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The Time-Traveling Fashionista On Board the Titanic

(The Time-Traveling Fashionista #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,182 ratings  ·  454 reviews
What if a beautiful vintage dress could take you back in time?

Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transfor
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Poppy (first published April 1st 2011)
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Kim Baccellia
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Fun premise but too much backstory at the beginning and other pop references held it back. I did love the illustations of the gowns that are throughout the book. Just wished book had less backstory and started with more action.
Emily S.
Let me just start by saying that I adore books where fashion (and especially high fashion) is incorporated. When I saw a giveaway on Goodreads for this one, I just knew I was destined to have it.

Well, I didn't win it from Goodreads. I was terribly bummed, because seriously, this book was written for me. Luckily, a blogger friend of mine had some books that she wasn't able to get to for reviews and asked me to take them on, which of course, I was happy to do. Hello, books! Anyway, this was one of
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-read, e-books
This was a cute story about Louise Lambert, a 12 year old with a passion for vintage fashions. That passion leads her to get a special invitation to a vintage fashion shop run by two very odd ladies. Louise finds a very pretty pink number amongst the racks and when she tries it on she’s suddenly transported back in time to the Titanic.

Admittedly, I was drawn into this story by the title and cover. Maybe my expectations were a bit on the high side for the book because of the exterior, but I just
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm being a little generous with my rating because it definitely read too young for me, but I don't want to knock down the rating just because I wasn't the intended audience. Especially when I know Young Elyse would have loved this.

This book is physically beautiful. I had no idea there'd be colorful pictures and I loved seeing the dresses that were described. I also really liked the idea of a seventh grade girl being super into vintage clothing. And really- putting on a vintage dress and being t
Louise is a vintage loving, classic movie fan. Basically me, so insta-love with her there, but her age made her a little too naïve for my liking.
It is a great middle grade book, and probably best for someone who still doesn't know much about the Titanic.
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars! I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure and I can't wait to start reading the rest of the series!
Sarah Nealy
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was cute! I would of loved it if I had read it when I was twelve though. The best part were the pictures, I loved all the different dresses that the ladies wore in the 1900's!
Saturday's Child
A quick read because it had the Titanic in the plot. I am sure I would have enjoyed it more if I had of read it as a young teen, but I did enjoy the fashion illustrations.
I was caught a little off guard by this Fashionista, but not in a good way. Saying this was okay is about a positive as I can get. Its negatives more than outweighed its positives and left me unsatisfied for such a promising concept.

To start with, a third person narrative is a difficult sell for most readers, but when done right it can work wonders. However, in terms of a character driven story with a lot of emoting, the third person felt out of place. It didn't add anything to the storytelling
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This wonderful debut ties together fashion, vintage clothing and traveling back in time fabulously. It makes me want to run out to my nearest vintage clothing store and look for each of the dresses that are so visually appealing with the books beautifully illustrated pictures. Although I've come to realize with in the first few sentences of the book that twelve year old Fashionista, Louise has way more fashion appeal than I do, and ever will.

I love that this spunky seventh grader is not a slave
kelly Fuller
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh, girls.... you are gonna love, love, love this one!
The Time Traveling Fashionista is the PERFECT YA novel for girls. It has everything! An adventurous story? Yep! Full color illustrations of fabulous clothes? Uh-huh. Time Travel? Yeppers. Mysterious characters who keep you guessing? Yes! A main character any girl can identify with? Sure! There is even a history lesson included in this majorly addictive novel. Seriously, it has everything! And best of all! It's going to be a series! Yay! More
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was not only beautifully written with an enchanting plot line, but it was also wonderfully done. They contained 25 beautiful illustrations of historically accurate vintage dresses that the characters wore that tied it together the book with an elegant informative feeling. I have never read a book where I sat down and said, Wow there was nothing wrong with that book at all. There were no flaws, no imbalances, and I must say even though this is not my typical dark romance, it is one of t ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, ya, fiction, z-2015
Cute. Louise loves vintage clothing, but she doesn't expect her vintage gowns to transport her back in time...

I love the concept, but the execution was mixed. The book gets off to a bit of a slow start, with Louise trying very, very hard to prove to the reader that she loves All Things Vintage. When she tries on a dress that whisks her back almost a century, things pick up—but it takes Louise an awfully long time to figure out that she's on the Titanic. I'm torn on the way she acts—she acts her
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is a cute book with a cute premise, a girl with a taste for vintage clothing and dresses that take her back to the time when they were made. I had a hard time buying Louise as a seventh grader and an even harder time beleiving that she could spend time in school studying the Titanic, then wake up in the body of an actress on board a White Star Line boat amid a crowd of famous people who died on the Titanic and still spend a day not realizing where she was. Instead she marvels at the fashion ...more
Cristina Monica
This book was all fashion and cute and enjoyable. From the beginning, I got hooked. The story was interesting, the illustrations were amazing. I just wanted to skip the pages to see more of them (okay, I did it one or two times, but that's all). There was even a little romance, very little indeed but it was there. The main character was young but she wasn't acting all childish and I liked that. So...can't say I don't recommend it. ;)
Kristina Horner
This book was definitely meant for younger readers, but I do love me some titanic based fiction. It was cute.
Jessica Gutierrez
Really cute! I loved the drawings of the beautiful fashion designs from the era throughout the book. I just wished there was “more” from the actual Titanic part of the book. I don’t know what that “more” should have been exactly, I just felt like it could have been more than it was.
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fashion crazy people and historical fiction readers
Recommended to Gillie by: Bookslut
This book was amazing! The glittering gowns of the 1900's, the excitement of the Titanic, and social lives of the first class. It's all there, and it's executed perfectly by Bianca Turetsky. I can't wait to read the next one!
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Time-Traveling Fashionista book was interesting. I am very interested in the Titanic, which is partly why I like it so much. But also because it's cool how putting on a dress that someone wore on the Titanic could put you back in time to the Titanic. This book is full of adventure and trying not to die while the Titanic is sinking. I recomend it.
Gelse Tecalero
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do you like the Titanic? This book takes place on the Titanic. The genre of the book is Fantasy because Louise has a dream about the lady's dress she tries on. My opinion of the book is that it's interesting because the Louise is living someone else's life ad is learning about the person's life.

