There are very few things in life that the Refined Side girls love more than a good book. As Christine has been talking about recently, we love books and when we find a good one? Well, we just have to share. And when it’s a book that we had to e-mail the author mere hours after receiving it because we had not been able to stop staring (at the gorgeous pictures), laughing (at the oh-so-true observations) and texting all our single girlfriends that their bible has just been released – well, that is a book worth talking about.
The book we’re talking about is Stephanie Simons’ coming-soon-to-bookstore-near-you release, All’s Fair in Love and Wardrobe: A Fashion Editors Rules on Shopping for Love which Stephanie was kind enough to share with us before it hits bookstores in July. The book is chock full of hilariously on-point quotes and adorable water-colour drawings representing them and a fashionable life.
If you’ve not heard of Stephanie (or her head of pretty spectacular hair) before, it’s likely that you have but not realized it. Stephanie competed in Miss USA pageants in the early 2000s (amazing beauty tricks, check!) was on the Bachelor in 2005 (love history, check!) before going on to embrace her writing gene working for magazines like Cosmo and US Weekly and then going on again working as Fashion Editorial Manager for Piperline and becoming an editorial strategists for numerous retail brands like Benefit and Banana Republic (fashion creed, check!) Plus, she’s got a pretty spectacular Twitter feed… And yes, we’re her newest fangirls.
The book covers all matters relating to love & fashion while managing to pretty accurately (and hilariously) capture the real world happenings. As a married lady myself, I was expecting to find some things I found cute that I could pass along to my single girlfriends but instead came upon a book that reminded me of the of the seemingly never-ending search for Mr. Right completed with stilettos and a drink in hand. Some of life’s lessons I’ve learned along the way are captured in the book in terms that the fashion-minded can easily grasp – points like loving yourself, never changing who you are for a man and never sacrificing your personal morals and virtues are explained in ways that only a fashion editrix can – like how the only acceptable cheetah is Dolce & Gabbana, am I right?
Christine loved the book as well, sharing my overflowing praise:
This book is bubbly and funny, with no-nonsense advice that many women can really use. The content is given in a relatable, entertaining way that every fashionista will love. I can see this book as a Magic-8 Ball reference, where women can flip to a random page and find the words of wisdom you need. Simons uses ladylike humor and sartorial references to get to the heart of the matter – no man can love you the way a pair of Jimmy Choos makes you love yourself. Embrace your inner fashionista and love will follow.
So what are you waiting for? Pre-order this book for your summer vacation – it would be the perfect book to read while laying on the beach, while jetting away to a foreign city trip or really, just sitting in your backyard with a glass of rosé.