As you know, I am part of the Mother Talk group of bloggers who participate in their cyber books tours. How it works is that the organizers will send out an email with a list of books up for review that month and invite bloggers to choose or book or two to review.
The books up for review cover a vast range of topics, from fiction to non-fiction – food / babies / health / fashion – you name it. All that they have in common is that they are written by women, for women.
Because the last time I read a book purely for pleasure was 17 million years ago, before I had kids, I usually pick books that have something to do with children. Sleep books / discipline books / child care ‘expert’ books. Which doesn’t really say too much for the books seeing as my kids don’t eat or sleep properly, nor do they listen to me. But that could just be me. I am clearly a slow learner.
So this time, when the list went around, I decided to stray completely out of my current reality and choose a book that had absolutely nothing to do with children. What could be further from poopy diapers and toddler tantrums than Fashion and Style? This month I choose Nina García’s “Little Black Book of Style”
Nina García is apparently the fashion director at Elle magazine and a formidable judge on Bravo’s Project Runway. I say ‘apparently’ because the world of fashion is so totally removed from mine that she could be the next President of the Fashion Empire and I wouldn’t know.
The blurb for Nina’s book went as follows:
“The Little Black Book of Style provides the essential rules for fashion that every woman should know. From pointers on how to create your own sense of style, to uncovering what makes you look and feel good, García offers readers the ultimate guide to dressing their best.”
Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? And it is. It is a fabulous little book. Beautifully illustrated, appealingly put together in a little black book full of tips and hints and inner secrets from the world of fashion. And all completely useless to me. That world is just too far removed from my own.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great book and for someone who lives in that kind of world, it would be a really great gift. If you have a girlfriend whose world is made up of dinner parties, little black dresses and matching shoes and bags, then this is a fabulous ‘stocking filler’. But for someone whose bra doesn’t even match her panties, never mind her shoes matching her bag, it was all a bit of a waste of time.
Next time I’ll stick to the stuff that really interests me: the little black book of mommyhood.
(BTW, it really is a lovely book. Rose thoroughly enjoyed it. She is way more stylish than I am)