Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1950s -This beautiful reference work showcases 50 iconic outfits from one of fashion’s most influential and exciting decades. From the bombshell glamour of Marilyn Monroe in ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ to the immergence of teenage style, via the sculptural forms of Christian Dior’s New Look and Balenciaga’s double A-Line, it celebrates all of the important looks that revolutionised modern fashion. With Paula Reed’s lively and informative text and a wealth of fabulous photography, it is vital reading for design students, collectors of vintage, and everyone who truly loves fashion.

Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1970s – Bianca Jagger in Halston and Diane Von Furstenberg’s first wrap dress to the rise of punk and Biba, this beautiful book outlines and details the most influential looks of the decade. The 1970s have been a key influence on recent high street and catwalk fashion – here you find out why.

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  • Book: Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed the 1970s and 1950s
  • Author:¬†Paula Reed
  • Date:¬†2012
  • Genre:¬†Fashion
  • Publisher:¬†Design Museum
  • Pages: 112
  • Price:¬†¬£12.99
  • Three Words:¬†Classic, Descriptive, Vintage Piece
  • Other Books in the Series:¬†Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. Fifty Bags That Changed The World. Fifty Dresses That Changed The World. Fifty Fashion Designers That Changed The World. Fifty Hats That Changed The World. Fifty Shoes That Changed The World.










The Premise of the Book: Designed as an informative piece for design students, collectors of vintage and in general people who love fashion.

Execution: You can find a short description of how the look came to be, who is responsible for it and how did it influence the world in fashion and in general. Has a beautiful photo next to every description.

General Look, Value for Money –¬†A pretty and simple dust¬†jacket and a beautiful black jacket with a rose gold foil, perfect beauty to put on your coffee table. Very expensive having in mind it’s just a small book, but it could be considered a collectors piece and depends on how much a person is ready to spend on such a book.

My Thoughts:¬†Although it is a lovely book I wouldn’t¬†necessary¬†say it is very informative. It is fairly good for it’s size and purpose. It is not a book to buy if you want to get as much information on those decades as possible. This is for either new students who want to start somewhere or a fashion veteran who will keep this for the beauty of it.¬†

Illustration: Every second page, good quality photographs.


  • The Premise of the Book –¬†5
  • Execution –¬†4
  • General Look, Value for Money – 4
  • Illustration – 4
  • In All¬†– 4,2

To see my guidelines for the rating go to REVIEW GUIDELINES

Do What You Want by Nicholas Bate


In a working world of rapid change, re-organisations and disappearing markets, is the satisfying, stable and lucrative career path a thing of the past? Not at all! This smart book is packed with all the practical, pragmatic advice, tools and strategies you need. Use them to take control of your career and make sure that you are getting the most out of your working life. This vital guidance will help you understand and adapt to the realities of today’s working world and allow you to develop a focussed and realistic plan to fulfil all your ambitions.


  • Book:¬†Do What You Want – The book that shows you how to create the career you’ll love
  • Author: Nicholas Bate
  • Date: 2012
  • Genre:¬†Careers
  • Publisher:¬†Pearson
  • Pages:¬†224
  • Price:¬†¬£10.99
  • Three Words:¬†Inspiring, Realistic, Useful



The Premise of the Book: Your career path shouldn’t be about having a job. In order to have a successful career you have to think of yourself as a brand. It is all about changing your mindset and thinking about a flexible multiple career rather than single career. Create your own opportunities by investing time and money into personal and career development for you as a brand.

Execution: The author was able to express his idea very clearly and support it with evidence, testimonials of people whom he had worked with to improve their careers. It gives a good introduction, quite few tips and strategies on how to think of yourself as a brand and what can you do to make yourself a desirable candidate. The structure of the book serves its purpose and is one of the best books I have read for general career advice.

General Look, Value for Money –¬†Simple, to the point and short. Original price bit expensive for such a small book, but for me personally it was worth the money.

My Thoughts: Very convincing and effective book. It will not turn your life upside down, you will have to do it yourself with the advice that this book gives you. It is very do-able for people who have strong will and want to have a career and give their all in order to be successful. People who are too lazy or don’t like to step out of their comfort zone won’t likely change after reading the book. However, I would suggest to re-read it every time you feel your motivation is running low. Mindset is a powerful thing but for some it takes more convincing then others. I myself have followed the author’s advice and feel it has helped me to not stress about missed job opportunities but to concentrate on what I do best and build up my brand from the ground up. I was accepted to MA in Publishing and created my own blog as a space to express my love of books and to show my dedication to a career in publishing.

Illustration: None.


  • The Premise of the Book –¬†5
  • Execution –¬†5
  • General Look, Value for Money –¬†4
  • Illustration – NA
  • In All¬†–¬†4,6

To see my guidelines for the rating go to REVIEW GUIDELINES


An Elegant Spirit – Audrey Hepburn, a true inspiration

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I kept thinking how to introduce this book or what to write about it. This book is a true testament of her character as seen through the eyes of her son. It gives little insight to her career as an actress but highlights her work in UNICEF. To her it was the most important part of her life and what made her sad through out the years. She never felt it would be enough. Nevertheless, we should never give up on issues and dreams that are important to us.

I may be a voice in the wilderness… but I really tell from my experience, which is 60-plus years, that what we’re engaged in now is really what is going to make the difference for our kids and our grandchildren. I have absolutely no doubt about that” – Mr. James Wolfensohn’s quote (the president of the World Bank), that Audrey Hepburn underlined doing her research [p. 183].

Audrey Hepburn – An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer


Hollywood icon, an actress with unbeatable style, someone that I was always curious about. I picked up this book because I thought it will have¬†the best insight into¬†her life and her career as a movie star. It wasn’t the case. A loving son wrote this book in all his honesty trying to portray the woman his mother really was. In his own words ‘she was a sad sad person, it felt like she had the whole world’s weight on her shoulders’. This book is nothing more than a continuum of his mothers work –¬†all proceeds from this book are donated to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.

If you are looking for an honest read and some insight into the work of this incredible woman this is the read for you. Photographs themselves, straight from the family album, give a glimpse into her personal life, classic style and simple day to day living.

Passion, love, family, care and compassion for the whole world. Audrey Hepburn – my true icon.

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I do not own any of these pictures. All of them are from the Audrey Hepburn РAn Elegant Spirit book by Sean Hepburn Ferrer.