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City Chic: An Urban Girl's Guide to Livin' Large on Less
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Manufacturer: Sourcebooks, Inc.
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 646.7008422
EAN: 9781402200540
ISBN: 1402200544
Label: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Manufacturer: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2003-05-01
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Studio: Sourcebooks, Inc.

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Editorial Reviews:

Urban Girls work hard and play even harder. They have an eye for style that is only slowed by a budgetary bottom line. They live the lifestyles of the not-at-all-rich and the not-just-yet-famous. Soon enough, they will be superstars, oozing savoir-faire. But for now, before they assume the helm of the boardroom table, they still have their secret ways of living the good life.

City Chic is a practical, insiders’ primer on how to squeeze the most style out of a small salary, how to creatively cheat at looking chic for cheap. From food and drink to personal maintenance to clothes to home décor, City Chic covers everything an Urban Girl needs to know.
--Big-idea decorating for small spaces
--Financially sound fitness techniques
--Cash-saving culinary tips
--Shopping sales calendars-by day, month and season
--and so much more!




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Summary: Very informative
Comment: Already packed with things i learned on my own, and more that will help me in the future.

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Summary: A fun read with some good tips
Comment: I liked the way this book was presented. The chapters are approached in a way that you could read them separately, with out having to read through the book cover to cover. Not all the tips in this book did I feel applied to me, but it was handy to read about lighting and alternative ways of decorating.

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Summary: Not Great But Still Pretty Good
Comment: I've been on a kick lately, reading fashion books. This one was fun to read and had some good ideas. At the same time, it seems to presume that the reader lives in a major city such as New York. It's entertaining and you might be a tidbit or two that you don't already know.

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Summary: Great Advice
Comment: This is a great book for those who need a little advice on how to live on a budget and still have some style. Love the book.

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Summary: Addictively practical
Comment: I read this book, cover to cover, in about two days. Nina's writing is snappy, and I got really excited about implementing her inventive, stylish tips for every part of life. This is a true reference book--with tables on cooking substitutions and thrifty stain removal--that also happens to be a whirlwind read. I don't know too many other books that are both of those.

Nina is a magazine editor who appreciates style in all areas, from interior decoration to cooking to clothes. So this book's style quotient is rather high, and if yours isn't (ouch), you might find some of the guidance high-maintenance. I agree that it isn't practical to spend 20% of your take-home pay on clothes, and that life throws a lot of curveballs (medical bills, debt, repairs) that must take precedence over style. Nina doesn't go into these, and that's fine. The book is about thrifty chic, not thrifty emergency-response.

It's written for a specific demographic: women in their twenties or thirties with limited, but livable, incomes. It is not for those on an emergency budget, or those with large families to feed. Many of the negative reviews here are from people with the wrong expectations.

Do read it with a grain of fleur-de-sel--not having indoor plants doesn't ACTUALLY make you unstylish, waxing your lip doesn't ACTUALLY make you stubbly--but read it nonetheless. This book is high on content *and* style. There is no shortage of useful information, and you can end up recouping many times your investment if you use the tips. Buy it, don't borrow it--this is a book that begs to be marked up, clipped, and mined for a lifetime of inspiration and practical wisdom.

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