Every time I peruse the book venue at Henri Bendel, my eyes light up with fashion-centric mania.  There’s nothing better to boost your confidence than a stylish book that will help you lead a luscious life, whether you’re the type who has a wardrobe full of designer duds, or simply the best of H&M.

I’ve picked out the best of the bookshelf to heighten your style and social ambiance by way of literature.

The Gospel According to CoCo Chanel by Karen Karbo

CoCo Chanel proved that fashion is a state of mind. CoCo did not let a less than desirable past or petty social status inhibit her journey to mega success. Her brilliance existed in her mind over matter ability – she became exactly what she thought of herself. Now you can do the same.

How to Hepburn by Karen Karbo

Katherine Hepburn once said "If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun".  How to Hepburn will get you in touch with your inner Kate. Get the dish on how to make the most trying times work with and for you. This take on the attitude of a non-conforming actress proves that staying true to yourself and pushing the boundaries of any given path will bring you to a dream you’ve not yet recognized. Get this gutsy no-nonsense guide now!

Lessons of a Lipstick Queen by Poppy King

Gather some unconventional entrepreneurial wisdom from Poppy King, a lipstick expert, as she takes you on her personal journey to making millions. Poppy’s essays of triumph and trials are followed by advice and commentary of how to deal with moments of both despair and praise. This read is like a mentor you can carry around in your ‘it’ bag.

Wacky Chicks by Simon Doonan

Are you an inappropriate eccentric gal with a wicked sense of humor, or do you want to be? Take notice of your inner chick-tator by following the lives of 16 of the world’s wackiest woman of all time. Famed New York City window dresser Simon Doonan supports the silly effervescent affection of the outspoken in this exposition.