I am reading The Devil Wears Prada by Laura Weisberger. I cannot believe I've never read it before! It is an exciting tale about a poor, enslaved assistant to a wretchedly mean fashion editor. The setting is New York City, of course! Andrea Sachs is the lowly assistant to Miranda Priestly, the editor to Runway magazine. Andrea is a writer who longs to work for the New Yorker (I can identify with that!). She lands a job that "a million girls would die for" working for Miranda because rumor-has-it that surviving one year with Miranda will land you ANY job. So, Andrea accepts her one year of torture. I chose the following snip-it because in this scene, after several months of trying to keep her identity and not give in to the fashion hype all around her, she accepts her first bags of Closet discards. Jeffy has brought the bags over and Andrea feels the love!
The second, even more bulging bag spilled forth a stunning array of shoes, bags, and a couple of coats. There were two pairs of high-heeled Jimmy Choo boots -- one ankle- and one knee-length -- two pairs of open-toe Manolo stiletto sandals, a pair of classic black Prada pumps, and one pair of Tod loafers, which Jeffy immediately reminded me to never wear to the office. I slung a slouchy red suede bag over my shoulder and immediately saw the two intersecting "C"s carved in the front, but that wasn't nearly as beautiful as the deep chocolate leather from the Celine tote that I threw on my other arm. A long military-style trench with the signature oversize Marc Jacobs buttons topped it all off.
"You're joking," I said softly, fondling a pair of Dior sunglasses he'd apparently thrown in as an afterthought. "You've got to be kidding."
Thus, begins her love affair with fashion! I am particularly drawn to the book, because Andrea is a normal girl. She worked hard in college and now is thrown into this materialistic, fashionista world, surrounded by models and "fake" people. But, Andrea holds out as long as she can, not giving in to the hype. Okay, so we all saw the movie, but really, the book is an entity all it's own. Andrea's character is so much more down-to-earth and likable in the book. Miranda Priestly does not overpower the scenes, it's all about Andrea trying to please her, to do her job. Yes, she hates her, but the light at the end of the tunnel is the New Yorker. So, as I read on, I can't help but feel a dreaded outcome . . . will she last the year? Will Miranda actually make the call for her to the New Yorker?? I must continue reading!
Speaking of bags of goodies, my friend Saundra is hosting her very first giveaway! Love Pampered Chef? Well, head on over to her blog and enter! You MUST read about the bag of loot she is offering, amazing! I feel an Andrea-moment coming on . . .
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