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City chic : an urban girl's guide to livin' large on less
Willdorf, Nina.
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Publication Information:
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, [2003]

Physical Description:
xv, 247 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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HQ1229 .W73 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Urban Girls work hard and play even harder. They have an eye for style that is only slowed by a budgetary bottom line. They live the lifestyles of the not-at-all-rich and the not-just-yet-famous. Soon enough, they will be superstars, oozing savoir-faire. But for now, before they assume the helm of the boardroom table, they still have their secret ways of living the good life.

City Chic is a practical, insiders' primer on how to squeeze the most style out of a small salary, how to creatively cheat at looking chic for cheap. From food and drink to personal maintenance to clothes to home décor, City Chic covers everything an Urban Girl needs to know.
--Big-idea decorating for small spaces
--Financially sound fitness techniques
--Cash-saving culinary tips
--Shopping sales calendars-by day, month and season
--and so much more!

Author Notes

Nina Willdorf is an assistant editor for Worth magazine and currently lives in Manhattan

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Bursting with random tidbits-e.g., bakeries often slash prices heavily right before closing; it's best to shampoo your hair every other day, not daily; blue is supposedly an appetite suppressant, thus not a great color to paint your kitchen-Willdorf's handbook for the chick-lit crowd actually contains lots of useful information. The glossy magazine vet (she's written for Glamour, Worth, Entertainment Weekly and Teen Vogue) provides a cheat sheet for 20-something women dealing with life on a budget in a big city. There are chapters on home decorating (complete with tips on seasonal curbside shopping); body care (suggesting exercises you can do anywhere); food and drink (listing cash-saving dinner options); and clothes (insisting "white tennies over tights are not an option here. Don't even think about it."). Of course, any woman who's lived in New York for a few months already knows the drill, but Willdorf's book may appeal to newbies and those considering making a move to a more urban environment. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Section 1 Home
Chapter 1 Lighten upp. 3
Small apartment color choices
Room by room wise color guide
Thinking beyond the four walls in paint
Big ideas for small spaces
Basic lighting primer
Room by room lighting vibe guide
Chapter 2 Furnish for lessp. 17
Settling on a scheme
Know when to negotiate
Honing in on deals
Quality furniture markers
Already-in-place furnishing alternatives
Furniture garnishes
Chapter 3 Free finds you can pick up on the streetp. 31
Reimagining trash as treasure
Knowing when to pass and when to pounce
Seasonal curbside shopping
Room by room free furnishing options
Found art
Sprucing up found furniture
Chapter 4 Final touches with flowers and plantsp. 45
Flora and fauna for the fast-paced lifestyle
Low-maintenance high-yield options
Picking the plant Most Likely to Succeed
Problem-free potting and watering
Last-ditch deathbed plant rescue
Hardy flowers
Coaxing the longest life out of cut flowers
Section 2 Body
Chapter 5 Toning down your fitness budgetp. 61
Financially sound fitness methods
Anywhere exercises
Everyday chores = extreme exercise
Squeezing savings when joining gyms
Chapter 6 Snip your hair care budgetp. 77
Selecting the right salon
Long-lasting looks
Bottom line on bangs
Hair color expenses
Lowering highlighting costs
Chapter 7 Makeup mythsp. 91
Bare bones makeup bag
Worthwhile splurges
Drugstore scores
When to replenish and replace
Best budget beauty buys
Fridge to face beauty recipes
Multitasking makeup
Section 3 Eat & drink
Chapter 8 Drink your way into a savings stuporp. 109
Selecting a signature drink
Bargain booze hounds
E-Z Wine primer
Storage solutions
Coffee conundrum
Chapter 9 Price-saving pantriesp. 121
Savvy grocery shopping schedules
Special deals in shopping for food
Seasonal saving
Pantry staples
Fast recipes for one
What to buy generic
Long-lasting storage secrets
Chapter 10 The only 5 spices you really needp. 137
Five spices you really need
Spice substitution charts
When bad meals happen to good people
Urban Girl cooking maxims
Chapter 11 Entertaining for lessp. 147
Avoiding the unequal restaurant bill-split scenario
Ordering tips
Downsizing your diet
Dinner party prize-winning recipes
Cash-saving co-op dinners
Section 4 Wear
Chapter 12 The urban girl's lookp. 163
Glam, ghetto-fabulous, or genteel--who is the Urban Girl?
On not getting hemmed in
Essential items
Unlikely inspiration
Chapter 13 Weeding in your closetp. 177
Ditch the nostalgia
Fashion face-lifts
When more isn't better
Style signatures and spicy accents
Chapter 14 Behind the seamsp. 185
Lengthen clothing lifespan
Dry-cleaning do's and don'ts
Stain removal solutions
Supermarket stain removal recipes
Laundry mishaps and saving solutions
Piecemeal maintenance
Chapter 15 Shop 'n' savep. 197
Cozy up to the calculator
Price-per-item values
Speed shopping and coy one-liners
Reasonable measures
Clothes Inspection 101
General shopping strategies
Shopping by calendar--season, month, day
Sample sales
Thrift scores
Chapter 16 Style staplesp. 219
Itemizing what's important
Piecemeal shopping
Trends: Invest in the best
Looks that last
Chapter 17 Satisfy without spendingp. 237
Ode to malls
Walletless shopping
Clothing swap parties
Share 'n' care
Dare to do it yourself
The booksp. 249
The indexp. 251
The authorp. 253