“It” by Alexa Chung
(First publication: 2013 / This edition: Particular Books 2013)
Taken during a Sunday brunch and coffee with friends on a hot afternoon at Rocket x Siwilai
You know what you like, so follow your gut. (pg. 167)
Out of all the books on my blog, this one’s probably the odd one out (so far). It’s a collection of writings, photos, and doodles by a model, TV presenter, and contributor of British Vogue—Alexa Chung.
I wasn’t that big a fan of hers… until I found out that she dated Alex Turner.
And anyone who’s dated Alex Turner automatically becomes a role model of mine.
Anyway, so I was still living in Tokyo when this book came out. I was actually browsing through it 2-3 times (on different trips) to Kinokuniya and just felt that it was too expensive of a purchase—too expensive for a “not serious book”. At that time I was loading up on Dostoyevsky, Nabokov, etc. But after reading Dostoyevksy’s “Notes from Underground” (gave me a migraine), I bought this book with no more hesitation the next time I saw it at a bookstore.
I bought it at BOOKMARC by Marc Jacobs—and it was kind of funny (but annoying at that time) because I was so excited I grabbed the Japanese-translated version instead and didn’t realize until 3-4 hours later that I had bought the wrong one when I was showing it off to my friend over drinks. Fortunately the shop let me exchange it.
The part of the book that caught my attention (and made me giggle out loud in quiet Kinokuniya) the first few times I browsed was:
“The problem with heartbreak is that nobody can help you when you’re heartbroken. Nobody and nothing. Not the films you watch alone desperately searching for a character who feels the way you do, not the glasses or bottles of whisky you keep by your bed and certainly not Instagram. Instagram will not mend your broken heart, despite your best efforts to post pictures of yourself looking ‘happy’. Every time you post a picture of yourself to Instagram looking fake happy a fairy dies. Fact. Also, scrolling through photos of girls your ex may or may not be shagging won’t help you. You need to remind yourself that the right filter can be fantastically flattering and she probably doesn’t look that good in real life.” (pg. 128)
Oh, modern society. I felt so relateable.
Anyway, Alexa goes through her style and fashion inspirations, her music inspirations, her life lessons (such as about break-ups, self-acceptance, etc), and about various people she meets in the fashion and music industry.
Today I just felt like I needed to read something light and fun; something in the lifestyle and fashion category. It is Sunday after all. So I grabbed it off the shelf before I headed out to see my friends for brunch.
It’s an easy, enjoyable book to get through. It’s not something so “intense” or so “deep” and you shouldn’t expect to feel so enlightened from it. I just enjoy perusing her thoughts because she really is a cool person and I love her relaxed, funny, witty, and humble attitude.
I don’t only love her taste in fashion and music, but also her taste in literature. She mentioned that her favorite book is “Lolita”. I already had the book “Lolita” before I bought Alexa’s “It”, but just hadn’t read it. Well, I started it but just stopped after a few pages in. Because Alexa said it’s her favorite, I decided to give it another try—and now “Lolita” is my favorite.
Anyway… I recommend this book if you like Alexa Chung, if you like fashion, if you like photography, or if you just want a nice, relaxing read. It’s a nice coffee-table, fashion book. I adore it.
Speaking of fashion… I want to show off my new watch. I love watches; I feel so awkward whenever I leave the house without a watch (and my rings and shades) on—so I was so happy when I received this hand-crafted wood timepiece from JORD.
The one I’m wearing is the Ely Maple. I’m loving how timeless it is and how it really complements my style. It’s so casual yet classy. The wooden design makes it stand out from most modern-classic and casual watches these days, and I was looking for something different. Check out the cuteness and coolness of it in my photos below and on JORD’s website here.
Here are some of my favorite lines from the book:
I have googled ‘how long does a heartbreak last?’ The result more popular than that was ‘how long does heartburn last?’ This implies people suffer from heartburn more than they do heartbreak which is a good thing because heartbreak sucks way fucking more than acid reflux ever could. Weird though a broken heart does physically hurt. It feels heavy, like someone is sitting on your chest. Sometimes you wake up with pins and needles in your right arm. I met a girl who told me that an acupuncturist told her that if this happens you have a broken heart. The irony of a pin and needle therapist being an expert on needles and pins is fantastic. And that’s the other thing it’ll do to you. Heartbreak will force you to strike up conversation with anyone who will listen and who might be able to tell you it’s going to be okay. (pg.129)
(On Jane Birkin) “She reminded me that you can dress tough without compromising your femininity.” (pg. 119)