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The Stylist – Rosie Nixon (Review)

The Stylist (Amber Green #1)

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

ARC – via William Morrow

Pub Date: 9/4/2018

Despite working at a fashion boutique in London, high-end fashion is not exactly Amber Green’s passion. During a break filming a pilot show following around famed stylist to the stars Mona Armstrong, Amber finds herself mistaken for a stylist’s assistant. Within 24-hours, Amber is whisked away to Los Angeles to act as Mona’s assistant, finding the perfect looks for the red carpet runways during Awards season. Once in LA, Amber finds out that all that glitters is not gold, and the life of a stylist isn’t as well put-together and polished as she had imagined.

This books i catching a lot of comparisons to The Devil Wears Prada. What do they have in common? A girl with the job a million girls would kill for, working in fashion, bumping elbows with celebrities, working for a boss with impossible demands and unpredictable mood swings.¬†Amber is the girl who doesn’t fit into the fashion world, yet somehow makes all the right decisions (even by accident).

Although there are a number of faults with the characters and major plot-holes throughout the book, I still found it to be a fairly enjoyable read. The romantic storylines were so baseless and hardly added anything to the plot. The book could have used more depth and exploration of specific characters. So many of the characters were caricatures and stereotypes we’ve seen before. I would have liked it more if Nixon explored Amber’s relationship with her roommate and that whole subplot of her room’s alcoholism, or even Mona’s deteriorating reputation within the celebrity circle.

If anything came from this book, its my renewed interest in watching the pre-show interviews during awards season next January!

 

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The Gospel According to Coco Chanel – Review

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The Gospel According to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo

Age: YA – Adult

Karlo presents a mini biography of the famed fashion designer in this collection of anecdotes set up as a “What would Chanel do?” series of chapters.

I thought this book was sort of fun. Coco Chanel is an incredibly mysterious, and curious figure of the early 20th Century. She was born to poverty, living in an orphanage after her father deserted his children after her mother’s death. Chanel was famous of spreading lies and rumors about herself and never providing accurate information about herself at any given point. She made some very rich and powerful friends and lovers, all who helped propel her simple style and powerhouse personality to mass wealth and fame.

This would be a good beach read for any budding fashionistas. I am not really a fashionista, but I watch Project Runway, so I have a moderate appreciation and interest of the fashion world and those household brand names that are still way out of my price range (and probably always will be). The book also has quite a few typos, missing words and odd run-on sentences.

If anything, this book just makes me want to read a more thorough biography of Chanel, but I wonder at the validity of the information, since Chanel constantly lied about her upbringing and well, everything else about her life. She was incredible workhorse, wore only her own garments and lived below her means. She worked her seamstresses to the bone and had high standards for anyone that she came across.

Karbo did a clever job of mixing in Chanel’s life with life lessons in each chapter on a variety of topics from style to love to money to arch enemies. In her long life, Chanel definitely made it a point to break rules and create her own rules as replacements. She has a fun and clever writing style that makes the more entertaining and less textbook mini bio. This book is not just a collection of quotes that “How to be Lovely” was about Audrey Hepburn. This book actually examines the lifestyle of Coco Chanel and how us normal folks can incorporate her into our lives even if we can’t afford the fashions.

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel
by Karen Karbo
Skirt!, 2009
ISBN 1599215235
229 pages

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How to be a Budget Fashionista – Review

Creating a fashionable style and even buying those high fashion design names can be achievable by the non-elite, the normal working class. Kathryn Finney, creator of the website www.budgetfashionista.com takes us through a detailed step by step guide towards revamping our wardrobe, finding fantastic deals and putting together a look that is unique, fashionable and usually under $100 dollars.

The book is broken into 3 steps:

Step 1: Know Your Budget. Finney does not condone blindly spending money on even sale items. She insists that you should know your income, set aside a specific clothing budget and shop below your means. She provides spreadsheets and tips on balancing the checkbook and understand your spending habits in order to reign it in.

Step 2: Know Your Style. Buying a designer clothing item for $10 isn’t worth it if it doesn’t fit you, or if you won’t wear it. Finney goes by one major commandment in the book. “Love what you Buy, and only Buy what you Love.” This is a trick I’ve had to implement often when shopping at high-price stores (my particular weakness is Anthropologie). I even put back a rare $20 shirt only because the fit wasn’t quite right and I didn’t see myself wearing it. In this step, Finney helps us determine our shape, our bra size, doing a closet inventory to see if we have the 10 essential items each girl should have (I have 4 of the ten).

Step 3: Know Your Bargains. In this section, Finney describes how to locate great finds at non-profits such as Salvation Army and Goodwill stores (for instance, you’ll be more likely to find nicer items in wealthier areas as opposed to low-income areas). She includes tips on shopping at Department stores, Outlets, etc.

Finney’s writing style is jovial and interactive, filled with a quiz and a few worksheets and assignments to follow as your read the book. I cheated and didn’t exactly do a closet inventory, but I have a small enough closet to know what I have and don’t have and what my general style is. I’m 25 and a librarian, so its doesn’t necessarily require a fashion-forward style, but I do need to dress professional to stand out.¬† This book was published in 2006, so keep in mind that many of the links and stores highlighted in this book may no longer be operable (ie Loehmanns). Don’t worry though, I did the leg work for you and nearly all of the links provided in the book are still up and running.

So, why should this book matter to you?

If you watch America’s Next Top Model, or Project Runway, if you flip through the pages of Vogue, Elle or Marie Claire coveting those outfits, then this book is for you. If you are a jeans and t-shirt type of girl, then this book probably isn’t what you need unless you want to redo your entire wardrobe. Finney even address this in her book, discussing which career field best benefit from fashionable looks and which professions benefit without. Whatever your situation, Finney provides excellent shopping tips that I plan on implementing on a trip up to Powell Street in San Francisco this week. =)

I read this book for my Dewey Decimal Challenge for the 600s.

How to be a Budget Fashionista
by Kathryn Finney
Ballatine Books, 2006
ISBN 0812975162
222 pages

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Storybook Fashions

This is an awesome post from Blaze Danielle that should amuse the storybook fans and fashionistas in all of us. She creatively took classic storybooks (The Secret Garden, etc) and created very adorable and chic outfits based on the characters. I love it!

You can check out her creations here.

This one is my personal favorite

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{Coat-Forever21, Dress-Mod Cloth, Shoes-Target, Gloves-Target}