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With her new book, Growing More Beautiful, artist and image consultant Jennifer Robin has given women a generous, much-needed gift. Much more than a basic how-to beauty book, this is a celebration. Of you. Delight in this lively, buoyant resource guide to projecting your essence with creativity and flair. Jennifer Robin's color, clothing, jewelry, and make-up expertise, combined with her amazingly vibrant spirit, take you by the hand and point you in the direction of something truly amazing. It's you...as you've never quite seen yourself before. --LA Splash Magazine

About the Author

ABOUT JENNIFER ROBIN: Jennifer Robin is a longtime freelance fashion consultant, color advisor and exhibiting artist. Since 1984, she has owned and operated Clothe Your Spirit, an image consulting firm based in Petaluma, California. Jennifer's new book Growing More Beautiful: An Artful Approach to Personal Style is the first and only major book about fashion and beauty ever written by an artist. It is a lively and buoyant resource guide to projecting your essence with creativity and flair and was just released in Feb, 2009. Her well-received first book, Clothe Your Spirit, published in 1988, is a comprehensive guide to dressing for self expression. She publishes a column on fashion and personal style at her blog, growingmorebeautiful.com/column/.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arteful Press; First edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981732208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981732206
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Assunta Sciarretta VINE VOICE on June 19, 2009
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The nicest part of this book is the cover. It's pretty, inspiring. The book itself is just so-so as a style book. I don't think it's going to help me grow more beautiful. The author plainly states within the book that her aim is not to present another formulaic makeover book, but I think the title and descriptions I read prior to purchase said otherwise.
If you want a rah-rah, you're beautiful, be yourself, be authentic sort of chat with your mom or best girlfriend, this is the book for you. If you're seeking to improve your appearance by taking concrete steps - and still be your true self, I would look to some of the other style books out there, like Isaac Mizrahi's How to Have Style, The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own, or Garza and Lupo's Life in Color: The Visual Therapy Guide to the Perfect Palette--for Fashion, Beauty, and You!, or Color Me Younger.
Sorry, ladies, I can't recommend this one.
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This is a book for every woman -- no matter what age, nationality or type.
It truly speaks to every woman.
I am very visual and for me to see the colors and read the descriptions brought this book to life.
It inspired me to get my own "rack" and start putting together those "cute little outfits" that Jennifer talks about. I will confess I am a buy-one-thing-at-a-time shopper and I usually end up with tops and bottoms and no outfits.
Reading this book really made me want to dress more beautifully and as a result - I feel more beautiful.
This is a "must" investment for any woman who wants to radiate her inside beauty to the outer world.
Thank you Jennifer for giving so much of yourself in the writing and designing of this truly Beautiful Book.

Carole Martin -- LaJolla, CA
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I bought this book along with the Lucky Shopping Manual to see how other people create wardrobes, and learn a thing or two from them. It turned out that this book is written by a very deep and mature person whose impact is huge. I was turning pages: colors that relate to my inner being, colors in nature, collages, energy management, and practical tools for creating my personal style--everything was valuable.

The collage theme... When I made my first collage inspired by this book, it was not for clothes but for a love relationship. I experienced true therapy: images that deeply touched me popped up in magazines. I sorted them while feeling and thinking of what drew my attention to them. It helped to understand my true desires, values and my true nature. I glued them on paper. Now it is on the wall inspiring me to look further for somebody who is my true match.

We created a team collage in our company. It is a source of inspiration and shows what every team member wants deep inside for the company. I noticed I am highly motivated not only by the images I chosen myself but also by those brought in by my colleagues. (However, be gentle and respectful since the collage is a sensitive and revealing tool for team building and planning, not superficial.) While the book does not say any word about business, I highly recommend it for women building their businesses.

Now, six months later, I am creating my wardrobe collage and discovering myself. It makes it easy to go out and buy clothes that I finally love to wear.

The book contains practical tools related to building a rewarding and highly functional wardrobe, great budget considerations, a good note on accessories and the third element for any garment, nice pictures, and good paper.
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What an interesting take on personal style! A new approach that I really appreciated because it was something I had never heard or read before. Coming from an artistic approach, Jennifer Robin advises that everyone understand their colors and body before they step foot in a store.

To understand one's colors, Robin advises that everyone take into consideration their skin tone, hair color and what colors they are drawn to. A lot of her theories revolve around the idea that everyone is drawn to the colors that naturally work for them. As well, she believes that we naturally gravitate towards the fit that best works for our body type. I like this idea because she believes that we instinctively know the best colors and style for ourselves.

At times I thought this book was a little to artsy for me as I am a practical thinker. But I loved the overall concepts that a woman should be in control of her wardrobe and shop sensibly. I would pass this book along to all women of any age because whether you are just out of college starting a wardrobe or on the older spectrum where they may need a re-working of the wardrobe.
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I saw Jennifer Robin person at a corporate woman's event, and my colleague bought this book and lent it to me. It is not a book about fashion! I read it over the new year's holiday weekend and wept tears of sadness and joy -- the sadness was from realizing how much I had allowed "well-meaning friends" to criticize me in life; the joy was in remembering my creative powerful potential once again! As I turned each page, I made notes to reflect on from her positive words of wisdom and encouragement. Here are some bullets:

* Learning to see ourselves is artistry. "Vision" is seeing not only with your eyes, but with your mind, your heart, and your life experience.
* Learn to see ourselves without judgment or self-doubt -- those things which choke our true essence. Check the inner critic at the door. The negative voice isn't ever totally silenced, but in the other ear can be the voice of love, affirmation and pleasure.Choose empowerment over self-criticism.
* You can't reach full potential always worrying about what others think (of you). Be un-willing to have your power sucked away by negative thoughts or people. Don't allow "well-meaning" friends to criticize you -- don't take it in.
* Allow compliments in!
* Focus on your assets, rather than your perceived imperfections. Find aspects (of your body) to admire. Adjust the mirror to find a more pleasing reflection.
* How you see yourself will be transformed when you approach looking your best in a way that reflects your personal values. Decide what matters to you and stand in it!
* Do what you love, not what you loathe -- choosing what makes you happy creates wholeness and unmistakable confidence!
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