Saturday, September 6, 2008

The One Hundred by Nina Garcia review and Giveaway!

This Giveaway is now CLOSED! Congratulations to Rue of Dreams of Flight!

Here is a short description of the book from the Harper Collin's website:

"Simply put, these items make me feel classic. And there is no substitute for feeling this way. Ever."

In the wildly popular The Little Black Book of Style, fashion authority Nina Garcia showed women how to think about personal style in an entirely new way. Encouraging readers to creatively assert their style identities, Nina showed women of all ages how to hone and self-edit a distinct fashion voice.

With her style philosophy firmly out in the world, Nina decided to address the most popular question readers consistently ask her: Exactly what are fashion's timeless pieces?

The One Hundred answers this question and provides women with a tangible style map to follow when planning a shopping trip and stocking one's closet. With illustrations from world-renowned fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo, The One Hundred contains the 100 items that Nina believes will never go out of style, and that have become absolutely indispensable for any woman reaching for her own eternal fashion look.

About Nina Garcia

With her signature eye for style, Nina Garcia is best known for her appearance as the unerring, formidable fashion judge on the hit show Project Runway. An elite authority in the industry, she has worked in fashion houses and in fashion media, with everyone from Marc Jacobs to Elle magazine and Marie Claire. Originally from Colombia, she now makes her home in New York City.

My Review

Those of you who know me in real life know that I am not exactly a fashion diva. Not at all. When my first son Aiden was almost 2 and my second son Owen was 6 months old my friend Melissa told me she wanted to submit my name to the TLC show "What Not to Wear".

I had kid's from my husband's youth group offering to give me a make over. One even bought me some clothes in an effort to make me look more "cool".

Ya. I know. Pathetic. But in my defence I was seriously broke and suffering from my second bout of post partum depression. Little Black dresses were the last thing on my mind!

What can I say? Fashion is just not my thing. I prefer comfort to style any day.

So when this book arrived in my mailbox I wasn't sure what I would think of it. But you know what? I liked this book.

It is incredibly easy to read. Nina lists her top 100 essentials in alphabetical order. There are fun illustrations and facts and quotes that kept even this fashion-challenged woman entertained.

Now, I personally don't agree with ALL of her suggestions... for example I definitely do NOT agree that a bikini should be on everyone's top 100. Although I am sure you would all love to see my plus sized stretch marked tummy next summer I just don't think I would enjoy the people running screaming from the room with their hands thrown over their eyes yelling "NO NO NO NO my EYES my eyes!!!".

But for those of you fashion loving divas out there this would be the perfect book for you to read.

If you would like to win my copy of The One Hundred just leave me a comment on this post!

That's it.

This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere. I will choose a random winner 2 weeks from today on Saturday, September 20.


robin_titan said...

i think you mean september 20 hehe well, i would love to be entered to win this book which i keep reading so much about and want to read (!!!)

lc_intocable at yahoo dot com

Ruby (Mouth) said...

Would just love a chance to read this book. It sounds sooo good.

angelleslament @gmail .com

Tara said...

Oh sheesh, you are SO right Robin- I DO mean SEPTEMBER 20!!! I'll fix that! Mommy brain :)

Shoshana said...

I love your review on this book. I am not fashion conscious after I have my first child. I was just too busy....luckily for me, I had 'old' clothes from another life and they sort of I wasn't a total disaster. I also have a sister who constantly check my closet to make sure I don't embarrass her in public.

Alyce said...

I need this! I saw an episode of What Not to Wear the other day and I could have sworn the girl they made over was my double. It was freaky - same jeans and t-shirts. :)

Tisha said...

This book looks really interesting, I would love to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!


Annie said...

Lol, I've imagined people running from seeing my body in a bikini as well!

Sounds like a great book and I'd love to win and read it!


ihchicky said...

This sounds interesting. Please enter me in your giveaway! :)

AmandaSue said...

thanks for entering me, looks like a good book :)

blueviolet said...

This will seriously get a workout from me. I'm all about the classics and I love the idea of having a basic wardrobe as a core from which to work and expand. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

kananee said...

Sounds like a fun, entertaing, and informative book!

lokeelanee (at)netzero(dot)com

windycindy said...

Hello, I have a niece that would really enjoy reading this book. She has no children and is very much into how she dresses, designer purses, etc. I would love to win this for her birthday gift. Many thanks, Cindi

Stacy said...

Love her on PR!


Natasha said...

I would love to win a copy. I was formerly a style addict - until my little man came along, but I still secretly covet the newest fashions I see (and can not yet - or maybe ever, lol - fit!). This would be a great read for me!


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hi, Tara. I surfed on through via EntreCard and thought I'd include this in the contest listings over at Win a Book. Hope that's okay; you look like you're doing a lot of book talk here and that's what I'm all about.

Ivan Girl said...

ow, i love your review of the book. I am conscious of how I look and love Nina, too!

I would love to read this one and share it. :)


PS. dropped EC on you.

Bebemiqui said...

Fun review Tara ;0)
I'm not exactly a fashionista, but I'd love to give this to my sis next month for her b-day.

A Real Librarian said...

I would love a chance at this book! Thanks!!


avalonne83 said...

Sounds great! Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!


Ladytink_534 said...

Well I'm not a fasion diva (I actually prefer jeans, a cute top, and a pair of flip-flops that match my top) but I do want to read this!

Janel said...

As a t-shirt and jeans type of woman, I could use some fashion advice, LOL!

Pamela Plumley said...

I'd love to read this book-sounds great!

Bunny B said...

I'd love to win please! Thank you for the chance!

bunnybx at gmail . com

Rue said...

As an incredibly fashion challenged young woman (although I'm also an aerospace engineer so I figure all the equations stuck in my brain don't leave a lot of room for the fashion stuff) I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail

Susan Schrock said...

I love finding new authors - what a great giveaway!

Sena said...

I'd love to win this! Thanks! :D


kikamz said...

i would love to read this book. I am not fashion conscious either so this book is making me curious... will it make me change my mind?

Bobbi said...

Hi! I found you thru My Friend Amy. I would love to be entered in your contest. Thanks!

Timothy Sternberg said...

I would love to be entered to win this book.

Vicki said...

Oooh, I would love this book. I love Project Runway and her comments are always fascinating, whether I agree with them or not.

Thanks for the chance!

Dani' said...

NO bikini for me but I would like to win this book.

Cindi said...

I would love to win this book! I'm in the process of losing some weight, and will soon (fingers crossed) be needing a new wardrobe!

Jen said...

I just read a review of this book earlier this evening and went looking for it for a friend! It sounds awesome!

jceko77 said...

I would love to see what her 100 essentials are

Ginny said...

I would love to read this book, thanks for the giveaway!

Shelley, aka Diaper Bag Diarist said...

That sounds like an interesting book. I could use a book intended for an adult audience. If I read one more kids book I might explode!

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