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LadyM’s Book Club Are you on the list?

Last week we launched a new interview series, “LadyM Meets”. This week we launch our first ever “LadyM’s Book Club”, how exciting! We are getting some really great opportunities recently and we just couldn’t wait to share them with you. If you have a great book that you love, make sure to tell us so that we can feature it in our book club.

Are you on the list?

Now of course we couldn’t start the club with just any book genre, it had to be about fashion and the fashionistas lifestyle. So first up is “Are you on the List? A guide on how to become a modern Socialite”, written by three of London’s top socialites, Kitty Brucknell, Olivia Cox and Lewis-Duncan Weedon.

Are you on the list?

The book is categorised into small bite-sized chunks on a variety of topics, such as how to get into London Fashion Week, what to wear on red carpets, how to network like a pro. Everything you need to know to become a socialite and fashionista. Perfect! Over the course of the week we will be sharing three extracts from the book to give you a little flavour of it and to provide you with some top lifestyle tips.

First up an extract from Kitty Brucknell with her guide to fashion fabulousness, starting with an exclusive quote from Perez Hilton:

‘My advice is…
Fashion should be cheap
Fashion should be fun!
Fashion should not be so serious!
Be loud! Be chic! Be both at the same time!
Enjoy clothes and be expressive!
What you wear is your first impression to the outside world.
Don’t overthink it!
And have more fun!’ Perez Hilton

I love fashion. I love clothes, shoes, handbags, and jewellery. From huge overcoats to silky dresses, high heels that make you fall over to my ballet pumps that I live in every day.

Many of my most well known moments were largely defined by my fashion choices. I have definitely had my ups and my downs, with more than a few fashion mistakes! I’ve taken many risks in my career so far – so I wanted to share some of the things that I’ve learned along the way.

Firstly, it took me a long long time to realise that caring about what others think of you and acting along that assumption – that you must conform and blend in – is totally and utterly pointless. I can say this now – you will never EVER succeed in life if you care too much about what people think of you. Twitter trolls, Daily Mail Online comments, forums, Facebook posts…actually, most “opinions” that end up online are usually a pile of horse poo.

Don’t read them, don’t look at them, don’t care about them.

Kitty Brucknell

I used to have a subscription to Vogue when I was around fifteen. After school I would come home and pour over these magazines, cutting out all the gorgeous models in their wonderful outfits and sticking them all over my school books. I would draw my own designs in little sketchbooks and think up all the ways I could get my hands on this stuff. Sometimes, I would go out into town, in my highest heels and most attention-seeking coat, and prance around all the department stores as if I owned the place. I would try on everything in the store – and then leave. Of course, I could never afford anything! I suppose, nowadays I would be instagramming everything.

I have a friend in New York who used to do just that. He would walk into Chanel or Dior on 5th Avenue, and try on heaps of outfits. He would take pictures of himself on his phone in all this crazy expensive gear, upload them on Instagram, and then tell the store assistant that his PA would be back later to pick it all up and pay for it. Of course, his “PA” was imaginary, and he would go home to his tiny little studio flat in Brooklyn.  Bizarrely, he became “insta-famous” and can now afford all the clothes he wants. But he still takes pictures of his outfits and posts them online…I think there’s a story moral in there somewhere.

The fashion world, as I will explain, can be confusing and fabulous and simply bizarre at the same time. I have just one rule – be yourself. The rest can come later.

For more tips and tricks on how to look fabulous and become a modern socialite, check out the book Are you on the List? by Kitty Brucknell, Olivia Cox and Lewis-Duncan Weedon.

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