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We are in an era where text messages are sent as thank-you notes, break-ups are done over e-mail, and athletic gear has become standard outside of the gym. “Whatever” is part of our vernacular.

“No one is born fabulous,” author Ellen Lubin-Sherman writes. “You have to decide to do it—to transform yourself into one of those amazing creatures that infiltrate our lives and ignite our dreams with their swagger, energy, pizzazz, and soigné charm.” The Essentials of Fabulous guides you to set yourself apart in this “whatever” world by paying scrupulous attention to detail. It shows you how passion, enthusiasm, attitude, superior manners, and a terrific personal style will catapult you right into the fabulous pantheon.

According to Ellen, a noted professional coach to top CEOs and a branding expert who has created identity for some of the world’s most luxurious brands, Fabulous People are the top performers who stand out—they are the ones who get the job and the attention, and they have more fun. They don’t worry about wrinkles, failures, what others think of them, being alone, or heaven-forbid…counting the minutes to retirement.

Whether you are an artist or a CEO, a boomer, a baker, or a mom, an empty nester or a diva new to your career, you can reinvent yourself simply by tending to simple yet immensely powerful things—the warmth of your smile, the shine of your shoe, the way you put away your BlackBerry when dining with a friend, the thank-you note that you mail rather than e-mail.

Being fabulous requires respect for old-world courtliness as well as adapting to the latest technology; it means wearing paste jewels and driving caps and vivid green socks…and listening to that all-talk radio inside your head that makes you want to do cartwheels because you’re you. Being fabulous requires enthusiasm, a love of purpose and people (and yourself!), and a passion for living that’s more contagious than chicken pox. These things and more will leave them saying, “She’s fabulous!” You don’t have to be connected to get to the top. All you have to do is master the details.

The Essentials of Fabulous will guide you step by step. Following Ellen’s tips, from how to take yourself out to dinner, how to appear hipper than you really are, to creating your own personal board of directors, you’ll begin to live life to its fullest potential and in great style.

The Essentials of Fabulous is 159 pages. Now in its third printing and selling worldwide, the beautifully designed and illustrated paperback is a manifesto for living—in style. With snap and flair, each chapter provides tips, resources, exercises, and examples that will show you what fabulous is made of…and leave you shouting, “A-ha!”