Must-Have Books, RE: Honing Your Fab

Fab Fab Fab. We all want to be Fab. How do we achieve Fab? Is it like Inner Peace? Or Enlightenment? What defines Fab? Fab is whatever the fuck you want it to be. Fab is sticking to your guns. Fab is not giving a fuck what society, or even your friends, thinks of your outfit because ~you~ like it, and that is all that matters. Fab is a face mask at 8:30 in the morning on a weekday. Fab is spending dawn til dusk hustling that $$$. Fab is focusing on your Mindfulness. Fab is dripping sweat and pumping weights. Fab is skipping the gym and eating fantastic food. Fab is saying, "Fuck you, gender norms." Fab is doing what is important to YOU. Fab is having the discipline to acknowledge and hold yourself to your standard of Fab. 

I really hate the term/genre "self-help." Self-help books are trendy. They're like, "MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY, BITCHES." They take themselves too seriously. They're into weird stuff. They're so dry. They assume that what works for them works for everyone. And we know that's not true. So without further ado, I want to share with you some books that *I* love to help in honing your Fab. That sounds fucking hokey; I get it. I'M VERY SELF AWARE, YOU GUYS. But I think it's better than "self-help," IMHO. Feel free to reread that sentence and replace "honing your Fab" with "self-help," tho. I hope it bothers you that the word "help" is in that sentence twice if you do.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The Tao Te Ching, which The Tao of Pooh is based off of, is SO OLD. SOOO old. Older than Jesus Cuervo. Wait. No, that's right. Pronounced like it's written in an alternate spelling of the title, Dao De Jing, the Tao Te Ching informed a few schools of thought you might have heard of (Confucianism, Chinese Buddhism). I had to read it as part of a philosophy class in undergrad and really enjoyed it. I recommend the version translated by Stephen Addis and Stanley Lombardo (ISBN-13: 978-0-87220-232-0). It's easy to digest and you can thumb through it if you don't feel like reading it cover-to-cover (each page just contains a poem or artwork).

The Tao of Pooh is somehow longer than the original Tao, but it's very amusingly written and uses text from the Winnie the Pooh and the Tao, as well as some (obviously fictional) conversations between the author and Pooh to support Hoff's claim that Pooh is a Taoist. Both books have survived many a book purge, and I highly recommend it.

Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up by Grace Helbig

Grace Helbig is overall one of my favorite humans. She exists on the Internet and is YouTub- famous for her channel It's Grace, and last year she had a very charming show on E! Network that Khloe Kardashian kinda ripped off. If you're familiar with Grace already, her voice starts to creep into your brain as you read, narrating the book for you (I'm pretty sure Grace is a wizard. Or Carrie Bradshaw). If you're not already familiar with Grace, this is a great way to learn about the Grace Way of living your life. It's funny and amusing and easy to read (I bet you're seeing a theme here). Grace talks about almost all of the things, from coping with anxiety to making adult friends to not decorating like you still live in a college dorm room. The only thing I would add to this book is a chapter on, like, maybe nice things you should do to keep your relationship afloat? She goes straight from navigating a date to surviving a break-up, which to me is like getting a salad and dessert and skipping the main course. That and maybe a chapter on how to care for one's demonic lady box because I STILL AM PRETTY SURE I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING ON DOWN THERE.

All in Good Taste by Kate Spade New York

If Grace Helbig is my favorite human, Kate Spade New York is the Grace Helbig of designers in my little world. She is the best. Kate Spade is the DEFINITION of Fab. (At least, my definition of it, we already established that Fab is defined as whatever you want it to be, don't forget). All in Good Taste is a completely comprehensive look at how to totally own your social life and become the classiest fucking person you have ever met. AND it doubles as a fantastic coffee-table book.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I know what you're thinking! You don't have to tell me. "This shit again? This fucking book? If I hear one more goddamn thing about that KonMari Method I am going to shit my--" See? I told you I knew. But this book is life-changing, OK? I swear on my Star Wars Weekend 2014 Limited Edition Storm Trooper Pin, this book is NOT FULL OF SHIT. Now that we've established that you can trust my judgement because, again, Star Wars Weekend 2014 Limited Edition Storm Trooper Pin, let me tell you why this book is good. This book is good if you feel morally obligated to hold onto shit you don't like because your grandma gave it to you. This book is good if your method of clothing organization is "clean pile/dirty pile" or "floor is biggest shelf in room." This book is good if you never feel like you have everything totally clean all at once. However, this book absolutely falls into the "they're into weird shit" category. Socks DON'T have feelings, Marie Kondo! I don't care what you say! But it is a completely new and innovative way of organizing your life, and it's worth a shot, if nothing else, to see what works for you and what doesn't.