A Primer for the Fabulous Girl in Training
"You know the Fabulous Girl, don't you? She's Holly Golightly, the girl you must have at your cocktail party. She's smart, fun, stylish, and of course, beautifully well mannered. She's the friend who always knows when you need a shoe-shopping expedition to lift your spirits. She's the one who calls you after your disastrous dinner party and insists that she had a marvellous time. She's the girl you admire, the girl you want to be."
From etiquette experts Kim Izzo and Ceri March comes the perfect book for perfect manners. Witty and playful, The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum provides invaluable advice for the thoroughly modern woman.
The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum recognized the importance that work now plays in women's lives. Advice is offered on how to present yourself at an interview, how to socialize with workmates without breaching professional barriers, how to remain poised when overlooked for promotion, and how to maintain the respect and admiration of colleagues after you become the boss.
Outside of the workplace, in a tart yet helpful tone, Izzo and Marsh address issues of urban life, friendship, family, entertaining, romance and sex (because we all know romance and sex are not the same). There are rules for conducting one-night stands, tips for balancing the demands of old friends and new lovers, suggestions for throwing the perfect dinner party and what to do when it all goes horribly wrong.
Woven throughout the book is the story of the Fabulous Girl as she learns to glide gracefully through her days, vividly bringing to life the principles of decorum.
As essential as her little black dress, and as elegant and practical, The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum is something no woman should be without.
Beautifully designed in original trade paperback format with spot illustrations throughout, The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum is an ideal gift for weddings, graduations or celebrations of friendship.
Kim Izzo is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to various newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail, Report on Business magazine, Style, FASHION magazine and Flare. She has also worked in television as a field producer for several years on series such as Harrowsmith Country Life, Flare TV, Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood. Kim currently divides her time between Los Angeles and Toronto.
Ceri Marsh is the fashion news director at FASHION magazine, and was previously fashion editor at The Globe and Mail. Her articles have appeared frequently in magazines such as Toronto Life, Saturday Night, Report on Business magazine and Flare.
Marsh and Izzo currently write a weekly etiquette column for The Globe and Mail entitled "Urban Decorum."
“Can a girl be absolutely fabulous and a pillar of civility at the same time? Ceri Marsh and Kim Izzo think so, and their smart, authoritative guide to modern urban manners gives life to the girl of our dreams: sexy, sophisticated and well dressed, yet never less than perfectly considerate. She’s a gem, and so is the book.” — Mark Kingwell
“’She’s smart, fun, stylish and, of course, beautifully well-mannered. She’s the girl you admire, the girl you want to be.’ And ‘she’ can be ‘you’ — with the proper amounts of aforethought and home study. Such encouraging notions come by way of Toronto fashionistas Kimm Izzo and Ceri Marsh in their updated book of etiquette for the modern girl. The chic duo tackle these life complications and more, all with a view to arm readers with a ready sense of what the savvy, confident career gal would do to save the hour.” —Toronto Star, Arrivals
“…it’s a fun, quick read because of its elegant prose and cheeky voice…there is something truly admirable about The Fabulous Girl’s Guide…I liked the book’s honesty and non-judgmental tone…it assumes the voice of a truly excellent girlfriend, who gently advises but never reprimands, no matter how shocking the situation.” —Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star
“In a world filled with rudeness, it is refreshing to read a book that dares a young woman to be ‘grand’ — in the same way that Jackie Onassis, Holly Golightly and Coco Chanel were models of taste and diplomacy…Izzo and Marsh…give advice that seems ‘retro’ but is actually as solid as the pillars of civilization itself…This timely, self-help guide also functions as a crash course in survival for those sweet young things who have been dazed into dysfunction by watching Melrose Place, Jerry Springer and Limp Bizkit videos. Absolutely everything is covered in this book, from what to wear to a job interview, to how to leave your lover, to what kind of utensils should be stocked in your kitchen.” —Donna Lypchuck, Globe & Mail
“I graciously admit after reading this Carrie Bradshaw-meets-Peggy Post handbook that I had a thing or two to learn about being fabulous…These tips we should know (but don’t always) are cleverly dispersed between clips of fictional tales of girls with decorum getting by in the real world — fabulously.” —Flare Magazine
“The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Decorum by Kim Izzo and Ceri Marsh hauls Ms. Manners into the new millennium…In bright, snappy prose, they offer solutions to such dilemmas as sex with your boss (not always a no-no for ambitious FGs), the classic how to meet his/her parents (courteously, of course), and what to do when the condom breaks (a fast call for the morning-after pill). A fair bit of tongue-in-cheekery makes the book witty as well as wise.” —Elle Canada