Was anyone else internally screaming with joy when Alexa Chung brought out her book, It? To be completely honest with you I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but the promise of photos alone was enough to send me straight onto Amazon to purchase it. I say straight to Amazon, I actually went to Waterstones first but they only stocked one copy and it had been sold already. What bookshop only stocks one copy of a book by the most loved model in Britain?
Each page is like a different chapter. I liked that each topic spanned no more than a double page spread, it felt more like a personal journal rather than a book intended for mass public viewing. Alexa covers a wide range of topics that every girl can relate to. From her early experimentation with make-up, her oh-so indie style obsessions from the music and film world (Jane Birkin, Jeremy Irons, George Harrison and co), her basic rules for getting dressed, her festival know-how, to the perils of taking a good #selfie.
Her snippets of writing are interspersed with some incredible personal photos, doodles and quotes. If her writing itself isn’t enough to create some inspiration within you then her photographs certainly will. Festival disposables, photobooth strips and pictures of her style crushes had me melting at every turn of a page; her doodles and quotes made me giggle and feel the need to instagram these pearls of wisdom before anyone else beat me to it.
By the time I’d finished reading It I was ready to cut my hair to shoulder length, dye it brown and invest in many a peter pan collared shirt or dress. Although Alexa leads a far more glamorous life than the rest of us it was reassuring to see that a lot of her thoughts and worries are very much the same as the rest of us. Concerns about VPL, bad decisions about festival-wear and an obsession with the Spice Girls? Alexa, we’re made to be BFF’s.
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