Resourceful Guide Books
Pop Retro Chic (Really Great Books, $19) in your Schiaparelli handbag the next time you go scavenging for vintage clothes. This smart guide to shops all over North America tells you where to find the best buys of yesteryear—movie-star wardrobes in L.A., New Look Dior in Toronto, even Courrèges on-line. We love the "designs and designers of yesteryear" section, which details the fashions to look for. · Fancy a cuppa?Best Tea Places in England (Little Bookroom, $15) is about just that: insightful listings of perfect spots for the United Kingdom's national drink, courtesy of those opinionated folks at the Tea Council. They pour, we listen. · The Romantic South series (John F. Blair, $11 each) will help you plan an intimate getaway down in Dixie, from adorable B&B's in Tennessee to a stroll along covered "kissing bridges" in North Carolina.