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A Girl for All Seasons Hardcover – 20 Sep 2007
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Praise for (HOW TO WALK IN HIGH HEELS)
'This is the essential reference book any self-respecting aspiring socialite needs.' (Guardian)
'Not only genuinely useful, but leaves you on a high, lifted by her breezy wit and addictively effervescent attitude.' (Mail on Sunday)
'You'll wonder how you ever survived without it' (In Style)
'Just what every modern girl needs.' (Glamour)
'Packed with handy hints on almost every aspect of contemporary life.' (Independent, Books of the Year)
From the girl who taught you HOW TO WALK IN HIGH HEELS, the must-have guide for year-round fabulousness!See all Product description
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If you are looking (like I was) to find more tips about how to live fabulously, then you might initially be disappointed that there are a lot less 'how to' pages than in the prequel. However, do not despair; the key here is to become more fabulous by learning about all the snippets of history, classic books and films, lifestyle icons and fashion gods that it sets out for us to read in a simple, elegant and interesting manner. The more you know about these gems, the more interesting you'll be to others, and the more you'll perhaps take them up as your models. At least, this is how I read it.
One note - don't think that you have to save reading it to a page every few days (as it is set out). If you're anything like me (a Camilla fanatic), you'll accidentally read it all in one go, and all the better for it. Besides, it's one of those books you can dip into again and again once you've read it once, so why wait?
And finally, if you're a fashion addict, then get it just for the sheer amount of models and designers that have contributed to it. Manolo Blahnik, Matthew Williamson, Giorgio Armani, Gisele... it's like being backstage, or snuggled up on their sofas with them, in their sunny villas. Bliss.
As you continue reading you start to wonder how much of this information was simply pulled off of the internet, a suspicion that is further fanned by the fact that here are no references or bibliography.
I continued reading this book just to spot as many as I could and came up with the below.
Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia, not Newport, New Virginia. There is no such state as New Virginia.
Marie Rambert not Lambert taught Audrey Hepburn to dance. Marie Rambert is one of the great dance innovators in the UK; it's why the Rambert Dance Company, formerly Ballet Rambert, bears her name.
In a list of famous Irish people it's worth noting that Kenneth Branagh was born in Belfast, so is British not Irish, and Daniel Day Lewis, born in London, became an Irish citizen in 1993, his father was Irish-born.
You'd be pushing it to call EM Forster a member of the Bloomsbury group.
The German for stamps is Briefmarken not Briedmarken
How can you mention Hitchcock's favourite blondes and not mention Kim Novak, Tippi Hedren or Janet Leigh?
Isadora Duncan wasn't a ballet dancer. Not dancing in the classical style was the whole basis of her notoriety.
TS Eliot was not British. He was an American who took up British citizenship when he was aged 39.
The D is CDs stands for discs not disks.
Did gentlemen during the reign of Edward VII really "get on the phone to their tailors"?
Barbra Streisand did get an Oscar for Funny Girl shame you turn the page and she appears to have got it for Funny Face (although there are many who would say that is what she has).
Lady Chatterley has an affair with a gamekeeper not a gardener.
Jackie Kennedy wasn't wearing a Chanel suit when JFK was shot it was a Chez Ninon copy. Amazing that someone who claims to be part of the fashion world didn't know this.
There are plenty of proof-reading errors too:
"On this day in 1721 Robert Walpole became the first prime minister of Great Britain in 1721."
'tash is used twice as a diminutive of moustache.
BC and BCE are used in the same sentence