Saturday, May 8, 2010

Book review and giveaway (closed): What to Wear For the Rest of Your Life



Giveaway closed- congrats to:  Michelle; Kathleen; Sean

When, thanks to my involvement at the Product Review Place, I received a copy of What to Wear For the Rest of Your Life, I wasn't sure that this book would apply to my life.  The book is directed mainly to women in their "second adulthood", those going from being soccer moms to empty-nesters, dealing with menopause and all the body changes that come along with that, and figuring out what clothing fits their new lifestyles.  I'm a 33-year-old stay-at-home mom, so I was a little skeptical that I would learn anything relevant to me.

Let me tell you- I learned a lot! This book is more than just a discussion of fashion, it's the story of one woman's journey from empty nested divorcee to a confident, well-dressed, comfortable-in-her-own-skin woman.  The chapters of the book do deal with practical tips on what to wear and what not to wear, but they go so far beyond that. The author, Kim Johnson Gross, spends a lot of time talking about confidence and figuring out what makes YOU happy and what clothes YOU feel comfortable and powerful in.  The book is full of great quotes about fashion and stories of people who have succeeded in finding their style, no matter what their age.

Besides confidence and empowerment, the main topic of discussion in this book is "finding your feel-good closet".  The author offers great advice for how to find this and maintain it for years to come- without running out and buying a whole new wardrobe right now.  Beyond this main topic, there are discussions of skin care and makeup and dressing for special occasions- as well as so much more.

Like I said earlier- I'm 33, so I'm not in this "second adulthood" yet. But I have recently transitioned from being a career woman to a stay-at-home mom, and my body has changed considerably from what it was before I had two babies in under two year. And I think that's pretty common- life changes quickly for many of us, and often our wardrobes and perspectives on style don't keep up. I really enjoyed reading this book and when I finished it I felt encouraged and empowered.  I highly recommend it for anyone who needs some style guidance that will be a real lifestyle change, not just a wardrobe change.  I particularly think it would be a great read for women who are in this second part of their lives- it's very honest but very hopeful all at once!


Good news for you all! I'm giving away 3 copies of this book! Contest open to US and Canadian mailing addresses only, please.

Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
Let me now why you'd like to read this book? Do you or someone you know need a perspective change on style?

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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. 
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5. Enter any of my other giveaways (one extra entry per giveaway entered, leave a separate comment for each)
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Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific Time on May 29, 2010. I'll chose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure: 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. 

52 comments:

jakiesmom said...

i'd like this cause i def need some new clothes and would love guidance on how to choose clothes that i feel good in..i have so many clothes that just sit in my drawers..that for whatever reason i never wear..maybe this would help me find the clothes i like and feel good in
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Rebecca Graham said...

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Kathleen said...

I am a stay-at-home mom who can't wear most of the clothes in her closet due to the lovely body changes of pregnancy who is returning to work in the fall... in short: I NEED HELP! :-)

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Shanna said...

I'm 53 and an empty nester but I've never really felt the change in age until this year, with my weight, skin, and ability to use my hands [fine manipulation] all changing. Maybe I could use some info from that book...ya think?

Michelle said...

I've recently gone back to school full time, so I'm really struggling with how to dress so that I don't stick out too much but also don't look like a teenager! Thanks for the chance to win.
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Sean said...

I want to know what to wear for the rest of my life!
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Birdson said...

Id like 2 read this book cause I have 2 grandaughters & I want to always be the young & cool gramma ...this book im sure will help me do that with my clothing birdson@roadrunner.com

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Corinne said...

Currently pregnant with my second child, and would definitely learn from this book about style changes as I approach my 30's, and a mom of multiple kids.

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I am one chick away from being an empy nester. I could do with a little help - hold the panic off. I follow.
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Charayah said...

the book looks great!!! I bet it would be such a great read.

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