The setting of the story is in the present and the past, Louise and her friend Brooke go to a vintage store and she tries on a dress for her school dance. She starts to get a little dizzy and falls on t
Fluffy, girly book with a history lesson thrown in. Louise loves vintage. She is building up a collection of vintage pieces and is excited when she receives an exclusive invitation to a vintage sale. After she picks out a beautiful, pink gown and tries it on though, she is transported back in time. Louise finds herself as famous Alice Baxter aboard the doomed ship Titanic. At first Louise doesn't even realize that she is on the Titanic. Everyone around her looks at her and sees Alice Baxter, but ...more
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Louise Lambert is just your ordinary seventh grader with a passion for vintage clothing. When she receives an elaborate invitation to a private vintage sale, she goes along, thinking she’ll fine a dress for her school formal. Instead, trying on a beautiful pink gown somehow transports her to a hundred years into the past and onto a luxurious cruise ship. At first Louise is thrilled. Everyone thinks that she is a glamorous movie star named Alice Baxter instead of a slightly awkward twelve-year-ol ...more
Cindy Hudson
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Louise Lambert loves vintage clothing. Even though her mother and her best friend think she’s crazy not to want something new, she loves the feeling of mystery that she gets from the unknown stories she senses in each piece.

When an invitation arrives at her home for the Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, Louise is sure that will be a great place to look for something to wear to the seventh grade dance. But when she tries on a beautiful pink dress that smells vaguely of the sea, she’s surprised
Esa Khairina
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't know what to say anymore. Maybe it's me and my high expectation to blame. When I read its blurb, I was completely thrilled. Time-traveling and Titanic! What a frantic combination.

I read the Indonesian edition and got disappointed. Typos everywhere, shown from the very first page ("lavendel" instead of "lavender"). And I supposed the praise from Teen Vogue Magazine got typo-ed, too. I hate some words, like "kamu", I actually think it would be better off "kau". But, let's forget it and mov
Lisa Nocita
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
the Time-Traveling Fashionista will likely find its target audience readily, namely tween girls who love fashion with a touch of mystery. It's lightweight historical fiction with a sprinkling of fashion and a twinge of romance. 2 mysterious old women are the purveyors of vintage fashions and have the ability to sell an article of clothing that sends its wearer back to the time when the garment would have been originally worn. The wearer assumes the identity of the original owner. While others se ...more
Terri M.
On the shelf at the used book store this book definitely caught my eye. The title involves time travel. LOVE! The girl on the cover looks like she is having a good time. I LOVE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME! And the blurb mentions the Titanic. SOLD!

This book was just flat-out fun. There’s no deep story, no real fight for survival, but I didn’t go into the story expecting that. I was just looking for a lighter quick read and the book certainly delivers.

Personally, I loved the illustrations in the book. The
Kelly Hager
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Louise is 12 and obsessed with vintage fashion. When she gets an invitation to a vintage fashion sale (and the invite has a note that says you can only get in WITH an invite), she's so in. She's looking specifically for a dress to the upcoming dance and she soon finds the perfect one.

Except when she tries the dress on, she passes out and wakes up on board a great cruise ship almost exactly 100 years ago. (Hmm. What cruise ships do we know that sailed almost exactly 100 years ago? Maybe there was
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Louise Lambert lives for vintage fashion…she’s quite an old soul for being only twelve years old. If she’s not at a thrift shop or pouring over vintage fashion books and magazines or thinking about it – it’s only because she’s asleep. The twists begin when Louise gets a fancy invitation to a traveling vintage fashion sale. She is so stoked because she thinks this is THE place to find the perfect dress for the upcoming dance.

When she shows up to the sale with her best friend, they’re met by the p
Kangkhita K
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't usually like historical fiction books, but this book is so much more than just that. It is about a girl named Louise Lambert who loves vintage. Almost everything she owns is vintage, even though she comes from a very wealthy family, and is desperately looking for a vintage dress to wear to her school dance. One day she got this anonymous invitation to a vintage store and was skeptical about it at first but ended up going. At the store she found her perfect dress but what she didn't know ...more
Shalet Jimmy
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Louis Lambert is a 12 year old girl who is fascinated with vintage fashion and movie starlets. Things got exciting when she got an anonymous invitation to take part in a Vintage fashion sale, which entirely transformed her life full of adventure. When she wore the pink gown which she got from the Vintage sale made her live a life that she always wanted. Is she comfortable with the new life ? She met a lot of people she always adored.

The story turns into a thrilling mode when she find herself in
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