Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease Hardcover – Aug 1 2012
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Emily Schuman is the creator of the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, the 2010 Bloggie winner for Best Fashion Blog. Emily began her blog in 2008 and since then has been covered by Lucky Magazine, Glamour, and Teen Vogue. Emily lives in Los Angeles.
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There's a section about how to blowdry your hair, which is far too basic of a concept. There's also an area on painting your fingernails, as if you didn't already know how to do that. I believe that Ms. Schuman has run out of new and relevant ideas. During the last six months her blog has been painful. Cupcakes and Cashmere, the book, feels the same way.
I don't think that I'd recommend this book to a friend. Sorry.
[ASIN:1419702106 Cupcakes and Cashmere: How to Create your Own Signature Style, Entertain with Ease and Spruce up your Space]]
I must disagree with reviews claiming that there is much repetition between the book and the blog. Of course the subject matter and maybe a few photographs are the same, but for the most part, the book really extends beyond her website and offers a more in-depth look into her topics. The articles are well written and I especially love the Halloween portion and also the wardrobe essentials for each season. The recipes are simple yet tasty, which I find appealing because nothing is worse than overly-fussy cooking.
I love the layout of the book, which is divided into seasons, and the size is perfect! It fits nicely on top of my other coffee table books. I can't wait to buy a few copies for Christmas gifts!
Beautiful job, Emily! I can't wait for the next one!
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Alas, it's the kind of book you give an awkward preteen so she learns to put on eyeshadow correctly without looking like a raccoon. (Except it also talks about spiking Kool-aid with tequila, so don't actually give this to a kid.) The advice is painfully basic. If we didn't know that evening sandals are more formal than sneakers, Ms. Schuman lays this out in a chart for us. We also learn how to put on our lipstick, blow-dry our hair and paint our nails. ("I usually try to do one [coat] down the middle and one on either side," she coaches.) Perhaps in a future volume she'll share secrets on tying our shoelaces or brushing our teeth.
Well, perhaps I'm being unkind. I'm obviously not the intended audience for this book. The photography is lovely, if a touch blurry. I was pleased to see a section on handwritten thank-you notes, and I enjoyed the section on posing for photographs. The colors are soft and lovely throughout, as you'd expect from the pretty pictures on the blog. Ms. Schuman comes across as a sincere girl-next-door who genuinely wants to help bring out the best in others. I also liked that this book isn't overly brand conscious; you won't come away feeling like you have to rob a bank if you want to live the lifestyle presented here.
The real issue is that Ms. Schuman is not extraordinarily good at any of the things she writes about. She is pretty and dresses well, but she hasn't got the experience to walk other people through a top-to-bottom makeover. Her makeup and hair look fine, but she hasn't got any pro tips to share. The simple recipes are undoubtedly delicious, but she's hardly a chef. ("Summer pasta with tomatoes, basil and brie" sounded so promising, but the instructions are basically: cook pasta. Add tomatoes, basil and brie.) The author simply is not an authority in any of these areas, nor does she have that special spark that can make a novice perspective fresh and enchanting. She gives instructions where she should be giving insight and advice; this book is all what and no why. There is a play-it-safe timidness throughout.
By the way, cupcakes do make an appearance towards the end; they're made from a box mix. "I always keep one yellow and one chocolate on hand," she confides. I think that pretty much sums it up!
I don't think this is worth the money. You can easily read her posts and archives to achieve the same level of knowledge. PS - I am pretty efficient at creating a playlist (as are most readers) so adding meaningless content like this only contributes to the let down.
Not well played Cuppy, not well played. I was really anticipating more!
Above is my original view and all of my initial statements stand. Some other reviewers seem to be confused by the disappointment. Part of the problem is that we were led to believe the book would be an exstension of Cupcakes and Cashmere. We all love the Blog, that's why we bought the book. The book is simply a highlight reel of the blog with a few how to list printed in. Yes the pictures and images are beautiful. But, I already knew how to make the orange margaritas , holiday sugar cookies and autumn place cards and so many other topics covered in this book, because she had made them on her blog. I think whoever urged Emily to write the book from a seventeen magazine informational tone really missed the reason we love her blog to begin with. I understand that yes, these are the topics covered in her blog, but why nothing new that was awe inspiring? With lackluster recipes you could count on two hands, a how to apply lipstick and nail polish tutorial and pictures that seemed to be near duplicates of what I've already seen and I was left wanting more. I understand Emily never claims to be a knowledgeable chef or makeup artist or designer, but rather an everyday girl sharing her ideas, outfits, recipes, and special moments in life. The sad thing is I know Emily is capable of more than this play it safe juvenile how to guide. I think if you want a printed blog version this book may be ok, though I would argue it lacks all her really good posts. But overall, the blog is free, this book is not. It is thin , fluffed with pretty pictures and ideas that seem to appeal to a below 18 audience , minus the cocktail list and recipes. Save your money and continue to read the blog.