Prettiness Is a State of Mind, But Can We Get It From a Book?
December 10, 2010
Many of us are familiar with Molly Ringwald.
From Sixteen Candles to Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club, Ringwald became a household name, and now she’s written a book, Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick. This is not your typical memoir, though. Ringwald writes about her struggle with getting older and the ways in which she is holding on to her prettiness, both on the outside and the inside. It is a celebration of her age and a confidence boost to her readers as she aims to teach others how to get "back in touch with the essential self" (p. 12).
Ringwald covers wardrobe, hair styles, skin care, relationships, fitness, parenting, cooking for parties, and hosting. She gives tips and examples from her own life to teach her readers how to be "whimsical, light, flirty, and fun" (p. 13). Although the idea behind her book is a good one, Ringwald may have not put it together well. Some of her suggestions, like "There’s nothing better for style or function than a silk Hermes scarf" (p. 32), are a little over the top. Some of us here in the Midwest don’t have an abundance of discretionary wardrobe money or access to a Hermes store, but generally a scarf can make your outfit. So, enjoy Ringwald’s book, but don’t put too much stock in her advice. My suggestion: watch her movies instead!
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