Happy Friday, book reviews & give away!

I’ve had some lovely books come across my desk of late to review, and of course to give away!

First up is ‘Simplify, Structure, Succeed‘ by Shannah Kennedy. I don’t mind a good self help book, I’m not an avid reader but if it appeals I’m more than happy to add it to my reading list. Simplify, Structure, Succeed is slightly bigger than your average book size lending itself to fit on a coffee table I presume. It also accommodates the large stock imagery that peppers the content, which I found predictable and a little bit annoying. The message of the book is fabulous- to simplify your life, add structure and ultimately succeed. Photos of fortune cookies, sail boats and eggs in a birds nest (to name but a few) just seemed cliched and tired.

That said, I did like that the actual content of the book wasn’t preachy and was simple to follow and implement into your life. I’ve picked it up a few times now and I hope to keep coming back to it for inspiration when needed.

Closer‘ by Scott Schuman is his latest offering in a curation imagery in the form of a book. If you are a Sartorialist fan then you will love this, and again it’s great to use as a reference and revisit. It’s peppered with little snippets and thoughts from Schuman that explain the story behind the image or why he’s decided to include it in the book.

And now to two Melbourne publications, ‘Fashionista’s Guide To Shopping In Melbourne 2013,’ and ‘Fashion & Flemington,’ both published by Slattery Media.

Fashionista’s Guide To Shopping In Melbourne 2013 is edited by Emily Power and Antonia Magee and is a fabulous insight into all of Melbourne’s hidden gem’s. I’m not sure who this book is aimed at, in that it would be great for tourists but I’m not so sure a local gal would buy it? None the less it’s a great size, is concise and is tipped to be updated yearly which I think is important. It’s also great to see books like this being published right out of Melbourne and supporting the Melbourne fashion industry.

Celebrating its 50th year in 2012, Fashions On The Field(FOTF) held during the Spring Racing Carnival is a huge event on Melbourne and even Australia’s fashion calendar. To celebrate ‘Fashion & Flemington‘ has been launched edited by Emily Power. A great coffee table book that chronicles FOTF through the ages, my only criticism is that the publishers only used imagery available to them through the Herald & Weekly Times who are owned by News Limited. It means that many of the photos look like they’re straight from the pages of a newspaper, and I’ve no doubt that some of the candid shots and imagery from vintage archives and people involved outside of News Limited would have been great contributions.

That said, it really is a gorgeous book and if you are at all interested in racing fashion you’ll love it.

I have a copy ofΒ Β ‘Fashionista’s Guide To Shopping In Melbourne 2013,’ and ‘Fashion & Flemington,’ to give away to one lucky Lady Melbourne reader (clear that coffee table!)

To be in the running all you have to do is sign up for the Lady Melbourne newsletter and leave a comment on this blog post.

Competition ends 5pm Thursday 25th October AEST. Winner chosen at random and posted on www.ladymelbourne.com.au. International readers welcome!

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  • Oh no! is it too late? What a fabulous selection of books! The Satorialist & the Fashionista’s Guide to Melbourne would be great Christmas presents for friends of mine.

  • Catherine

    would love these books, something to get me through the boredom of being a poor student πŸ˜›

  • Kate Fissenden

    ooh I made it in before cut off time! πŸ™‚

  • Danielle Thompson

    I am not so subtly obsessed with race fashion (and fashion in general) I love the fact that it can be little bit old school and a little bit costume. Dressing up at the races in the dress, that goes with the hat, that goes with the shoes, that goes with the bag, that goes with the belt and the gloves is one of my favourite things. I would love a copy of Fashion and Flemington!!

  • Laura

    Done and done! I’m a huge track fashion fan so I couldn’t resist! x

  • ~*~Wow these books sound amazing! I would love to read these they would be very inspiring to me~*~


  • Krysia

    I need a break and reading is the best relaxing treat

  • Nikolina

    Stumbled across your stylish blog on Instagram and would love the chance to own one of these fabulous books πŸ™‚

  • Natalie

    I’m a lover of all things retail, fashion and beauty related. I’d love to add these gorgeous books to a growing collection of fashionable classics!

  • Fashionable Bookworm

    My clients and I would just LOVE to read these two books!! Fingers crossed! :- )

  • Anna

    You always have the best giveaways Lady M πŸ™‚ Impeccable taste!

  • MelbourneBelle

    Even though I’m a Melbourne girl, I don’t often stray outside my corner of the city (NW City fringe), so the Fashionista’s Guide might be just the thing to get me out of my shopping rut.

  • Kerly Sue

    OMG i love all the books. gorgeous <3

  • Glenda Q

    Thank you for your quintessentially Melbourne view of all things stylish and girly. These gorgeous books would make a most welcome addition to my coffee table… although I would be more than likely sipping a Pimms or bubbles rather than a latte whilst reading them πŸ˜‰

  • Lyn M

    All done!

  • Eamond tomaszewski

    Have joined and thanks for the giveaway!

  • Catrina Murray

    Signed up!

