Swell A Girl's Guide to the Good Life Author:Ilene Rosenzweig, Cynthia Rowley "WARNING: This ingenious (very funny) manifesto is extremely dangerous! Women who heed just half of the wisdom revealed in these pages will be forced to beat away truckloads of men hopelessly enslaved by their every breath and gesture. Swell, hell-this stuff is devastating!" -Bill Zehma, author of The Way You Wear Your Hat: Frank Sinatra and the... more » Lost Art of Livin' Who is the Swell girl? She's the one who can throw an emergency dinner party, then clear the table at her neighborhood pool hall after dessert. She can take the dress the tailor ruined and turn it into a groovy conversation piece. She makes it all look easy, which isn't as easy as it looks! That's why she needs SWELL, the ultimate guide to navigating life's curves with a little swagger and a whole lotta grace. It's a style manual filled with smooth moves, and plenty of joie de vivre, baby. These tips and secrets aren't easy to come by, but fashion designer Rowley and style editor Rosenzweig are longtime friends who share their flair for Swell living in swinging prose. Some of the action ahead includes ways to: duke the frowning maitre d' to score the bistro's best table look slimmer in photos without dropping a pound turn a corny souvenir into a cheap but charming hostess gift live like a pathological optimist chase down a bus in skyscraper heels. It's a little bit Audrey, a little Lucy and Ethel, and everything your mother would have taught you-if she'd gone to charm school in Vegas! So let the SWELL times roll!« less
Did nothing for me. I thought, since this book was written by Cynthia Rowley (who knows a little about style) it would be a good read. Not a chance. To me, it was boring. I couldn't get through it. The suggestions for party ideas were lame and the style tips were rehashed. STYLE TIPS REHASHED? Say it ain't so, Cynthia! I really thought this book would be reminicent of the 50s and 60s with their cocktail parties, style of clothing and hair. Sort of like "Mad Men" style. Alas, it was not to be.