By Audrey J. Bernard, Lifestyles & Society Editor
*On November 29, 2011, right on the heels of people having given thanks at “Thanksgiving Day” gatherings, the much anticipated tome by media veteran and style maven Mikki Taylor, Commander in Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady, is set to be released by Simon & Schuster.
The page turner that channels Taylor’s admiration for this country’s chic First Lady Michelle Obama and her inimitable style is something we can all be thankful for. The book is totally delish — like a Thanksgiving Day dinner with all the trimmings.
Michelle Obama has brought fashion back to the White House and Taylor’s book chronicles the First Lady’s peerless style. “Consider Commander in Chic as your personal style diary — one where you’ll find everything you need to know to possess great style — simply, effortlessly, and for keeps,” says Taylor.
Taylor has been a mainstay on the nation’s major networks, radio stations, and newspapers who look to her not only to discuss the “Obama look” and the First Lady’s feverish impact on style, but also to hear Taylor’s own smart advice on looking polished and pulled together.
Taylor’s been privy to Obama’s style philosophy as well as that of countless celebs through her longtime role as beauty and cover director at Essence magazine, where she collaborated with Obama’s team on fashion and beauty choices for prime photo shoots for the magazine.
Now Taylor is sharing the keys to the Obama look with her diary-like observations, tips, and Mikki-isms (her short, ultra-clever style aphorisms) for women everywhere. Taylor knows we all want to possess a signature look and a wardrobe of bankable pieces that allow us the kind of versatility where we never have to worry about what to wear again!
Cover-to-cover, the book is full of stunning photo-graphs that take the guesswork out of what works. Every chapter in the book shares the kinds of concrete information and inspiring style ideas that not only make getting dressed a fabulous experience, but define what will make you “a woman to remember!”
Here is everything you need to know about style — from your glossary of high-performance hair products and “do how-to’s” to the best makeup finds and techniques to what you need to know to grow your nails long and strong to the most polished hues for all skin tones. In “The Gam Slam,” Taylor tells you how to work summer-pretty legs year-round–from how to keep them even-toned and satiny smooth to vein-free.
Taylor took great care in talking to the experts about what we need to know to manage our lives from the inside out — from our mental and physical health and wellness to the importance of self-nurturing.
As a result, you’ll find guiding principles on diet and exercise for the various stages of your life — from age twenty and beyond. You’ll also find the critical information you need to know to nourish your well-being so you can continue to be the empowered woman you are called to be.
To sum it up, Commander in Chic is a gold mine of information that will inspire you — from head to toe, inside and out — on how to truly style, now and for years to come.
Taylor, editor-at-large at Essence Magazine, and the president of Mikki Taylor Enterprises, LLC, a strategic branding, consulting and communications company, has attended many preview book signings for her popular new book leading up to the post Thanksgiving Day release date.
The book has garnered lots of attention and Taylor has been signing books like a rock star, most recently at a celebration book bash hosted by Essence magazine and fashion designer Tracy Reese with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien at Reese’s fashionable downtown store in SoHo on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 7-9 pm where Taylor – looking gobblelicious — greeted fashionistas in a fabulous Reese design. (Photos by Brad Barket)
Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.