My favorite make-up guru, Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash. Its amazing to watch Cindy work evaluating different products and asking penetrating questions. She comes up with the just the right product for every need and every skin profile. Since I became a fan of Prime Beauty, I look better and spend less. Do yourself a favor and subscribe to her smart, beautiful site.
I am rarely a fan of celebrity style guides but I was pleasantly surprised by the tone and advice of That Extra Half Inch. Rather than a vain glorious rant, Victoria Beckham begins by confiding that she always felt very average– short with brown hair and eyes, she decided to be as gorgeous as she wanted to be. She views style not as a given, but an exciting and enjoyable journey. Her advice is that all too rare combination of practical and fabulous.
I love her attention to detail and her long section on how to buy jeans is alone worth the price of the book. I literally brought the book into the dresing room to try out jeans. And the result? I finally got two pair of jeans that I never want to take off. While she is a world class glamazon, she shares the same frustration of jean buying that bugs the rest of us.
I also loved her attention to weather issues when picking the perfect outfit. Her sections packing for both winter and summer vacations are so on target that I copied them and taped it to the inside lid of my suitcase. These past winters in NYC have been brutal and there were days when I had to wear those clunky boots and lumpy puffycoat I thought would need to borrow my neighbor’s Zoloft. Ms Beckham explains how beautiful gloves and an elegant bag can give polish to even the coldest days.
These days when so many style books don’t even include a single line drawing, That Extra Half An Inch is packed with great phtos and illustrations. Now I finally understand the difference between skinny and straight cut jeans and flared and boot cut. At my local Gap I found myself explaining these details to a very impressed sales staff. Thanks to the former Posh Spice girl, I’m now a jean ninja.