Nina Garcia’s fashion & beauty rules!

October 28, 2009

Fashion Director of Elle Magazine and Project Runway US judge, Nina Garcia, has a new fashion rules book out – “The Style Strategy” and here are a few of her top tips and celebrity gossip.

Clean and re-stock your wardrobe

The basics? Every woman should own the following classics:

– Classic high-heeled pump
– Ballet flats
– Trench coat
– LBD (little black dress)
– Cashmere cardigan or turtleneck
– A great bag
– Denim

Celebrities shop at the drug store, too

Steal these budget beauty tricks from the stars

– Ginnifer Goodwin: Swears by Rosebud Salve
– Gisele Bundchen: Loves Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara
– Reese Witherspoon: Uses Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo on her blonde locks
Lindsay Price: Keeps her skin smooth with St.Ives Apricot Scrub
Nicky Hilton: Biore pore strips keep her blackhead-free
Marcia Cross: Fights wrinkles with Olay Age Defying Daily Renewal Cream

Best fashion websites

For fashion inspiration online go to …

– Coutorture.com
– ChristianvSiriano.com
– Fashiondig.com
– Fashionista.com
– Fashionspace.com
– FrockNYC.com
– Kaboodle.com
– MichaelKors.com
– My-Wardrobe.com
– Refinery29.com
– The Satorialist.com
– StyleByAli.com
– StyleHive.com
– StyleWillSaveUs.com
– WhoWhatWear.com
– WornThrough.com

“The Style Strategy”

The latest from New York Times bestselling author of The One Hundred, and The Little Black Book of Style – a primer on achieving the best fashion look possible, with a strong emphasis on saving money when shopping.

In Nina Garcia’s The Little Black Book of Style, she mapped out a core philosophy for fashionistas whose root principal was that looking great must first be accompanied with feeling great. Her follow up, the NYT’s bestselling The One Hundred, shows women everywhere just what pieces they needed to invest in so as to have a timeless closet.

Now, during the economic stresses all Americans are currently feeling, Nina wants to show women how to keep oneself looking stylish and chic while saving money. Armed with her expert “Style Strategy”, Nina wants to help shoppers navigate alternatives to attaining high-end fashion “looks” through a variety of options.

The DNA of her “Style Strategy” consists of three core questions. “What do I have? What do I need? What do I want?” According to Nina, answering each question honestly before making any purchase for oneself helps to eliminate unnecessary spending. She elaborates on each question using the entertaining prose that has drawn thousands of readers to her previous titles.

The book also addresses how to maximize what you have through maintenance, ingenuity, and creative style choices. Also, dotted throughout the book are incredibly interesting historical facts about women who have remained fashion forward during their own era’s economic hardships.

Bottom-line: Nina wants all women to know that being practical and smart about style and shopping trumps brand name pricing every time.

“The Style Strategy: A less-is-more approach to staying chic and shopping smart” (HarperCollins Publishers, $29.99)

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