What Would Jackie Do?: An Inspired Guide to Distinctive Living

What Would Jackie Do?: An Inspired Guide to Distinctive Living

by Shelly Branch, Sue Callaway
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What Would Jackie Do?: An Inspired Guide to Distinctive Living by Shelly Branch, Sue Callaway

We can’t help but want to be like her: Exuding unmatched poise and style, she continues to fascinate people of all ages. But how would Jackie have handled the twenty-first-century? What would she think about a society that celebrates outsized egos, instant everything, and casual rules of conduct? How might she dress for the office, scan for a man, accessorize a home—and get away from it all when necessary? With intriguing research, commentary from today’s experts, and fond reminiscences from those who knew and admired the first lady of perfection, journalists Shelly Branch and Sue Callaway now offer a sparkling answer to the question, What Would Jackie Do?

Applying Jackie’s philosophies to every aspect of contemporary life, including relationships, office politics, family matters, and entertaining, What Would Jackie Do? is a trove of advice, featuring:

• Noblesse Oblige for Beginners
• How Not to be an Interchangeable Woman
• Mastering the Effortless Rich look
• The art of attachment: lessons on sex, marriage, and men of consequence
• Career Whirl: Pearls for Getting Ahead
• Caftan in a Kelly bag: How to travel beautifully
• O- Behave! Anti-brat strategies for parents
* En Suite Home: Perfecting Your Domestic Pitch

The next best thing to having Jackie O. as a personal adviser, What Would Jackie Do? reveals the practical wisdom behind an icon and gives all readers a piece of the Jackie mystique, be it of the heart, the mind, or the home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101216781
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/29/2005
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 338,761
File size: 925 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shelly Branch is an editor at The Wall Street Journal, where she also writes on retail, fashion, and pop culture. She was a staff writer at Fortune and Money, and has contributed to numerous other national publications. She lives in New York City.
Sue Callaway has been an editor at Fortune, Esquire, and Men’s Journal. She has also served as general manager of Jaguar Cars U.S. and as director of marketing for Ford’s luxury brands. She lives in Laguna Beach, California, with her husband and two children.

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What Would Jackie Do?: An Inspired Guide to Distinctive Living 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in error, thinking it would be a nice tribute to Jackie's life, such as 'What Jackie Taught Us', well I was so very wrong. I definitely, emphatically do not recommend this book. I don't know if the authors intentionally set out to tarnish Jackie's image, but that is surely what they have done, having her appear as though she were a spoiled brat, with maybe only half a brain. Which is not at all an accurate portrait of her. Yes, Jackie is someone to admire, someone to gleen inspiration from, but this book takes it too far by making it look like the book is a cloning manual. I can just see all the mindless ninnies walking around in their leopard print pillbox hats, oh the horror!! If nothing else, Jackie was her own woman, she did things her way, and never allowed anything or anyone to influence her too much. That is the lesson you should take from her life, be your own person....be yourself. Now, put down this book and go read something more meaningful, like Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally, I would not have an interest. I used to when I was 17 in 1961. I always felt sorry for her, especially losing a child. But when I got older, I didnt feel sorry. I think it wasbecause I didnt see her as a Godess like everyone else. I didnt worship her. Did see she had faults like us all. And, like us all had to live in an unperfect world where we chose to come back to...i did not seeher do anything great for our country or its people. I am talking about Elinor Roosevelt, she wasnt a fashion horse, but she tried to be with us the people. Yes, jackie was a good person, but never interested in the American people
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i fliped through this book, I thought it was going to be great. It's nice and thick and looked like it was full of jackie o wisdom. The truth is that it is dull and boring. This lady's advice is not clear and she doesnt give reasons why we should fallow it.You would be better off reading a biography on Jackie Kennedy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I not really sure Caroline would be terribly happy about this book. I dont' think anyone sensible and bright person would find this book very helpful. Now, it is true that in the early 21st century we do have a glut of affluent people with more money than sense. So you as a group will grab this text and read it through. And I suspect feel you have a 'Jackie' aura ever afterwards. However, sad to say, you won't. To have what Jacqueline had you would first have to be born in the circumstances she was born in and even money, your 21st century fortunes, can't buy that. Nor can your money buy entre, even now, into the mileau in which this unique woman was raised and educated. So like all hangers on and wannabes, you'll think you have her style even if you have her type of money. But you will never will. You never can. And I suspect Caroline, being cut from the very same cloth is doing what we do with books and people like you. Either laughing behind our hands or, more likely, simply ignoring you and considering the source. My advice don't waste the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because I thought it would be a cute, entertaining and factual account, detailing how Jackie handled everyday problems like co-workers, frenemies, family obligations, etc. But I was disappointed. It not only pictured Jackie as a spoiled young woman who always got her way, but also as a manipulative and calculating individual. I am hopeful that this was not the "real" Jackie. I would not recommend this book to anyone who admired Jackie.
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I haven't even picked this book up to know that it's poorly written and horrible. Using Jackie's name to justify being snobby and rude in the name of being elegant is pitiful and downright obnoxious. I was fully intent on buying this book. I thought that it would be a book about the life she lived, the manners she practiced, and ways to emulate her style and class in today's world. Based on the description given and the reviews submitted, I can clearly tell that it's just using Jackie to lure in readers, then totally giving personal advice that has no correlation to Jackie Kennedy whatsoever. Save yourself the money and time. I know I did. And if you are really intent on being informed on how Jackie Kennedy would have lived today and how she lived her life in general, I'm here to humor you. First off, she would have no social media. She wouldn't put her life on display. I would hope that that would be something that would have never changed within her, as it was a fine quality. She wouldn't be cashing in on her fame or life experiences, either. That's distasteful (yes, I am talking about the Kardashians and any other reality television show). Jackie would disapprove of reality television, I can safely assume. She wouldn't find pleasure in observing other people's lives. She would style be a style icon and would be establishing herself apart from her husband's death and everything that circulates that. She would make sure that her husband would remain the legacy that she hoped him to be, and keep his memory alive. She would style have classy, elegant style. She wouldn't encourage others to dress like her, though, because she was keen on individuality. And she definitely would not approve of yoga pants and hoodies as everyday apparel. Yuck. And if you can't gather that from her infamous, gracious legacy and lifestyle, then you will not receive any of it from this book. Read "What Jackie Taught Us" or "Mrs. Kennedy and Me" if you truly want insight about her life. She was a fantastic person and doesn't really deserve to be used in a slandering way that depicts her as a spoiled brat. Her life wasn't that easy.