Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It by Grace HelbigGrace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It by Grace Helbig

Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It

byGrace Helbig

Paperback | February 2, 2016

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grace’s Guide and the host of The Grace Helbig Show on E! comes a beautifully illustrated, tongue-in-cheek book about style that lampoons fashion and beauty guides while offering practical advice in Grace Helbig’s trademark sweet and irreverent voice.

It’s clear to see I’m a style icon; remember, you can’t spell icon without “con.”

I love clothes, accessories, and makeup as much as the next lady, man, French bulldog in a sweater, or child whose parents dressed her in a couture Halloween costume, but telling people how they should look doesn’t suit me (clothes pun!). I have no authority in that department (I barely even shop in department stores). Instead this is a look at my own silly and nonsensical approach to style, and I promise only some of it is about sweatpants. This book is one part entertainment, one part irreverent fashion fun, and one part personal experience, including:

-My closet staples and jewelry MVPs, and what’s actually in my makeup bag
-All about BLTs and BFFS…that is, Better-Looking T-Shirts and Best Feet Friends
-The bad-hair-day character wheel
-The Ten Commandments of online shopping
-A handy flowchart to help you decide “Should I actually buy this?”
-Red-carpet ridiculousness
-Grace Expectations: What your denim says about you
-And MORE!

I’m not stylish—I’m self-aware. I’m not polished—I’m perceptive. I’m not trendy—but I love trying. Because when it comes down to it, “style” is just a simple way of saying “I showered.”
Title:Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have ItFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.12 × 7.38 × 0.6 inPublished:February 2, 2016Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1501120581

ISBN - 13:9781501120589

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book She tells some real meaning full life events in her personnel life in the beginning of the book. The rest of the book is funny take on style and fashion.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.75 stars I love how you can definitely see the improvement in Grace Helbig’s writing from her first book to this one (even though I personally liked the first one more and felt it was more applicable to my life and offered advice). If you love Grace’s videos and enjoy her sense of humour, you will definitely enjoy this book. Some great quotable moments. You can tell she worked hard on it
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So fascinating and eye opening Grace has a quirky outlook on life that most don't fully understand. Her target demographic is young adults, and she provides them with knowledge that they can take with them for years to come. This book shoes Grace's struggles with many things, but with a comedic twist. Its an easy read, and very enlightening. I'm glad I read this. This book has helped me own who I am and stay positive no matter what life throws at me.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It Wasn't The Worst I love watching Grace's videos and her sense of humour is amazing. That being said, I think her humour comes across better online than on paper. Maybe it's because I'm not too into fashion to begin with? Though I thought this book was just alright, it's a must have for any die hard Holy Trinity/Helbig fan. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Her personality shines through I love watching Grace's videos and her personality - quirky, sarcastic, and relatable - shines through on every page. From the unexpectadly deep beginning story she shares in the introduction to the lively sweatpants diary entries, the book is full of interesting anecdotes and fun to read!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky and Fun! Everything about this book is SO Grace!
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious Bit of Fun This isn't a classic "What to Wear" or "What Not to Wear" sort of book. I found it more of a comedy book traveling on a train that momentarily has stopped in Fashion Town. I would highly reccomend this one to anyone who likes a good laugh and a nice weekend read.
Date published: 2016-06-02

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Grace & Style introduction My eating disorder started during my senior year of high school. WHOA. I KNOW. WAY TO KICK THINGS OFF ON A FUN, LIGHTHEARTED NOTE, HELBIG. But let’s just go with it for a second. Because this book, this smattering of my thoughts on style and fashion and beauty, has been a really difficult thing for me to wrap my head around. I assumed it’d be easy to brain-barf some HILARIOUS feelings about tank tops and tube socks onto paper, but every time I tried to sit down to do it, I hit a wall. And then another wall. And another. Any countries out there looking to send a message to their neighbors and need help? Turns out I’m really great at putting up walls. HAHAHAHA, depressing sigh. Once I started investigating why I was having so much trouble writing, I realized that no matter how funny you try to make the concept of beauty, it can still be a personal and sensitive topic for a lot of people, myself included. And I didn’t want to pretend otherwise. And I definitely didn’t want anything in this book to come across as arrogant or preachy because I’ve been negatively affected by the people and the images and the concepts touted by the fashion industries, so the last thing I want to do is trigger any insecurities you might have. I wanted to take a second at the beginning of this book to give you a quick overview of my history of insecurity before getting into my present-day reflections on style. This is one part selfish and one part hopefully helpful. Selfish, because one of the ways I got out of the darkest period of my eating disorder was by talking about it; and hopefully helpful, because another way I got out of feeling so alone was by reading a butt-ton of books written by women who had also struggled with their body image. You see, YouTube didn’t exist during that time; instead, I bought books hoping to hear someone else’s story of suffering so I might feel less alone . . . BOOKS, YOU GUYS. So, who knows, my hope is that sharing this pretty sad personal time in my life might allow one singular person to feel less alone. And that’s completely worth it. Or maybe you’re just here to find out five great tips for avoiding camel toe. That’s great, too! And trust me, we’ll get to that!

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