I picked up "White Girl Problems" because I thought it would be a cheeky read. Initially though I found it even too vapid for me. Yes, I do realize that's the point. After taking a hiatus from the book, I realized I had to give it another go. I actually thoroughly enjoyed it when I gave it a second chance. I appreciated it for what it was, a lighthearted tip toe through life via the lens of a privileged white girl. Perhaps you have to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate Babe Walker's humor.
Have you read "White Girl Problems"? If so, what did you think? Do tell!
My next pick for Blogger Book Club is my idea of the quintessential summer read, "I Take You" by Eliza Kennedy. I'm trying not devour it, as it's a story line I quite want to savor.
"Meet Lily Wilder: New Yorker, lawyer extraordinaire, blushing bride. And totally incapable of being faithful to one man.Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and has no business getting married. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights—and mornings, and afternoons—of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet. Unapologetically sexy with the ribald humor of Bridesmaids, this joyously provocative debut introduces a self-assured protagonist you won’t soon forget."
As always you'll have two full months to read "I Take You", then we'll discuss on August 31st. Use the hashtag #bloggerbookclub if you're reading along.
Betty is a true original. She basically coined the phrase "personal shopper" when she started working at Bergdorfs some 40 years ago. Her memoir is a roller coaster of highs and lows.
Here are a few Betty gems:
“My clients often ask for advice on how to get rid of clothing. I always say to keep the beautiful pieces: embroidered, beaded, or one-of-a-kind looks. They are usually sumptuous and feel new when revisited. Treat them like lovely antiques.”
“I tell all my clients that you should love yourself in something immediately: nothing gets better the more times you look at it in the mirror.”
“Even more important than having a keen sense of fit and color is the ability to discern another person’s deep desires, which I can only do in a one-on-one situation. That’s why I’m constantly trying to push others out of my fitting room”.
Have you read "I'll Drink to That"? If so, what did you think? Do tell!
I've had a really challenging time sorting out what to read next. Typically there's a few books making the rounds on social media that are on my to read list. But of late I was at a total loss. I was scrolling through my wish list on Amazon and came across the book White Girl Problems by Babe Walker. It's currently en route to my house and I'm quite excited to delve in. Here's hoping it's the perfect start to summer reading season, when you're looking for a bit of fluff. As always you'll have two full months to read "White Girl Problems", then we'll discuss on June 29th. Use the hashtag #bloggerbookclub if you're reading along.
Grab your best reading glasses and join us for the sixth installment of Blogger Book Club. For our March & April read, I thought "I'll Drink To That" by Betty Halbreich seemed apropos.
"Eighty-six-year-old Betty Halbreich is a true original. A tough broad who could have stepped straight out of Stephen Sondheim’s repertoire, she has spent nearly forty years as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she works with socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street. She has helped many find their true selves through clothes, frank advice, and her own brand of wisdom. She is trusted by the most discriminating persons—including Hollywood’s top stylists—to tell them what looks best. But Halbreich’s personal transformation from a cosseted young girl to a fearless truth teller is the greatest makeover of her career."
Discussion to take place on April 29th. Care to join in? #bloggerbookclub
For the fifth installment of Blogger Book Club we read the enlightening, 'How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are'. Caroline de Maigret teamed up with fellow Parisans Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, and Sophie Mas to pen this gem.
An intriguing tidbit that the book pointed out is that many of the most famous Parisians, Marie Antoinette, Josephine Baker, and Jane Birkin, were all foreigners. So we all have hope at cultivating a Parisian air.
Parisians also view the "French tip" manicure as rather déclassé. “Short, clean nails, sometimes worn with nail polish, but not always", is the preferred look. I have a feeling they turn their noses up at the nail art trend.
There were a few likely tongue-in-cheek suggestions that rather irked me. For instance along the lines of The Rules dating theories, the girls suggest you send yourself flowers and list your sister in your phone under a man's name. And the whole laissez faire attitude towards cheating didn't sit well with me.
A few takeaways..
“Decide it’s great to get dumped, because falling in love again makes you lose your appetite, and in turn eat fewer calories—which defeats the need for that gym membership.”
“The Parisienne retains her little imperfections, cherishes them even (the gap in her smile or her slightly crooked tooth, her prominent eyebrows or strong nose): these are the signs of a certain strength of character and allow her to feel beautiful without being perfect.”
“You don’t have to spend a decade’s worth of salary on your wardrobe, or flaunt designer brands the whole time. All you need is one signature item: the one you wear when you need to feel strong.”
“Falling asleep with damp hair will give it a more interesting shape when you wake up.”
Pondering projects and goals for the new year always makes me reflect on the year past.
There was the re-launch of version 3.0 of Entre Nous, which took place in January. Also a memorable Altitude Summit occurred at which I met an array of uber talented gals getting their hustle on.
In February a relationship with someone from my past was rekindled. There was, as well, the celebration of my 9 year blogiversary with un petit giveaway. I also got my knitting on again after a hiatus of several years.
A monumental tete-a-tete with SJP, while she was on her whirlwind tour promoting her new shoe line, took place in March. Along with a jaunt down to LA for a girls trip with the Sophisticated Biotches (a gaggle of my besties).
In April I collaborated with the illustrious fashion illustrator Maya Beus on a piece I commissioned titled "Girl with Flower Crown". I also, monumentally (for me), eliminated gluten from my diet.
In May the illustration by Maya was showcased when my online shop, Life Styled, launched. Launching Life Styled was by far the highlight of the year. May was also my birthday month and there was a lot of fun had. But catching a theatrical performance of my favorite movie, 'A Room with A View', was one of the best moments. On the blog I launched my 'Behind the Scenes' interview series and 'Blogger Book Club'. In the realm of superficiality, I discovered the joy of lash extensions and nail art. Oh my poor pocketbook. Finall,y I received a promotion and raise at the 9 to 5. Stellar Birthday month to say the least.
June was a bit of a blur.
In July my little sister tied the knot in a gorgeous wedding. Followed by a girls road-trip to Cannon Beach, OR with the same gaggle of girls as the LA trip.
In August I took up Raku pottery and Pilates.
September's highlight was sailing aboard a catamaran.
In October I attended a Lena Dunham book reading which was brilliant beyond belief.
November and December were the usual swirl of holiday activities. Though I did conquer a fear of mine early in December. I gave a talk on history and art to group of 30 and managed not to faint once. Hooray!
Though 2014 wasn't all rainbows and unicorns, why bother giving another thought about those moments you'd rather forget? Alas, I had my fair share of tears and mini breakdowns. It was certainly a roller-coaster of a year, with more highs than lows thankfully.
2015 already has a few highlights and we're not even ten days in. I reconnected with a friend I hadn't been in contact with in 15+ years, oh the memories. Then I won a contest for a free hotel stay at a hotel in Seattle I frequent. I'm moving out of my current abode in May, the only question is to where. In regards to the blog, I'd like to add a few more regular series ala 'Behind the Scenes' and 'Blogger Book Club'. I'm contemplating monthly craft and cocktail features. The future of Life Styled hopefully includes a petite brick and mortar shop or a pop-up shop at the very least. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see what 2015 holds.