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IT by Alexa Chung, Penguin Paperback. Available from 7th August, RRP £8.99.
Widely talked about and penned by none other than street style maven Alexa Chung, It has been on my To Read list since it arrived on our shores last year. By some twist of fate, I hadn't had a chance to pick it up but am now the proud owner of the new paperback release.

A classic coffee table read in that there isn't too much substance, I found myself flicking through It with a coffee in hand admiring the obvious frivolities of Alexa's life and nosying at the photos deftly included throughout. I half wanted It to be more autobiographical because I love a biography/coffee table fusion but actually this feels really slick and style led and it's a steadfast addition to a book collection.

Style
If you're already a fashion and style kinda girl, there are plenty of icon references and quirky Alexa anecdotes throughout. I'm not a huge Alexa Chung fan but found myself completely immersed in some passages, and the inclusion of plenty of old photographs makes it an interesting read. Alexa chats at length about her film, celebrity and TV style influences, the beginnings of her own style and what her essentials are, a little love, a little life and a smattering of wit and charm.

Beauty
I found it pretty cool that It included some beauty. It makes sense in hindsight with her recent Eyeko collaboration but it was nice all the same time to read about her signature cat-eye eyeliner look, her favourite beauty icons and just get a one-on-one esque glimpse at how she views beauty and all that aesthetic glory.

Alexa
I'll be frank here -- about a week ago I was fairly indifferent to Alexa Chung. Yes I'm an owner of a Mulberry Alexa and yes I've adopted a cat-eye in my make-up, but I'd never seen the allure. I really enjoyed seeing things from her eyes and I think it's because we are worlds apart, but It has certainly changed things for me. Oh Alexa, you cool cat.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book to consider. All views and opinions are my own. Photographs taken by me and I wasn't paid to create this post, yadda yadda.

18 comments

  1. Sounds and looks like such a dreamy book. Such a good one for the coffee table.

    Cat from OutsideBeautyInsideHealth

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  2. I read it in about 40 mins in the bath but I don't care, Chung forever!

    http://www.iwantyoutoknow.co.uk/

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  3. It's a nice little read, quite fun and inspiring to flick through in the evenings!

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  4. I still haven't "read" the whole thing - that's my ultimate dilemma with coffee table books, I flick through and pick pages/sections at random and end up confusing myself!

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  5. I'm on the other hand pretty much am a fan of Chung :P
    Her style is just so versatile! Love her childhood pictures!
    Xx

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  6. I was debating picking this up but don't know if I want to give into the Alexa craze! Is her writing any good at all? Still can't believe she's half Asian - you wouldn't be able to tell if you didn't know!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

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  7. APlaceOnTheBookshelf29 July 2014 at 17:57

    i've been wondering whether to read this or not but i think i'll give it a go! i love alexa's style. great post :)
    charl xx
    www.aplaceonthebookshelf.blogspot.com

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  8. i'm still not sure if i want to read this book, it does look beautiful but i'm not a huge alexa fan. nonetheless i still loved this post!

    http://www.wondereads.co.uk

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  9. Looks like a fun little book! I don't really know much about Alexa/fashion so it's probably not for me but it looks like it's been really well put together! xx

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  10. It's a pretty sweet read, I think I've been converted!

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  11. The prose is all quite conversational but Alexa is also a columnist and journalist, so her writing is fairly good. I enjoyed her writing anyway. Ah I know, her Dad is Chinese and actually from a town close to my hometown!

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  12. Thanks Charl! I wasn't 100% at first but it makes a nice addition to the book collection, a fun one to flick through!

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  13. I wasn't either but it's such a pretty book and actually has a little more substance than expected!

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  14. The layout is just so perfect, I always enjoy a coffee table book!

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  15. This looks like such a nice coffee table book as you said. I'm not too familiar with Alexa Chung though, so not sure how far this would be on my list. Though this does look like a fun little book!

    Carolyn | BLOG

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  16. I wasn't quite familiar with her either but the allure of all the blogger chat drew me to read it. Haven't quite finished it but it's a surprisingly good read!

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  17. Is it weird I love the cover design for this paperback more than the original hardcover?
    I've always been a fascinated by Alexa, so this has been high on TBR for a while, plus I love coffee table style books just as much as novels! Xx

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  18. I like both covers! I'm glad I have this in my collection - I think Alexa is a bit media misunderstood at times as she's so high profile, but she makes lots of valid points and is actually a pretty darn good writer.

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