I am reading the greatest book right now and I highly highly recommend it to all my friends (any girl that is). It's called "How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class and Grace". There couldn't be a book more well-suited for me!!! Jordan Christy, the young 25 year old author, talks about how being classy is no longer a priority for young women and girls no longer have any self-respect for themselves. I could not agree more with everything Jordan talks about in this book. Women need to be aware about how they present themselves and start to treat themselves with respect. This means acting classy, dressing tastefully (you have to leave something to the imagination ;) ) and impressing people with your articulate manner.
I think much too often girls are in the headlines for the wrong reasons. They act stupid and make terrible life choices and then they are on the cover of magazines. Take for example, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan; these are the women that young girls look up to, as role models no less. For me personally, I have always admired the poise and sophistication of Audrey Hepburn and it seems like most girls today have forgotten what it means to be poised. Perhaps they don't even know what "poise" means at all. As women we need to have a lot more self-respect so that we can start to live with style, class and grace.
At so many points in the book I felt like the author was reading my mind. One part in particular struck me:
"Rather than stumbling along this trail of tube tops, hangovers, and jail time, we would like to find success, style, and love- the classy way. Even though it goes against almost every depraved and self-indulgent trend in our current culture, we are uninterested in contributing to the mucky wasteland of fake boobs and hair extensions and would instead like to, if at all possible, attempt to leave the world a slightly better place than when we found it. We're even a little old-fashioned at heart and think that if that's a problem, it might be a good one- a problem that other young ladies in our generation could use more of today!"
I'm just about halfway through the book and I love every bit of it. Seriously you should really read it. And if you think that this way of thinking is so outdated and "so 40 years ago" just read it anyway. You might be surprised by what you think after you read it. Although the book touches on an important issue in our society today, the book is still entertaining and light hearted. She also has a few quizzes and exercises to do, one of which is the "Smart Girl List". The smart girl list is a list of things to do in order to become more articulate, knowledgeable and well-rounded person. So here is my Smart Girl list thus far:
Sasha's Smart Girl List
1. Read at least 2 books a month
2. Improve my Spanish
3. Learn to cook
(I'll be adding to this later)
At first I thought that the girl who wrote this might be some lonely, introverted girl who lives with her mother and has no friends, but she is absolutely gorgeous and so bubbly. I saw her on the Today Show promoting her book which is how I found out about the book in the first place. She lives in Nashville, Tennesse (Anna you should go befriend her) and she's married and has a little baby girl.
Alright, I'll leave you with another quote from the book:
"Being classy is an attitude and outlook on life; the art of gracefulness is how we behave and act when no one is watching; being stylish is how we present ourselves to others. Class is not defined by our circumstances- it's our reaction to those circumstances that defines who we are. It doesn't matter if you're scraping by on minimum wage or raking in a six-figure income. You can live with style, class and grace no matter where you are, who you know or what you do."
And if you are still curious, check out this video: