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Savvy Chic: The Art of More for Less

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2011


    Instead of purchasing this book, I did the "Savvy Chic" thing and sat in a Barnes & Noble and read it cover to cover and was largely unimpressed. The first question that ran across my mind is, who is Anna Johnson and why is she the authority of being Chic on a budget ? Well, it turns out, folks, she is a writer thats why she can write about being broke. The publishing house tried to save it with pretty artwork but the actual text falls flat. It looks like they didn't know what to put there so they just put a picture of a pretty woman in a dress and some flowers, skipped a couple lines, and started the next paragraph.

    Her advice is generic. Clothes shopping? Wear Vintage, from an era that 'suits' your body. Shop at sample sales and thrift stores. All one reads about is, little black dress, little black dress, little black dress, trench coat, Repetto flats. This lady needs to pick up a fashion magazine. She "used to wear only Italian made shoes" until she "discovered Aerosoles" Wow, that sounds like a downgrade to me and not something to emulate.

    Want to have culture on the budget? Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and take advantage of their suggested donation. Be on the mailing list of art exhibition openings for free cheese and wine. (Which, by the way, mainly take place on the First Thursday of the month, no need to be spammed with emails.) Any person on a budget is well aware of these two components of culture in the city.

    Traveling and staying in an ugly, budget motel room? Take down the hotel's installed art, hide them in the closet, and hang up some colorful saris and light a candle. Give me a break.

    Would you like some advice about creating a Bohemian bedroom? Well, ladies, have no furniture besides your "four poster" bed (must be a four poster no other varieties acceptable) and hang saris and lavendar bouquets on it, have a bedside table with a potted plant and a teacup on it and absolutely no other furniture in the room. Why is Ms. Johnson wasting so much space with her silly opinions?

    Shopping at a Flea Market and looking for finds? Shop early and spot the good stuff. Obvious!

    She even provides a useless list of jobs she had while growing up. Why would anyone care?

    Ladies, if you want to live Chic for less, Save your $20 and rent the classics from the library. One would be amazed at the amount of great literature from around the world that we, as a society, have NOT gotten around to and instead waste our time with this crap. I am a master in the art of frugality. Benjamin Franklin said it best, "A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned."

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    This book is filled with tips for living chic on a budget. I can completely relate because I have decided to live fabulously WITHIN my means! It's an easy read, but it has some interesting tips. I found the author's writing style enjoyable. :)

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