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Oct 30, 2012

The Truth About Style: A Book Review


In the past two weeks, I have found myself each day on the counselor’s couch evaluating my life...pouring out everything inside. Then, I watch with awe as my counselor ends the session by taking my hand, leading me from the couch to a rack of the latest trends and becoming my personal stylist! Such is the feeling I have when reading Stacy London’s new book, The Truth about Style.   Many of you know my story.  I went through a wake-up call at 50 and began a reinvention.  My style re-do for the next three years would be totally guided by What Not To Wear.  I will never discount the importance Stacy and Clinton played in the birth of a new confidence for me.
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London’s book has the same impact.  She takes us through many of the nightmares in a woman’s life which can lead to "style shut down,"and shows us how to literally START OVER.  The refreshing part is her humility to share her own story as a child traumatized by severe psoriasis to a young woman facing the reality of an eating disorder to the successful business woman she is today.  Within that story is the secret to her signature gray streak in the front of her hair!  However, her story,entwined with the stories of real life women she selected for the book, makes this honestly the most powerful style book I have read since beginning this blog!!


Here is just a sampling of my favorite quotes:
       Style doesn’t start with your body – it starts with your brain.
       By changing your style, you’re forced to change the way you perceive yourself.
      It’s everyone’s right to feel good regardless of age, size, and budget.
       You limit your options every time you do not try your best….(I will be using this quote in my classroom in high school).
       CELEBRATE EVERY DAY THE PERSON YOU ARE AND         GARNER THE LEVEL OF RESPECT YOU DESERVE.
       When we allow others to control how we feel about ourselves, we give up an essential sense of power.
       The goal should always be to look good for your age, not to look as if you are chasing your youth.  Nothing screams “out of touch with reality” more than trying to look twenty years younger than you are.
       After 40, you hit the new A.G.E.: Attractiveness, Generosity, Experience
       It takes the same amount of time to put on good clothes as bad clothes
      Perfection is the enemy of style.  It’s actually the enemy of all of life experiences.  If you don’t try, you don’t fail – but you don’t succeed either.

OK…I will stop there…though I have a longer list.  But, I want you to buy the book….because I believe it is an important one.  The chapters about younger girls also will help us in guiding those younger women around us to make good decisions with style development.   This book is a proclamation of strength and healing...not just the usual fashion advice of wear this dress or don’t wear that….but understand who you are, where you have been and that anyone can Start Over!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!  Stay Safe!

39 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this book too! After reading it I've been inspired wear clothes that are brighter and more visible. To be "out there" just a bit more. Thanks for sharing this great review! (Love the leopard scarf!)

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    1. They have certainly helped me to be "out there." Without WNTW, I do not believe I would have a blog! Glad you liked the book!

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  2. If you guys like it, I'ma have to get it. I love me some Stacy :)

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    1. You are a sweetheart, Lynne...I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. I love her and Clinton! There show is so inspiring and I love how good they make women feel after their transformations. She seems like such a confident woman, you'd never guessed that she too faced struggles like all of us! xo

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    1. Her struggles really resonated with me and made her advice so much more believable. They are inspiring....but you are too!!

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  4. Those quotes make me want to get the book in my hands asap. It sounds like Stacy is reflecting a lot on the same issues you write about every day, Pam! Thanks for the review.

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    1. I have learned a lot from WNTW....and I think Stacy and I do look at many things in the same way...but I am honored that you said that, Patti....I think you will enjoy the book!

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  5. I love stacey and Clinton. I have other books of theirs and I'm sure I'll buy this one too! I love how she says never compete with a 20year old; you will always loose. lol

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    1. That's one of my favorite WNTW quotes too and It is so true, Paula....you will like this book!

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  6. Your scarf is beautiful. I love that show.

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    1. Thanks...the scarf is from Marshalls and I love it! They do have great scarves there! Thanks so much Marla!

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  7. Hmmmm... I have several style books. But this one sounds like it's worth a look!

    You look fab, dahling....

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    1. I think the book is worth it and it is unlike any of the style books I have. Your are so sweet DAHLING...thanks for the compliment!

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  8. I have to read this book, so great.. I love What not to Wear also and often wish I could go on there and get an overhaul.. especially my hair.. you look awesome Pam.. I havent known you any other way but it sounds like you have come a long way!! thanks for your great authentic sharing about your journey!! xo oJ

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  9. Pam--I watched the video and if the same attitude pervades the book, it looks like a really valuable read.

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    1. It does have the same attitude Terri. It really is an excellent read...I think you will like it!

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  10. I read an earlier review of Stacy's book and the video and I was impressed with her sensitivity. She didn't seem to steam roll over women and completely take over their lives in the aggressive manner adopted by Trinny and Susannah and Gok - all of whom I want to jump on. I'm really happy you decided to take charge of your own life as it shows in your smile, your posture, your demeanour:))) xo

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    1. She is so sensitive in this book...I learned so much about her that I was so impressed with. I think you would like it...she approaches some tough topics with a empathetic heart.

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  11. That sounds like a really good book will look for it x

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  12. Love Stacy and Clinton and I'm definitely getting this book!!

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    1. You won' regret it....let me know what you think!

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  13. I don't like to watch WNTW because I cringe at how rude they are to the people they're re-doing. It hurts me to listen to them sometimes.

    I know they're rude because the people they're working won't listen to them unless they do something really outrageous, but I still flinch at the way Stacy and Clinton talk to them.

    However, I like that they never suggest anybody try to change their body, no talk of dieting or "when you're thinner." I think that's their best point.

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    1. Hi Rose, I know for me, it took tough love! But, I will say that this book is incredibly compassionate and she is so open about her own struggles.

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  14. I do agree 100%, and have to have a closer look at that book, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Happy night of the Hallows, my friend.
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    1. Thanks sweet lady...you looked gorgeous today in purple!

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  15. I was looking at the book at Barnes and Noble and read about her struggle. I am also a follower of What Not to Wear and love the transformations they accomplish.

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    1. She understands transformations from first hand experience and that gives her authority and believability! Thanks for stopping by, Kristen!!

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  16. The book looks wonderful Pam... and so do you... :) xv

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    1. You are so sweet, Vicki!! Thank you for the kind words!

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  17. It looks as though there's some useful stuff here for we men as well. Thanks.

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    1. Yes, I think so, Grey Fox...I believe a man seeking understanding of women would gain a lot from this book. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  18. She is kind of awesome. She and Clinton are so popular, part of me wants to say, "Oh, they're not all THAT," but I can't do it. So often, when I watch the show, I'm newly impressed by how sensitive they are while still being really scathingly funny. I'm a sucker for a good style book, so I'll take a look.

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    1. Hi Anne, They are kind of awesome...aren't they??

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  19. thanks for the book review
    these kinds of books are always such a crap shoot
    i think i will definitely buy this one
    brett

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  20. Thank you for sharing this with us. I have always admired Stacy and Clinton on What not to Wear. They see into your being and let the real you, the pretty, the nice, and let you finally feel it. I am going to order the book today for my daughter. thanks Paula

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  21. This is a great book review. I am all about finding tips and suggestions on how to be beautiful and this book definitely has those things that I am looking for.

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  22. I've just added the book to my list of must reads! Thank you!

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