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Vow of Thieves. Mary E. Hole in the Middle. Kendra Fortmeyer. Who Killed Christopher Goodman? Based on a True Crime. Fresh Ink. Some of the information I already have an understanding of and find quite obvious, while some I have not had to deal with yet. But for the most part, the information I find very applicable to my life. One outstanding feature of this book are the numerous quotes from countless influential and iconic people that are strewn throughout the pages.
A coupe of my favorites include: "These are the years! Don't be content with things as they are. Don't take no for an answer. Never submit to failure. Do not be fobbed off by personal success or acceptance I love them because they put into perspective some of the keys to success and that is really a main theme in this book- creating a progressive and successful future and of course the proper tools you need to do so.
It entails everything about being a well-rounded and cultured person, the importance of always furthering your knowledge and what you further it with , and also focuses on setting yourself up for success. Throughout the book, it gives advice on being a classy young lady both on the inside and outside. Internally, one thing it talks about is friendship, primarily about being a good friend and also identifying the good from the bad friends. It also focuses on how to deal with difficulties in friendship and standing up for yourself in a tasteful way.
Internally, it also talks about relationships and choosing the right person and what you personally need in a partner. It mentions having respect for yourself in relationships and also touches on how to deal with an ended relationship. It talks about facing temptation from vices such as drinking, to being desperate for attention. It talks about how to deal with these issues and how to overcome them as well. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Blasberg talks about the importance of knowledge and becoming a well-rounded person.
Of course, the book also talks about being a classy young lady on the outside. Blasberg talks about the importance of appearance, the do 's and don't 's of fashion, and also proper attire for different occasions. A lady would be nothing without knowing how to be a good host as well as a guest. This section talks about proper etiquette and tips on making good impressions, as well as good times.
Travel is another subject touched upon in this book. It includes tips about everything from where to go, what to pack, and how to act. All in all, the common theme that plays out through the pages of this book is the key to becoming a lady in today's world who is "classy" in every way. Throughout every chapter of this book, it gives valuable advice in every aspect of being a lady, whether it be appearance, being a guest, a host, travel, friendship, relationships, temptation, and learning.
Great Read! Sep 14, Khajiit J'jirra Roudhari rated it liked it Recommended to Khajiit by: my 'classy' sister. Shelves: self-help.
I have mixed feelings for this book. One can question what defines the modern lady. Because people can write whatever the hell they want. According to him, this book is based on what he has observed and experienced whilst working in the fashion industry and him meeting a I have mixed feelings for this book. According to him, this book is based on what he has observed and experienced whilst working in the fashion industry and him meeting a ton-load of women. Okay, sure tell us what you think makes a lady.
Contents in this book stems from what is already known, what is practical and is common sense. What a sensible person should react at a party, how she should return things she has borrowed. And wearing underwear. He very much states the obvious. Cameron Diaz once came to a movie premiere bare-foot with her nail polish slightly chipped, and because she was clean and otherwise put together, it worked. It looked cool and laid-back. She didn't necessarily look the classiest lady , but she did look beautiful.
And he made a heads-up about designer knock-offs. You do this? Showing a tad bit of bra strap? Keep reading and the message is embedded in there. You gotta look real good. To me it does anyway. Overall a fun read. Because there are illustrations to keep me happy. Oct 13, Justina rated it really liked it. Weekly Progress: This week i read both my books again. I couldnt help it! Im really close to finishing Classy by Derek Blasberg i only have about 20 pages left. Time: This week i read about 30 minute 3 days of this week. Usually i read above and beyond this week was so crazy and busy.
Goal-Setting: Next week i for sure want to finish Classy since my sister has been hoging Weekly Progress: This week i read both my books again. Goal-Setting: Next week i for sure want to finish Classy since my sister has been hoging on the book and i want to be almost done with the girl with the dragon tattoo. Meta-Cognitive Reflection: As a reader i notice that i read slow but i really read.
When i say that i really read i mean i focus on what im reading. If i dont understand a word or even a whole paragraph i wont move on until i understand. Understanding the book is essential to enjoying the book. I always ask a bunch of questions inside my head, like im annotating but in my head. This week was a harder one just because of the off scheadule that i had. I had a bunch of things to do.
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So focusing on my books was difficult. I found that i best could concentrate while this madness was going on was when i just woke up or just lied down in bed. But no matter what my schedule is i want to finish at least one of these books so i can move on for my english book. Currently im trying to read two books at a time. Im more into Classy just because its not really a chapter story book but more like a reference book.
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Its a fun like girly book that i can pick up and read whenever i have a few minutes. Right now im like half way in the book on page and learning a lot so far on how to be a lady. My other book is more difficult to get into since its one of those books that you have to get into and be in a quite place to really understand. Im on my like page and so far i love it but i just need more time to read it. Even though im usually busy i still find time to read at least 30 min a day. So this week i read at least 4 out of the 7 days and at least 30 or more minutes each day.
