BOOK CLUB: CITY OF STYLE

an la style guide from lauren conrad to laurel canyon, and then some.

As Style Editor of the Los Angeles Times, Melissa Magsaysay is probably one of few qualified to boil L.A.'s many looks down to a science. Her brand new book City of Style does just that, and then some. The books explores L.A. fashion far beyond the tabloid fodder and "hot or not" lists and serves up a fun yet informative guide to the city's best shopping and style. Magsaysay uses each chapter to explore a well-defined style-sect: Romantic Bohemian (Mary-Kate circa 2006), Glamour (insert-red-carpet-here), Indie-Eclectic (Jenny Lewis & co.), Casual Chic (The Hills & beyond), Skater/Surfer, Rocker and Chola-Style (Gwen Stefani, depending on the era). The book's got great illustrations, interviews with locals, celebs, stylists and superstar designers alike and even has a killer shopping guide (Editor's Note: I'm a Los Angeles native and she listed most of my faves!). So whether you're California-born, Cali-bound or just like to shop... this book is worth a flip-through and available tomorrow for about $22.