Friday, March 5, 2010

REVIEW: "that extra half an inch" by Victoria Beckham
I haven't read the entire book but so far it seems okay. I know not to judge a book by its cover but I know that I tend to pick up books with and appealing cover and intriguing pictures. The book starts of by talking about her childhood and the later moves and to pretty much every pieces of clothing. What I really like is that she has included things that several other style guides don't. There is a chapter about travel and carry on essentials, great gifts to buy, pregnancy and post pregnancy and even about beauty and hair which in many cases would be separated into a different book. Another little great detail is that there is a notes section at the end of each chapter where you can write down anything you want.
What I don't like about the book is that at the end of EVERY chapter there is this HUGE "where to buy" section. I mean it's great and all but thats pretty much what half of the book consists of. At one point she said something like you don't need money to look good... then why do you only name designers in the "where to buy" section? Seriously like 18 out of 20 named are designer brands like Prada, Valentino, Gucci, YSL etc etc. Also many of the "tips" are more like common sense, on page 30 there was this style no no that said "The absolute worst thing anyone can do with their jeans is to pull their G-string over the waistband." I think everyone knows that.
In conclusion I would say that the book is okay. There isn't much to read due to all of the pointless tips and "where to buy" sections. If you plan to take this book with you on lets say a 5 hour flight I would recommend to take another book with you as well otherwise you'll find your self reading the sky mall catalogue after an hour.
I don't regret buying this book but it's one of those just for fun things to read.

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