Odd Birds and Size Zero Book Reviews

Hi Beauties, 
We were reminded how scary the world can be this week, how one moment can cause such heartbreak and terror, changing people's lives forever. We were reminded to hug our loved ones a little longer and spread kindness wherever possible. My heart is with the people of Manchester. I think of you often and my heart breaks for you. 

Sometimes, when the world does seem a little dark and I find it hard to come up for air, I like to escape. Escape into another world and forget the troubles of the day, if only for a moment. I've been lost in the world of fashion and birds this week. It by no means makes me forget, it carefully patches the wounds and makes it a little easier to breathe again. 

Odd Birds by Ian Harding: Fans of Pretty Little Liars will know Ian Harding as former Rosewood High School English teacher, Ezra Fitz. An avid birdwatcher, Ian writes a collection of essays about his life in Hollywood, career, and family - through the lens of birdwatching. Throughout the book, Ian takes readers on hiking quests to find a red-cockaded woodpecker, releases a red-tailed hawk back into the wild, showcases unusual acting classes and the daunting Hollywood audition process. We learn some PLL secrets, like the fact they really burnt down the Cavanagh house because it had termites and Ian is not allowed to cut his hair or shave his own face. Overall, I really enjoyed Odd Birds and the length of each chapter. Ian is a beautiful writer and is able to transport you into the pages. Even if you've never seen an episode of Pretty Little Liars, I really think you will enjoy this book. 

Special thanks to my sister, Morgan, who bought this for me as a Birthday present. x
Available at Whitcoulls, PaperPlus and Book Depository

Size Zero: My Life as a Disappearing Model by Victoire Dauxerre: Size Zero is part memoir and part expose of the fashion world, by former French supermodel Victoire Dauxerre. 
It all begins when 17-year-old, Victoire is approached by a model scout while shopping with her mum in Pairs. Within months, Victoire is living every girl's dream; walking catwalks in New York's major fashion shows, getting dressed by amazing designers and flying around the world. Fashion executives begin to pressure her about her weight and food soon becomes her enemy. Living off Pepsi Max and three apples a day, Victoire writes, "I spent half of my life in the toilet, my stomach hurt and I felt like vomiting all the time, but at least I didn't feel hungry anymore." 

Eventually, after spiraling into a deep depression, Victoire spends three months in a clinic where she is told that she has the skeleton of a 70-year-old. 

Victoire earns several tens of thousands of euros during her time as a supermodel, but after paying off all the expenses she acquired (some of which she didn't know she was paying for), she ended up with "barely $10,000". 
After successfully completing treatment, the now 24-year-old is living in London trying to become an actress. 

After struggling with my own weight issues as a teenager, this book really hit home for me. I felt for Victoire and wished I could give her a hug. I enjoyed having an insider's look into the world of fashion, but, I'm hopeful that in our society today, maybe, it's not as bad. (I can hope!). 

Available at Whitcoulls and Paper Plus. RRP $33.99. 

Love always,
Hayley xxx

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