I agree with the person that said this was the equivalent of a bunch of magazine tidbits. There is ALOT of nothing in here... things that I could've gathered on my own. It was quite disappointing on so many levels. Barely entertaining bathroom reading?! Yes, but not for the price and hype. Here are some low-lights in this first half of the book.
How to be stylish: "remember a good pair of shoes can make any outfit. Likewise, a bad pair can do irrevocable damage." (Okay, so what's a good pair and a bad pair?)
Half a page on how to stick to a gym membership summed up: Tell everyone. Ideally go with a friend. Know what will scare you into action. (DUH.)
How to swim in shades (summarized): wrap a rubber band around each arm of the shades. Then make an inconspicuous ponytail with a small strand of hair to keep the shades in place. (Sounds like a breeze.)
Hair: Dry shampoo is perfect for reviving bands. (Proceeds to offer how to for teasing hair into a big bouffant, no pictures included. At least in magazines there are pictures.)
Tips for the salon: dress to impress, giving the stylist some inspiration. Be prepared (ie-bring a book for the down time.) Do not opt for a style that you cant re-create (Duh.) Know the style that suits your face (DUH) and get your punchline out before the dryer is on (as you and your stylist cant hear as well when the dryer is on).
How to deal with bad hair days: wear a hat. (This takes up two pages. Two additional pages on "how to wear a hat".)
Some of the biggest disappoints:
How to deal with unpleasant situations covers how to avoid the flu "keep your hands clean... eat fruits and vegetables..."; how to apply adhesive bandages, how to be stylish in a sling; how to use toilets at concert venues; how to pick up dog doo with style...
How to survive an occasion "weddings, funerals & birthdays". (The book skimps on the most important aspect... gifts!) "If they have a wedding list, go for it. If all you can afford is a sugar-bowl lid, so be it." (Did I need a book for this?!)
How to dance: "Invest in VH1 and MTV- watch the videos and learn". (If it were all that easy, we'd all be dancing like Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, no?!) Precedes to outline the moves to the tango with no foot charts or pictures.
How to grill bacon, sausage, and tomato: Generously piece and put under grill, and flip when they look done.
How to get a mortgage: all you need to do is go to Google, type in "mortage broker," et voila. (sounds fail proof to me, seeing as there are very few internet scams out there nowadays)