What would Audrey do?
What would Audrey Do? Timeless Lessons for Living with Grace and Style, by Pamela Keogh is one of the books that I’ve been very excited about in recent times. And my overall reaction after reading it has been less than delighted (I’m just as shocked as you are!). Now its not a horrible book that I couldn’t even finish, or a bad book in terms of content, it IS about Audrey Hepburn, after all. At the very least, the subject matter pleases me enough to not hate it.
My book review with a twist will be in the form of listing out Pros and Cons. Starting with Cons, so we can end on a good note.
- The writing style of using the Royal “We” got annoying quick;
- Names dropped where none was called for;
- Its about 100 pages too long – a LOT of the parts are repeated (over and over again) throughout the book;
- It practically paints Audrey as a mythical saintly being, there’s even a chapter in called “St. Audrey” (for heaven’s sake!). To me that was very Un-Audrey! (oooh the delicious irony of it all);
- Typos – this made me both mad and sad. It made me wonder if it was even edited;
- Speculative – the parts which actually attempted to answer the titular question, is the most annoying part (which is ironic).
- Its got biographical parts on Audrey’s life which I didn’t know about before;
- The style and makeup tips (yay! These were my absolute favorites);
- The Cover, look and feel, of the book is pretty and pink;
- Its about the lovely Audrey Hepburn. Enough said.
A book (any book) has the power to evoke so many emotional responses from its readers. The ones that make me feel like it ended too soon, or leaves me reaching for it over and over again, are the real winners! Unfortunately, I don’t feel that about this book. But it wasn’t horrible, so that will do for now.
In my free-time, I scroll through Pinterest for hacks and general inspiration because the photos on there tend to be so beautifully curated. Irrespective of the subject or category, I’m always impressed by the results I find. It is also the biggest cause of my phone battery getting drained, and not lasting me through the day.
So when my mum told me that one of her craft scissors was blunt and that she intended to throw it away, I swooped in like the Superhero I (think I) am, and told her that I knew of a Pinterest hack to sharpen blunt scissors.
The hack is simple – perhaps too simple, and that itself should’ve tipped me off about its effectiveness – take an Aluminium foil sheet and cut it with the blunt scissors a few times, and voila, your scissors will be sharpened again. (or so they claim)
So I told her this hack, ran to the kitchen got the aluminium foil, and began my effort of saving the day!
I’m filing this under #Fail.
Not only did it not sharpen the scissors, we were left with a big mess of strips of aluminium foil, and an extra task of tidying up.
But despite being such a fail, it did end with us sharing a good laugh. There’s always a silver lining, if we are willing to look.
Today, as I was preparing to wrap up my long work-week, this little guy flew into my window and flitted around the room, and stayed with me till I locked up. Needless to say, my mood instantly changed. Suddenly I no longer cared that I had done so much through the week, or that my eyes were strained after a long day of staring at the screen.
How something so simple can create such a beautiful vibe never ceases to amaze me.
If this is indicative of anything, it is perhaps that a weekend that began well, is bound to be a lovely one.
#Bookstagram 3 – What would Audrey do?
One of the books I’ve really looked forward to reading in recent times is What would Audrey Do? Timeless Lessons for Living with Grace and Style, by Pamela Keogh. Despite the fact that it has mixed reviews, I am hopeful and here for it.
It looks pretty girly with a white & pink colors and lovely Audrey gracing the cover. It promises to be a primer on all things Audrey, a guide to living the Audrey way, with grace and style! I can’t wait to read it.
Watch this space for my review.