Recommended Reading: Mikki Taylor’s Commander in Chic

From the beautiful photography to the warm commentary to the priceless “Mikki-isms”, this book is a style resource to have at hand.  Celebrating the effortless style of FLOTUS Michelle Obama and jam-packed with Ms. Taylor’s expertise from years as Essence ‘s final-word beauty editor, Commander in Chic was such a great read and wealth of information on building one’s personal style that I couldn’t put it down…it was more like having a one-on-one conversation with a style-savvy friend!

As Ms. Taylor notes, “At the end of the day, style in the broad stroke is about being on purpose.  It’s about being comfortable in your skin and not following the trends but setting them.  Finally, it’s about being your most bold, empowered self and using that awareness to color your world–from your inner and outer beauty to your fashion sensibility, from the love that you share to the hand you lend in service to others.  It’s about showing up ready to stand and deliver and not only looking the part, but being just the woman for the opportunity at hand.  That’s what being a “commander in chic” is all about.  And we, like Michelle Obama, are just the women to do so.”

Whatever your politics are, who can’t agree with that?  Fab ones, I loved this book so much that not only did I purchase one for myself, I’m giving a copy away!  So tell me how you “keep it chic”: how do you express your personal style (and I don’t care if you shop the Salvation Army or Neiman Marcus)?  Leave a comment below between now and December 31,  2011 and a copy could be yours!

The Look: Floral for Fall

If you think bouquets are only for springtime, think again.  First Lady Michelle Obama once again demonstrates she is (as former Essence Beauty Editor Emeritus Mikki Taylor has dubbed her)  “Commander in Chic” by rocking a white Thakoon dress festooned with pink and yellow flowers at a Tampa appearance last month.  Sharp eyes at the Huff Post and New York Magazine discovered that the First Lady has worn this dress multiple times, also proving that one of the most glamorous women in the world shops her own closet!

Mrs. Obama – who wears up and coming and established designers as well as accessible brands like J. Crew and Gap –  recently revealed her philosophy on style:  “Everything in my closet is something I love, so that I can make choices based on what makes sense, knowing that I’m going to love whatever  it is.”

Want the look without the Thakoon pricetag?  Jessica Simpson offers a similar version.

Image courtesy of the Associated Press

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