The Style Strategy
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In Nina Garcia′s The Little Black Book of Style, she mapped out a core philosophy for fashionistas whose root principal was that looking great must first be accompanied with feeling great. Her follow up, the NYT′s bestselling The One Hundred, shows women everywhere just what pieces they needed to invest in so as to have a timeless closet.
Now, during the economic stresses all Americans are currently feeling, Nina wants to show women how to keep oneself looking stylish and chic while saving money. Armed with her expert "Style Strategy", Nina wants to help shoppers navigate alternatives to attaining high-end fashion "looks" through a variety of options.
The DNA of her "Style Strategy" consists of three core questions.
"What do I have? What do I need? What do I want?" According to Nina, answering each question honestly before making any purchase for oneself helps to eliminate unnecessary spending. She elaborates on each question using the entertaining prose that has drawn thousands of eaders to her previous titles.
The book also addresses how to maximize what you have through maintenance, ingenuity, and creative style choices. Also, dotted throughout the book are incredibly interesting historical facts about women who have remained fashion forward during their own era′s economic hardships.
Bottom-line: Nina wants all women to know that being practical and smart about style and shopping trumps brand name pricing every time.
the expression “the clothes make the man.” Well, it should be “the shoes make the man”—or woman. When you meet someone, don’t you check out their footwear immediately? For me, it’s almost a reflex. Your footwear has the unique ability to make your legs look longer and more shapely, to balance your proportions, and add that certain je ne sais quoi to an ensemble. Shoes can dress an outfit up or make it seem casual. They project an attitude. They make you feel sexy. In literature and film, they’re
always preferable for the sole to be sewn on, a sign of a truly well-made shoe. I’m sure this goes without saying, but molded, faux stitching, faux wood grain, or other texture on a plastic sole is definitely a no-no. * * * fashion 101 RUBBER SOLE Repurposed materials were just about the only ones available during the Great Depression. Back then people used old seat covers from cars to make clothes for everyday wear, and the Red Cross held a shoe drive where they collected worn-out
ancient Egyptians (who did eyeliner so well) used cosmetics as early as 4,000 BC. At about 1,000 AD, Abu-al-Qasim al-Zahrawi, also known as Abulcasis, wrote a thirty-volume medical encyclopedia called Al-Tasrif. He actually dedicated an entire chapter to cosmetics, which he referred to as “medecine of beauty.” A translation eventually made its way to the West. Believe it or not, cosmeceuticals have been around for centuries. Around 3,000 BCE, the Chinese began to stain their fingernails; they
all had that teacher in high school who had obviously perfected her makeup routine in 1965 and never gave it another thought. Mine had a perfectly sculpted Dorothy Hamill bob, light-blue eye shadow, and frosty peach lipstick. Great back then. Not so good now, ladies. * * * fashion 101 MAKEUP THERAPY In the ’30s, Leonard Lauder coined the term the ”Lipstick Index”: When the Dow goes down, lipstick sales go up. Women have always cheered themselves up with a little maquillage. * * *
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