CITY CHIC: AN URBAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO LIVIN’ LARGE ON LESS by Nina Willdorf
Genre: Business & Investing (for the ChickLit crowd)
Place of Purchase: BarnesandNoble.com
Reading Began: May 2003
Completed Reading: May 2003, with ongoing perusal for life
Overall rating: Eight out of ten
Recommendation to others: A fabulous girl’s guide to living frugally with an eye for style. Full of tips and hints and thoughts to inspire.
Why I chose to read this book: I’m poor, but I don’t want to look it. This was a recommendation in Budget Living magazine, and they just don’t lead me astray.
Further reading by this author: It appears she’s coming out with Wedding Chic: The Savvy Bride’s Guide to Getting More While Spending Less, and though I am not planning a wedding anytime soon, I can’t imagine passing it up. I’ll just make it a future reference.
Comments: Initially, my thoughts were focused on fitting three rooms of living into 500 square feet or less, and I thought this book might help. Turns out, there’s LOADS of info in this tiny little tome. My brain went on overload. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who is trying to keep a sense of style and savvy while making a pittance in salary.
Find your milk crates on commando missions at night, behind grocery stores. When you get home, sand away to remove rough edges and paint them all black. Line one wall of your floor with them, two high. You can use these as bookshelves, CD cases, or magazine stands. Word to the wise: forego the oft-standard cinderblock accessories to give the milk crates a little lift from the floor. That will negate any efforts you just made to disguise the milk crates and turn them into pseudo-IKEA shelves. Chapter 3 — Free Finds You Can Pick Up On the Street (p. 43)
Find out who owns whom and then dive into the research. If you found an Estée Lauder concealer that was the ideal shade for your skin tone, try to match it up with the Jane concealer at Target. Chances are, the two lines, owned by the same company, will have similar shades. Chapter 7 — Makeup Myths (p. 99)
Prevent static cling by pouring a cup of white vinegar into the washer’s final rinse cycle. If your clothes still come out of the dryer clinging to each other — and you — rub them all over with a wire hanger, which should diffuse the electric charge. Chapter 14 — Behind the Seams (p. 195)