Refinery 29 Style Stalking

December 5, 2014

This book was provided to me through Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

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There was a time when I lived for fashion.  My first full-time job was in the fashion industry working for a fashion distribution company.  I majored in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising for two semesters of college and was the vice president of Fashion Club before switching to a major in International Business.  I have been to NYC Fashion Week two or three times, which was a-maz-ing!  I was offered internships at Capelli New York and had Fairchild Fashion Media calling me for weeks on end trying to get me to work for them.  It would have been a wonderful opportunity, but I was a typical poor college student who couldn’t afford to commute to the city for an unpaid internship even though I had a “stellar resume.”  So my dreams of Jake Gyllenhaal visiting the office (as I heard he did) and whisking me off for coffee at some familiar little spot in the city drifted.  I spent the next six years at an office job that was less than satisfying and hardly what I wanted to do with my life.
Fashion was my first love, with writing trailing closely behind.  I adored it as a child and experimented with many, many styles throughout the years.  Now…I am a homemaker who makes a few bucks here and there behind a computer screen.  My closet isn’t as impressive as it used to be.  If you want to pin a label on it, I am the stereotypical white girl mocked in memes all over the internet. ✓ Uggs, ✓ leggings/yoga pants, ✓ North Face, ✓ Alex and Ani bracelets, ✓ designer bag, ✓ messy bun, ✓ over-sized sunglasses, ✓ fancy beverage in one hand, ✓ iPhone in the other hand.  Not entirely original.  But trust me…there was a time when people would come up to me and say, “I love your style.”

I received my copy of Refinery 29’s Style Stalking the afternoon before my husband and I attended a hockey game.  So of course I was immediately drawn to the first photo in the book. A little tomboy, a little girly, and oh-so-cool.  Then I laughed over the image of me walking the steep steps of Prudential Center in high heels, tripping and taking out the popcorn-peanuts-cotton candy guy and maybe a small child.  But it got me thinking, “Who would have thought to pair a sports jersey with a skirt and heels?”  I love it!

“Layering is like composing — it lets you put a little story together.” 

The book reads more like a magazine.  Lots of glossy images of people with their own, individual styles.  Each chapter breaks down these styles into basics, different ways to style one piece of clothing, Q&A’s and how to pull off looks all year ’round.
For me, the book is all about the pictures.  If a picture speaks a thousand words, the photos in this book are saying, “Girl, go reinvent your closet!”  It’s the same as a style pin on Pinterest.  I don’t usually click through to the original source when the photo is inspiration enough for me to look further into my wardrobe.

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Just like seeing someone walking passed you on the street and admiring their outfit, you may not always go up to them and throw a compliment, but you’ll surely rush home and see if you can pull off the same style!  This book does the stalking for you.  No more feeling like a creeper trying to snap of pic of that chic stranger’s shoes, jacket or bag.  It’s all inside the pages for you.

“Getting dressed is so much more about satisfying a personal whim than getting dressed for other people.”

While Style Stalking is a fun book to look through, you can find the same inspiration in magazines, on Pinterest and on the street.  However, it’s inspired me to think about being a bit bolder with my looks.  Instead of looking like Johnny Cash all the time, maybe I’ll add a pop of color here and there.  It’s time to take on those neglected accessories and break out of my comfort zone.  I used to be so good at taking fashion risks and not giving a damn.  I need to find that girl and that passion again.  I want to look in the mirror and say to myself, “I love your style.”

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