrift store finds, Vintage Parties is the retro-crafter’s dream guide for throwing parties everyone will RSVP yes to. So toast with pastel lemonade—welcome to your vintage party.,"

(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)

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