G999. Sass, Smarts and Stilettos; how Italian women make the ordinary, extraordinary

Title of the book: Sass, Smarts and Stilettos; how Italian women make the ordinary, extraordinary

Author: Gabriella Contestabile

Publisher: Sumisura Publications

Publishing Date: 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9960585-2-0


How do Italian women turn the ordinary into extraordinary? Why do their lives seem less complicated, but more complete and alluring?

Discover what's behind this seductive ethos of effortless chic, and how to live an extraordinary and stylish life, 'all' italiana'.

Sass, Smarts, and Stilettos is not just a celebration of Italian women, but of all women; of their innate ability to think outside the box, to make magic from mayhem, and to have a wild good time doing it.

Author Info:
(From Italy Book Tours)

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Meet the Author:

Gabriella Contestabile is the author of the novel, The Artisan’s Star, and owner of Su Misura (Made to Measure) Journeys; a boutique travel concept for the female traveler who relishes off-the-beaten-track adventures that celebrate the Italian way of life.

​The book/travel initiative has its roots in her pre-writer life as a foreign language teacher, later as Executive Director and Vice President of International Training in a number of global companies (including Estee Lauder, Shiseido, and Prada Beauty) where she would create immersive and unconventional learning experiences in unique settings around the world.

One of her favorite pastimes, wherever she is in the world, is to scout out the best, and most ‘Italian’ espresso in the hood. It requires multiple tastings, but that’s the idea. Gabriella was born in Italy, and raised in Ottawa and New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, her mother, and a furry Shih Tzu named Oreo.

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Personal Opinion:

Part guide, part autobiography, this is a good read for readers who are seeking to know the secret of why Italian women know how to have it together. Along the read, the book weaves a fascinating and immediate history of why Italy is a force to be reckoned with be it food to fashion. Although my ancestry is Eastern European, I found myself impressed with how she portrays Italian women and I imagine that the book has very important messages, especially for these times when connections are encouraged.

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