Saturday, February 13, 2010

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn

I just finished reading Audrey Style by Pamela Clarke Keogh.

Source: Amazon.com
I've loved Audrey Hepburn (who doesn't?) ever since I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's in high school. She carried herself with grace and had an innate sense of style.
This book is full of gorgeous pictures featuring Audrey in film stills as well as in candid photographs. One photograph I loved was Audrey with her Speedy 25 (the pic on the right is similar to the one in the book). With the abundance of Speedy bags everywhere - it is refreshing to see that it is a classic. And it is fun to know that I have the same bag she did :-)


Here are some interesting facts I learned about Audrey from the book:
-She was trained as a ballerina - which resulted in her perfect posture.
-She was very gracious and had beautiful manners.
-She would only focus on one task at a time, and put all her effort into that one task.
-She had a strong interest in fashion, and was very aware of her own body-type. She knew what type of clothes highlighted her delicate proportions, and only wore clothes that met her exacting standards.
-She was active throughout her life, and loved going for long walks everyday. She would get a massage 3 times a week and eat simple healthy foods.
-She had a very basic beauty routine. She used Erno Laszlo skin products and Philip Kingsley shampoo.
-For make-up, she focused on her eyes - and favoured minimal foundation and pale pink lips.
-During films, her personal make-up artist would apply foundation, set it with powder, brush away the excess and spray her face with Evian, blotting after 2 minutes. This trick gave her a gorgeous glow.

This book is great for light reading. The anecdotes from people in Audrey's life made the book interesting. However, I found the book to be a little unstructured and repetitive. I would like to own a picture book of Audrey someday, but I think that there are better ones out there. I'd definitely recommend checking it out from the library (like I did)!

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