Taking a fresh and personal take on fashion and beauty, YouTube vlogger and comedian Grace Helbig writes her second and hilarious book “Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It.”
Grace Helbig, a New Jersey native, entertains two million viewers three days a week from her popular self titled YouTube channel. Videos span from comedy sketches, style how-to’s and reviews.
Helbig’s new book, released February 2, tackles what many see as intimidating and sensitive subjects: style and self-image. Helbig uses her irreverent humor to tear back the curtain so many put up when dealing with fashion and exposes herself as a regular and vulnerable human being.
What I find so refreshing in this book is her introduction. Here she gives readers a look into her “history of insecurity before getting into [her] present-day reflections on style,” including an eating disorder, self-acceptance and humility.
Too many fashion magazines, blogs and articles carry fashion in such a serious matter, which it can be, but forget to leave the patronizing tone at home. In “Grace & Style,” Helbig takes what can be seen as a feminist stance on the beauty of a wardrobe and the fun you can have with it.
Instead of demeaning trends deemed out of season or unflattering for “certain” bodies, Helbig points out the obvious that you can wear whatever you find your body comfortable in – that is of course if it’s not spaghetti straps aka straps made out of literal spaghetti (they just don’t last).
Throughout the book, readers can enjoy laughing along to self-deprecating jokes, absurd scenarios and inspirational clothing choices Helbig chooses for her own day to day life.
To sum up “Grace & Style,” I’ll leave you with my favorite quote by the author’s mother: “Be at peace with the fact that you’re not always going to look your best, but if you’re doing your best, that look will always show through.”
This Saturday Feb. 6, buy your ticket for an exciting day to meet author Grace Helbig for a book signing at Boswell Book Company on Downer Ave. Along with a signed copy of “Grace & Style,” attendees can also snap a selfie with the YouTube personality. Tickets can be bought online. The signing begins at 2 p.m.