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IMO What Not to Wear is one of the best lifestyle shows on TV. It shows real people with real fashion issues and comes up with fashion solutions that are genuinely helpful. In addition to fashion What Not To Wear co-host Clinton Kelly has equally on point advice on entertaining and decorating that he shares in his book Freakin Fabulous on a Budget.
His more than 50 recipes are easy, affordable and perfect for entertaining. He uses simple supermarket foods like chick peas, olives, and corn muffin mix and turns them into festive cocktail nibbles. His side dishes of glazed carrots and brussel sprouts with bacon turn a plain roast chicken into a holiday meal. I’m no mixologist but his instructions for a Bourbon rRcky or a Tequila Sunrise were so simple and delicious I wowed the guests at a neighborhood New Year’s pot luck party.
It also turns out that Clinton Kelly is a wiz with a glue gun. He makes crafting chic with designs for napkins from old shirts, a homemade mercury glass lamp ( incredible!) and absolutely beautiful candles made in blue and white tea cups. Last summer I scooped up a few, old tea cups at a flea market that just sat there on a shelf gathering dust. I made them into candles, Clinton style and lit them up. They were the stars on my dinner table.
The last past of the book is focused on fashion and packed with tips. My favorite section is a detailed description of how and where to tailor clothes. Clinton not only shows you where to adjust, he also explains what problems can’t be fixed. For example, I’m petite and usually have to shorten pants and jeans. Clinton points out that if the pants need to be shortened more than 3 inches, the knees will not be properly positioned. In that one sentence I now understood why so many pairs of pants just did not seem to work. This book is a keeper and deserves a spot on my fashion shelves.