Dublin-based journalist Gisele Scanlon has spent years writing lifestyle, fashion and travel pieces, and has rounded up the information into a style bible with tips from how to get biro marks off your bag (try Elnet hairspray) to the chic places to eat in Paris, New York or London.

The cover itself is the embodiment of style - Vogue recently voted it in among the top five beautiful books. It is an attractive black and white vintage flock wallpaper cover, with pretty illustrations and an engaging narrative throughout.

She interviews, and elicits tips from a host of style big-shots such as hat designer Philip Treacy, Serena and Joe of underwear legends Agent Provocateur, designers Narciso Rodriguez and Dolce & Gabbana.

Scanlan obviously has a charmed lifestyle - she knows where to get her shoes re-heeled in Paris, New York and London, has managed to wrangle a few weeks with a celebrity personal trainer and even flogged $35,000 of designer gear on eBay in order to prettify her teeth.

However, she saves herself from retail envy from high street queens who could never - or would never - splash out thousands on a designer bag. This is because she gives solid, practicable tips such as how to clean your runners, how to care for your teeth, how to spring clean, how to cultivate your garden and what jeans will suit your shape. There is also a variety of eclectic information, from what types of birds hang out in your garden to the technical word for goosebumps (horripilation, by the way).

So if you ever wondered where Kate Moss might get her vintage frocks in London, this is the book for you. Even if you couldn't care less, there is plenty of practical information in here and, besides, the book is just so pretty!

Mary McCarthy