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Book Review: How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace by Jordan Christy

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Little black dress with pearls.Summary:
This book is a call to action for intelligent American women to start addressing our current image problem.  Increasingly, women are willing to give away all the self-respect our suffragette fore-mothers fought for in return for their quick 15 minutes of fame or even 15 minutes of attention from that one dude.  Christy calls on women to appreciate the relatively recent freedom we now have as a gender by pursuing knowledge, class, and dignity in lieu of late-night dancing on stripper poles at clubs.  The book serves not only as a call to action, but also as a how to guide, featuring chapters on classy dress for every personality, good friends, dating, body image, and more.

I admit that I largely bought this book because the women of classic cinema–from Audrey Hepburn to Katherine Hepburn–are my heroes.  They exuded femininity and strength simultaneously.  What’s more attractive than that?  Overall, though, I think this book is a bit behind where I am in my personal growth as a woman, although that doesn’t make the message any less important.

For instance, I really didn’t need Christy to tell me to love and accept my body and eat healthily.  I already do both those things.  On the other hand, I know some women who would really need that chapter, so I certainly didn’t mind it being in the book.  Similarly, I’m a nerd.  I don’t need to be told not to be a Stupid Girl (as those hoo-ha flashing reality tv stars are often called).  I suppose if I was a bit younger or raised a bit differently though I might be intrigued by this book if for no other reason than the idea that class and intelligence are actually more attractive than that kind of behavior.

The two chapters on style were actually quite useful.  Fashion sense that’s practical and attractive simultaneously while reflecting my personality is something I struggle with.  I found the quizzes to help you determine your style and colors that work best for you to be truly enlightening.  Christy offers up sample core items for the various personality types, and I immediately wanted to acquire the ones that suited my own.  It was worth reading the book for the fashion sense alone.

Overall, I appreciate a book calling on women to respect themselves and behave like intelligent human beings.  To pursue the goals and passions or fore-mothers fought so hard for.  I definitely think those who would benefit the most from this book might be the ones least likely to read it–like oh think of the Jersey Shore female cast members.  On the other hand, everyone has moments when they get tired of the partying lifestyle.  Having a book like this out there for them to grasp onto with such an attractive cover to boot is definitely a good thing.  I’d recommend giving it a go if you’re an intelligent woman seeking for encouragement in your pursuit of class and goals or if you’re a partier thinking about changing your lifestyle.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Amazon

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Movie Review: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

January 7, 2010 10 comments

Aspiring writer and kept man Paul moves into a new apartment building where he meets quirky Holly Golightly.  Holly pays her bills by going on dates with wealthy men and sneaking off with the $50 they give her for the power room.  The two start to entwine into each other’s lives, and Paul discovers there’s more to Holly than meets the eye.

As I was watching, I thought this was a meh movie, but then in the last five minutes I suddenly came to love it.  That’s what classic movies can do that modern movies often don’t.  They set up a world that just seems average, but then blow your mind in the end with what you’ve actually seen and learned about the characters.  You’re being touched while watching the movie without even realizing it.

The film moves at a meandering pace that allows you to truly get a glimpse of NYC in the 1960s.  The outfits, the decor, the drinks, the smoking…..  It truly is a period piece.  There was one large sour note in the film that is reflective of when it came out though in the form of Holly’s upstairs neighbor, who is the definition of a racist caricature of Asians, and he wasn’t even played by an Asian or Asian-American actor.  I wish he wasn’t in the movie, but it is reflective of the times.

Holly Golightly is such a well-written character.  You alternate between identifying with her, loathing her, and feeling sorry for her, and that is what makes her seem like such a real person.  By the ending, I really wasn’t sure if I hated or cared for her, but either way, I understood her.  That’s a wonderful thing to come to understand someone who has the issues Holly does.

If you enjoy classic films or films built around careful character building, give Breakfast at Tiffany’s a shot.  I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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