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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kelly Cutrone: "If you have to cry, go outside, and other things your mother never told you"

I spent an hour at Chapters tonight and got through about 40 pages of the above mentioned book, written by the owner of clothing line "People's Revolution" and who was featured on the brutal yet addicting television show "The City", a spinoff of one of reality show's worst "The Hills". Kelly Cutrone would be my biggest fear of a boss yet simultaneously, a mentor or elder who would teach me the ways of the world. Wow. When I see her rip into her staff, my knees go weak and I get a lump at my throat. I actually feel the awkward tension in the moments they display and think, if that was me, I would die on the spot. Like literally, dig a hole, and crawl into it and away from her as fast as I can. It's that same sort of fear that attracts me to her writing.

Here is a synopsis, taken from inside the jacket of her book, as well as a clip from the premiere of "The City".

Kelly Cutrone has long been mentoring women on how to make it in one of the most competitive industries in the world. She has kicked people out of fashion shows, forced some of reality television's shiny stars to fire their friends, and built her own company—one of the most powerful PR firms in the fashion business—from the ground up. Through it all, she has refused to be anything but herself.

Kelly writes in her trademark, no-bullshit style, combining personal and professional stories to share her secrets for success without selling out. Let's face it: this is a different world than the one in which our mothers grew up, and Kelly has created a real girl's guide to making it in today's world. Offering a wake-up call to women everywhere, she challenges us to stop the dogged pursuit of the “perfect life” and discover who we are and what we really want. Then she shows us how to go out there and get it. Much of our culture teaches us to muzzle our inner voice and follow the crowd; Kelly enables us to stop pretending and start truly living.

With chapters on how to find your tribe (those like-minded souls who make your heart sing), how sometimes a breakdown is really a breakthrough, and how there is no such thing as perfection, Kelly also shares practical advice, such as how to create a personal brand and how sometimes you have to fake it to make it.

Raw, hilarious, shocking, but always the honest truth, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside calls upon you to gather up your courage like an armful of clothes at a McQueen sample sale and follow your soul wherever it takes you. Whether you're just starting out in the world or looking to reinvent yourself, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside will be the spark you need to figure out what you have to say to the world—and how you're going to say it.

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