Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

Summary Provided by Goodreads:
When Louise Lambert receives a mysterious invitation to a traveling vintage fashion sale in the mail, her normal life in suburban Connecticut is magically transformed into a time traveling adventure.

After a brief encounter with two witchy salesladies and donning an evening gown that once belonged to a beautiful silent film star, Louise suddenly finds herself onboard a luxurious cruise ship in 1912. As Alice Baxter, the silent film star, Louise enjoys her access to an extensive closet of gorgeous vintage gowns and begins to get a feel for the challenges and the glamour of life during this decadent era. Until she realizes that she's not just on any ship-- she's on the Titanic!

Will Louise be able to save herself and change the course of history, or are she and her film star alter ego, destined to go down with a sinking ship in the most infamous sea disaster of the 20th century?

My Thoughts:
The Time-Traveling Fashionista is an adorable, quick read when you are in the mood for something light and fluffy. The story is about 12 year old, Louise who is obsessed with the fashions of past decades. When she gets an exclusive invitation to attend the “Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale”, she is overjoyed and completely within her element. At the sale she tries on this beautiful vintage pink dress and is then transported to a cruse ship in the year 1912! Everyone in the past believes she is the famous and rich actress, Alice Baxter. Embracing her inner self, Louise is having the greatest time in the past. She gets to meet a bunch of interesting people and she gets to wear gorgeous dresses! When she learns she is actually on the doomed cruise line, the Titanic, she will do anything possible to save as many people as she can.

I immediately felt connected to Louise. I am not as obsessed as her, but I love the clothes of past decades! I would give anything to actually wear a corset and puffy dress from the colonial era or a dress from the 1940’s. What made this book especially cool, was anytime an outfit was described, there was a beautiful illustration accompanying it. I believe these drawings really brought a lot to the story, and it is what drew me to this book in the first place.

Again, I think this book is perfect if you are in the mood for something light and simple. It won’t take long to read, and it will leave you with happy feelings!

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