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Books, FashionMichelle Style

The Obamas may only have been in office for a few months, but the world is completely enamored with Michelle Obama – and in particular, her fashion sense.  In fact, Obama is the second first lady… ever, I believe, to get her own style book and today, fans will be able to pick up their own copy of Michelle Style, available from Harper Collins.

I was lucky to get my hands on a copy early and spent some time going through the book.  It’s an incredibly thorough review of Michelle’s sartorial choices to date, complete with style guide and quotes from industry insiders.  Fans of the First Lady certainly won’t want to miss out. Since Mrs. Obama has already established herself as a very important figure in the fashion industry, her choice to don a particular designer could, in fact, make his career.  Most famously, is her love for Jason Wu a designer she’s worn over and over again.  Wu, who didn’t even have an online presence at the time Mrs. Obama wore his white gown to the Inaugural ball, all of a sudden debuted a spectacular website only days after.  I also follow Michelle Obama’s style in the media as part of my job in keeping up with the fashion world.  At first, I didn’t get the hype.  I didn’t see Mrs. Obama’s outfits cutting it in the hallways of the glossy world of fashion magazines and I’d always followed socialite editors on Patrick McMullan as my own style inspiration. But what I grew to see was that her choices really spoke to the millions of working women across America who would never think of wearing platform Louboutins and mini skirts to the office. Whereas so much of fashion is purely aspirational, Mrs. Obama’s style is attainable which makes this book, perhaps, more relevant to readers than the last 5 years worth of Vogue combined.

Check it out for yourself on amazon.com.

BooksThe Sky Isn’t Visible From Here

Felicia Sullivan, as a person and as my friend, is awesome! So awesome, that she critiqued my grad school application essays for me the DAY after I met her. So awesome that her memoir got optioned into a movie.  Hellooo Sundance- we’re coming!  There’s a picture of her being my hot date at a fashion party last year.

In addition to being (obviously) a talented writer and deeply introspective and insightful person, Felicia is just plain fun, kind and cool.  We’re always gossiping and chatting about beauty, fashion, FOOD, and the lack of qualified men in New York City. And if I ever need some serious advice, she’s my go to gal.

If you believe in karma, this is a true sign of how fabulous the cosmos think Felicia is:  she won a free pair of Louboutins once.

Plus, she always replies to my emails within 5 seconds with hilarious stuff like:

“Baby, I’m on the elliptical, but there is a decent pic of me on my about me page.  Sent from my iPhone. “  Someone who emails during the gym?  Definitely a kindred spirit. READ MORE

Beauty, BooksConfessions of a Beauty Addict

I love a good chick lit but I love it even more when it also includes insider secrets of the publishing industry, product recommendations, and is penned by a fellow blogger- in addition to the obligatory hot guys, lovable protagonist, and the bitchy underminer that eventually gets served. I devoured Nadine Haobsh’s newest book: Confessions of a Beauty Addict in one sitting last week while simultaneously getting jealous and giddy reading about all the going-ons of Bella Hunter, Beauty Editor. If you love yourself a little Devil Wears Prada style peek at what really goes on in the beauty world, you’ll have to get yourself a copy. READ MORE

BooksSomething Borrowed

If you were on Team Jennifer during the whole Brad/Angelina fiasco, Something Borrowed is a book that could potentially make you see Angelina’s point of view and even make you sympathetic to her cause.  Although this book wasn’t published recently, it is one of my favorite chick-lit books and I always recommend it to my girlfriends on long plane flights for its compelling narrative and addictive plotline.

I am not giving anything away by telling you that the book starts off immediately with the everygirl protagonist, Rachel, sleeping with her glamorous best friend, Darcy’s boyfriend, Dexter.  Despite whatever initial feelings of hate you might bear towards Rachel, author Emily Giffin, deftly explores the frenemy relationship between Darcy and Rachel, to make you empathize with and root for her heroine.  The writing is easy to read, and the poignancy of Rachel and Dex’s feelings keep you turning pages.

Pick this book up before your next long haul plane flight, and be enthralled as the hours fly by and you become absorbed.

Books, Celebrities, FashionInfluence

It’s no secret if you check out my obsessions that I am officially a fan of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (and not just because they are alumna, or rather un-graduated alumna of my alma mater).  I know people have mixed reactions regarding the bohemian chic look that they made popular, but I always give them credit for wearing interesting and original looks.  I grew up watching them on Full House like everyone else, and even ran into Ashley Olsen one time on the street back in my college days; I’m pretty amazed at how these teenage millionaires have created not only one, but two carefully created fashion lines (The Row and Elizabeth and James) and also a new, interesting coffee table book all about the creative process. READ MORE

Books, FashionUp Close and Personal with Karl Lagerfeld


Say what you want about Karl Lagerfeld, but there’s no disputing that he is a fashion institution and a fascinating individual, with a few…eccentricities, like any good ”creative” person.  Although his eccentricities aren’t restricted to appearance, if you ever see Karl in pictures, there are always a few undeniable facts:

1. His hair will be in a low, swept back ponytail.
2. His outfit will predominantly consist of black, including black skinny jeans.
3. His hands will invariably contain a collection of heavy silver rings.

