Thursday, November 1, 2007

Fashion, Style, Beauty and Decorum

A few of my favorite books about Fashion, Style, Beauty and Decorum. Enjoy!

This was a fun read and had lots of useful tips.
There are two new books in the series (which I have not read yet):
"The fabulous girl's guide to life" and "The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Grace Under Pressure: Extreme Etiquette for the Stickiest, Trickiest, Most Outrageous Situations of Your Life". I am planning on reading the latter soon.

Review by Caroline P. Hampton (Columbus, Ohio USA) -
"The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum" by Kim Izzo and Ceri Marsh shouldn't be taken too seriously. It shouldn't be compared to historical etiquette such as "Miss Manners" and "Emily Post". This helpful user's guide is meant for a younger age range and with a lot more fun. The concept has been done before and done well (IE. The "Swell" series by Cynthia Rowley and "The Go-Girl Guide : Surviving Your 20s with Savvy, Soul, and Style" by Julia Bourland) but this new addition adds something new. It's got some fiction thrown in for fun. It's broken up with mini chapters around the usual "tips".
Sections such as :
The Workplace
Sex and Courtship
Weddings and Divorce

It's a cute book that shouldn't be considered a bible - more like a helpful tool. I thought it was fun and heartwarming.


What I liked about this book is that it so much more than a how-to-dress manual. Style is about so much more than clothing.

Review by Amazonbombshell (Milwaukie, OR, USA)
Let's face it, girls: no amount of book-reading is going to magically transform the person that you naturally are into a cool and collected bombshell who looks like a million dollars in classy heels at all times and says the right thing in every situation, whether she's volunteering at a soup kitchen, breaking up with her partner, or whipping up something truly magnificent for dessert.
That said, it's easy enough to make simple changes to help yourself become more organized, take control of your life, feel more beautiful, improve your skills, and find joy in the simple things.

Anna Johnson's smart and sassy little pink guide is perfect for helping women everywhere do just that. She covers finances, entertaining, spirituality, happiness, tools, wardrobe, friendships, dating, jobs, careers, homes, depression, body image, love, and the responsibility to give back to our world. She's funny, her retro drawings are irresistably cute, and her savvy advice pulls no punches. Read it, think about how it works with who YOU are, and see how much fun you can have.

InStyle magazine has published a set of fashion books that are easy to read, full of content, and have full color pictures These are my two favorites but there are also a few recent additions to the series. Definitely plan to get copies of these for your personal library.


Wouldn't you love it if your hair always looked as if it had just been perfectly cut and styled? Have you ever wished you could figure out the most flattering makeup look for your features? Getting Gorgeous: The Step-by-Step Guide to Your Best Hair, Makeup and Skin has the answers. The experts at In Style will take you every step of the way to finding the best looks and products for your skin, eyes, lips, hair, body, nails and more. Filled with famous faces, illustrated charts and step-by-step makeup application techniques, Getting Gorgeous provides quick, easy and comprehensive advice for every face shape and type. The book also features hundreds of classic beauty products that have appeared in the magazine's highly regarded annual "Best Beauty Buys" survey, which enlists more than 100 Hollywood beauty experts- including dermatologists who've tested the products on themselves- to determine the best goods on the market. But the real power of Getting Gorgeous is how it celebrates individual beauty. All the information in this book is offered with the understanding that everyone has a unique and compelling beauty all their own. The trick is identifying your greatest strengths and making the most of them. After all, the key to feeling great is looking your best.


InStyle's phonebook-sized issues burst with images of superstars in fabulous clothes and jewelry, hair perfectly coifed and nails meticulously manicured. The magazine's editors have taken a different tack with this book, however, as they attempt to make "fashion understandable, achievable and, maybe most importantly, fun." In chapters covering everything from shopping and storage to specific clothing items (like suits, shoes and lingerie) to particular occasions (e.g., traveling and maternity), the editors share tips many readers would never even think they needed to know. (For example, to keep denim dark, turn jeans inside out before washing them and never put them in the dryer; and take pearl earrings off before spraying hairspray and perfume, since the chemicals can destroy pearls.) Often emphasizing different styles for different body types, the book shuns models, opting for simple photos and drawings of the clothes (although the editors do throw in a few welcome movie star shots for reference). The result is an all-embracing, comprehensive manual on all manner of women's dressing.

The other two InStyle books to consider are:

Instyle: Style 100
The experts at InStyle show you how to live with style. Each chapter covers a different topic: how to walk in high heels, how to pose for a photo, how to apply eyeliner, how to pack for a trip, how to shop sales, how to pick your ideal foundation, how to find a perfect white shirt, how to find a bra that really fits, how to set up a bar at a party, how to clean jewelry and more. This timeless, fun, step-by-step book covers fashion, beauty, entertaining and more.

Instyle: Instant Style
This book by the editors offers a season-by-season guide to dressing well in all situations and being, well, in style.

There are hundreds and hundreds of makeover books. Too many to mention here. These are two of my favorites.


In Making Faces, Kevyn Aucoin, North Americas preeminent makeup artist, shares his secrets, explaining not only the basics of makeup application and technique but also how to use those fundamentals (sometimes in unconventional ways) to create a wide range of different looks. Making Faces features step-by-step directions, instructional full-colour sketches, and a gallery of noncelebrity transformations, as well as fabulous images of stars and supermodels as youve never seen them before.Lush and enticing, Making Faces satisfies on many levels: extraordinary photography, surprising makeup looks on A-list celebrities (Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Courtney Love), and recipes for doing it yourself. Mirabella Kevyn Aucoins new beauty bible is the Genesis, Chronicles, and Revelations of makeup. Allure Kevie isnt a makeup man, hes a magician. He creates an atmosphere of beauty mixed with magic. Cher Kevyns progression of work over the years has elevated makeup to an art form. Tina Turner Kevyn enables each and every one of us to play the character we want to play, be the person we want to be, and most important, feel the best that we can feel about ourselves. (Drew Barrymore)


Lavishly illustrated, Ultimate Makeup and Beauty is the definitive guide to creative makeup written by one of the 20th century's most celebrated and influential designers, Mart Quant. Using self-analysis charts throughout, Ultimate Makeup and Beauty explains how to select products for different skin types, face shapes, and colorings. Superb photography demonstrates all the essential steps, from mascara to nail polish, and offers a stunning gallery of looks to re-create. There are also programs for skin-care and revitalizing body care. This is an invaluable book for any woman who wants to master the art of makeup or just look her very best on every occasion.

"Andrea Nicole Baker"

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