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Style Notes

MAGGIE ALDERSON, novelist, philosopher of fashion and arbiter of style, brings us a new collection of her much-loved Style Notes column.

Find out why men hate shopping and why women love wearing clothes men hate.  Share the frustration of the search for the perfect Walkable Heeled Shoe and consider whether a size ‘large’ item of clothing is acceptable as a gift.

Learn why it’s good if your child is too embarrassed to be seen with you, and how to harness your life force through the power of yoga – and liberally applied make-up.

Discover some key terms for the fashion addicted – Show Crow, Bag Hag and Fleabag – and work out where you fit on the spectrum.

Warm, witty and wise, Style Notes is the ultimate insider’s guide – a knowledgeable but not-too-serious take on the wonders and weirdness of the world of fashion, style and life beyond.

Australia: Buy paperback AU$24.95 here  or buy the eBook AU$ $16.99 online here

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Gravity Sucks.

Is it OK to wear a bikini after forty?
What about peacock-blue toenail polish with bright-white hair and a faceful of slap?
If you don’t bother with make-up, bosom upholstery and foot facials are you letting yourself go, or just letting go?
Just what are the rules for older women, and who on earth makes them?

With her trademark wit and insight, much-loved novelist and journalist Maggie Alderson takes an honest look at ageing and asks the hard questions, such as who invented the ‘natural-look’ nipple concealer, and why? She tackles issues of gravity – the knees like fallen souffles, the ruched mummy tummy – and offers sage advice on what to do if you find yourself in a yoga class with a supermodel. She bemoans the passing of youth, but revels in the opportunities that age offers to be clearer, smarter, wiser and bossier (in the best possible way). If you’ve had it up to here with being told it’s all downhill after forty, this is the book for you.

Australia; Buy paperback AU$29.95 here or buy eBook online here AU$19.99.

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Handbag Heaven
Maggie Alderson is a firm believer in heaven – handbag heaven that is. Why else would finding a vintage Kelly bag seem like a blessing and resisting that Jamin Puech bag feel so hellish?In this witty and irreverent book Maggie Alderson guides you through not only the perils of shopping but also everyday life, explaining among other things why even the smallest clothing purchase is a major life decision, and why Buddha was right when he said ‘the root of all suffering is desire’ . . . especially when it comes to Ricky Martin.Open up Alderson’s bag of goodies to find out about fashion, beauty myths, her theory of shopping relativity, hair, and cockroaches (ahem). No subject is off limits and no bag remains unturned.

Australia; Buy paperback AU$24.95 here or buy eBook online here AU$16.99.

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Shoe Money

‘Have you ever wondered why even the truly stylish find it hard to do smart casual? Why all men look like James Bond in dinner jackets? Why all four-year-old girls are obsessed with pink? Why fashionable people always wear black? Why blondes have less fun? Or why some people will spend $6000 on a handbag?

This book will explain all of these mysteries and many more. And even if you’ve never pondered any of these issues, Maggie Alderson will amuse and entertain you with her finely tuned observations about everything from global style icons to when to wear that perfect red dress, with the leopardskin shoes, of course. Australia’s wittiest fashion and lifestyle commentator delivers a delightful bundle of wicked charm.

Austraila: Buy eBook AU$ $16.99 online here


  • fashion
    April 3, 2015

    Hey there just wanted to give you a quick
    heads up. The text in your content seem to be running off the screen in Chrome.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something
    to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
    The layout look great though! Hope you get the
    problem solved soon. Kudos

    • Jayne
      January 27, 2017

      Seems Ok on my version of Chrome

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