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It's 7:15 on Friday night. You've just arrived home after working late, and your date is due to ring the doorbell in 15 minutes. After canvassing your closet and emptying out all your drawers, you discover you have absolutely nothing to wear and all of your stockings have runs in them. Plus, you need to feed the dog, you owe your best friend a phone call, and there's a credit card payment on your desk, waiting to be mailed. Ding dong.
Welcome to the world of the modern, independent woman on her seemingly never-ending quest to have it all. Between career goals, friends and family, financial obligations, and love interests, it can be a dizzying ride. But luckily, magazine writer Anna Johnson has come along to keep it all from spinning out of control with her sassy, useful book Three Black Skirts: All You Need to Survive.
Three Black Skirts isn't exactly a self-help book; Johnson doesn't claim to have all the answers. (She even admits early on that she doesn't have the recommended three black skirts -- only two.) Instead, this book functions more as a companion guide to your own life. Use it like a travel guidebook: Take it along to point you in the right direction but feel free to stray from its pages. Without being patronizing or overbearing, Johnson shares her thoughts on everything from money management (be wary of too much debt) to emotional management (make sure to carve out some time for yourself). Her tips on time management will help even those of us who are chaotically busy or hopelessly disorganized. She also helps to untangle those complicated interpersonal relationships with friends, mothers, bosses, and exes and, of course, she demonstrates just how to be calm, cool, and collected around the gentlemen, whether on a first date or a first wedding anniversary.
But Three Black Skirts isn't just for the Bridget Joneses among us; this book is relevant for women of all ages and lifestyles. Johnson offers sage advice for corporate ladder climbers, home buyers, world travelers, moms, and philanthropists with equal ease and assurance. In the chapters on personal style, she provides a changing set of fashion tips for women as they progress through the decades, from their 20s to their 50s. Although she does not claim these are hard and fast rules, Johnson's pointers would make a sensible foundation for any wardrobe. In fact, Johnson never claims that her suggestions are unbendable truths; she merely offers advice that the reader may or may not choose to take. After reading Three Black Skirts, however, you'll be prepared for virtually anything.
So what are you waiting for? Answer the door!