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Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease [Kindle Edition]

Emily Schuman
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Book Description

Based on Emily Schuman's popular lifestyle blog of the same name, Cupcakes and Cashmere is the must-have guide for those looking to establish their own sense of style, organize and decorate their home, or throw an easy and stylish party. Organized by season, the book expands on Schuman's blog by including DIY projects, organization tips, party-planning ideas, beauty how-tos, and seasonal recipes. Cupcakes and Cashmere features original material that has not been previously published on the site. With her signature photographic layouts, Emily creates a lifestyle that is chic and achievable for every reader, making this the ultimate style guide for living a fashionable life.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5929 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Image (July 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IV89Z2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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437 of 454 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In a word: bland July 11, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
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166 of 177 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing July 11, 2012
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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.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a fan, such a disappointment! July 18, 2012
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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!
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112 of 125 people found the following review helpful
By Jules23
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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.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Major build up... Tremendous disappointment. July 13, 2012
By Kimber
I was anxiously waiting to receive this book and got excited when I saw the email from Amazon saying the book had shipped. I was immediately disappointed in seeing that it was such a small book in size. (Definitely not something to adorn your coffee table with...) And, the paper was not the nice heavier stock with the wonderful smell you'd expect from a new book about making life more enjoyable, fashionable, palatable, etc...

After the let down in the way the book looked, it was apparently organized into seasons with Spring being first. But that whole order seemed confusing and not in any way meaningful as you flipped through the pages other than possibly in the styling tips for the season. I've heard it said that there would be no duplicates from the blog to the book but there were indeed many duplicates of a lot of the imagery / examples.

Since receiving it, I've relegated it to a standard a bit higher than a regular monthly issue of Vogue. Yep, I'm going to flip through it--- but it will probably be up on eBay before the weekend is over...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok tips, but damaged product arrived to me.
This book arrived dirty and not looking like in new condition. It would cost more for me to return this item, so I didn't. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Lara
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
Nice, fun girly read. Good present for a girl who enjoys these types of books.
Published 13 days ago by Sindee
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
If you've read her blog then don't bother wasting your money. She just repeats the content and pictures. Also, it's nothing ground breaking.
Published 22 days ago by Katie Spence
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
its great book the give to the 25 and under
Published 1 month ago by Janet Whittingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it. such a chic book.
Published 2 months ago by Molly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Susan Hero
1.0 out of 5 stars Spend your money on literally anything else
Awful! I cannot believe this crap was published! My husband thought I would like it and I'm offended that he thinks I am on this level of intelligence.
Published 3 months ago by Aubrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love this blogger and her book
Love love love this blogger and her book. The book covers fashion, entertaining, decor and more. Its a short guide but jam packed with great ideas.
Published 3 months ago by Sjt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic book. love her blog as well.
Published 4 months ago by Chad
4.0 out of 5 stars Rest of book in good condition.
Small stain on front cover. Rest of book in good condition.
Published 5 months ago by Katie Dilts
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