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Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease Hardcover – Aug 1 2012

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (Aug. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419702106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702105
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Canadian Book Reviewer on July 30 2012
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This book is almost an exact duplicate of Cupcakes and Cashmere, the blog. Although it's relatively inexpensive, it's not worth your money because you can read the information for free (barring your Internet bill, of course) online.

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]]
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I absolutely LOVE Emily's adaption of her blog, of which I have been an avid reader pretty well from the start.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leica on March 23 2014
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This is a book for folks who have no idea how to set up their first home, put on make-up, cook. or buy clothes for the differing seasons. A couple of good recipes but not worth buying the book for those.
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I am a big fan of Emily. I've been following her blog since quite a long time and when her book came out, I had to have it! There are certain things that I've already seen on the blog, but overall the book is great. I love that the chapters are divided into seasons. I recommend the book to everyone who likes Cupcakes and Cashmere.
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454 of 472 people found the following review helpful
In a word: bland July 11 2012
By moi surtout - Published on
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The thing I love best about this book is its name. Cupcakes and Cashmere brings to mind a frothy femininity, a combination of childlike delight and sophisticated luxury. I am always up for defining my style, reinventing my space and entertaining with ease, so this book shot to the top of my "must preorder" list. Emily Schuman's blog is a charming combination of fashion, decorating, cooking, and all the usual blogging arts. This seemed like a sure thing!

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!
178 of 190 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing July 11 2012
By Oliver C - Published on
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I love Cupcakes and Cashmere- it's one of the first sites I look at every day and I really look forward to Emily's content and her pics. I preordered the book- i have NEVER done that before. So when it arrived today, I must say, I was disappointed. First, it's small, its not a glorious coffee table book. It's more a book for the night stand, in terms of scale... Second, many of the pictures and content are repeats off the blog! Which is not to say the content is bad- but it's not new, and thats a shame. Are there really so few recipes in the world that we couldnt get some new ones in the book? Couldnt there be some new styles? I would consider myself a big fan of the site and I love her- but this book was really disappointing.
78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Such a fan, such a disappointment! July 18 2012
By BlkDogYoga - Published on
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Cuppy is a huge inspiration to me. Being about the same age, I consider all that she has done in the world of fashion blogging quite interesting. I love her style, the simple way she posts and showcases aspects of life, and how she focuses on the positive things. That being said, her book was a big disappointment. While the photos were well taken and Em is easy to look at, I kept thinking to myself, these are tips to give a pre-teen or someone who is just getting interested in fashion. I don't appreciate that most of her recipes are essentially lifted from somewhere else...and there is a lack of genuine feeling behind her work. As a daily reader of her blog, my biggest question is always, where is the human aspect to all this?? Where are her friends, where is the actual content, not just beautiful pictures of her in an abandoned barn or on the hiking trail. The book essentially does the same thing, just in four seasons as chapters (wow, huge organizational idea).

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!
45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Glorified, chaotic magazine Sept. 2 2012
By Jenben - Published on
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I came across this "book" differently than most readers. I came via Amazon when I was checking out another blog turned book. I saw "Cupcakes and Cashmere" and it piqued my interest. I read the reviews and many were dissatisfied customers, but still interested, I decided to check out the blog. I perused the blog and didn't find it particularly life changing and found the tone of the author to be both elementary and condescending, which entertained me since so many people found the author "relatable" and "down to earth."

A few weeks after I was bored and spent a good 5 hours going back through the blog. That is when I found the "relatable" and "down to earth" blog that so many spoke of. I still wasn't sold on purchasing the book since the author's ego was in direct relationship to the decline in the quality of her blog and since the book seemed to be on the spectrum of a large ego, I figured that the book wouldn't be very good. One of my chicest friends said she enjoyed the book in a tweet and I was intrigued so I decided to purchase the book BEFORE asking my friend what she liked about the book, big mistake.

Now I own this literary disaster masquerading as a book. I think someone else explained it best when they described the author as an enthusiastic amateur. The book is not good, disorganized, and elementary. She is not an expert in any areas that she provides advice. Another problem is that the author tried to cover so.many.topics. How can one person go from how to describing a blow out, copying a Julie Child salad dressing recipe, advising a "splurge" vs "steal" section, explaining the mechanics of writing a thank you note, painting furniture, shopping at flea markets, packing for a trip, etc., etc., etc. and believe that they are providing value added information to a person's life?

I am insulted that this book was published, both as a female and as someone who has a brain. This is a clear and perfect example of how American literature is on the decline.

(for those of you interested, my friend liked the gold foil on the cover of the book and in actuality hated the content of the book)
113 of 127 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly disappointing if you're a reader of the blog July 13 2012
By Jules23 - Published on
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I am a devoted/avid reader of Emily's "Cupcakes and Cashmere" blog...and was eagerly anticipating this book from the moment she announced it was in the works. Unfortunately, I found no original content in it that hadn't already been tackled in her blog. Her blog is clear/concise with the emphasis put on the beautiful I was excited to hear that the book was "an extension of the blog, but with much more in-depth content". Unfortunately, the add'l info was pure fluff and not valuable in any way. No unusual tips/tricks/advice that hadn't been covered on her blog, or already mentioned on a majority of style/fashion/food blogs online. I felt really silly reading this book b/c it was so remedial. I did, however, page through the entire book to give it a fair shot. Before I reached the end, however, several pages started physically falling out of the book. Overall disappointment in the quality of the content and construction of the book.