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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

"Find Your Fabulous" - The Back Story...

I've wanted to write a book for many years. To me, it seemed like one of the ultimate accomplishments a person could achieve. I had no idea what I wanted to write about or how I would get started, but the desire was there.

I've included a part of my story below, through the lens of questions I've been asked during the writing process.

How did you decide what you were going to write about?

I started my blog, The Fearless Fashionista®, to provide myself with a forum to write about fashion and style, post pictures of my outfits, and develop my fashion point of view. Over the years, as I began building up content and speaking to women about fashion and style, I realized I was "writing my book", but I still didn't think I was ready. "I don't have enough content," is what I told myself. I also made up other excuses, but my aunt, an author and career coach, pushed me off the ledge on January 1, 2017. I mentioned to her that I wanted to write a book, but didn't think I was ready, etc. etc.

I don't remember exactly what she said, but she made me feel like I could do it, regardless of my doubts—and I started "writing" my book later that day.

I put the word "writing" in quotes, because my first step was to cull content from my existing blog posts and workshops that I conducted. I already had a framework, but just needed to organize the content in a logical way and fill in any gaps. It sounds simple enough, but it wound up taking me over two years to complete. I had periods where I would write consistently, but then there were periods where I wouldn't touch the project for a month or two and then I would get back on track.

I don't consider myself to be a writer, but I do like to write. From a technical perspective, there are areas where I need to improve, but if I waited until I perfected the art of writing, the book would have never gotten finished. So my journey as a "writer" will continue.

How did you decide on a name for your book?

The name of my book is 'Find Your Fabulous: The Fearless Fashionista Approach to Developing and Owning Your Style." I chose that name because I want women to realize that "fabulous" is a subjective term. What is fabulous to me, may be different than what fabulous means to someone else. Every woman has to decide for herself what her level of comfort is in terms of style and fashion. I include my four step approach to getting dressed that helps define the process of selecting clothes that flatter your figure and developing a signature style that works for you. Once you develop your style, you have to wholeheartedly embrace it. Style is something very personal and once you accept who you are, it becomes much easier to express yourself through the clothing you wear.

What can we expect when reading your book?

I include some of the basics—fashion fundamentals that you may or may not be familiar with. Just like with building a house, you have to start with a sturdy foundation. That's the approach I took with my book. I also include personal stories and experiences to put some of the content in context. I found a fabulous artist who created the illustrations for my book. She was able to bring my vision to life, while adding her artistic point of view, which I absolutely love.

Below is one of the images that will be included in my book. Anyone who knows me knows I love a tulle skirt. This is an example of art and life imitating each other.

I'm having the interior formatting and cover design done by Humming Soul Creative, so the layout and presentation of the book is as fabulous as the content.

The book will be available this summer, and up until its release, I will continue to share related content and information.

Thank you for reading, and please visit me again soon.

Be Fearless. Stay Fashionable. Have Fun!