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Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me


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Lucia van der Post has a weekly style advice column, 'Ask Lucia', in The Times . She was the founding editor of the Financial Times's How to Spend It magazine and has also written for the New Statesman, Departures and many others.


The fairy godmother doling out advice is the eminently stylish Lucia van der Post, who manages never to patronise her reader or - as other guides do - write as though she has been lobotomised . . . Her tips on simple but treacherously difficult things like how best to wear black are vital reading - VogueWith no-nonsense bravura she filters out the rubbish and highlights the ways to age glamorously, dress chicly, entertain fabulously, be a supportive and warm friend, mother and wife . . . Insightful, practical and poignant - Easy LivingPoised, elegant and idiosyncratic, Lucia is the grande dame of style . . . Good advice was never so glam - EveFinishing school in a book - Daily Mail/ WeekendIf the word elegance touches you in a deep, primal place, then this book will do it for you . . . this book is soaked in the essence of van der Post, heady but grounded with earthy undertones - Good HousekeepingMuch-adored journalist crafts wise words about fashion, fun and family - Daily CandyA lot of information packed into this single volume, from how to dress for your age to the author's pick of the best cleansers and moisturizers available - Sainsbury's MagazineSome tips are common sense while others are authoritative gems of insight. The Financial Times sage avoids being patronising, and offers an entertaining read, even if many tips are achievable only wit

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