Category Archives: Fashion / Beauty

Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor by Linda Wells

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 192 pages, 2006 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: Like many women, make-up and hair-care products tend to be one of my favourite cheerful (but usually cheap) pick-me-up purchases. It’s fun, but good advice from actual pros is always welcome. Synopsis: Every woman deserves to feel like she looks good, or has […]

Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style by Richard Torregrossa

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 218 pages, 2006 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve seen, and loved, quite a few of Grant’s movies, such as To Catch a Thief and The Philadelphia Story, and Grant himself was usually the biggest draw. Synopsis: He made dozens of movies in thirty-plus years of acting, starring with some of […]

A Virgin’s Guide to Everything by Lauren McCutcheon

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 376 pages, 2005 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: Like most people, there are always things I’m putting off doing ‘until I know enough to do it right.’ Synopsis: Has there ever been something you wanted to do – eating sushi, getting a massage, going to a foreign country – but you […]

Better Than Beauty by Helen Valentine and Alice Thompson

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 164 pages, 1938 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: It’s always fun to see what standards previous generations had to live up to in comparison to today. I think I heard about the book on BookCrazy. Synopsis: Better Than Beauty is just what the subtitle says, a guide to charm. It begins […]

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy by Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 256 pages, 2004 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: I think the tv show is hilarious. Synopsis: Television’s Fab Five continue their quest to improve straight men, this time in book form. Each expert focuses on their area of expertise in an individual section: food and wine (Ted); grooming […]

Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell by Amy Sohn

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade – updated with season six), 160 pages, 2002 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: All hail Sex and the City! Especially Kim Cattrall. Synopsis: A behind the scenes look at the making of hit HBO show Sex and the City. Includes an episode guide to the first four seasons, […]