Oct 022010

Practical Glamour: Presenting Your Most Beautiful & Polished Self to the WorldWhen I first started reading Practical Glamour: Presenting Your Most Beautiful Self to the World by Constance Dunn, I will admit that I did get a bit offended. Within the first chapter or so, I realized that I had absolutely no glamour left. I did my best to shake of the feeling of being offended, and I kept on reading, as I figured Dunn might be able to help me regain some of the lost glamour. I am glad that I did continue reading, as Dunn has inspired me to take a closer look at my glamourous or not-so glamourous self.

Practical Glamour is a book about staying glamourous, even when you do not feel glamorous. It is about staying glamourous no matter the size of your budget, and it is about finding that inner glamour that many women loose somewhere along the way from college to motherhood, or maybe they never had it to begin with. Dunn has divided the topic of glamour into three main parts: Grooming, Style & Spirit and Manner, and in Practical Glamour she not only looks at a woman’s physical appearance, but Dunn also takes a close look at the manners and behaviour, and she emphasizes on glamour being a package deal. According to Dunn you cannot be glamourous in one area without being glamourous in your behavior, as the one will overshadow the other.

In Practical Glamour Dunn successfully manages to give tips on how to look, feel and be glamourous, and she even managed to get me to take an extra look at my toe nails. As a mother of three, who is always on the go, with a stroller in front of me, a sun hat and a pair of walking sandals, I realized that there were things I could do to feel a little glamourous despite the 5 mile walk I head out on every day in the South Florida heat.

Regardless of the high word count dedicated to nail care in Practical Glamour, I decided against spending a bundle on a pedicure, because as a work-at-home/stay-at-home mother of three, I hardly have time for a shower, so there is no special at-home manicure and pedicure for me either.

Instead I used a $50 gift card win to an online shoe retailer to buy a pair of new walking sneakers and a pair of elegant walking shoes for the grocery store. My toe nails are no longer showing, and I will not have to feel less glamourous, because I am lacking a pedicure. I will admit that I did feel more glamourous in my new fancy walking shoes, and my non-pedicured feet are finally beginning to feel comfortable and a bit glamourous in their new shoes..

While there were certain parts of Practical Glamour such as getting a $200 color analysis by a color analyst that definitely could not be adapted to my stay-at-home mom on a strict budget lifestyle, there were other parts where I actually had Eureka moments. Thanks to Dunn, I have realized that there are ways that I can increase my glamour count without breaking the budget, and I have to say that a lot of the advice in Practical Glamour really do have great practical value.

Dunn provides a very detailed guide to an at-home facial, at-home pedicure and manicures, and she gives great tip for how to do at-home hair care in the best way. Practical Glamour also contains a style guide, with several assessment exercises to help with finding a style that works best for you.

I am very happy that I kept on reading, because to my own surprise, I actually found myself learning a lot about style and glamour that I previously were clueless about.  Practical Glamour was an easy and enjoyable read, and I was surprised at how often I discovered advice that I can use in my daily life. While I originally was offended by Practical Glamour, I am now thrilled to have picked up quite a few tips on how to find my inner glamour and how to best present myself to the world.
“Glamour is not just a matter of one’s attire or grooming. It includes one’s manner – how you articulate yourself to the world. Even the most beautiful, buttoned-up woman in the world can never be considered as such if she does not also present herself with civility, dignity and grace.”

Constance Dunn,
Practical Glamour: Presenting Your Most Beautiful and Policed Self to the World.

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Practical Glamour: Presenting Your Most Beautiful & Polished Self to the World 
You can buy Practical Glamour at http://practicalglamour.org and amazon.com.

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Constance Dunn is generously giving away a copy of Practical Glamour to two of Frugality is Free’s readers. 2 Winners!

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*I received a copy of Practical Glamour for the purpose of this review and giveaway. I received no other compensation, and the opinions expressed in this review have not been influenced in any way.

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