Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
I happened to be in the library the other day and I pulled out a book that got my attention. It is entitled Nothing To Wear? Interesting. I was intrigued. So this book by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo I checked out . Beginning to read I saw that they are luxury lifestyle consultants, and the founders of Visual Therapy. What is that, you may ask. Well, I'll tell you, along with a few other things.
First off, the book says it is a 5-step cure for the common closet. Ethnic Beauties, we can use that, right? Well armed with this knowledge I opened the book. I liked it, immediately, upon seeing that it is chock full of good stuff. The writing is a good size, so no straining to see; there are pictures. Yes, I love visuals, and the book houses other interesting things. It says that style is found only when we look inside ourselves. It also speaks of a 'disconnect' that many of us suffer at a point in our lives; a rift between the image we project, and who we are. The book gives viable reasons for this. I can't give them away because then I'd ruin it for those who might want to read it. However, the authors did say that their Visual Therapy teaches women how to receive a connection, yes, between who they really are, now, and the image that they project; the way others see them.
The book establishes that fashion should be fun, not frustrating. We're all for that. The book says it will aid one to define or re-define her personal style, then edit her wardrobe. I like that the authors aren't saying "Run out—now, people, and buy everything new!" This book simply aids a new or changing fashionista to pull all together, using some of what she's already got. Then it speaks of nurturing the new you.
Nothing To Wear? is interesting because it gives 'symptoms.' These are where the authors share client stories. Sure, the women's names have been changed for identity protection, but a reader gets the basic premise. Then we get to see the 'prescription,' what the lifestyle consultants/authors prescribe. The book lets readers know that to be fashion forward is easier than most people think. It lets us know that we should wear things that make us feel great, even if we are a stay at home mom, or happen to be in transition in our career or work life. This book is inspirational. It has fun small quizzes designed to aid one to define her style. It teaches about different wardrobes: casual, chic, whimsical, and so many more—all of which can wind up yours. The book gives starting points, and it feels supportive.
Ethnic Beauties, after having stumbled upon this at my local library, I'll tell you something. For me, this book is definitely a keeper. I give it five rings—the highest a book can get in my rating system. Therefore, Nothing To Wear? goes to the top of my to-purchase list. Why not pick one up for yourself? Then do what I plan to do. Refer back to it every so often. There are a lot of useful good fun suggestions inside, and Ethnic Beauties, no matter how fashionable we are, or aren't, couldn't we all use some of those?