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If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You [Kindle Edition]

Kelly Cutrone , Meredith Bryan
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the New York Times bestseller If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, media maven Kelly Cutrone spills her secrets for success without selling out. She combines personal and professional stories from her high-profile gigs as Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad’s boss on The Hills, star of Bravo's Kell on Earth, judge on America’s Next Top Model, and CEO/founder of the fashion PR firm People’s Revolution to offer young professional women no-nonsense, brutally honest career advice—and other things their mothers never told them.

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“What everyone loves about Kelly Cutrone, owner of fashion PR firm People’s Revolution and The City’s official BS barometer, is that she isn’t afraid to tell it how it is.”

Book Description

Kelly Cutrone has long been mentoring women on how to make it in one of the most competitive industries in the world. She has kicked people out of fashion shows, forced some of reality television's shiny stars to fire their friends, and built her own company—one of the most powerful PR firms in the fashion business—from the ground up. Through it all, she has refused to be anything but herself.

Kelly writes in her trademark, no-bullshit style, combining personal and professional stories to share her secrets for success without selling out. Let's face it: this is a different world than the one in which our mothers grew up, and Kelly has created a real girl's guide to making it in today's world. Offering a wake-up call to women everywhere, she challenges us to stop the dogged pursuit of the “perfect life” and discover who we are and what we really want. Then she shows us how to go out there and get it. Much of our culture teaches us to muzzle our inner voice and follow the crowd; Kelly enables us to stop pretending and start truly living.

With chapters on how to find your tribe (those like-minded souls who make your heart sing), how sometimes a breakdown is really a breakthrough, and how there is no such thing as perfection, Kelly also shares practical advice, such as how to create a personal brand and how sometimes you have to fake it to make it.

Raw, hilarious, shocking, but always the honest truth, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside calls upon you to gather up your courage like an armful of clothes at a McQueen sample sale and follow your soul wherever it takes you. Whether you're just starting out in the world or looking to reinvent yourself, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside will be the spark you need to figure out what you have to say to the world—and how you're going to say it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 273 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061930938
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034EJL54
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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216 of 238 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars self-indulgent; purely a memoir March 14, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I decided to read this book because I've always had an interest in transitioning into publicity/PR and the book sounded like a great read for female professionals. I thought that, though I'm not necessarily interested in fashion, this would offer some solid career tips from someone that has seen it all. It did have a few tips here and there about being tough, but ultimately, it is titled and positioned incorrectly. It isn't about lessons for career women, but rather the author's memoir about how she landed a career in the fashion PR industry after a drug-ridden and messy period of time earlier in life. There is also an out-of-place section on her spirituality and there are spiritual tips sprinkled throughout.

In fact, the lessons for the readers don't actually start until page 149 in the chapter - "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside." Up until that point, it is a story about how she was addicted to drugs, was saved by her powerful tribe at times, and eventually became really successful. The name-dropping is a bit much. We get from the start that she knows and has worked with some well-known celebrities, but it is overly discussed throughout.

I wasn't looking for a tale of morality, but the whole thing seemed rather shallow. In a section titled "Everything Good Happens After Thirty," one bullet point of advice is: "it's time to step it up a notch and charge headlong into the land of overpriced luxury accessories." Is that really an important part of turning 30? And as my review title states - it is extremely over-indulgent and self-inflated. For example, on page 100 she writes, "A lot of women ask me, 'How do you have it all?
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120 of 150 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated every minute of this self indulgent tale October 29, 2010
(Writing this under my Husband's account)
A good friend recommended this book so I felt obligated to read it from cover to cover. I hated every minute of it... I kept hoping the book would improve. I thought that I'd suddenly turn a corner with Kelly and realize that she had stopped being a self-indulgent, go against the grain just to create waves, name dropping, self important person. Sadly, that never happened and I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I finished the last page.

