By Ashika Sethi
Camille Styles’s coffee-table book, “Entertaining Inspired Gatherings and Effortless Style” encompasses everything it promises and more. An Austin native, Styles brings fashion, food and fun to life in 307 colorful pages filled with vibrant pictures. This coffee table book is split into four parts according to seasons. Each section dives into the sights, sounds and smells of that particular time of year. Styles talks about various social gatherings that ring true to each season, like a fiesta-themed soirée during the hot summer months. She includes scrumptious recipes to go along with it (I’m looking forward to trying out “the best chocolate cookies ever”).
Styles’ life mantra is to “celebrate the everyday,” meaning she strives to live each day like its special. She emphasizes the little treasures of routine life and strives to highlight these “little luxuries” to make the best out of her time. One of my favorite sections is the chapter on the “5-Minute Beauty Freshen Up,” because I am perpetually late and hardly have time to touch-up before running out the door. As a college student, I couldn’t see myself copying from the elaborate social gatherings Styles includes in this book. I live on a limited budget, and my apartment is about the size of the book itself. But I can imagine a life after college where I’m as sophisticated as the lifestyle blogger, ready to take on adult life and all the gatherings that come with it.
I would recommend this leisurely read to anyone who strives to live with pleasure and celebrate the everyday.