  • Kate

    Gorgeous books, and perfect timing with the Spring Carnivals coming up x

  • Had fashion coffee table books on my Xmas list. Let’s hope Xmas comes early.

  • Subscribe! Would love to get my paws onto those books – they look interesting!

  • Falon Downing

    What a gorgeous book!

  • Kirsten W

    Gorgeous book!

  • julie bennett

    I don’t need an excuse to love fashion and shopping but pretty please love to stick my heads in these great books

  • Kate M

    Thanks for a lovely competition, would love to have these lovely books on my coffee table!

  • Renee

    love this prize!!

  • Jennie from SA

    Love going to Melbourne once or twice a year to shop for clothes till I drop. Chapel and Brunswick Street are my usual haunts. Would love the books to discover some other places and have them also on display on my coffee table.

  • Bella

    I have been spying on “fashion & flemington” recently and debating if I should buy it. Happy to see I have a chance to win it – even better ! *fingers crossed* Thank you Lady M!

  • Rachel

    My milk crate coffee table would sure appreciate some loving from this amazing Fashionista’s Guide. Pick me!!!!!! xxxx

  • Melissa Krohn


  • H

    Having just moved back to New Zealand after two wonderful years in Melbourne I am missing the city, and it’s fashion desperately…Pick me for a pick-me-up! x

  • alaska

    Totally forgot about that quirky website the sartorialist. Great reminder! Recently moved to Melbourne, time to start looking for places to shop (:

  • Jasmine

    I have always wanted to visit Melbourne. A friend tells me that the music and fashion is best there. Would love to check it out soon!

  • What an amazing giveaway! I’d particularly love the book on racing fashions – I’ll be going for the first time this year and I’m super exicted!

  • Nothing like new books! Especially when they’re fashion related… πŸ™‚

  • I wish I get the fashionista guide to shopping in melbourne. I go to Melbourne annually and all I know where to shop is David Jones and Myer. I’ve never come across all those boutiques you mention.

  • My coffee table has been dusted and prepared awaiting some fashionable weight to press down on it! (Ps:I’m already signed up to your newsletters!)

  • Fashionista

    I love Racing Fashion pictures, I find oodles of frock inspiration in them. And the Fashionista’s Guide, I’m a great believer of researching so I am looking forward to finding places I don’t already know about.

  • Rebecca

    I have signed up! What beautiful books, I hope I am the lucky winner!

  • Miss T

    These books look lovely – a great addition to any collection (even if said collection is already rather large). I already (happily) subscribe to your newsletter.

  • Gabriella

    Sounds great! Would love a gorgeous new coffee table book. Already a subscriber.

  • Cat

    Another reason to go shopping. Why not?

  • Alex

    Love it!

  • Betty

    These books look divine, already a subscriber. Fingers crossed!

  • Can’t guarantee that the coffee table will be cleared (too. many. books.) but I’m sure I can find some space!
    Now following πŸ™‚ thanks for the giveaway

  • Cindy

    want the books!

  • JC

    My coffee table is cleared and ready for new additions!

  • Ashlea

    Just stumbled across your website with a google search and what a find! Gorgeous layout, information and competitions. Saved to favourites straight away! Great job on such a wonderful blog

  • Iliana

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway! The books look amazing πŸ™‚

  • Ariana

    Books sound great

  • Hi there, i’m from Malaysia! Hope i can get my hands on one of it! πŸ˜‰

  • Sharon W

    love these! πŸ™‚

  • Amelia

    My coffee table is most definitely in need of some fashion filling!!

  • Kathryn

    What a great local happy Friday giveaway

  • Hi girl πŸ™‚
    I am already subscribed to your newsletter (for a long time i might add:))

    And now leaving yet another comment on one great post:)

    Have a great weekend…

  • I’ve always wanted to get a hold of The Sart’s book! Also super keen to get a shopping guide to Melbourne, there is so much I still need to discover!

  • Taryn

    Love coffee table books, especially about fashion. Love ur blogs Lady M! Inspires my outfits!

  • dev

    what a give away πŸ˜‰ hope you are feeling better ..

  • I always feel like whenever I visit Melbourne that I never get to see everything I want-especially in terms of retail destinations! I’d love this book to join my coffee table.


  • Margaret

    Me please πŸ™‚ I’d love a coffee table book on my new neighborhood

  • Karlene

    Ohhh, I love beautiful coffee table books, though they’re bedside table books for me then they progress to book shelf books.

  • Ishia

    Loooooove books! These would go lovely with my new bookshelf πŸ™‚

  • Lisa

    Subscribed πŸ™‚
    I love Melbourne but I love! love! love! The spring racing carnival and the elegance it brings!

  • Nicole lockhart

    Yay happy Friday πŸ™‚

  • Katina

    Done, happy Friday:-)

  • Kylah Black

    Both sound amazing lovely! Space is cleared. . Ready and waiting!! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Alysha Holder

    Done and done lovely! x

  • Louisa

    Nothing like flicking through a coffee table book for some style inspiration.

  • All done! Would love to win the shopping guide, I’m visiting Melbourne this November and I need some tips! x

  • Marlee

    love me some big chunky books with pretty pictures!