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Practically Posh: The Smart Girls' Guide to a Glam Life


Practically Posh is the budget babe's guide to the good life. Filled with thrifty tips and delivered with style and humor, this do-it-yourself handbook is designed for glam girls on the go who want to live large on their little paychecks.

Packed with brilliantly simple advice, Robyn Moreno teaches that it's about more than just finding deals?it's about finding pleasure in your present life. It is about being resourceful?working with what you have, then working what you have. ...

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Practically Posh is the budget babe's guide to the good life. Filled with thrifty tips and delivered with style and humor, this do-it-yourself handbook is designed for glam girls on the go who want to live large on their little paychecks.

Packed with brilliantly simple advice, Robyn Moreno teaches that it's about more than just finding deals—it's about finding pleasure in your present life. It is about being resourceful—working with what you have, then working what you have. Practically Posh is your bible for living as a bon vivant on a budget.

From how to score a seat at the trendiest restaurant and tips for being arty without being affected, to easy cheats for staying beautiful and advice on how to book your dream vacation now, the book includes anecdotes, sidebars, quotes, quizzes, and gorgeous photos to punctuate the information from Moreno and her team of experts.

So for anyone who refuses to be slowed down by life's practicalities, let ingenuity and attitude be your currency and Practically Posh be your guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061349461
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robyn Moreno is a writer and editor at Woman's Day as well as their spokesperson, and is a frequent guest on Today, PlumTV, NY1, Good Day New York, and the Early Show on CBS. She has written fashion, travel, and lifestyle articles for InStyle, Glamour, Latina, Woman's Day, Cooking Light, Quest, and the New York Daily News. She lives in New York City.

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Practically Posh
The Smart Girls' Guide to a Glam Life

Chapter One


"We should learn from the snail: It has devised a home that is both exquisite and functional."
Frank Lloyd Wright

For most of my early twenties, my apartment was a poorly outfitted crash pad, decorated with some donations from my mom, a day trip to Ikea, and a few kitsch items found at Goodwill and on the street. But as I started moving into the faster-paced grown-up world—complete with a full-time job and financial responsibilities—my house increasingly became a haven: a place to seek solace from grouchy bosses and immature boyfriends; a lounge where I could entertain my lady friends. In short: a place to call my own.

So as I evolved (read: got older) and actually started making a little dough (emphasis on little), I started craving a bit more from my casa, mainly in terms of cleanliness, order, and design. It's hard to pretend you're Ms. Organization at work when you start your day spending 15 frustrating minutes trying to find your left stiletto.

And while I didn't really know the difference between Bauhaus-style furniture and pieces bought at Bed, Bath & Beyond, what I did know was that I wanted my home to reflect my personality. So in the practically posh spirit, I gave myself a crash course in home improvement. I read design magazines, scoured flea markets, clicked through and rearranged my furniture—a lot.

Robyn's Tip

The easiest way to cozy up your home is to get a pet. Whether a parakeet or a puppy, pets are proven to reducestress and encourage laughter. If you feel your life is too busy, opt for a low-maintenance pet like a cat or fish. The companionship they provide and the nurturing qualities you develop help make for a happy home.

The Golden Rules of Organizing

You don't have to have OCD to keep your place neat, just use a little strategy. To help simplify my space, I employed the "Truth, Love, Meaning, Purpose" method from organizing expert June Saruwatari. The basic principles are:

Truth: Be honest with yourself about the space you're living in. For instance, if you have a tiny apartment, is it really practical to own a monster sleigh bed? You may like the idea of an antique birdcage or a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, but if you don't have a huge space your place may end up looking like a storage unit instead of a chic pad.

Love: Do you truly love the item? With limited space, a simple crush won't do. Not only is this a good way to help filter out unnecessary items, but it will also hopefully prevent you from acquiring more of those "seemed like a good idea at the time" pieces. Adopt a recycling rule: For everything you buy and bring into your house, you'll have to toss something to make space. I guarantee this will make you think twice about that "fixable" on-sale item at Crate & Barrel.

Meaning: Does this awful space-stealing eyesore at least have some sentimental value to you? It can be hard to separate the rubbish from, well, meaningful rubbish, like the scary-as-hell mask Mom brought you back from her trip to Peru. The thing to remember here is that the item should have meaning for you, and not other people.

Purpose: Does the item serve a purpose? Look around your room right now. I bet there are five things that are totally useless (besides your fat cat) hanging out in plain sight. The magazine rack that holds everything but magazines? Chuck it! Shadeless lamp you were going to brilliantly redesign? Toss it! Torn menus from the diners you ate at on your cross-country trip wallpapering the kitchen? Get rid of 'em! It might be hard, because these are pieces of your life, but it's best to save the memories and lose the miscellany. Take a picture or write about it in a journal. Commit it to memory, and then say adiós.

Robyn's Tip

Start small. Often the very idea of cleaning or organizing is so overwhelming, we either do nothing or do everything all at once, only to find ourselves wading through piles of mess an hour before we're supposed to be somewhere on a Saturday night. Instead, pick a room or an area to clean, like under your sink, and a set a time limit so you don't get carried away.

Robyn's True Tale

The pleasures of purging

Apartment after apartment, along with my clothing, furniture, and other necessary objects, I insisted on lugging around an inherited oversize disco ball. Although I put this groovy guy to use many nights, I still dragged it around long after he wore out his welcome. It wasn't until I moved into my smallest apartment to date (technically a living room) that I finally rolled him out the door.

Some things may be easy for you to discard, like torn Frida Kahlo prints, a finicky hair dryer, or drunken photos of you and your pals on spring break (it's best to destroy the evidence now). Other things, like your Tae Bo tapes (it's a great workout!) or your pink feather boa, may be more difficult to part with. But with a little practice, poshie, you'll soon be a discerning decorator.

Robyn's Tips

My friend rides a cool vintage bike, and since she lives in a small space, rather than lean it in her hallway, she mounted a rack right behind her couch, where she hangs it when she comes home. Not only is it out of the way, it actually looks like a decorative piece.

Make your bed every day. It's the easiest way to feign neatness. Even if the rest of your house is a bit disheveled, coming home to a made bed makes you appear more posh and pulled together than you really are.

Practically Posh
The Smart Girls' Guide to a Glam Life
. Copyright © by Robyn Moreno. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    A very fun and creative read!

    The cover of the book always attracts me first. This one caught my eye and it was a fun read. I will buy a copy for my daughter who has her own very first place. This is a great starter book for a young person just starting out on their own, using most likely, second hand pieces from friends and family. This book spoke about living a life that is not boring, having friends, family and fun, but working within your means. This does not mean you cannot live large, but creativity rules!

    I would recommend this book to anyone starting out on their own or starting anew.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Hip for Cheap

    This book picks up where my beloved Budget Living magazine left off (RIP! to the best magazine that ever existed). The book gives tips and ideas for girls that love the glamourous life of fun, friends and fashion and helps you do it as inexpensively as possible. The design of the book is also beautiful. Tips range from how to get sassy haircuts for less (make friends with a stylist, or get a color and cut from students at a beauty academy for much less than a salon) to saving on clothes (learn to sew and make your own enviable dress from the striking fabric of your choice!). I really appreciate the language of the book, and that the author incorporated thrift finds (some other books only cater to brand-name lovers, which doesn't appeal to me). I would love to be friends with the author in real life. This is a prime example of 'its not how much you have, its how you use it'.

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    Posted November 7, 2008

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