The befores and afters were pretty amazing, except for one where I thought her new haircut wasn't as nice as the before hair although the rest of herThe befores and afters were pretty amazing, except for one where I thought her new haircut wasn't as nice as the before hair although the rest of her was absolutely fantastic.
The main reason I read the book was for what to do with my hair. I have had this haircut (or a slight version plus or minus the 80s perms) since I was 18. Bangs, longish, straight, blondish hair. I am now 52 and am a little jowly, have a small double chin which I hate and creping around my neck. I don't want hair to end at or above my ear. I have fine thin hair and still have nightmare flashbacks to the shag (a mullet or a scene haircut nowadays), where I couldn't get my hair to look anything like Goldie Hawn or Jane Fonda. So I thought since he's a hairstylist that this would be the biggest and best section of the book. It was okay. The biggest thing I gleaned from that chapter was to take in pictures of everyday people and not movie stars when I bring in a picture.
Now what to wear for your body type was a much better chapter. I'm a classic (I work in an office and pretty much wear the same clothes over and over again) with leanings toward romantic (blousy tops with faux or real wraps). I love a cardigan for warmth though so I really need to freshen that up maybe with colors. The problem is I'm cheap. So if it's not on sale or at a thrift store, I won't buy it.
Another good part of this book is that he says to make a list of things you want/need and carry it with you for when you do come across that item. That I will implement too.
How I found this book: I saw a Tim Gunn single on Amazon and wasn't sure if I wanted to buy it so I read a few reviews. Most said it was a shortened vHow I found this book: I saw a Tim Gunn single on Amazon and wasn't sure if I wanted to buy it so I read a few reviews. Most said it was a shortened version of his full length autobiography/advice book. But then reviewers were mentioning this book. So I clicked over to Fierce Style and read reviews that were saying how they were surprised at how down to earth and humble this book is and what wonderful advice he gives for every size and price range. So I ordered it from the library.
This book is FIERCE! I just loved it! He gives great advice for pretty much everything from style to taking chances in life to living with downfalls. Just wonderful and from such a young man! (I'm 50 by the way.)...more
Someone bought this for me when my first daughter was born in 1986 and boy I loved it. There are some really hippy-ish stuff in there which I ignoredSomeone bought this for me when my first daughter was born in 1986 and boy I loved it. There are some really hippy-ish stuff in there which I ignored but what I loved about this book, is it's written by a doctor. There's a fantastic section in the back that is well worth the price of this book. So, when your baby has spots on her stomach, you go to the back of the book and it'll say if the spots are here and here and if they look like this and if she's got a fever, then it's probably this and this is what the doctor will do and this is what you can do at home, and look out for this because it might mean that. So valuable! Sometimes all it took was a couple of at home remedies and she'd be fine in a couple of hours or the next morning. And other times it would send me straight to the doctor. I would turn to this book all the time when she was growing up and when my next daughter was born 11 years later, I was still using the old version but bought the revised which is about the same - which means excellent. Such a great book to have on hand when your baby is up at night and you don't know what's the matter but know it's not emergency room worthy. I would definitely recommend this book to all of you out there who have children, grandchildren, friends with children, etc. ...more
I bought this book awhile ago and just had it sitting on my bookshelf since then. Full of helpful hints on how to play up your assets instead of playiI bought this book awhile ago and just had it sitting on my bookshelf since then. Full of helpful hints on how to play up your assets instead of playing them down. Since 45 it seems I try to see how many double chins I can make whenever I take a picture and this is when I'm down to a size 6 I still seem to have this goat. She tells you to bring your tongue back to your soft palette which will tighten your chin and how to hold your head to minimize it. I practiced in front of my daughter who thought I was nuts. There's also a hint from a personal dresser about what to do with a boar brush. I have one so I'm going to try it out. My daughter doesn't so I'll not mention that part - sharing boar brushes for that purpose is gross! She tells you which jeans to buy, where the pockets should be, etc. Helpful hint after helpful hints. I'm keeping this book for reference. I would recommend this book. ...more
What I liked about this book in they have real-life girls in their real-life bodies, curves and everything and show how clothing items looked3.5 stars
What I liked about this book in they have real-life girls in their real-life bodies, curves and everything and show how clothing items looked on them, with a little mixing with the models. Some of the outfits just looked okay to me and the book seemed a little skimpy with the details. I liked how another book How Not to Look Fat had girdle recommendations. This book pretended that these models only had their underwear on underneath these clothes. Or maybe she just assumed that as smart women living in this time we would know that it's necessary. Anyway. The book pretty much seemed to throw most of their stuff out unless the clothes that were the after were actually from their closets although like I said there were a couple of models wearing the same top, etc. ...more
What I mostly gleaned from this is to eat every 3 hours only. Meal, snack, meal, snack, meal, snack. But the last snack of the day has to be 3 hours bWhat I mostly gleaned from this is to eat every 3 hours only. Meal, snack, meal, snack, meal, snack. But the last snack of the day has to be 3 hours before bedtime. I'm not really changing what I'm eating I'm just eating every 3 hours and even with this I'm getting my weight back down. I had lost a bunch of weight when I stopped watching TV but I've slowly been watching TV again and my weight has been creeping up. When I watch TV, I snack pretty much non-stop. Not when I read though, just watching TV. It helps to say to myself, "Carolyn, you can have a snack in just another 1-1/2 hrs, so cool it." Also, making myself eat every 3 hours helps too. I eat breakfast and then 3 hrs later I think I'm not hungry but I make myself eat a snack. Then when lunch comes, I'm pretty full still and I have not problem eating how he says - protein size of a pack of cards, carbs size of a Rubik cube and vegetables size of 3 DVD cases or 1 piece of fruit. I'm not a huge vegetable eater unless it's dinner time but making myself eat a piece of fruit is really good for me.
I like that I'm not depriving myself or that I'm not starving. So I'd recommend this book for you dieters or people who want to change your eating habits out there. ...more