This week my goal is to finish Classy so i can concentrate on the girl with the dragon tattoo and enjoy it more. So far im enjoying both books so its really hard to get into both books but that is why i want to finish one so i could enjoy both equally. I dont think im going to attempt to read two books at a time anymore since i cant enjoy them as much as id like too. Jan 17, Alyssa rated it it was ok. Where do I begin with this book… First I want to say that I wanted to read this book for a while now.
But since then my thoughts and views on femininity have changed. Like this book, I would slander women who I thought were trashy etc. But thankfully I got educated and learned a lot since then. Most of what the author does write I alread Where do I begin with this book… First I want to say that I wanted to read this book for a while now. Most of what the author does write I already knew about. Though he does offer some advice in the back of the book for some things to read and watch that I want to look into. The author seemed to write his book in a very judgmental and opinionated way. I guess because he believes he can; he constantly knit-picks at every little thing.
Dec 26, Alex rated it it was ok. I received this book with the impression that it would mix witty humor with good advice for young women. However, upon opening it I was shocked to see pictures of Derek Blasberg accompanied with good-looking starlets everywhere, including the entire inside of the book cover. Yet I chalked it up to letting the readers get to know the author a little bit and gaining an appreciation for his presence in the fashion scene. As I continued to read, I felt Blasberg was using the book as a prop to smugly I received this book with the impression that it would mix witty humor with good advice for young women.
As I continued to read, I felt Blasberg was using the book as a prop to smugly boast about his life through his frequent name-dropping and anecdotes of black-tie galas. Although this is impressive, many ladies may not attend these types of events and personally, it made me feel alienated from the author instead of creating a bond. In addition to the overall arrogance of the author, Blasberg also sounds very judgmental when he separates the "classy" girls from the "tramps.
Now for the good news- this book does have ample solid advice in it. Although it sometimes sounds like it is aimed at younger teenage girls, if you can get past that which is quite easy because the advice is helpful to every generation , Blasberg creates a very helpful guide. Blasberg has good tips on fashion, parties, and the likes. The pointers themselves are star worthy, but Blasberg's arrogant writing bad this book far less pleasant to read. Moreover, this book is the kind that you can read for a while in the car, or for a few moments during a work break because it is not a story.
Apr 21, Zsumana rated it liked it. It was more directed to tramps than at the classy lady and as I'm not a tramp I have no use of it. However I found it really funny and it had little tips here and there that I used in the future. However I'm not sure what target audience it was aimed at: it is really useless to any kind of girl who already knows the basic things about being a lady, which I bet is most of the people who picked it up. I seriously doubt that any 'tramp' Derek talks about would go into a book store to pick this up or It was more directed to tramps than at the classy lady and as I'm not a tramp I have no use of it.
I seriously doubt that any 'tramp' Derek talks about would go into a book store to pick this up or, in fact, go into a book store. I also found the fact that he kept talking about his 'famous friends' annoying. I mean, yeah, I'm happy for his success and I'm sure he worked really hard to get this far but plastering every second page with pictures of himself and ashley olsen, jessica stam etc etc and mentioning models or actresses every time he inserted an anecdote started to get old very quickly.
Other than that, I found the music, book and film recommendations useful and the writing style amusing but it didn't tell me anything record-breaking new about etiquette. It would be a good read for a train journey. May 28, Alicia rated it liked it Shelves: ya. I like to think that I'm a pretty classy lady at this point in my life, but I still enjoyed this read.
I found this quizzes pretty unnecessary but they might appeal to teen readers. Blasberg poked fun at some rather foolish choices and faux pas, while providing constructive criticism, wise advice, and practical suggestions. Unfortunately, I think the majority of women who really NEED this advice you know who they are will not seek out this book nor find it their Christmas stockings. Here's your chance to prevent a few embarassing Facebook photos, and nip slips. Dec 27, Charlie Easterson rated it did not like it.
Great if you're a New York jet setter whose biggest concern is who's wearing who and the off chance that you might find yourself on the pages of a fashion magazine. For everyone else it's the same old tired mantra about women having to make themselves a specific way and hold themselves to a certain standard of perfect, lest they find themselves gasp! Who cares. Who cares if you wear white to a barbeque and spill something on yourself. Is the world going to end? Are the other Great if you're a New York jet setter whose biggest concern is who's wearing who and the off chance that you might find yourself on the pages of a fashion magazine.
Are the other women going to ostracize you? Will it be whispered about until your dying day? Not unless you make a big deal of it, which obviously Derek's target audience would.
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The whole thing made me uncomfortable and a little sad. Nov 17, Priscilla rated it it was ok Shelves: newberry-award-winners , young-adult. This is a book of manners for teenage girls who just don't have a clue. A teen girl who thinks that MTV is a true and accurate version of real life and her personal life reflects that belief. A teen girl who thinks it's okay to read only tabloids and pole dance and dress like a prostitute.