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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475148275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475148275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sally McGraw is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer, blogger, teacher, and communications professional. She earned a creative writing degree from Binghamton University in 1998 and, after graduation, worked in the book and magazine publishing industry for ten years. She has contributed writing to local newspapers, magazines, and websites throughout her entire professional life. In addition to writing her popular daily style and body image blog Already Pretty, she has contributed to The Frisky, typeF, and Glamour and is an ongoing features contributor to the Minneapolis StarTribune. She offers personal shopping and style consultation services, both in person for clients living in the Twin Cities and via e-mail for clients worldwide. She is one-third of Strong, Sexy, & Stylish, a collective of experts working to teach women to love themselves. Visit www.alreadypretty.com for more information about Sally, to participate in online forums related to this book, and to purchase a companion PDF.

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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Rose35 on March 28, 2014
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Go to her website, alreadypretty.com, and search her "dressed for" posts. Scroll through and ask yourself, do I want this person dressing me? I certainly wish I had done the same.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By SusieQ on March 30, 2014
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When I first looked at this woman's pics on her blog, I questioned my own taste and style because, quite frankly, her outfits are either frumpy or just plain weird. I know a lot of stylish women who can thrift successfully but her choices just look dated and I'll-fitting.

As far as body image, rather than helping to create acceptance, I see a whole lot of made up body issues and silly wardrobe challenges that few women actually have.

This is probably the least helpful style guide I've ever read.
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Laura K. Smith on March 16, 2013
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I guess I must have thought there was some secret in here about creating style but it's very basic information about what looks good on you if you have narrow shoulders vs. broad shoulders, thick waist vs. thin waist, etc. I can't imagine going through all the exercises in this book and getting any new information about which things look good on me and which things don't. Maybe I pay more attention to this or I was taught well growing up but really, how can a grown woman NOT know these things about her body. I read this in maybe an hour and was very disappointed. It's for women who really have no clue at all about dressing themselves. Watch "What Not to Wear" and you'll get much more from that than you will from this. Too bad because it's a good idea.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JaneB on October 13, 2012
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I thought the book okay, but not outstanding and for that i was a bit disappointed. I would have liked the layout to be better, i.e more structured as the format read rather scattered.

Jane
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Young on April 1, 2014
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I only read the sample on my Kindle, but couldn't delete if off my reader fast enough! The writer's blog is nothing but questionable outfits (like she seems to have a thing for 90s cast-offs) and wordy armchair psychobabble. On her blog she comes off as smug and overly critical. There are books that do a much better job of giving advice on personal style.
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26 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Juliann C. Whicker on July 13, 2012
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I love fashion books, and makeover books, and style books, particularly style books, and this is a wonderful addition to my collection. This is more of a workbook than a picture book, because it's about helping you make your own, personal picture book about your own personal style. I haven't worked through it, because it's something that will take time, with many small steps from finding your current style, finding out what it is that you want your style to be, and working towards that goal.

One of my favorite things is identifying where you are now. I've never seen this step displayed as an important step, but it seems apparent that you can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been. The entire tone of the book is so not consumerist, it's a relief! I don't feel like there's some 'out there', 'other' that she's selling, only that she wants you to be the happiest you possible.

One thing I would suggest for anyone really interested in finding their personal body shape is making a croquis. This is where you dress in a leotard or underwear and take photos of yourself front, side and back, then use it as a paper doll, printing it out so you can try out different silhouettes and styles. This is something I learned as a sewer, and I find it incredibly helpful, not only because you can use it as a fashion piece, but I think that the more exposure you have to your actual body, the less abhorrent you find it; the first time I made a body form, my body form, I was appalled how huge and three dimensional it is because I only see mirror images/photos of myself, but to have an actual figure that takes up space was a shock. Eventually familiarity made the size acceptable to me.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By VixB on September 22, 2012
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This is for anyone who just wants to be happy in their own skin. McGraw isn't telling anyone how to look, she is just providing the tools to get your appearance to where you want it to be. YOU being the judge of that. She talks about body image in a very healthy way. I totally approve!
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amelia M on September 25, 2012
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I've read Sally's blog for several years now, so I was excited to see what her book was like. I purchased both the book (on Amazon) and the companion pdf (on her website) so I could have the pre-made style worksheets. Each chapter guides you through a process toward growing your personal style. I'm only to the end of chapter 2, but already I have a collection of outfits I've brainstormed! Unlike some style books which just give general tips, Sally provides concrete steps to take and will say things like "stop here for a week!" so you don't get burned out on trying to do everything at once.
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