The fashion documentary, Lagerfeld Confidential, directed by Rodolphe Marconi, cements all of these facts and more, by granting the viewer a brief look into the fashion maestro’s world through personal interviews; behind the scenes access to the Chanel fashion show; and a view into his personal abode, so that you see Karl Lagerfeld in all of his facets: photographer, designer, and marketing genius.  READ MORE

Books, TravelSecret Travel Agents

It’s no secret that us TDO girls love traveling. We love doing it in style and sharing all our finds and secrets with you, our dear reader. Currently, we are all in between trips, but keeping ourselves informed and motivated for our next big one by reading the book Mr & Mrs Smith: Boutique Hotel Collection. Their global shortlist profiles 30 top properties around the world in a chic guide filled with decadent pictures and firsthand accounts of staying at the most luxurious hotels. I’m getting starry-eyed just thinking about traveling to these locations. Whether staying at one of these properties is a reality for you or a fantasy, this book has got you covered. In addition to hotel reviews, Mr and Mrs Smith includes concise city guides that tells all you need to know – how to get somewhere and what’s worth getting out of bed for (I, too, would have a hard time getting out of those amazing looking beds). Thanks to what I learned in the book, Mexico City and Istanbul are now high on my list of must-visit spots.

So who exactly are Mr and Mrs Smith? It’s a stylish panel of industry insiders who are frequent travelers living the good life. Contributors to this book include Dita Von Teese (burlesque artist), Bee Shaffer (fashion columnist and daughter of Anna Wintour), Anne Kornblut (political reporter with The Washington Post), and Serena Rees (lingerie designer for Agent Provocateur). They visit all the venues anonymously and then dish on their findings. Whether you’re planning your fantasy trip or just dreaming about your next vacation, Mr and Mrs Smith will let you know  what’s cool and definitely make you antsy to get your travel on.

Books, FashionCurves Rule & Flat is Fabulous

Each of us at TDO have a stack of beauty and fashion resource books, and Curve Rule & Flat is Fabulous by Elycia Rubin and Rita Mauceri is my new go-to reference.

I really love that this book empowers women and tells them to love the shape they’ve got.  Elycia and Rita don’t believe in the cookie-cutter body types of “boyish” or “pear” – and instead, know that women can be a combination.  Thus, they’ve got strategies for dressing for different body parts. They created a mix-and-match system with playful, fun tags like “Belly Babes,” “Curvies,” and “Tatas.”  So for instance, if you’re one of the “Hipsters” and also fit into the “Busties” category, you’ll find tips that address both those areas.

This book is divided in various sections such as Beachy, Lacy, Casual, Loungy and Sophisticated; each section devotes time to key basics that help empower all of us to dress better in our daily lives.  For instance, it’ll break down stragies for wearing a Straight Leg jean for “Booties and Hipsters,” “Belly Babes,” “Leggies,” and “Dainties.”  In addition to adorable illustrations, this book is chock full of REAL women throughout each section that illustrate the tips they’re giving, so you can an immediate visual without having to try on everything in your wardrobe. They even delve into the “Lacy” (i.e. intimates), offering advice on how to wear a Soft Cup Bra for “Busties” – full coverage is key – and “Tatas” – stick to a triangle style with an elasticized band.

Truly, this book is so fantastic that even the most stylish women could probably learn a thing or two.  I certainly found a few things that I was doing wrong (beachwear is a tough one for me!) and I highly recommend picking this up for some fabulous tips to improve your fashionable life.  

Order at Amazon.com for $18.95.

Beauty, Books, MakeupBobbi Brown Makeup Manual

I still remember the first time I ever picked up a book about makeup. It was Kevyn Aucoin’s, and I remember feeling so amazed at the transformative powers of beauty products. I was only in high school then, yet I still find myself leafing through beauty books from time to time. My most recent find is the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, which is definitely a keeper. Rather than show you looks that you probably wouldn’t be able to achieve on your own, Bobbi walks you through all the how-tos of makeup so that you can always look your very best.

Along with Bobbi’s expert advice, the book contains beautiful photographs and easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on every type of makeup. You’ll know how to apply eyeliner and blend eye shadow correctly, pick the right shade of foundation for your skin tone, and learn about the different kinds of makeup brushes. But beyond that, Bobbi also discusses how to take care of your skin, since that’s where it all starts. Proper cleansing and moisturizing are super important and too often overlooked in favor of just covering the flaws up.

The Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual is billed as “For Everyone from Beginner to Pro,” and I agree completely. Makeup novices will learn about basic application and those with more experience will find new looks and skin care tips. This book is a must-read for any beauty or BB fanatic!

Books, Celebrities, FashionRevisiting the Classics

If you are anything like me, at least once a week you look in your overstuffed closet brimming with clothes and think: “I have nothing to wear.” Countless minutes later, your bed is strewn with rejected outfits and you think, “I need to start shopping more judiciously.”

If this scenario sounds familiar to you, Nina Garcia (of Project Runway and Elle magazine fame) is here to offer some guidance with her new book, “The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Might Own.” Literally ranging from A-Z, Nina has listed out her favorite must-have pieces that are essential to a well stocked closet and prevent that dreaded “I have nothing to wear” syndrome that we all sometimes face. READ MORE

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