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6 stylish coffee table books

It's OK to judge these books by their cover.

Coffee table books aren't just meant to inspire; they also showcase the reader's personality. They're as much a decor item as they are something beautiful to flip through. Recently, a slew of worthwhile fashion and beauty books have been released, just in time for the holidays. Whether you're gift hunting or just want to treat yourself, these six books are worth checking out.

"Refinery 29: Style Stalking"

Women's fashion and lifestyle website Refinery 29's new book is full of cool-girl street style. Not only does it explain how to master trends like tomboy-chic and modern metallics, it teaches readers how to develop their own signature style. The book also includes Q&As with style stars such as Solange Knowles, Harper's Bazaar executive editor Laura Brown and Bullett editor Idil Tabanca. $19.99, Urban Outfitters

"Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum Of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People"

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This massive, glossy-paged tome gives readers an up-close look at the annual Met gala, and the exhibits that inspired each theme. Included are not only iconic photographs of celebrities attending the event, but also a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibits themselves, such as 2001's "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years" and 2011's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty." $35.96, Amazon

"Miles of MAC"

There is almost no text in this oversized, 250-page hardcover, but the photos speak volumes. Models in candy-colored eyeshadows and lipsticks showcase the boundary-pushing aesthetic that has been MAC's signature since its 1987 launch. While the makeup looks in this book may be too bold for you to copy completely, they just may inspire you to be a little bit more fearless when you're getting ready for your next Saturday night out. $33.54, Amazon

"Dark Girls"

What originated as a documentary on Oprah's OWN Network is now reimaged as a beautiful hardback. Stunning photos of more than 75 women including Lupita Nyong'o, Vanessa Williams, Loretta Devine and Judge Mablean Ephriam are included, but just as powerful are their stories about prejudices they've faced. The photos and stories together make for an emotional read. $18.99, Barnes & Noble

"Tory Burch: In Color"

Fashion designer Tory Burch's first book isn't just an exploration of her style aesthetic, but also what inspires her interior design, her favorite places all over the world and photos from her childhood. She explains that her mantra is to "live in color," being stimulated by a kaleidoscope of influences and experiences. Not only does this book offer a vibrant look into her own life, but she teaches others how to live their lives in color as well. $50, Tory Burch

"Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success - Online and Off"

YouTube star-turned-entrepreneur Michelle Phan shares her secrets to success - and not just her makeup secrets. While there are plenty of beauty tutorials in the book, she also tells readers how to kill it at a job interview, revamp their closet, turn a passion into a moneymaking career and establish their "brand." Phan is one of the most successful businesswomen right now and her modest approach to life makes it easy to believe you can have it all, too. $14.55, Barnes & Noble

 
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