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I Want to Be Her!: How Friends & Strangers Helped Shape My Style [Kindle Edition]

Andrea Linett , Anne Johnston Albert
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

I Want to Be Her! is part memoir and part illustrated fashion guide, written by one of fashion's most accessible, trusted, and inspiring writers. Andrea Linett, the cofounder of Lucky magazine, shares her personal story of growing up and finding her way to fashion, and the figures who guided her along the way. Through short descriptions and memories, we meet 50 women across five eras of her life--some passing strangers, some casual friends, some close confidantes--who each made a lasting impression and helped her form her own personal style. In addition, each woman is captured in an illustration by Linett's longtime collaborator, Anne Johnston Albert, and fashion tips accompany each entry.

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About the Author

Andrea Linett started her career in the fashion departments of Sassy and Harper’s Bazaar and went on to cofound Lucky magazine in 2000, where she was also its creative director. She is the global creative director for Michael Kors and the coauthor of the bestselling books The Lucky Shopping Manual and The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1438 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Image (September 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JHQ7KS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back so many memories !!! September 16, 2012
I can't get enough of this charming little jewel, and luckily I found the IWANTTOBEHER.COM website so I can get more, more, more from Andrea Linnet (in the wake of her leaving Lucky magazine along with Kim France, which has since gone downhill :-(...)

This "fashion memoir" makes you THINK and opens your "editorial eye" to the street style around you...although I am 51, I can vividly recall those who influenced me through childhood, college, and later years, all the way back to watching my mother style her hair into a "Jackie" bouffant with Alberto V05 hairspray that she packed into her Samsonite train case for weekend trips...It will make you remember those you admired and envied and you'll probably pull out your yearbooks for a look back at your local style goddesses and icons, along with the hair, clothing, and makeup trends! Like smelling a perfume you used to wear, this little gem will give you a wonderful "deja vu".

Besides enjoying Andrea's vignettes, you'll look at acquaintences and strangers in a new way...what do you see that you like? You'll learn to assimilate what you like in others and mix it up into your own are what you read, you are what you eat, you are what you see!

Much more inspiring that a book full of celebrities with endless bank accounts, you'll want to go through your closet with a whole new makes you appreciate all the ladies who've made you "YOU" along the way...and look forward to all the ladies who'll cross your path in the days ahead!!!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down August 27, 2012
By Lulu
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I just finished reading this book and was so sad, because I wanted it to keep going and going! Equal parts funny, insightful, tender, and smart, Andrea Linett created a mesmerizing mini-story around each featured woman. Plus, her own fashion (and life) history was fascinating. Having grown up around the same time she did, it was a really lovely (and sometimes emotional!) trip down memory lane. And I think for folks who were born later, the book would provide a lot of insight. It's also really nicely written. I've been recommending it to all my friends!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming March 30, 2013
By db
This is an endearing and insightful peek inside the mind of a respected veteran of the fashion cognoscenti. Linett has a keen eye and a sharp wit. She has the ability to spin the tiniest thread of an observation into a golden yarn.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for your guestroom night table December 11, 2012
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Andrea Linett's book gave me a giggle. I devoured it in two straight evenings, bought another copy for my best friend for Christmas, and have now placed I Want to Be Her! on our guest room night table for our next female overnight guest to enjoy. Especially liked Linett's homage to her mother. A charming book, with some solid fashion tips.[...]
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sympatico! March 15, 2013
By Amy J.
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I loved this book so much that I forced myself to save chapters for the next day so I'd have something to look forward to. Andrea Linett's voice is funny, smart, genuine, friendly and very relatable--she's a really great storyteller. The evocative illustrations are so inspiring, and there's a clever-yet -simple fashion tip next to each one. So fun! It's the kind of book you immediately want to share--it's my new go-to gift for friends' birthdays. I can't wait for the next one!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snorting-out-loud funny! September 11, 2012
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I read this entire the book the day I received it. Actually, I canceled the plans I had because I could not put it down. I laughed until I had tears streaming down my face ("it's a hat, take it off"). I am going to read it again...actually that sounds like a fun plan for tonight now that I'm thinking about it. Who doesn't need a good gut-busting laugh? Andrea Linett is so smart, so funny, and so full of knowledge and details, details, details...and I want to know them all. And I want to be her, of course! As everyone does! Get it now!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT Helpful March 13, 2013
This book is not helpful if you are trying to develop a style of your own. It is simply a series of memoirs from the author and her friends. I agree with another review: if you want to read the random diary entries of self-centered women, this is for you. If you actually want to learn how to improve your style or your wardrobe, look elsewhere.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book August 26, 2012
By peach
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I really enjoyed this book, which is part memoir, part fashion bible. I felt like the author was a personal friend, so much so, that I wanted to ask: "How come Nasstassia Kinski in Tess wasn't one of your inspirations? (She was mine)" In any case a very fun read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love fashion and the book is fantastic!
Published 4 months ago by Susan Buckley
3.0 out of 5 stars Stritctly for Fashionistas
Fun, fast read. Basically, the author (current or past editor of Lucky mag) devotes a few pages each to describing each of the many stylish woman she encountered over her life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by StashGirl
2.0 out of 5 stars meh
Ok I guess. But not much more than reading someone's girl crush diary. Couldn't finish it!
And I grew up at the same time, so I understood her references.
Published 9 months ago by Joy Mullins
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Short
Well written and entertaining, but too short to spend $10 on. Finished it in 2 hours. The sample was very captivating, but the rest of the book did not follow suit in my opinion.
Published 10 months ago by M M
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all!
I felt the little stories were unaffected and not self-serving at all, unlike several of the earlier reviews. Author’s purpose? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book
Beautiful illustrations and sweet and funny descriptions. It's a good inspiration and fun to open up now and then. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Platinum Brunette
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I am her!
I love this book. I feel like it was written about me in some ways...similar influences and styles. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Laurie M
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I'd hoped.
Perhaps it was just too "young" for me, but this just didn't really suit my needs. Hope it works for others.
Published 14 months ago by Ruth A. Hobrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fashionable read
Andrea describes those fashionistas just as you would imagine. Fun, quick read but I recognize do much of what she wrote about and it now makes me relish in my own fashionable... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Chic...
What a great book for teens who live their lives wanting to be like...well, like anyone but themselves. The author did a terrific job in putting all the pieces together. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Laurel Jones
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