1. Beautylicious by Jenyne M. Raines
It's not a coincidence that this book is #1 on my list. Raines shares solid advice on how to take care of your outer appearance, but the book takes a holistic approach to beauty: she emphasizes the importance of emotional and spiritual health, and encourages the reader to take much needed time for self-care amidst life's busy schedule. Raine also shares tips on relationships, friendships, travel and wine ;). Buy Here
2. Essence: Beauty Basics & Beyond
This book was my go-to guide in my late teens/early twenties for all things beauty related. I used the guides and tips in this book to do my first at-home manicure, pedicure and facial. The book is chock full of great advice about taking care of your hair, skin and nails and on being the best and most beautiful you that you can be. It's also stocked with photos of beautiful black women in all our diverse hues. It would make a great gift or a nice addition to your coffee table.
3. Fabulosity by Kimora Lee Simmons
As Kimora says, "Fabulosity" is a lifestyle. While Kimora shares great fashion and beauty advice, I love the overarching theme of this book: the importance of self-confidence and self-love. She also shares insights and quotes from other women who dared to chart their own paths.
4. The Lucky Shopping Manual
This book is THE BEST book I've read on wardrobe and personal style development, yet! Although I first read this book years ago, the tips are timeless and I still pick it up every now and then when I need tips on improving my closet. My favorite feature of the manul is the comprehensive guide for casual, professional and formal wardrobe building . It also has tips on the best looks and pieces for your body type.
5. Classy by Derek Blasberg
If you want advice on how to be a modern day lady and/or a a good laugh, get this book! Blasberg's writing style is hilarious and he shares a number of tongue-in-cheek advice on how to remain a class act in today's overexposed culture. I like the "classy style" visuals and his book, art and movie recommendations for those interested in being more well-rounded/cultured individuals.