Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: How to Walk in High Heels: The Girl's Guide to Everything by Camilla Morton



SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS.COM:
The bestselling U.K. sensation, hailed as "the most fabulous instruction manual the world has ever seen" by Vogue.com
Can you make yourself up in five minutes flat? Make the first move without breaking a sweat? Hang a picture without becoming unhinged? Get out of a car -- or an unpleasant situation -- gracefully in a short skirt? Load an iPod as effortlessly as a dishwasher? If not, international style and fashion journalist Camilla Morton can help you navigate these and more than two hundred other hazards of modern living with grace and aplomb. Much more than just a style manual or crash course in social skills, How to Walk in High Heels also illuminates the finer points of achieving better homes and gardens, tackling technophobia, climbing the career ladder, and joining the jet set.
From the practical, such as what to do when a heel breaks and how to catch a mouse, to the imaginative, such as how to enjoy karaoke and swim in sunglasses, How to Walk in High Heels overflows with useful nuggets of advice delivered in the author's inimitable witty style, accompanied by a foreword from Dior's John Galliano and a Louis Vuitton trunkful of insight from experts including: -Manolo Blahnik on How to Pick a Shoe -Dolce & Gabbana on How to Get Ready in Five Minutes -Gisele Bundchen on How to Look Good in a Photo -Jade Jagger on How to Compile Your Own Soundtrack
This comprehensive do-everything-better bible takes the guesswork out of flaunting your fabulousness so that you can stop teetering and start striding confidently through the obstacle course of life.

MY TAKE:
This book was published several years ago, but there are still some tidbits here that are useful for the modern woman.

In How to Walk in High Heels, women get tips on how to do things like grooming, socializing and managing their home.

These skills, obviously, don't go out of style, even though some of the references to music and technology feel a little dated already. When I first bought this, I had visions of becoming Audrey Hepburn-ish, which is quite a feat for a boyish girl like me. I was also on a reference/trivia kick at the time so this book was right up my alley.

My favorite section was about being socially adept, particularly the parts about how to play poker and about the different gallery owners. The part about how to eat tricky foods like oysters and lobsters is really useful too.

THE GOOD:

  1. There are lots of useful tips for women.
  2. The writing style is playful yet posh.
  3. It covers a wide range of topics.

THE BAD:

  1. Some references may feel dated.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Fishfingers under the grill, and chips in the oven; best served with daytime TV and ketchup.

READ IT IF:

  1. You are looking for a funny book filled with useful tips.
  2. You want to learn to be more socially adept, more well-mannered and learn other useful skills.
  3. You are looking for a laugh.

RATING:
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