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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- GUNN'S GOLDEN RULES by Tim Gunn


You’ve watched him mentor talented designers on the hit television show Project Runway. Now the inimitable Tim Gunn shares his personal secrets for “making it work”—in your career, relationships, and life. Filled with delightfully dishy stories of fashion’s greatest divas, behind-the-scenes glimpses of Runway’s biggest drama queens, and never-before-revealed insights into Tim’s private life, Gunn’s Golden Rules is like no other how-to book you’ve ever read. 

In the world according to Tim, there are no shortcuts to success. Hard work, creativity, and skill are just the beginning. By following eighteen tried-and-true principles, you can apply Tim’s rules to anything you set your mind to. You’ll learn why Tim frowns on displays of bad behavior, like the vitriolic outburst by Martha Stewart’s daughter about her mother’s name-brand merchandise. You’ll discover the downfalls of divadom as he describes Vogue’s André Leon Talley being hand-fed grapes and Anna Wintour being carried downstairs by her bodyguards. And you’ll get Tim’s view on the backstabbing by one designer on Project Runway and how it brilliantly backfired.

Then there are his down-to-earth guidelines for making life better—for yourself and others—in small and large ways, especially in an age that favors comfort over politeness, ease over style. Texting at the dinner table? Wearing shorts to the theater? Not in Tim’s book. Living a well-mannered life of integrity and character is hard work, he admits, but the rewards are many: being a good friend, being glamorous and attractive, and being a success— much like Tim himself! 

He is never one to mince words. But Tim Gunn is always warm, witty, wise, and wonderfully supportive— just the mentor you need to design a happy, creative, and fulfilling life that will never go out of style  .AMAZON  4.5 stars



Written with humor and class just like the man is seen on TV.  He has an old fashioned honor code that was good to read about.  He was also quick to point out he isn't perfect and even pointed out a few times when things didn't turn out quite right.  And he wasn't afraid to say that it was often!
At times he had a unique (and often funny) ways of looking at things and describing them.  I enjoyed that.  One of his funny observations was that when he was looking at how cruel people could be, instead of being a person who advocates manners maybe we should be get in a cave and roll a stone in front of it.  He just has a way of saying things.   I also liked how he remembered what the bomb shelter looked like to him as a kid. Basically a submarine with a big periscope.  That did make me grin. 

Found myself in total agreement with him when it came to his feelings about Crocs! I thought I was the only one. 
I found this book interesting and highly entertaining.  Like I said, written with humor and can I also say with fashion and common sense.  He's the "Make it Work Man."

P.S.  I loved his explanation of his phrase of, "Living in the Monkey House."  Priceless.  
It went like this.  Monkey House's at the Zoo, stink.  The minute you walk in that place your first response is, wow this place stinks.  Ten to fifteen minutes later it's not so bad.  Half an hour later you it doesn't smell at all. The problem is the place still stinks, we are just used to it now.  Anyone else walking it will know the truth right away.  Phew, this stinks. 

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