Commander in Chic

Commander in Chic

Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like A First Lady

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
An analysis of the personal style of Michelle Obama shares tips on how to create an adaptable, polished style regardless of budget, in a guide that also considers essential fitness practices and empowerment skills.

& Taylor

An analysis of the personal style of Michelle Obama, written by a veteran Essence beauty editor, shares her insider observations and tips on how to create an adaptable, polished style regardless of budget, in a guide that also considers essential fitness practices and empowerment skills.

Simon and Schuster
With her “classic with a twist” sensibility, Michelle Obama oozes chic! Mikki Taylor, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on fashion, beauty, and style, has taken Mrs. Obama as her muse, to write the book women who admire them both have been waiting for, Commander in Chic.

The nation’s major networks, radio stations, and newspapers call on Mikki Taylor not only to discuss the “Obama look” and its feverish impact on style, but to hear Taylor’s own smart advice on looking polished and pulled together. She’s been privy to Obama’s style philosophy as well as that of countless celebs through her longtime role as beauty and cover director atEssence magazine, where she collaborated with Obama’s team on fashion and beauty choices for prime photo shoots for the magazine.

Now Taylor is sharing the keys to the Obama look with her diary-like observations, tips, andMikki-isms (her short, ultra-clever style aphorisms) for women everywhere. Mikki knows we all want to possess a signature look and a wardrobe of bankable pieces that allow us the kind of versatility where we never have to worry about what to wear again! Consider Commander in Chic as your personal style diary—one where you’ll find everything you need to know to possess great style—simply, effortlessly, and for keeps.

Cover-to-cover, the book is full of stunning photo-graphs that take the guesswork out of what works. Every chapter in the book shares the kinds of concrete information and inspiring style ideas that not only make getting dressed a fabulous experience, but define what will make you a woman to remember! Here is everything you need to know about style—from your glossary of high-performance hair products and “do how-to’s” to the best makeup finds and techniques to what you need to know to grow your nails long and strong to the most polished hues for all skin tones. In “The Gam Slam,” Taylor tells you how to work summer-pretty legs year-round—from how to keep them even-toned and satiny smooth to vein-free.

Mikki took great care in talking to the experts about what we need to know to manage our lives from the inside out—from our mental and physical health and wellness to the importance of self-nurturing. As a result, you’ll find guiding principles on diet and exercise for the various stages of your life—from age twenty and beyond. You’ll also find the critical information you need to know to nourish your well-being so you can continue to be the empowered woman you are called to be.

All in all, Commander in Chic is a gold mine of information that will inspire you—from head to toe, inside and out—on how to truly style, now and for years to come.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2011
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439196724
Characteristics: xxi, 170 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm


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Jul 13, 2012

I hate it when authors insert themselves into a book and this author does it extensively. She is an editor-at- large of Essence magazine and indeed, the book reads like a magazine. There are photos & commentary about Michelle Obama including her clothing, her hair, her attitude, her workouts, etc but then in each section, there's extensive talk from the author about how you can pull off something similar. On and on she goes about make-up and hair regimens; all very tedious to this feminist. When discussing workouts, the author detailed special exercises by age group; it ended with hints for those in their fifties. I guess us sixty-somethings might as well forget it.

I was somewhat surprised that the book was so nonchalant about the First Lady straightening her hair; no one seems to want to discuss that. What happened to the African-American woman with a natural??

rowanquincy Feb 07, 2012

Not much use unless you resemble Michele Obama.

debwalker Dec 09, 2011

Love her sense of style.


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