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GOODBYE FASHIONISTA, HELLO EXPRESSONISTA:

NEW BOOK TEACHES YOUNG GIRLS HOW TO EXPRESS CONFIDENCE THROUGH FASHION

 

July 19, 2013—Fashion consultant Jackie Walker and fashion writer Pamela Dittmer McKuen are on a mission to help young girls ditch their fashion doubts, love what they wear and accept who they are. In their new book, EXPRESSIONISTA: HOW TO EXPRESS YOUR TRUE SELF THROUGH (AND DESPITE) FASHION (Beyond Words/Aladdin; September 3, 2013; $16.99), Walker and McKuen incorporate self-help techniques into the ever-present dilemma of fashion, giving girls the inspiration to embrace their style and express their authenticity.

Through fun quizzes, insider tips and relatable case studies, the authors help girls, ages 8-12, how to:

  • Dress for her body type
  • Develop confidence in her fashion choices
  • Track fashion trends
  • Shop on a budget
  • Organize her fashionable closet

 EXPRESSIONISTA teaches readers to approach fashion without fear, with the support from tween-favorite superstars:

“It’s all about finding your own beauty, not wishing you looked like someone else.”—Zooey Deschanel

“Today is another day for your inner goddess to step out and shine.”—Jennifer Lopez

 

About the Authors

Jackie Walker is a longtime fashion consultant and coauthor of I Don’t Have a Thing To Wear, which helps women develop a healthy relationship with their clothes. Coined the “Dr. of Closetology”, she has spoken to groups such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.

Pamela Dittmer McKuen is a full-time feature writer specializing in homes, design, fashion, travel and architecture. She writes for myriad publications including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Life, a magazine that appears in regional editions of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

 

EXPRESSIONISTA

How to Express Your True Self Through (and Despite) Fashion

By Jackie Walker and Pamela Dittmer McKuen

Beyond Words/Aladdin

September 3, 2013

$16.99/$9.99

HC ISBN: 978-1-58270-429-6

PB ISBN: 978-1-58270-248-9

Expressionista authors Jackie Walker and Pamela Dittmer McKuen at a Mother-Daughter Breakfast and Book-Signing, Little Traveler in Geneva, Illinois

Expressionista authors Jackie Walker and Pamela Dittmer McKuen at a Mother-Daughter Breakfast and Book-Signing, Little Traveler in Geneva, Illinois

 

 

 

Expressionista, the Book

January 1, 2014

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Good-by Fashionista, Hello Expressionista: My partner Jackie Walker and I are on a mission to help young girls ditch their fashion doubts, love what they wear and accept who they are.

Our new book, “Expressionista: How to Express Your True Self Through (and Despite) Fashion” (Simon & Schuster), incorporates self-help techniques into the ever-present dilemma of fashion, giving girls the inspiration to embrace their style and express their authenticity.

Scattered throughout the 200 pages are fun quizzes, insider tips, case histories and journaling prompts. Girls ages 8-12 learn to how to identify their unique Fashion Personas, build confidence in their fashion choices, shop on a budget, organize their closets and ward off fashion bullies.

Why this book and this audience? A decade ago Jackie, a motivation speaker on the subject of esteem dressing, wrote a similar book for adult women, “I Don’t Have a Thing to Wear: The Psychology of Your Closet (Simon & Schuster). As she toured the country promoting that book, she saw many moms were buying a second copy because their daughters kept the first one for themselves!

She also learned that women’s fashion insecurities almost always stem from childhood! We all have stories of classmates or family members who criticized something about our appearance, and those criticisms sting for a lifetime. 

Jackie and I met up, and we decided to tailor the message of personal expression through clothing to young girls, before those barbs and criticisms and doubts can take hold. Hence, the “Expressionista” book.

Fashionistas dress to impress other people and make themselves noticed in a crowd. Expressionistas know their true inner selves, and they use clothing to tell the world who they are. Our goal is for every girl and woman to become an Expressionista.

How to order: Your local bookstore or any online purveyor. Here is a link to the Expressionista page on Amazon.com:

http://amzn.to/1isdjEf

And here is a link to Jackie Walker’s website: http://www.jackiewalker.com.