Monday, January 27

"The EveryGirl's Guide To Life" by Maria Menounos

I just finished rereading another gem from my bookshelf: The EveryGirl’s Guide To Life by television reporter Maria Menounos (you may know her from ExtraTV, or her time on Access Hollywood, Today, or Entertainment Tonight).

In her book, Maria covers a huge range of topics, from decorating and organization (this gal could give me a run for my money!) to hair and makeup to work and travel, with an incredible number of tips for women.

You might think that as a television personality, Maria’s suggestions might not exactly apply to you (and I will admit her closet is to die for) but as the daughter of Greek immigrants with incredible worth ethic, Maria keeps it real and stretches her time and dollars in the same way most of us do. Not only does she do her own hair and makeup for her daily TV appearances (most of her counterparts spend two hours getting “done”; Maria does her own in less than half an hour) but she, her partner Keven and a friend set up and photographed the cover shoot for her book, with no additional staff required.

Of course I’m fascinated by the lives of those who work in broadcasting, so I had a particular interest in the book, but I took away all sorts of practical ideas ideas (cleaning tricks, packing tips and work suggestions) as well as soaking up Maria’s “famous reporter” lifestyle.

Her sections on diet and exercise are very thorough, and while she’s much more dedicated than I am in these areas (she details how she lost 40 pounds several years ago) she’s also pretty realistic and practical about health and fitness – again, very accessible for what she calls “the EveryGirl”. Though I have to say that I could never get on board with one carb per day! (Her second book is coming soon, focusing specifically on diet and fitness.)

The book is packed with photographs of not just Maria, but her gorgeous home and many of the interesting people she’s met or interviewed (the Obamas, for example).

While I feel a bit old/experienced for a few of the topics, I still pick up new ideas every time I read the book (which is why it gets to stay on my shelf, rather than being passed along as most of my books are).

The EveryGirl’s Guide To Life would be a perfect gift for a young woman starting out – maybe someone entering the work force, or someone who just rented her first apartment or bought her first house.

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