The Modern Girl's Guide to Fabulousness
By Laura Yates
I'm a big fan of beauty, fashion and lifestyle books (and yes, some are better than others!) so when I heard about the release of Bethanie Lunn's new book The Modern Girl's Guide to Fabulousness, I knew that this was another that had to be added to my collection.
Part of the reason why the book appealed is mainly due to the author. A real girl about town, Beth is a real inspiration in terms of her go-getting attitude. A one-woman brand, Beth is ridiculously glamorous, business savvy and has an infectiously upbeat personality. The Modern Girls Guide to Fabulousness marks her debut book and having read interviews with Beth and seeing her writing and styling work, I put firm faith in the fact that Beth knows what she's talking about when it comes to fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Plus she's visited every place mentioned in the book and don't worry - these aren't places you can only go to or enjoy with pocketfuls of cash. Money saving is very much of the essence.
The book is basically an A-Z guide of fashion finds, shops, websites, services, restaurants, pubs, beauty treatments and all-round tips and hints geared towards the modern woman. What makes the book unlike others of its ilk is that it doesn't focus just on London but covers areas and cities all over the UK, meaning that it provides a great representation of what's going on all over the country. It's ideal if you're looking for inspiration to visit somewhere new and may even gleam some light on those places that you thought would never be worthy of a visit. It's written in a quick-witted tone, is concise and isn't stereo-typically girly girly - featuring pubs where you can grab a mean plate of fish and chips, to business networking, to where you can find someone to walk your dog, and how to make organising your life that little bit easier. There's also a section dedicated to `Naughty Pleasures' that is definitely an insightful read!
Perfect to carry around with you, The Modern Girls Guide to Fabulousness is relevant to every modern woman with all types of lifestyles. Whether you're a housewife, a mum, a jet setter, a careerist or a combination of all of these, the guide solves an array of dilemmas with a strong dash of how to do so fabulously and economically. The suggestions and places to visit are also more like undiscovered hidden gems as opposed to just a re-hash of places that have tirelessly been featured in other books or magazines.
I know that I will continually refer to this book when I'm out and about. Aside from being a useful and practical `little black book', it's also a wonderfully indulgent read.