The major theme through this book is to create your own religion. She warns not to worship inside a temple, church, whatever because you're limited in that capacity. What she fails to recognize is that her polytheistic approach to her "religious beliefs" leaves her twisting the word of all leaders, all people she might consider to be her God(s) and creates her own ideal. She even goes so far as to brag about this. As a Christian, I was offended several times when she reaffirmed society's tainted view that a woman can not possibly find herself in motherhood, by being a wife, by working in her church or by having a career that isn't the sole focus on her life. Should everyone by a stay-at-home mother and wife who bakes cookies all day and makes sure the house is spotless? NO! In fact it would put most women in their graves. I get that. What Kelly fails to do is recognize that there are some mothers who aren't failing to meet their fullest potential because they do choose to stay at home, bake cookies and do their best to make sure their house is spotless... and fail miserably in most cases. I'm not easily offended. I too have a mouth that needs reminding once in a while. If you're offended by bad language, Kelly makes an art out of using the "f" word repeatedly through this book.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money July 2, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I saw the author on the Dr. Phil television show. She was smart and articulate. This book was recommended by Dr. Phil, and I generally like what he has to say, so I bought the book on his recommendation. Big mistake. I own over a thousand books and I have never had the urge to literally dispose of a book in the garbage before. This book is going in the trash. I was expecting advice for young women in the business world. I was not expecting the self-centered hedonistic memoir liberally doused with rudeness. I found this book offensive - it's definitely not worth your time or money.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I have to admit that I know barely anything about fashion and had only seen Kelly Cutrone's name mentioned a few times, but I was curious to read this book because I liked the title and it seemed like it could have a promising approach to life and business. And it did!

Cutrone's tome is part memoir, part spiritual guide, part you-go-girl empowerment and part business manual, all in her straightforward, no-holds-barred style. In many ways, it's feminism as take-the-bull-by-the-horns (or take-the-city-by-the-horns), whether she's talking about organizing an art benefit against censorship, raising her daughter solo, or running her business, PR company People's Revolution.

I especially liked that Cutrone cuts through the false notion that spirituality and being a good person is somehow antithetical to success and financial reward. She marries the two and even though it sounds a bit incredible, talks about her past drug abuse and lowest, suicidal moments and how PR, along with spiritual guidance from the woman she calls her guru, The Mother, pulled her back.

It's a quick read but the pull-no-punches lessons and Cutrone's brand of being herself as well as vision for women in the workplace is a refreshing one, and it's certainly entertaining. I especially like that while there's juicy stories, Cutrone isn't trying to sell herself as a publicist or her brands or even fashion or PR as industries (if anything she somewhat warns younger readers away unless they can hack it). Instead she tells how she grew up with an inherent sense of who she was and what she was capable of and learned by doing (and by making mistakes, like serving black icing on pink desserts at an Agent Provocateur party). Her ability to own up to her mistakes and failures while still offering up rules for success is what makes this book so bold and memorable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge a Book by it's Title.
I was looking forward to reading this as I loved Kelly Cutrone in her MTV show with her no nonsense attitude and strong ideas on how young women should conduct themselves in the... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Ms. P
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to write her a letter----and gush about how great a read her...
Stated in the headline!
And....I was born and raised on the other side if the world from Kelly and almost a generation younger but I honestly can say we have sooooo much in... Read more
Published 27 days ago by pacific_island
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Book I've Read by Cutrone
This was a good book, but if you've read Normal Gets You No Where, there were a lot of repeat themes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Isys
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Just not what I expected
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Lazar
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
It's a fresh take on the in powered women. If you can find a way to figure out about your self what she has about her self you will be truly happy.
Published 1 month ago by Tiffany Morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read.
Was an interesting read. A bit narcissistic but expected. Very quick read.
Published 1 month ago by C. WILSON
1.0 out of 5 stars If ego were helium this book would float
I'm sure Ms. Cutrone is everything she says she is - I'm amazed she has time to be so generous with her personal insights when she is obviously in such great demand.
Published 2 months ago by Awgie
4.0 out of 5 stars <3
I love her brutal honesty, and you can tell she wrote this, it gives you a little inside to where she came from, how hard she worked, and why she is the way she is. Read more
Published 3 months ago by molly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion//Love//BRB crying outside
Before Girlboss there was Kelly Cutrone who taught me all the things I needed to know. Read and reread this book!
Published 3 months ago by Amber Smitherman
5.0 out of 5 stars love
I can just hear her voice speaking every word in the book to me. So inspirational and a great role model.
Published 5 months ago by lucy baird
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More About the Author

Kelly Cutrone is the founder of the fashion public relations, branding, and marketing firm People's Revolution, which has represented clients such as Longchamp, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Jeremy Scott, Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler, Bulgari, Christie's, and more. She stars in Kell on Earth on Bravo and has appeared on MTV's The Hills and The City. Prior to founding People's Revolution, Cutrone cofounded Cutrone & Weinberg and was the director of PR for Spin magazine. Cutrone lives in Manhattan with her daughter, Ava.

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