Saturday, December 5, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: "Fabulous Fakes" by Carole Tanenbaum

Even though I don't like spending money, I love fashion. I believe that everyone should look fabulous when they leave home, so my favorite things to buy are clothing and jewelry (but never at full price).

I also love reading about fashion. I am currently reading a book called "Fabulous Fakes" by Carole Tanenbaum. I have been following the fashions of First Lady Michelle Obama since she was on the campaign trail and Carole Tanenbaum's line of jewelry has been worn by the First Lady on many occasions. Two of Carole's pieces now made famous by Mrs. Obama is the brooch from her inauguration outfit and the orange brooch worn when Mrs. Obama was greeting military families at Norfolk naval base.

The book takes a look at costume jewelry made from the middle 1800's to current day. There are beautiful color illustrations and historical references that tell how the state of the economy influenced the type of jewelry people wore and the materials from which the jewelry was made.

It used to be that I would wear very small jewelry that only I could see. Now, as I am growing older and bolder, I am buying and wearing medium to large colorful jewelry pieces. I am also preferring costume jewelry to the real thing because it makes a bigger statement and is usually far cheaper that the real thing. I am really loving some of First Lady Michelle Obama's vintage inspired pieces that she is sporting. I guess that I am getting sassy in my old age. After all, everyone should be fabulous just like the jewelry in Ms. Tanenbaum's "Fabulous Fakes".


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