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That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between Paperback – November 1, 2007
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About the Author
Victoria Beckham was born and raised in the United Kingdom. After five years in Spain, where her husband David played soccer for Real Madrid, the Beckhams moved to California where he plays for LA Galaxy. Victoria is also the author of an international bestselling autobiography, Learning to Fly; and is the subject of her own NBC special about her transition to America. Victoria and the Spice Girls will embark on a worldwide reunion tour later this year.
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Well, Ms. Beckham has decided to part with her style secrets in this fun, colorful book to help us average Janes avoid looking "frumpy or mumsy". Whether giving the scoop on jeans and proper fit, beauty care, or dressing for a special occasion, Beckhman manages to keep the tone practical, light and conversational - what you'd expect if your most stylish buddy sat you down and filled you in on the details, from where to buy to what works with what. She generously lists desginers and stores where you can acquire some of the same attire that she favors. The chapters on packing tips and maternity wear are great - surely this will help many of us poor souls be less dowdy when with child or with skies!
Some of the advice is pretty funny ("The first things I will say about dressing for the holidays is to get all images of reindeer jumpers out of your head."), some of it very useful ("When trying on new shoes, do it towards the end of the day when your feet have had a chance to expand."). Whether or not you are a fan of Ms. Beckham, you will certainly appreciate much of her counsel.
There are many lush, striking photos of Victoria looking very "posh" and chic as well as gorgeous line drawings throughout, making the book eye candy for all of us fashion lovers. This is one of my favorite parts of the book.Read more ›
The chapter on getting ready for a party was excellent and timely for this season. I liked the chapter on maternity dressing and appreciated the chapter on how to wear hair extensions.
Overall this book made me happy and I plan to keep it and refer to it for years to come.
Victoria Beckham believes her own hype so deeply that it's almost impossible to take her seriously. When the book is not crammed with glam shots of her -- where it's often impossible to see what she's wearing, even though this is a style book -- it is filled with self-promotion in other ways. Every other page of the jeans section is her selling her own jeans line, when she recommends fragrances there's a giant picture of "Intimately Beckham" luring us in. A stupid move, as both of these lines aren't succeeding, and the book seems dated as soon as it's published. Better -- and much classier -- to acknowledge that you have your own lines in a small section, then focus on fashion and style overall. It would also be better if she had used other models to show examples of her style and fashion tips -- maybe a "posh makeover" or something. But this is not that book -- instead, the focus is suffocatingly on her, so much though that it's pretty funny at times. "Oh look at her again! Another pouty face! Long haired victoria! Short haired victoria!"
I think my favorite moment of unintentional hilarity is when victoria pleads with women not to wear bras with padding under tanks or t-shirts. Presumably one should have fake ones put in instead and have them pushed up the way victoria does? And the recommendation never to wear shorts with sneakers is ridiculous when there are fabulous little sneaks out there by John Varvatos for converse. The recommendation for high heels is, in general, myopic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book, it arrived quick and the book itself is a great read!Published 1 month ago by Vanessa's Bargains
Makes me wish that I wanted to dress better! I don't! But if I did, this would be my style handbook!Published 3 months ago by kjhunt
Just received my books in the mail. I had purchased this particular book and it was not in very good condition. There is stuff all over it!!! It's very dirty. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brittany
I really like this book. It's well-made, full of pictures, fun and easy to read, interesting, and it's just awesome. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marie