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How To Live Like A Lady: Lessons in Life, Manners, and Style
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From the Back Cover
"The attributes of a great lady may still be found in the rule of the four Ss: Sincerity, Simplicity, Sympathy and Serenity." --Emily Post
Modern life may be increasingly frenetic, but the qualities of a true lady are timeless. She possesses a delicate combination of grace, charm, and elegance and is universally admired. Any woman can make the transition from lady-in-waiting to leading lady with a little help.
How to Live Like a Lady is your essential guide to modern manners. Brimming with advice on every etiquette issue, this book helps you navigate your way through the trickiest of social dilemmas with complete confidence.
About the Author
Sarah Tomczak has spent the last ten years working on magazines in New York and London. She was a lifestyle editor at celebrity bible Us Weekly and has written on style, sex, and celebrities for Cosmopolitan, Company, Closer, Top Sante and YM magazine. She currently lives in London.
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Top Customer Reviews
All of its suggestions were obvious and I didn't learn much from it. I wouldn't recommend anyone who had been brought up with any social sense at all to buy this book. You will get better advice from your girlfriends!!!
I'm a little disappointed as most of rules are pretty basic and common sense.
It is nicely presented but really of little substance.
As another reviewer pointed out, there are many inaccuracies or ridiculous opinions within the book. The author actually thinks that Kate Moss has natural style. I would think getting caught doing cocaine on camera is not stylish or ladylike! Probably most of Kate's style could be attributed to a team of stylists that get her ready for the camera. There is also a whole section devoted to wearing heels, which I'm sure many podiatrists would be excited to read. True, they can make legs look great, but are not necessary for most occasions or when you're 5'11, as am I. Also, no one kisses strangers in Scandinavia, but they definitely do in Italy. She pointed out that a handshake is most appropriate in U.S. and European cultures, but then only listed Western countries when being more specific on greetings. Maybe she should have thought of some place like Mexico, when siting examples, where it's very rude to not kiss when greeting.
Additionally, the book is rather pompous in tone and seems to think that all modern women need a lecture on how to act. It's easy to blame younger generations for failing to live up to our morals and standards, but perhaps we should learn to accept that the world is continually evolving.
As for me, social anxiety will not be conquered by ridiculous expectations, so perhaps this book is not for me. Maybe if it could talk for me I'd have the privilege of fitting in with all the pinky and nose in the air crowd.
I picked up this book expecting the perfect little handbook on life, but I found some of the advice to be just plain wrong.
For example, in the first chapter it is suggested that one should "Ask about jobs, vacations..." "Jobs" can be a difficult subject to speak on, what if the person is unemployed? What if they do something you consider embarrassing, boring, immoral or repugnant? Exotic dancer, proctologist or butcher come to mind.
Under how to sit in a skirt (pg 45) the author suggests what she calls "the double leg-cross." in which the skirt wearer first crosses her legs at the nee and then at the ankle. First and most importantly, you have to have super skinny legs in order to pull this off. Secondly a lady never crosses her legs!
There were many more examples of bad advice, this is just two that I know of for certain. I have to ask, what else is wrong?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More of a lesson n the daily mores of proper behavior. It's always nice to
have a brief refresher course.
Light, breezy, and simple to digest. A nice little read to help polish your manners and learn a few tips. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Megan Henry
With the changing times, I really enjoyed and am using this book. What was considered polite and mannered 20 years ago is somewhat out of date now. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Terri Mendes
Great book - should be required reading in public schools - I only wish it was even more detailed and longer.Published 13 months ago by Faeriewitch
THis book was purchased as a "go with" to the "Big Book of Chic". I gave it to my daughter for Christmas. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Terri