Just wanted to pass along a couple of titles I recently got my mitts on. First, this one:
I read this in one day and LOVED it. I wasn’t sure about buying it because of the title…sounded a little campy to me. But after reading reviews, I decided to try it. So glad I did! Andrea Pomerantz Lustig does a bang up job of putting together a concise, encyclopedia of knowledge of the beauty world. She shares insider tips on products, skin care, hair care, the where tos and how tos of so many things. She also helps you decide what is “worth it” to splurge on (should you desire) or how to save your money but still look like a million bucks. And not a million bucks a la “Real Housewives…” . She concentrates on developing true style…the “je ne sais quoi” of the confident, understated woman. This book coupled with my visits to beautypedia.com are all the references I need to make informed choices.
Towards the end of the book she talks about her “Luxe Wardrobe Rules”. I am happy to report that of the 10 listed, I am doing eight of them ( thanks to my French chic reading and helpful blogs like The Vivienne Files). The two I seriously need to work on are 1) making friends with a tailor (nothing says polished better than clothes that fit well) and 2) find a button down white shirt (she loves all white shirts, not just button downs) that works for me (meaning my body type) and wear v-neck white tees more often.
OK. So that was the fun book. The book I am currently reading (and silently cursing that I can’t find the time to finish this week) is this:
I first read about this book on Terri’s blog.*** I was immediately interested in the subject because truthfully, I really don’t know how my clothes are made, where they are made or, more importantly, at what “costs”. My head has been in the proverbial sand…yes, I know there are sweatshops but I don’t want to know about them; yes, I know the decisions I make about what I buy can contribute to some very serious global problems but I don’t want to know about them. Get what I mean? So, while this book is a bit wordy at times and lags here and there, I am finding the history of the garment making industry very interesting. I am less than half way through, so the final verdict is still out. But I need to get it finished because there is yet another waiting in the wings:
Oh my. So many books, so little time.
***HUGE AMENDMENT: I FIRST read about this book at Boomer Girl’s Guide a few weeks ago but since I have OBVIOUS short-term memory issues, I forgot about it (although I even told Juhli I was going to “check it out” in a comment). Wow. Funny though (since I am in the mode of telling on myself), when I was writing this post earlier this morning I was thinking that I had seen information about it somewhere else too. As soon as Juhli commented…ding, ding, ding, ding.