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Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease Hardcover – August 1, 2012

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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419702106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702105
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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465 of 483 people found the following review helpful By moi surtout on July 11, 2012
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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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184 of 196 people found the following review helpful By Oliver C on 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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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By BlkDogYoga on 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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116 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Jules23 on July 13, 2012
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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 pictures...so 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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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Kersh on July 13, 2012
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I'll admit it, I'm disappointed. I love the blog. I look at it every morning with my coffee and look forward to Emilys new posts. When the book was ready for presale I bought it as soon as possible. I was elated when I learned I would receive it early. I received it today and read the entire book. When I finished reading I had the same feelings in my stomach as a child who has just discovered Santa Claus isn't real, disappointed and naive. I feel I wasted my hard earned money. Almost 90% of the material was recycled. I learned absolutely nothing I didnt know myself or couldn't have figured out very easily with common sense. Whoever compares this book to Martha Stewart needs to do some serious serious reevalution . Martha Stewart is inspiring, creative and innovative, essentially the opposite of this book.

Above is my original view and all of my initial statements stand. Some other reviewers seem to be confused by the disappointment. Part of the problem is that we were led to believe the book would be an exstension of Cupcakes and Cashmere. We all love the Blog, that's why we bought the book. The book is simply a highlight reel of the blog with a few how to list printed in. Yes the pictures and images are beautiful. But, I already knew how to make the orange margaritas , holiday sugar cookies and autumn place cards and so many other topics covered in this book, because she had made them on her blog. I think whoever urged Emily to write the book from a seventeen magazine informational tone really missed the reason we love her blog to begin with. I understand that yes, these are the topics covered in her blog, but why nothing new that was awe inspiring?
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