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Book Review: The Essentials of Fabulous

By Holly Reisem Hanna

Recently I was approached to review Ellen Lubin-Sherman’s book, The Essentials of Fabulous. While I don’t take on too many reviews now days, I decided to take this one on, because after all who doesn’t want to be fabulous?!

When I received the book, I didn’t know who Ellen Lubin-Sherman was. As it turns out, Ellen got her start in business delivering gossip news to Liz Smith, a popular gossip columnist. Later in her career, Ellen worked as a consultant for top communication firms advising brands like Gap, Martha Stewart and Perrier Water. Today Ellen continues to coach, consult, and speak to companies and businesses on how to be fabulous.

While most days I feel pretty “fabulous”, I was curious to see what Ellen had to say on the subject. The Essentials of Fabulous is broken down into 11 chapters, each discussing a different attribute of fabulous people. As I read through the book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement, that yes these are definitely characteristics of truly fabulous individuals. And while I’m not going to discuss every attribute, I did want to mention a couple that really resonated with me.


So if you want to be fabulous – you need to be competent! As Ellen puts it, fabulous people are the ones who are “refusing to cut the corners, drop the balls and ignore the obvious, even though they can get away with it”. I’m sure you’ve encountered many incompetent people in your life, and I think you’ll agree with me, it’s downright frustrating, infuriating and maddening. This is such an easy attribute to incorporate into your life. Start by being true to your word and following through on your promises, be responsive, take pride in all that you do and say – act with integrity.

Impeccable Manners:

This is seems like a fairly obvious attribute of fabulousity – but today in our high tech society, people have lost touch with one another, and manners and etiquette have fallen to the waist side. Simple niceties like please and thank you, have been replaced with inconsideration and brashness. If you want to stand out from the crowd – try making impeccable manners and etiquette a priority in your business and day to day life.

In addition to discussing the various attributes of being fabulous, Ellen includes books that one should read to be a better, well rounded individual. All in all I really enjoyed the book and I think Ellen has nailed being fabulous on the head. There are a couple areas where I thought she sounded like an elitist – but I think it’s just her flawless attention to detail.

If you’re looking for ways to take your business to the next level – I recommend checking out The Essentials of Fabulous and incorporating these attributes into your life.

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