Freakin’ Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally be Better than Everyone Else by Clinton Kelly (2008)

To be fabulous, you must go with the flow (p 145).

freakingfabulousWho doesn’t want to be fabulous? Kelly breaks it down for the middle/upper class folks. The ladies will get the most out of this but Kelly does offer pointers for men as well.

He opens with “How to Dress.” Ladies, I will refer you to Kelly’s other book, Oh No She Didn’t! The Top 100 Style Mistakes Women Make and How to Avoid Them.It’s more comprehensive with the same thesis: Where what looks good on you because what you wear tells the world how you want to be treated. You probably know what to avoid and what you should be wearing… but too many  are just lazy. And sometimes, even I need a reminder not to wear my yoga pants anywhere but the gym.

The section titled “How to Speak” is a quick grammar refresher covering the most commonly misused words. My father, a retired instructor of English at Penn State, constantly corrected my grammar. He used to say, “All great men have at least one thing in common; a great vocabulary.”

I’ve often wondered why college students aren’t required to take a basic course in etiquette. For those who missed out, Kelly gives some excellent pointers in “How to Behave.”

If there’s one area I don’t need instruction in, it’s “How to Entertain.” Keep the carafe full, beer in the cooler and a cabinet of high-quality staple liquors. And you’re good. While there are recipes in this book, I have my own small catalog of favorites memorized and they serve my ilk well.

All in all, a good book of basics for emerging adults. Clinton’s humor makes it an enjoyable read even if the content is not news to you.

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