The Craft Lou Teasdale Book Review : Hello I'm Clo
Hello I'm Clo!
This book is very different from the 'girl next door' book I reviewed
last time. (Lauren Conrad, Style) this book is not for the fashion faint hearted!
Lou Teasdale is mostly known for being stylist and all round confidant
to the British boy band and international sensation that is one
The book 'The Craft' first caught my eye in the Birmingham Urban
Outfitters store, I then later that day went online to amazon to find it
pretty much half the rrp price. I picked it up for £6 with prime next
day delivery. I was very happy with my little bargain.
The book is clearly a visual representation of the world of Lou and you
can tell from the onset that the book is going to be urban streetwear
chic, featuring lots of whacky bits and bobs. I just didn't expect it to be so alternative! Although it does state that there are 25 alternative looks, I was expecting something a little more demure especially considering Lou's young female fanbase.
Realistically this book only applies to a minority of people, I'd limit the looks
mentioned and discussed within the book, location wise to certain areas
of London ( Think brick lane, hackney, Camden, Soho.) it's for the outlandish,
the bold and the attention seekers, not for someone looking for make up
tips in order to pop down the shops with some palls, this is all out
OUT THERE book. The book is for a small minority and the wider demographic are the people who want to be in the minority, just lack the confidence and commitment to make such bold statements.
I liked the introduction to new indie brands such as eyelash company
shimmer twins. I always love a new indie brand alert! I also enjoyed mini Q&As from industry experts on
tanning (Jules Heptonstall ) and nails (Ama Quashie) which accompanied the book well and had 'Basic' transferable advice, but I can't help
but feel that some of the products mentioned were to heavily sponsored.
Fudge hair products and bumble and bumble were mentioned a little too
often (about 10 times.) I need diversity and so does any other teenage girl out there. Give us options.
The topics of beauty, hair and make up directly discussed outlandish,
alternative styles with no discussion of the basics. I feel the book
failed to address that you can look good without bucket loads of make up
on and without dying your hair an array of rainbow colours. With so many one
direction fans following her every move (1M Twitter Followers) and ultimately the book ,I feel
like the fact of body confidence and being different without being
visually over the top, or getting tattooed should have been mentioned.
It's a fun book for your coffee table to simply flick through or for light reading, however if
you're looking for serious industry tips, this book probably isn't for
you. The book isn't written for pros, it's written to be fun and down
with the kids. There is a little section about assisting in the industry, which raises the point of working hard which is of course completely valid but
all the same I feel there should have been more focus on her career and
how she got to where she is despite the whole one direction
The book took about an hour an hour and a half if you
count my coffee making time! It's 100 pages long yet is visual heavy. If
you removed the words from the pictures you'd have a blog post not a
book. It's not worth the RRP. Sounds and reads harshly but I have to be honest.
Don't get me wrong, fair play Lou for doing a book. It just didn't
feature as much written personality within it. The visuals are great,
I'd have just liked a little more word wise. I need to be fed more
information. I'll be using this book as a visual reference tool anytime I'm going for
a super 'alternative' look when styling a shoot. Otherwise I think it will, for the time being,
sit pretty on my book shelf.
I'd love to know what you guys think -
Am I being to make up professional about this? Let me know your thoughts on the book below!
Lots of love,
Clo : -))
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