Sunday, February 21, 2010

Review and giveaway (closed): How to Never Look Fat Again (book)



Congrats to my winners-  ShawnaMichelle, Candace,Vmichelle
 
Typically I try to review books as they come in. Right now I have a fairly large pile that I'm working my way through, and I was determined to stick with my first-come-first-read plan. And then, thanks to my involvement at the Product Review Place, I received a copy of How to Never Look Fat Again by Charla Krupp. I sat down with it on the couch, planning to just glance at it- and then soon found myself at the end of the book with a notebook full of notes. I love this book!

This book is just amazing. It has so much advice in it- advice that I really needed, and I bet you do too!  It starts out with a description of high-fat, low-fat and no-fat styles, fabrics and colors on a general level, then quickly gets into the specific problem areas that we women deal with- things like a wide face, arm flap, big bust, muffin top/back fat, buddha belly, and heavy calves. In each of these chapters, Charla has tips for dressing thinner for that specific problem, easy swap-outs, things to avoid, things to look for, and some great pictures showing how the exact same person can look so much heavier just by wearing certain things. I kept showing the pictures to my husband and saying "can you believe that's the same person, just wearing different clothes?"  I also really like the section in the chapters to help you look thinner by tonight, and specific tips for people who are petite or plus sized.

The other great thing in the chapters is the section called "brilliant buys".  It gives you ideas of stores or websites to shop at and what exactly to buy.  Charla finishes up the chapters with vows to take to never look fat again. These are great reminders of all the things she covered in the chapter- easy things to keep in mind!

The book also has sections on how to avoid looking fat in summer and winter, while working out, and a chapter for evening wear as well.  My other favorite section is the one with 37 tips for weight loss- easy changes we can make that make a big difference.

We all work hard to get in shape and loose weight to look good, but do yourself a favor and get this book- it's so full of wonderful ideas to look thinner right away!

The great news? Three of you will get to win a copy of this book!  US/Canadian mailing addresses only, please

Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
What's your biggest fashion struggle right now? Or what's the biggest fashion mistake you've ever made?

Extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each):
1. Follow my blog with Google Friend Connect
2. Put my button up on your blog- let me know where to find it!
3. Become a fan of Growing a Baby Reviews on Facebook. 
4. Enter any of my other giveaways (one extra entry per giveaway entered, leave a separate comment for each)
5. Enter any of the giveaways currently going on at LuvnLife  (one extra entry per giveaway entered, leave a separate comment for each).
6. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet "@gabreviews is giving away a great book- How to Never Look Fat Again! Visit http://bit.ly/cJMSvq to enter!" You can tweet this once per day. Leave a separate comment every time you enter and please let me know what your twitter name is. 

Giveaway will close at 9 PM PST on March 7, 2010. I'll choose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclamer: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

118 comments:

MisAdventuresofMomof3 said...

My biggest fashion struggle - keeping up. I'm not a "fashion" person. I often lose touch with what's the cool thing (I hate shopping - that doesn't help). My biggest fashion mistake - I wore my Doc Martin's from HS out in public yesterday.....

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Jill said...

My biggest struggle right now is the muffin top. Ugh, what's the best way to hide it!

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Jamie W. said...

My biggest fashion struggle is finding a swim suit for summer. We recently took a vacation and I realized my old swimsuit was quite worn. It's so hard to find good coverage swimsuits for full-figured women that don't look matronly or cost a week's salary!

I could really use this book, I need some motivation and inspiration. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy!

Hugs,
Jamie

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suburban prep said...

My biggest struggle right now is to find shoes that are not uncomfortable yet stylish. I must wear a compression stocking because of DVT and that comes into play when finding stylish shoes that do not look orthopedic.
I am also of an age and a time in my life where I do not have to get dressed into office attire.
This book sounds like it would help me tremendously.

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ShawnaMichelle said...

I'm weigh about 25-30lbs more than I'd like too & it especially seems to show in the waist/stomach area. My biggest fashion struggle right now is putting together professional outfits for work that instead of accentuating my bulging waistline help to hide it.

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moushka said...

I am struggling with finding fashions that look good on me without making me look like a teeny bopper.

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Sarah Osborne said...

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Debbie said...

my biggest fashion struggle right now is getting out of the I'm a SAHM who only wears t-shirts and jeans uniform... I still want wash n' wear and comfort as one minute you're at the park going down on a slide with your 2-year old and then you're at the grocery store. but I need to snazz it up.

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Kathy said...

Biggest fashion struggle? After 4 close pregnancies, finding clothes that fit and don't make my stretched out belly make me look like I"m preggo again and starting to show (I know exercise would help too, but who has time for that right now?)
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Heavenly Savings said...

My biggest fashion struggle right now would be my hair! I can't find a style that I really like!
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Can never find clothes that fit right.

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Candace said...

I biggest fashion struggle is fitting into anything cute. I've outgrown all my "skinny" clothes and I refuse to go shopping.
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Ryan said...

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kerri69 said...

I struggle with trying to find a sense of style I have put on alot of weight and I cant seem to get past the tees and sweats Its like the bigger i get the bigger the shirt

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onthegomommy said...

I just had a baby so everything just looks scary. I will be starting to work out this coming Monday..wish me luck.
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Anne J said...

My biggest fashion mistake was a perm, but thankfully that was years ago.

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Elphie said...

My biggest fashion struggle is finding suits that fit but don't make me look like a man LOL
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Sunnymay said...

This looks like advice every woman can use. I just saw David Zyla talk at SAKS about his book The Color of Style this week.
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Vmichelle said...

My biggest fashion issue is finding the time.

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Misusedinnocence said...

My biggest struggle is that I'm in between sizes so none of my clothes fit just right anymore.

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