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The story of a young woman’s life, one outfit at a time.
Tucked inside the fibers and buttons and pockets of the clothing in our closets are the stories of our lives, the lessons we’ve learned, the people we’ve loved. Like so many of us, Adena Halpern has used clothes to conform, to seduce, to console, to show off, and to hide. Her ability to relate fashion to her inner life--in a way that goes beyond the clothes--has endeared her to many readers, one of whom called her, "the real-life Carrie Bradshaw."
But Fashionista, she’s not. Adena is: every teenage girl who had to have what all the other girls had, whether it looked good on her or not; the college coed who swooned for the boy in the leather jacket; the heartbroken girl who chose a rebound dress over a rebound man; the best friend who borrows clothes and never gives them back; the woman who is 45 minutes late to work because she has nothing to wear. She is a lover of clothes and shopping whose passionate memories are always tied not only to the clothes that she wore, but what everyone else was wearing, too. This is the affectionate and funny story of Adena’s life, an unconventional love story that readers will want to share. Clotheshorse or otherwise, this book is for anyone who keeps an old piece of clothing in the back of their closet, wishing that one day those clothes would get up and start talking about the wonderful times you once shared together.
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Praise for Adena Halpern:
"Reading Adena’s story made me want to throw open the doors of my closet and hear the stories my own clothes have to tell—from my first Galliano gown, to a pair of Earth shoes that I wore in eighth grade with a pair of Calvin Klein jeans. This book reassures the girl in each of us that she’s not alone in her search for the perfect outfit and the confidence that, we hope and pray, comes along with it."
"You'll fall in love with Adena, her mother, her family, and her friends. I did. Though she can't control her life or lovelife (who can?), she can control her closet and her spirit shines through that closet."
–Ilene Beckerman, author of Love, Loss and What I Wore and Makeovers at the Beauty Counter of Happiness
"For years, I’ve been looking for someone to write about shopping in a funny, smart, modern way. And I’ve found her... a girl after our own high-heeled hearts."
—LESLEY JANE SEYMOUR, EDITOR IN CHIEF, MARIE CLAIRE
Adena Halpern wrote a popular series of essays titled, Â“The Haute Life,Â” for the back page of Marie Claire Magazine, which reaches 3.1 million readers monthly. She is a contributing writer for Daily Variety and has written for The New York Times. Adena earned her bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dramatic Writing from New York University and a master of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting from The American Film Institute..
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