Chic-tionary: The Little Book of Fashion Faux-cabulary

Chic-tionary: The Little Book of Fashion Faux-cabulary


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Chic-tionary is a darling little dictionary of fashion and beauty words you never knew existed. It takes its inspiration from the peculiar and amusing language of fashion people like Tyra Banks (smize), Man Repeller (arm party), and André Leon Tally (dreckitude), and contains more than two hundred made-up acronyms, abbreviations, and afflictions that are certain to leave an indelible glitter stain on the English language.

Have you ever tried something on at a department store without bothering to hang it back up (fit it then quit it)? Or been saved by a Sephora when a last-minute invitation strikes and you’re without makeup (serendipretty)? Are you a dark-haired maiden who’s tired of letting blondes believe they have more fun (brunetiquette)?

Other terminally chic terminology includes:

What needs to happen when you feel possessed to wear every piece of jewelry you own, all at once.

The morning-after remorse that occurs after getting bangs that are too short and don’t behave.

When another woman invades your territory by showing up in the same dress as you.

The phenomenon in which calories consumed while standing and making small talk at a fête don’t count.

ideal body weight
Bradley Cooper on top of you.

prisoner of wardrobe
What you become when you turn down an invitation

. . . And more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629145464
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Stephanie Simons is the author of All's Fair in Love and Wardrobe: A Fashion Editor's Rules on Shopping for Love. An editor and writer of thirteen years for icons such as Daily Candy, she speaks fashion as her native tongue. Simons lives in the SF Bay Area where she specializes in editorial strategy, product naming, and advertising concepts for global retail brands such as Banana Republic, Tria Beauty, and Benefit Cosmetics.

Malia Carter is a fashion illustrator and creator of the site Her portfolio includes work for Teen Vogue and Kingsrowe Gallery. With her trusted watercolors, she is inspired by pop culture, trending style, and colorful compositions. Carter resides in Columbus, Ohio.

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Chictionary: The Little Book of Fashion Fauxcabulary 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hysterical book that's perfect reading during a mani/pedi or trip to the spa. The illustrations are SO SO SO cute!
NatoshaM More than 1 year ago
This is one funny and yet a sweet Chic-tionary I ever read! You not only learn some words that no other dictionary would teach you, but you'll probably have a little laugh with the hilarious definition to each of the words inside! Chic-tionary by Stephanie Simons and Malia Carter is an excellent book! I think I found it more humorous and interesting with the word that is put together inside. Some I have heard of, but most are very new to me! However, each is organized in alphabetical order and beside the word is the definition. It definitely is for the fashionista or those who want to spark conversation in a humorous way. I think the few words that really are interesting to use in everyday vocab is the words Tyra Banks used in Top Model, Smize or the other judge, André Leon Tally with his word dreckitude. These are words I've heard and have been created to represent style and fashion or other meanings that just make sense to the one who created it. However, in away these words get popular and honestly are well known by the one who started it, sort of makes it easy to remember the person who started the word before it becomes the next fad to say! Though, I think all in all that is a great way to get noticed and use words that represent what you think someone may look like or what you think that fashion and style may represent. This really is a neat Chic-tionary!
jeff tood More than 1 year ago
Cutest gift ever. I laughed out loud reading all of the style and beauty definitions before wrapping this up and gifting it for secret Santa at my fashion office. XO
HannahTHT More than 1 year ago
I am filling stockings with this for all my gal pals this year
jaxg More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended book for women of all ages.
heidi watney More than 1 year ago
I had read All's Fair In Love And Wardrobe (and loved it!) so when I spotted this one in People StyleWatch magazine, I immediately ordered a copy. It's much smaller than the first book (the first one is very large) and comes with a cute little jacket that's illustrated to perfection. Inside it's packed with the kind of humor you might expect from a blog like Man Repeller or Simon Doonan. Very funny fashion every woman can relate to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So witty! I cracked up over the A-Z entries that pretty much sum up my entire life. What makes it really fun is that there is a lot of lingo you've never heard of before, made up words that should totally be in the dictionary. A well-dressed wordsmith's dream book!
justine beca More than 1 year ago
If you love Gretchen Weiners, you will love this marvelous language of made-up and real style words for describing the daily ins and outs of being a girl. I need an accessorcism, stat, hehe.
dafoefromla More than 1 year ago
This book is seriously brilliant. It takes an unusual mind to come up with a whole new language that speaks to fashion lovers. I've started to use words like "accessorcism" and "obsessorize" in my everyday life haha.
spacelace2314 More than 1 year ago
Cutie patootie of a book with all the definitions for the fashion and beauty dramas we as women encounter daily.
JessicaBate More than 1 year ago
So this is like the Urban Dictionary of fashion lingo, equal parts made up and real words. Do you remember DailyCandy lexicon? This is like that, but I thought, way better. It too is illustrated. I feel like I have a new vocabulary! :)
LizbethBradel More than 1 year ago
i received an early copy and was thrilled with the quality of this book, the book jacket is adorable. so worth the money, and a good laugh. the watercolor illustrations are a nice touch. 
Liz0 More than 1 year ago
Such a cute book and a perfect gift..