Lush Angel is back! Yup, I’m still here and I’m doing fine (that’s what I want to think…). Anyway,  I’m supposed to blog about my birthday outfit, but I’ll have to postpone that for tomorrow or some other day as I’m so excited to share about this new book of Nina Garcia. Hehehe! 🙂

Arthur and I were craving for Pepper Lunch last Saturday so we decided to go to Rockwell and have our lunch there. He was doing his last minute shopping too so we really had to pass by Power Plant anyway. When we went inside National Bookstore, look what I saw…

 the style strategy by nina garcia

Yes, it’s Nina Garcia’s newest book- The Style Strategy! 🙂 I’m becoming a fan of Nina Garcia after reading her books, The Little Black Book of Style and The One Hundred. I didn’t know that Nina Garcia released a new book recently. Oooops! My bad! Hehehe! I had a chance to browse through the book, The Style Strategy, and I loved it! 🙂 It talks about practicality. It’s all about the less-is-more approach to staying chic and shopping smart. Nina Garcia shares secrets of her own style strategy. She says, before you start shopping, you need to ask ourselves the 3 core questions- “What do I have?”, “What do I need”, and “What do I want?”.  Hmmm… sound interesting eh? Let us dig in to these questions… 🙂

What do I have? It means raiding your closet and getting rid of all the things you don’t need! Oooops! That I should really do some time soon, but then again, I have this problem of letting go (yes, even in my material stuffs… hehehe). Nina Garcia encourages us to take inventory of the things we already have. Okay, I need to take note of that! Hehehe!

What do I need? From the inventory of your closet, figure out the things you still need. As she said, every wardrobe should have a solid foundation, meaning, the basics such as the LBD, the perfect jeans, the fantastic pair of pumps, etc. You must make a list of these basics, then check out what you have and what you don’t have. You’d be surprised that you actually need a lot less than what you think. *wink*

What do I want? These are usually the trends that refresh our closets. These are the extras that we shouldn’t be spending majority of our budget. It’s okay to keep up with trends, but don’t spend a fortune! Remember, trends come and go so we shouldn’t be exhausting our moolah for such. 🙂

Now, if you wanna buy something that’s not in our “need” list, what do you do??? Nina Garcia suggests to follow the rule of thumb. Make sure you have at least three different ways to wear your purchase when you get home! 🙂

What I love about her is she insists that being stylish doesn’t mean spending a fortune. She encourages cheap thrills. She wants you to recycle. She wants you to go through your mom’s closet. Now, aren’t you excited to grab her new book, The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart? 🙂 If you aren’t so convinced yet, check out Nina Garcia’s interview at ABC News regarding her new book. 🙂