It’s All About the Dress

Thursday, November 10, 2011 3comments No tags Permalink 0

I’m a total sucker for cheeky, gossip-rich books, so you can bet I pre-ordered Vicky Tiel’s It’s All About the Dress way before it came out. The subtitle explains it all: “what I learned in forty years about men, women, sex, and fashion.”

She delivers, and though the name dropping gets tedious, I love the photos and dreams of extravagant lifestyles. I mean, how could you not?

What I didn’t expect to find however, was a chapter on Vicky’s relationship with Martha Stewart! Juicy tidbits of course. She delves into Martha’s home life and why her marriage fell apart. After a career as a model and stockbroker, Martha married a publisher and became a homemaker. A few years in, Vicky approached Martha with a coffee-table cookbook idea. Martha took on the book project, and at the same time, started catering parties and became completely consumed with this work/her passion.

“Martha worked and worked. Maybe she was too busy to notice what was happening to her marriage. Martha’s world collapsed when she found her husband cheating with her young assistant, Robyn. He left Martha, married Robyn, and a new creature emerged. The new Martha had a motivated heart to show Andy (the ex), and she did. I truly feel her drive was born of the need to let him know what she was capable of and make him sorry that he had left. … She learned to stand alone and find out what she was worth. America and Martha both benefited.” Read the book for more details ;)

Vicky also has a section on Martha Stewart’s Life Lessons (pictured above):
– Life can have two acts.
– You can develop any persona if you believe it yourself.
– Learn to speak correctly and beautifully, and you can become anyone you want.
– If you can get up at four thirty every morning, you will outwork the competition and achieve all your goals. When I visited Martha the Mogul in East Hampton, I got up at five and found Martha already out walking her dogs.
– Turn a failed marriage into a good thing.

3 Comments
  • anonymous
    November 10, 2011

    Wow… that sounds like a really interesting book! I buy SO MANY books that the library has become my new best friend… just have to wait until its available in my local library :) Unless you'd like to lend me YOUR copy… … …

  • anonymous
    November 11, 2011

    Oooh, thanks for the book recommendation. It does sound like a fun read, especially the Martha parts. But I read once that Martha's ex-husband had taken out a restraining order against her at some point. Perhaps she did a bit more than just show him that she could be uber-successful? ;) She does have her ex to thank for his last name. Martha Stewart has a patrician, upper-crust sound that Kostyra doesn't, and she used it to her advantage. Most women I know who had acrimonious divorces went back to their maiden names because they wanted no part of their former spouses.

  • Tracy
    November 24, 2011

    "Learn to speak correctly and beautifully, and you can become anyone you want."Oooh, I wonder how she sounded before. hihi"If you can get up at four thirty every morning, you will outwork the competition and achieve all your goals. "This is now my new mantra, but maybe not 4:30…

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