Monday, September 28, 2015


cheap chic book

I consider myself to be a fairly literary girl; not only am I very wordy (and a stickler for grammar, spelling and punctuation), but I love the act of picking up a book and allowing myself to be transported to a different time and place. I think I've incorporated that philosophy into my personal style as well, since my favorite outfits harken back to a different era. So I was delighted to find out that CHEAP CHIC, the ultimate 1970s fashion bible, has been rereleased for its 40th anniversary! I had a chance to review this fun & informative style guide for myself – and one of my lucky readers will win a copy as well!

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modcloth green dress

Although my personal style skews earlier than a lot of what's featured in this book, I love its message: namely, that your style should reflect what you love and how you want the world to see you. As the authors say, "Start dressing to please yourself, and in the process, you will please others." I always dress in a way that makes me happy and makes me feel great about myself, and it absolutely shows in how others see me. "Find the clothes that suit you best, that make you feel comfortable, confident, sexy, good-looking and happy... and then hang onto them like old friends." The book stresses the necessity for quality over quantity – which I find very relevant in today's influx of fast fashion – and the book made me want to have a more thoughtful approach towards the amount I spend on certain pieces and what I add to my wardrobe. These days, I try to buy high-quality, American-made pieces and vintage finds, but it can still be really tempting to purchase inexpensive, poorly-made pieces (or pieces made in terrible conditions) just because it's convenient and will do "for now." But it's so much better to have timeless pieces that will last a lifetime!

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Outfit Details
Dress: ModCloth
Book necklace: Treasured Charms
Tights: similar  //  Boots: similar
CHEAP CHIC: c/o Crown Publishing Group

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A couple of my favorite photos from CHEAP CHIC
CHEAP CHIC has a forward by Tim Gunn, which I personally think says so much about what a great resource the book is – after all, who doesn't love and trust Tim Gunn as a fashion authority?? The book has some fantastic vintage photographs, interviews from icons like Yves St. Laurent and Diana Vreeland, and a wonderful section on thrifting from the eras that I love most. Although I think some of the advice and "rules" could benefit from a bit of updating, I think it's a fascinating look into style from our past and shows how the current fashion landscape is so heavily influenced by everything that's come before. Great for a quick flip-through or careful perusal, CHEAP CHIC is a book that any fashion enthusiast should have on his/her bookshelf or coffee table. And you could win a copy of your very own! Scroll down to find out how!
cheap chic 40th anniversary

One (1) winner will receive a copy of CHEAP CHIC, courtesy of The Crown Publishing Group and Penguin Random House. Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. You must be a follower of The Soubrette Brunette to enter, and you can earn additional entries (which means more chances to win!) in several optional ways. This giveaway is open internationally and will run until Sunday, October 4th at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random through the widget and will be contacted via e-mail (so be sure to use a valid e-mail address!). The giveaway winner must respond within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks for entering and best of luck!!


  1. LOVE this outfit, it's so autumnal and your hair looks flawless as always.
    This book looks super interesting, not heard of it before but I'd be keen to give it a read :)

    Sarah / Lipstick and Dresses

  2. I've never heard of this book before, but it definitely looks interesting! My favorite fashion related advice is wear what you love! Screw everyone and anyone would doesn't like it. I dress in a style that make me happy and I'm ok with that.

  3. My favorite book is The Feast of Love - I'm overdue for a reread!

  4. Favorite book? That's like picking my favorite child! I do love Devil in the White City and Middlesex.

  5. My favorite book is The Bell Jar.

  6. How have I never heard of this book? It looks retro but also timeless. I like to wear things that make me feel comfortable and confident.

  7. My favorite fashion related book is The One Hundred by Nina Garcia.

  8. thank you for this givaway & that is a great dress on you!

  9. I love reading about fashions of the past.

  10. My best piece of fashion advise is using baby powder for oily hair

  11. Fun contest and I love your green dress! I have one very similar to it! :D

  12. Invest in classic pieces that you can wear for years!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  13. When I was a teenager my mom gave me the book "A Year Of Beauty and Health" by Vidal Sassoon - and it was easy to follow and had so many invaluable tips!


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