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Brenda Kinsel's Fashion Makeover: 30 Days to Diva Style! Paperback – September 27, 2007


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"Brenda Kinsel helped me to dress and look my best, to be the person I am instead of imitating the unattainable models one sees in women s magazines. For the first time in my life, I like the way I dress." Isabel Allende, author of In s of My Soul and The House of Spirits

"As a designer, it's my mission to make women feel beautiful in their clothes. Now, with Brenda's expert advice, every woman can learn how to achieve her best look and feel great every morning. This is a must-have for every woman's closet!" Julie Chaiken, CEO and founder, Chaiken

About the Author

Brenda Kinsel has been a professional image consultant since 1985. Her business, Inside Out: A Style & Wardrobe Consulting Company, is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives. Her style solutions have been featured in InStyle and Real Simple and on The Oprah Winfrey Show and NPR, among others.

Monica Lind is a fashion designer and illustrator. Born in Sweden, she now lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811857387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811857383
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had so much fun with this book!
P. S. Sinicrope
There is more to making an outfit work than just pulling some things out of your closet - and she shows you just how to get it done with "Beauty Bundles".
an American in Germany
Thank you Brenda, for this fun guide that helped bring my inner Diva out!
Jill D.

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By bookkitten on November 6, 2007
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I'm interested in the subject of style and have read or at least skim every book I can find on the subject. I hadn't purchased this author's books before because I thought they were for older ladies (i.e. a lot less cool than me!). But I decided to buy this one, thinking that I would just fly through the exercises and maybe get some tiny tidbit of out of it. Instead, there was an execise that was like a revelation and I finally figured out why I've been wearing the same things over and over again and never looking quite finished. Now I feel like I'm well on my way to looking polished all the time, and I feel that my style is still youthful and sexy. Thank you, Brenda.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. S. Sinicrope on January 26, 2008
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I had so much fun with this book! I read through the whole thing in one day and immediately started on the different exercises...using the quizzes, I was able to clarify and articulate my personal style, poring over magazines, I ripped out examples of color combinations, accessories, and textures that I am attracted to, and then I got started on my closet...cleaning, organizing, and putting together fun, layered, and accessorized outfits. I even had my son take pictures of the outfits. It was so much fun! It was just the right pick me up in the middle of a cold and dreary winter. Interestingly, I discovered that I don't need to do very much shopping...so that was a definite plus. I had most of the pieces already and also had a variety of fashion bundles already in my closet. I also have a HUGE pile of clothes to donate. I love the way the book was structured and organized. It was simple to read..no extra text, lots of use of text boxes, quotes from women. The only suggestion I would make for improvement is that I would like to see large glossy photos of women with before and after pictures as well as just inspiring photos of divas rather than boring pencil drawings! If I were the author, my second book, would take it to the next step, with the marketing of a resonance journal/workbook, that includes pockets to include inspiring photos and words, as well as before and after photos showing ideas on how to combine different accessories, colors, and textures together.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C, on February 8, 2008
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This book was great for expanding the imagination, setting goals, and updating your closet for YOU. If you do not already love clothes, it provides a sort of role model as to how to get in there and really have fun with them, without a lot of "shoulds." However, since I am fashion challenged I needed to get a second "should" book about how to put together an outfit and be told which are the basic pieces. If you are a mature woman, I recommend Nifty After Fifty as the antidote to this book, because it brings you back down to earth, back to basics about what to wear on what occasion, based on a few basic colors and your personal life situtaion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Writing Chemistry on April 9, 2010
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I just LOVE fashion & style books; I have a dozen books and was beginning to think that there will be no more on this subject that could really inspire me. Well, I was wrong! This book helped me lose so much junk in my closet, makeup drawer, and shoes closet; it was helping me in ways that none of the declutter books could!

OK. So why is it that I am so into this book?

a) it gets me past the basic wardrobes thing; so many books have already taught me about wearing the right color (seasons), fit (get it altered, dress for your body type), and style (all those illustrations of what types of skirts are out there). The book does address those three, Color, Fit, and Style, but it doesn't stop there!

b) unlike some books that make me do exercises to define my style in just "writing" - it makes me do some fun tic-tac-toe exercises, WITH visuals! I have at least 2 books that made me define my style words, and then after I was done with them, they still left me clueless about how to go about shopping. (eg. I had words like Enigmatic for one book, and Constructive Elemental with another, but how on EARTH was I to know how they relate to my style decisions as a whole?! I ended up feeling more lost and confused than before!) Not so with this one! It got me process my style, color, texture/pattern/finishes/etc. and I didn't feel overwhelmed because it was as easy as tic-tac-toe! The best part is that after I was done with them, I had visuals (mostly magazine clippings) to remind myself of what I was moving towards. The first 2 exercises on Ruts & Moving Away From / Moving Toward anchored me and gave me a concrete bottomline of what I was working towards.

c) Most of the style guide books always talk about how to go through your clothes, score them, organize them etc.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ej on April 4, 2008
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If you're ready to take hours and hours to find your "diva style", this book is for you. I was looking for something that didn't require so much "homework".

The "spa" sections of the book I thought were ridiculous... like hiring a masseuse to come to your home to meet you and your friends for a "spa" day. I can't think of 1 person that has that kind of money to throw away.

There are several "assignments" in the book that really do help you determine your style if you need that kind of help.

The section on cleaning out your closet was a great help to me. Sometimes you just need that kind of kick in the pants.

I didn't care for her writing style. It was a bit too wordy and too "happy" for my taste, but others might enjoy it.

Some of the ideas for working with your body type were great for me, and proved very useful, and for that I am truly thankful. So while I didn't love this book, it was still quite helpful in the long run.
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